Ikenga (Igbo peoples)


Ikenga, Igbo peoples, Nigeria, wood (University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology)

These carved wooden figures have human faces but animal attributes, and reflected the achievements of their owners.


Additional resource

Ihediwa Nkemjika Chimee, “The Ikenga, as Emblem of Greatness in the Cosmology of the Igbo of Southeastern Nigeria“, 2014


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Cite this page as: Dr. Peri Klemm and Dr. Steven Zucker, "Ikenga (Igbo peoples)," in Smarthistory, November 12, 2015, accessed March 5, 2021, https://smarthistory.org/ikenga/.