Statue for Male Aggression: An Article from

WHERE GODS AND MORTALS MEET

 Continuity and Renewal in Urhobo Art

EXHIBITION DEDICATED TO THE URHOBO PEOPLE OF NIGERIA

April 9  August 16, 2004

 

Perkins Foss, Ph. D.

Guest Curator

 

www.africanart.org

 


Statue for male aggression (iphri)

Statue for male aggression (iphri)

Statue for male aggression (iphri)

Wood, pigment. H. 108 cm.

Henricus & Nina Simonis, Dusseldorf

 

This massive figure with huge saber-like teeth personifies the powerful ideals of Urhobo men: physical and moral strength, the ability to speak well in public. In past generations, these statues would have been maintained by great warriors.

 

 

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