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Lot 6004

Grande Figure Urhobo

Estimate: $100,000 - $120,000

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The Urhobos, living near the northwest of the Niger Delta River,an area between two powerful rivers. Imagery of water and the deep surrounding forests have played an ongoing part in their art, religion and culture.The Uhrobos are the main ethnic group in the Delta State among the 36 states of the federal republic of Nigeria. They speak Urhobo, a language of the Niger-Congo group. With the Isoko whose art is close, they are collectively known as Sobo. Their large sculptures depicting the spirits of nature, edjo, or the founding ancestors of the clan, to which the sacrifices were offered, were grouped in sanctuaries within the villages. The Urhobo are a people of the Niger River Delta in southern Nigeria, They also produce figures similar to the Igbo ikenga called iphri, ivwri, half-animal, half-human. They personify male aggression and are intended for warriors and notables. However after consultation with the soothsayer, young children can also wear miniature iphri strapped to their necks in the form of geometric amulets. The urhobo female wore the bracelet that her ancestors wore by people of exacted status that no manual labor was expected of them. This Sculpture portrays an elegant Uhrobo high-ranking Princess as indicated by her heavy ivory bracelets which adorn her wrist and her headdress . Several monumental Urhobo figures are today in major institutional collections, including the Musée du Louvre, Paris and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Damaged on Base and on headdress. Collection of Peter De Jeu Netherland. Aquired circa 1970 in Nigeria.

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