-This piece was crafted by the Igbo people in Nigeria
-Among the Igbo, located in Northern Igboland, there is a tradition of creating what is known as an Ikenga. An Ikenga is a carved wooden figure that has a human face with animalistic attributes. These figures can be represented in naturalistic or abstract ways.
-They were personal objects that suggested the achievement or the occupation of their owner
-Functions as a "sacred diploma", something that commemorates an individual's achieved status or mastery of craft through hard work, discipline, and diligence.
Ikenga = Place of Strength
Ichi = Scarification on Ikenga statue