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Carved deep in the basalt in tribute to the legendary deceased. The tradition of these sculptures continues today, so when the spiritual leader of a village Ekoi dies (the Ntoon), a stone representing it is carved.


Statue Pombo Sapi Kissi en pierre
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Among the tribes living in Sierra Leone, Mende and Kissi, mostly rice farmers, worship stone statues dating from the Sapi kingdom. The latter stretched from Guinea to Liberia until the 16th century.The Temné organized themselves as chiefdoms led by a supreme leader. The company ragbenle or mneke, responsible for fertility, intervened at the death of the chief. The association bundu, meanwhile, prepared young girls for their adult lives. The Temne and Bullom made a lot of ivories "afro-Portuguese" following European orders. The Mendé's U-002nomoli", placed on altars, benefited from libations in order to increase harvests. These stone sculptures, mostly in steatite or saponite, called pombo (deceased) played, on the other hand, in the Kissi, a role of intermediary with the ancestors. ...


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Statue Pombo Sapi Kissi
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Among the tribes living in Sierra Leone, Mende and Kissi, mostly rice farmers, worship stone statues dating from the Sapi kingdom. The latter stretched from Guinea to Liberia until the 16th century.The Temné organized themselves as chiefdoms led by a supreme leader. The company ragbenle or mneke, responsible for fertility, intervened at the death of the chief. The association bundu, meanwhile, prepared young girls for their adult lives. The Temne and Bullom made a lot of ivories "afro-Portuguese" following European orders. The Mendé's U-002nomoli", placed on altars, benefited from libations in order to increase harvests. These stone sculptures, mostly in steatite or saponite, called pombo (deceased) played, on the other hand, in the Kissi, a role of ...


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Cross River Akwanshi Monolith
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African art > Monolith, cross river stones > Cross River Akwanshi Monolith

Although smaller, it is a monolithic votive head Ekoi Cross River called "Akwanshi." Rare piece for amateur African art.

The character's face is deeply carved in basalt. These pieces were carved in tribute to the dead legendary. Today, the tradition continues. Thus, when the spiritual leader of the villages Ekoi dies (the Ntoon), a representative stone is carved.

Cross River Monolith
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This very rare piece is still used by many villagers during harvest festivities. These stones are then adorned with white, red and blue pigments, featuring peace, bravery and fertility.


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