Bush spirit (carved figure)
Wood and white pigment
H: 170.2 cm, W: 38.1 cm, D: 29.2 cm (H: 67.0 in, W: 15 in, D: 11.4 in)
Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of Edgar F. Gross. X84.496
Ijo warriors went off to battle looking much like this figure, equipped with weapons, medicine gourds, and war paint for protection and often wearing imported headgear to proclaim their status.
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