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Early 19th Century
Size: 17cm high – 6¾ ins high
These figures symbolise the original founders of the community and thereby the ancestors of a King of a local town or city. These ancestors speak through the Ogboni Society who keep a constant guard over the welfare and unity of the people. As it is also believed that co-operation between the sexes is necessary for the welfare of the whole community these figures are usually made in pairs. This example, of great antiquity, must have once had a female counterpart.