176. Ikenga (Shrine figure)
Can be abstract or more naturalistic.
If the sculpture depicts somebody sitting on a stool, it symbolizes honor.
Ikenga stands for the power of the right hand.
The figures, if they have arms, hold items that help the owner get things done.
Power of the right hand is always emphasized.
The scarification (represented as dots/texture on the figures’ faces or body) on the temple and forehead suggested that the wearer was a title-holding member.
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