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Figure of deity Igbo Alusi (N° 17000)
An Igbo male figure embodying a tutelary deity, intermediate between men and the god named Chukwu, it is carved in long volumes. The fingers of the hands are absent and the massive feet are eroded. The crested hairstyle has filmed inlays of blackish coating. His body features the body motifs named " uli ". C Regional body marks, tattoos and scarifications indicated the grade achieved in the initiation society. This sculpture was intended to be placed in the obu (Sing.: obi), houses of the men of the Cross River. Characterizing the notables, the wearing of bracelets at the arms and ankles are carved in relief. Golden beige patina.
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. The culture Igbo originates from the mythology of the Kingdom Nri of Nigeria, according to which the gods brought to believers palm oil, cassava, and yam-based remedies. These effigies often show symbolic objects, including a mirror in relation to divination. This statue, on the other hand, is depicted with hands ready to receive ritual offerings and sacrifices ensuring community prosperity, fertility, and abundant harvests. Crusty and flaky patina. One hand has been restored.
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