Ekpu: Oron Ancestor Figures of South Eastern Nigeria

Author(s): NICKLIN, Keith
ISBN13/Barcode: 9780951814154

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The Oron ancestor figures have long been regarded as among the finest examples of African wood sculpture. The late Kenneth Murray collected from villages around Oron in south-east Nigeria, some 661 carvings of ancestors in 1944 and built a special museum to display them in such a way that villagers could visit and pay their respects. He also ensured that these fine carvings were saved from the ravages of termite attack. Keith Nicklin took charge of the Oron collection (now a mere 116 pieces) in Nigeria in 1970 during his period as ethnographer with the Department of Antiquities. In this volume he describes the art form in its cultural context and relates their unhappy history since they were first collected and catalogued for the Museum.

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ISBN13/Barcode 9780951814154
ISBN10 095181415X
Author NICKLIN, Keith
Binding Paperback
Date Published 30 Nov 1999
Frequency No
Report Date N/A
Pages 0
Publisher Horniman Museum

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