Reintegration / Ancestors

By Monica Demott
(formerly University of Iowa)

NigeriaOron artist

Ekpu (ancestor figure)


H. 95.8 cm (37 11/16")

Seattle Art Museum, Gift of Katherine White and the Boeing Company, 81.17.515 

This ancestor figure from Oron Ibibio peoples of southern Nigeria is carved with the distinctive headgear, scarification patterns and beard that identify the identity of the deceased.  Several of these were placed beneath the eaves of the family ancestral spirit house as memorials to generations of ancestors.