A Male Aggression Dance: An Article from

WHERE GODS AND MORTALS MEET

 Continuity and Renewal in Urhobo Art

EXHIBITION DEDICATED TO THE URHOBO PEOPLE OF NIGERIA

April 9  August 16, 2004

 

Perkins Foss, Ph. D.

Guest Curator

 

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A Male Aggression Dance (iphri)

A danced performance for a statue for male aggression (iphri)

This photograph depicts a danced performance for a statue for male aggression (iphri) held by the family of Etuke Odjesa, Ogberaka Quarter Edjekota. In the nineteenth century, many Urhobo village groups constantly struggled over land ownership. Iphri were carried at the forefront of attacking. In subsequent generations, these struggles were commemorated in mock battles, with neighboring families assuming the roles of aggressor and defender. (Photograph by Perkins Foss, 1972)

 

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