X81.1564 Bush spirit (Carved figure)

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Bush spirit (Carved figure)
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


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