Igbo Ukwu

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Igbo Ukwu
Igbo-Ukwu (Nigeria)
Igbo Ukwu
Igbo Ukwu
Coordinates 6 ° 1 '  N , 7 ° 1'  E Coordinates: 6 ° 1 '  N , 7 ° 1'  E
Basic data
Country Nigeria


height 360 m
Residents 79,317 (2007)
Bronze sculpture from Igbo-Ukwu, 9th century

Igbo-Ukwu is a city in the state of Anambra in southern Nigeria , which consists of seven smaller villages. In 2007, Igbo-Ukwu had a population of around 80,000. The name comes from the Igbo language and means "large Igbo".


Igbo-Ukwu is an archaeological site with finds from the 9th century . The most spectacular find so far is a grave of an apparently high personality, as the rich additions suggest. To date, nothing is known about the origin of the person.


  • Ekpo Eyo : Two Thousand Years Nigerian Art , Phtographs André and Ursula Held, pages 72-94, Federal Department of Antiquities, Lagos, Nigeria 1977
  • Shaw, Thurstan, 1977. Unearthing Igbo-Ukwu: Archaeological Discoveries in Eastern Nigeria. Oxford University Press.

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Website of the University of Iowa, Museum of Art: Igbo Ukwu , Art & Life in Africa, English, accessed March 6, 2016.
  2. ^ Website of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York: Igbo-Ukwu (approx. Ninth Century) AD, Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History, English, accessed on March 6, 2016.