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Artist Name:

Igbo Artist, Nigeria

Title:

Janus Figure

Date:

19th century

Medium:

Painted wood

Dimensions:

24 inches

Credit Line:

Fred and Rita Richman Collection

Accession Number:

2002.290

Currently Not on View
In Igbo communities of the equatorial forest region of eastern Nigeria, diviner’s eyes are ringed with white on ritual occasions to indicate honesty and clear sightedness. Similarly, this sculpture’s eyes are lined in white, a color associated with the purity of the spirit world.



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