Ibo Ikenga figure. The Ikenga is a powerful symbol of Ibo values. The Ikenga echoes are also found amongst the Isoko people as “Obo” and “Ivri” and in Benin as “Ikegobo”. The Ikenga in the Ibo theology is more or less a personal god or chi, with the devotional shrines and worship objects as “Ofo”. The Ikenga is perceived as an emblem of man’s physical strength. It is believed to fight against anything that opposes the good fortune of the owner. The Ikenga figure is found on individual private altars or shrines of diviners.
Wood | h 47 cm | 18,5 in. | 20th century
Private collection, Belgium