Laurent Granier

Ibibio Female figure

Ibibio

Nigeria

48 cm

DESCRIPTION

This is an important and ancient Ibibio female figure. It is unclear was the use of that figure was. It might have been part of a headdress or was a free-standing figure in a familly shrine. As usually the case with proper old African art, the sculpture is speaking for itself and many elements suggest the idealized representation of a young woman: She's carring a water vessel on her head, a symbol of life and prosperity for the community ; Scrarifications on the temple are over emphasized, probably to suggest she has been initiated unto adulthood ;The body has robust forms and her entire body iscovered by what seems to be tattos ; The feet are adorned with heavy metal anklets, symbols of prosperity, and the woman stands on what seems to be a box, maybe her bride's trousseau.

The wood is ligh and the surface is deeply oxidized, attesting an age trully rarely seen on a Nigeria Cross River piece.

CONDITION

Good (arms missing)

Provenance

German private collection

DATE

Late 19th to very early 20th entury

Dimensions

48 cm

PRICE

EUR €

5000

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