Igbo Shrine Ikenga Figure
Igbo Tribe, Nigeria
Wood, patina

Inventory # 10434

Ikenga figures are personal altars consecrated to the strength, success, and accomplishments of their owners, as well as to their protection. Warriors, farmers, traders, and smiths prayed and sacrificed to these altars before important undertakings, offering further gifts after meeting with success, or berating the altar after failure. Ikenga figures typically reflect strong hands and arms, which are necessary for success in farming, hunting, and warfare. This figure holds a knife and a trophy head in his hands, symbols of strength established centuries ago.