The Essence of Symbols on Igbo Modern Thrones

Ogbu Chinyere Happiness


This paper takes up the issue of the essence of symbols on Igbo modern thrones. Our attention therefore centre on the symbolic motifs on Igbo modern thrones in Anambra State of Nigeria. It pays a particular attention on the modern thrones in Onitsha, Awka and Nri which statistics show have modern throne with hybrid symbolism. The study begins with the classification of motifs on the artifacts of our study. It went further to interpret the individual symbols as well as providing the iconographic and functional analysis of the interpreted motifs in the peoples context using field information to cross-check the available literature. Photographs of the thrones and their associated symbolic motifs were provided. The study aimed at unavailing the Igbo ideology of symbolism in the presence of modernization in their use and choice of symbols. It also showed a shift and elaboration of symbolism as a result of change in ideology, occupation and general world view. We high-lightened the existence of incorporation of new found motifs, functions and meanings and the individual reaction of them in view of leadership and governance. This exercise, noted that all forms of symbolic motifs around the thrones underscore historical facts. While some reflect the modern trend in Igbo land, others maintain the strength of tradition. Christian motifs and some emblems on the thrones reveal the impact of Christianity in Igbo culture, others serve as a reflection of modern concept of power with its political shift and values. The compressed and ideological statements of the symbolism gave the thrones and their occupier greater power than are lodged on a mere sitting material and an ordinary person.

DOI: 10.5901/mjss.2013.v4n6p457

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