The elemental, primordial quality of this
sculpture suggests an artistic connection with
ancient Ife. Such figures intended for placement
on altars acted as “intermediaries” between
deities and humans; seen to embody the "spirit"
of the god being venerated. Very large feet serve
as a base upon which the torso rests without
legs. Small arms form a loop-shape attached to
the sides. The figure's large head
counterbalances the enormous feet, creating the
impression the entire sculpture is in proportion.
Clearly defined female sex organs indicate a
fertility function, perhaps associated with a
priest/shaman possessing powers related to
fecundity. The heavily encrusted patina
graphically demonstrates the reverence shown
for the sculpture, as decades of worshipers
presented their sacrificial offerings in hopes of
communicating with the unknowable gods.