X84.496 Bush spirit (carved figure)

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Bush spirit (carved figure)
Ijo peoples
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