10578. Impressive Ijo Warrior Bush Spirit Figure Ex Sothebys NY Allan Stone
Standing male figure with arms to sides and with cowrie (Cypraea moneta) shells attached to the skirt and as a necklace; he wears a cap and has iron knife yielding from waist; inlaid mica eyes. Height: 37 1/2 in (92.5 cm) Ex Allan Stone Collection. Ex Sothebys NY: The Collection of Allan Stone: African, Oceanic, and Indonesian Art Volume One 15 November 2013, New York lot 77. The Ijo live all along the coast of the Niger River Delta. According to Anderson (in Anderson and Peek 2002: 91), "ethnographic record confirms that the Ijo and their closest neighbors - including the Isoko, Itsekiri, and Urhobo - were warlike peoples." As a result, much of Ijo statuary revolves around the theme of mythical warfare and warriors.