Ibibio Female figure
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.
Good (arms missing)
German private collection