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Altar with rider Yoruba (N° 18419)

Glorifying an ancient deified king, a rider figure surrounded by servants forms the central subject of the scene established on a circular plateau supported by four feet. This sculpture is associated with the cult sango symbolized by a double axis. The equine, rare in the region, was an attribute of prestige that was reserved for the nobility and the sovereigns. At the top an arch connecting the heads is carved from an iguana or crocodile surrounded by snakes. Focused on the veneration of his gods, or orisà, the religion yoruba relies on artistic sculptures with coded messages (aroko). They are designed by sculptors at the request of followers, soothsayers and their clients. These spirits are supposed to intercede with the supreme god Olodumare. Grainy dark patina with revealed abrasions
t a light wood,
The Yoruba, more than 20 million, occupy southwestern Nigeria and the central and southeastern region of Benin under the name Nago. They are patrilineal, practice excision and circumcision. The kingdoms of Oyo and Ijebu were born following the disappearance of the civilization Ifé and are still the basis of the political structure of the Yoruba. The Oyo created two cults centered on the societies Egungun and Sango, still active, which venerated a pantheon of gods, the Orisa, through ceremonies using masks, statuettes, sceptres and supports of divination. The slave trade helped spread the beliefs York across continents. Ref. : " Yoruba B. Lawal.  

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OriginColl. belge Lenoir
EthnyYoruba
Countrynigéria
Material(s)wood
Height72
Width41
Weight5.70 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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