Decorated with raised circular patterns, this fine Igbo portal door - typically carved from a heavy red wood such as oji or iroko wood - would have been placed in the entrance of meeting compounds belonging to high-ranking Igbo families.
Among the Igbo of Nigeria, an elaborately decorated portal door serves to signal elevated status, relative wealth and good taste - separating the profane outside world, the village, from the family sanctuary, dwelling areas and shrines within.
Ex Private Collection, UK
Estimated Period: First Half of 20th Century
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