A female Idoma sculpture, Nigeria, posted on a one leg stool, the hands resting on the knees, the hanging breasts with fine scarification matterns, the elongated neck supporting an ovoid head with a domed crest, the fascial plane with a slightly protruding mouth a lender nose, framed by oval, encirceled eyes; brownish, partly shiny patina, unpainted Idoma sculptires are rare.
The Idoma are an ethno-linguistic group that primarily inhabit the lower western areas of Benue State, Nigeria, and kindred groups can be found in Cross Rivers State, Enugu State and Nasarawa State in Nigeria. The Idoma language is classified in the Akweya subgroup of the Idomoid languages of the Volta–Niger family, which include Alago, Agatu, Etulo and Yala languages of Benue, Nasarawa and Northern Cross river states. The Akweya subgroup is closely related to the Yatye-Akpa sub-group. The bulk of the territory is inland, south of river Benue, some seventy-two kilometers east of its confluence with river Niger. The Idomas are known to be “warriors” and “hunters” of class, but hospitable and peace-loving. The greater part of Idoma land remained largely unknown to the West until the 1920s, leaving much of the colorful traditional culture of the Idoma intact. The population of the Idoma is estimated to be about 4 million. The Idoma people have a traditional ruler called the Och’Idoma who is the head of the Idoma Area Traditional Council while each community has its own traditional chief such as the Ad’Ogbadibo of Orokam, Chief D.E Enenche. The Palace of the overall Och’Idoma is located at Otukpo, Benue State. The present Och’Idoma, HRH Elias Ikoyi Obekpa was installed into office in 1997 and the position is for life. Source: Wikipedia.
800 – 1.200,- Euro
Height: 69 cm
Weight: 3,3 kg