This fine Igbo portal door would have been placed in the entrance of meeting compounds belonging to high-ranking families. Carved raised circular patterns decorate the portal door, made typically from a heavy red wood such as oji or iroko wood.
Among the Igbo, as in most cultures, a decorated, elaborate portal serves to signal elevated status, relative wealth and good taste, while separating the most profane world of the outside, the village, from the family sanctuary, the dwelling areas and shrines within.
Ex Private Collection, UK
Estimated Period: First Half of 20th Century
H: 100 CM W: 46 CM
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