Igbo/Ibo Couple - Igbo/Ibo

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Dimensions: L:45.7in W:34,2in D:3.1in

Igbo terracotta figures were primarily created by the Nri-Igbo civilization, which existed between the 9th and 10th centuries in what is now southeastern Nigeria. The Nri-Igbo people were known for their rich artistic traditions, and the terracotta figures were one of the forms of artistic expression.The terracotta figures were made using clay, which was molded and fired to create durable sculptures. They typically depicted human figures, often with intricate hairstyles, elaborate jewelry, and detailed facial features. They were often used in religious and spiritual contexts, representing deities, ancestral spirits, or important individuals. They were also used in social and political ceremonies, serving as symbols of authority or as markers of social status. Additionally, the terracotta figures were sometimes buried with the deceased as grave goods.

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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