Ibibio Anang Doll
Adolescent Ibibio girls of eastern Nigeria are, according to custom, secluded for a period of time prior to their initiation into adulthood. They are taught feminine skills and encouraged to gain weight so as to make them more attractive marriage partners. Anang Dolls of the type shown here are given to them as images of ideal femminine beauty (Wittmer and Arnett, Three rivers of Nigeria, the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, 1978)
The present Anang doll is in the Ikot Ekpene style and is particularly ancient and beautiful. The expressive face and delicate coifure are highligted by the use of natural orange pigments. The wood is very light and the surface is deeply oxidized, attesting great age of this trully remarkable example.
Consistent with age, small loss on the feet.
Joseph Gerofsky ; Dr John Dintenfass ; Udo Horstman ; German private collection. Unknown collection number at the back of the leg.