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September 24, 2000 - April 2, 2001
Museum: African Art Museum
Location: Point of View Gallery
On view are two sculptures -- one Igbo, the other Urhobo -- representing tutelary deities and ancestors found in two societies of southeastern Nigeria. Guardians of the community, shrine figures were placed in buildings in sacred compounds located on the edge of town where they were often the focal point of weekly or annual rituals. The sculpted wood figures were modeled after the human family and represent wives, husbands, children, and members of the extended family and community.