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Step into a world where every brushstroke and carved figure captures the essence of Igbo life. Our art section is a window into the soul of the people, showcasing creations that range from the sacred to the purely aesthetic, all rich in history and meaning

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A wood carver carving an Ikenga figure, Nri-Awka Igbo. c. 1930

A wood carver carving an Ikenga figure, Nri-Awka Igbo. 1930s

This photograph captures a wood carver from Nri-Awka Igbo at work. His hands skillfully shape the wood, transforming it into a powerful figure: an Ikenga. In Igbo culture, the Ikenga is more than just a sculpture. It's a symbol carved from wood, representing an individual's potential for achievement, success, and even their destiny.
Read MoreA wood carver carving an Ikenga figure, Nri-Awka Igbo. 1930s
Ceramic Alter for the Igbo yam/agriculture deity Ifejioku from Osisa in the Ndokwa Igbo area, 1890s

Ceramic Alter for the Igbo Agriculture Deity Ifejioku. c 1890

The Igbo people, with their rich cultural heritage, have a fascinating system of kinship and religious practices. One remarkable artifact that sheds light on their beliefs is the ceramic altarpiece dedicated to the yam/agriculture deity Ifejioku. This altarpiece, housed at the British Museums, let’s us look into the spiritual world…

Read MoreCeramic Alter for the Igbo Agriculture Deity Ifejioku. c 1890

Igbo houses decorated with paintings and carvings. Early 20th century

Step back in time with us. Imagine yourself venturing through the heartland of the Igbo people. As you meander through villages bathed in warm sunlight, a captivating sight catches your eye: a house unlike any you’ve ever seen before. Unlike the plain, utilitarian structures you might be accustomed to, this…

Read MoreIgbo houses decorated with paintings and carvings. Early 20th century