X81.1564 Bush spirit (Carved figure)

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Bush spirit (Carved figure)
Nigeria
Ijo peoples
Wood and white pigment
H: 139.7 cm, W: 19.0 cm (H: 55 in, 7.4 in)
Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of William Lloyd Davis and the Rogers Family Foundation. X81.1564

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Description

This figure has lost its weapon, but its medicine gourd and white “chalk” markings–believed to posses supernatural properties–show its readiness to fight.

Source: Anderson, Martha G. and Peek, Philip M. ed. (2002): “Ways of the Rivers: Arts and Environment of the Niger Delta”‚ Los Angeles, UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History. page 096

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