1 of 7 images

20th Century Tribal Giryama Statue, Kenya

About

A highly abstract wooden post from Kenya. The Giryama people of the Kenyan coast are known for their long standing tradition of carved wooden mortuary posts. The grave posts, called kikangu, serve a number of functions within Giryama life. In the simplest sense, a kikangu stands as a grave marker. By honoring the power and presence of koma or ancestor spirits, these grave posts also fulfill an important role as mediators between the world of the living and the ancestral realm. The abstract and geometric forms of kikangu serve as a diagrammatic representation of a spirit. The kikangu also serves as a record of the deceased's life and sometimes may even indicate the number of wives or the number of enemies killed in battle by the deceased. Grave posts such as this are schematic and were not intended to be naturalistic.

Details

  • In the Style Of
  • Place of origin
  • Date of manufacture
    Mid-20th Century
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions

    H 69 in. x W 4.5 in. x D 1.5 in.

    H 175.26 cm x W 11.43 cm x D 3.81 cm

  • Seller location
    New York, NY
  • Reference number
    LU104802183292

Shipping, Returns & Payment

  • Online Payment Methods
    1stdibs accepts the following payment methods
  • Item Invoice
    Generate an invoice that you can customize and print.

About the Seller

Recognized
Vetted
1stdibs seller since 2014
Typical response time: 2 hrs
Located in New York, NY
You may also contact the seller by phoneCall seller through 1stdibs
More From This Seller
Late 19th-Early 20th Century Tribal Boomerang, ...
Australian Tribal Art
Wood
A lovely, elegantly carved hardwood boomerang. With its pointed arc silhouette, the weapon almost seems to depict an abstract avian form. Subtle striations run the length of the stic...
Early 20th Century Tribal Kuba or Binji Pipe, D...
Congolese Collectibles and Curiosities
Wood
A beautiful interplay of raised planes and clustered incisions structures this impressive cephalomorphic Congolese pipe. Flowing line work textures the head, which joins with the bri...
Early 20th Century Tribal Karamojong Wooden Nec...
Ugandan Tribal Art
Wood
An elegant headrest with chain-link carrying strap from Uganda. Headrests are used by the nomadic tribes in the Karamoja Savannah and come in various forms. They range from the si...
Early 20th Century Tribal Zulu Beaded Necklace
Unknown
South African Tribal Art
A gorgeous Zulu beaded panel necklace showing excellent preservation. Soft pink and mild green interplay beautifully with black and white in central chevrons lined by red and blue bo...
You May Also Like
Late 19th-Early 20th Century Tribal Ritual Scep...
Unknown
Ghanaian Tribal Art
Aluminum, Iron, Wood
Offered by Zena Kruzick. Late 19th-Early 20th Century Tribal Ritual Scepter, Ashanti People of Ghana
Tribal Dan Mask, Liberia, Early to Mid-20th Cen...
Unknown
Liberian Tribal Art
Wood
Offered by Scott McCue Tribal Dan Mask, Liberia, early to mid-20th century, Africa Old Dan mask with signs of wear and use to front and inside, row of fine holes around edge for ...
Large Tribal Seated Igbo Ikenga Figure with Swo...
Unknown
Nigerian Tribal Art
Offered by Scott McCue Large tribal seated Igbo Ikenga figure with sword, early 20th century, Nigeria Large Ikenga figure from a shrine, seated on classic for four legged stool, ...
Small Expressive Tribal Mask, Lega, Drc, Africa...
Unknown
Congolese Tribal Art
Wood
Offered by Scott McCue Small expressive Tribal mask, Lega, DRC, Africa, mid-20th century Small Lega mask used by the Bwami association with polish and wear from native use, remains ...
Early 20th Century Carved Wood Kinnari (Female)...
Unknown
Burmese Sculptures and Carvings
Wood
Offered by Vicki Shiba. Early 20th century carved wood Kinnari (female) figure, Burma. The magical half-human, half-bird figures likely came to Burma through Indian literature an...
Late 19th-Early 20th Century Wood Theater Mask ...
Unknown
Nepalese Sculptures and Carvings
Paint, Wood
Offered by Zena Kruzick. Late 19th-early 20th century wood theater mask from Nepal The tone of the emotion conveyed with this very expressive mask, which was used in local theatrica...
Chofa Roof Finial from a Thai Temple with Origi...
Unknown
Thai Tribal Art
Teak, Paint
Chofa roof finial from a Thai Temple, with remnants of original color, mid-20th century. On a metal base. Offered by Bruce Hughes. This Chofa comes from an old Thai temple. The Cho...
19th-20th Century Collection of Tobacco Lime Co...
Papua New Guinean Tribal Art
Bamboo, Wood
19th-20th century collection of lime and tobacco containers from Papua New Guinea 38 total containers in various sizes ranging from: Skinniest and tallest - 8.25"L 1.25&q...

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries