Igbo/Ibo Tribe Bronze Walking Stick ~57.1" Tall (New 2024) - West African Artifacts

African Angel ArtsSKU: AA02855

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Dimensions: H:57.1" W:7.9" L:7.9" Weight: 17.2 lbs.

Igbo/Ibo Tribe Bronze Walking Stick

Among the Igbo, bronze walking sticks often symbolize authority and high status. They are typically owned by elders, chiefs, or individuals of notable standing within the community. These walking sticks are used in various ceremonies and rites, reflecting the social hierarchy and the bearer's role in communal activities. Igbo artists traditionally employ the lost-wax casting method to create intricate bronze items. This technique allows for detailed and elaborate designs, which are characteristic of their walking sticks. The walking sticks often feature symbolic motifs, such as animals, human figures, and abstract patterns. These elements are not merely decorative but carry specific meanings related to Igbo cosmology and beliefs.

About the Tribe

The Igbo or Ibo people of Nigeria, one of the largest tribes in Nigeria are located in the southeastern area referred to as Igboland. Igboland is divided into two sections along the lower River Niger, the eastern and Midwestern regions. Small Igbo communities are also found in parts of Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea. The Igbo speak the Igbo language. Before European colonization, the Igbo were not united as a single people but lived in autonomous local communities. By the mid-20th century, however, a sense of ethnic identity was strongly developed, and the Igbo-dominated Eastern region of Nigeria tried to unilaterally secede from Nigeria in 1967 as the independent nation of Biafra. By the turn of the 21st century, the Igbo numbered some 20 million. As a result of the transatlantic slave trade, Igbos have migrated to other countries including Jamaica, Cuba, Barbados, Belize, the United States among others.

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