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Idoma Anjenu Statue (N° 12470)

The Idoma live at the confluence of Benue and Niger, and there are 500,000 farmers and traders, with Igbo, Cross River and Igala influences in their art and customs, and it is often difficult. to distinguish them from their neighbors The royal lineage members of their oglinye society, glorifying courage, use masks and crests during funerals and festivities, and also produce fertility statues with whitened faces and incised teeth. Janiform crests are generally exhibited at the funerals of notables, and members of the Kwompten male society used statues called goemai as part of healing rituals. This male character in a frontal position embodies a spirit of water, anjenu, of the river Benoué. This cult, widespread among Idoma animists as well as Igala and Southern Yoruba, was supposed to promote the fertility of women and protect their descendants. These statues were then kept in sanctuaries. He displays tattoos and body scars. The filed teeth were also represented on the okua masks. The patina alternates white with various shades of red burgundy.  

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OriginRécolté in-situ 1987
Height cm105
Width40 cm
Weight6.90 Kg

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