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Igbo figure (N° 15004)

The Igbo, in southeastern Nigeria, worship a considerable number of deities known as alusi , or agbara, considered to be the offspring of Chuku, or Chukwu, and as such constitute intermediaries to whom sacrifices such as kola nuts, money, kaolin,are granted in order to enjoy their favors.
The sculptors turn out to be men, but female followers often contribute by finishing the work with colored pigments.
This statuette is probably from a family altar. The hair and integumentary ornaments also indicate the social rank of the character. They are only presented to the public during annual ceremonies. During the year, these statues are grouped by symbolic families and venerated by the village in huts reserved for them.
Satin golden brown patina. Chips on one foot.  

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OriginEx-collection néerlandaise
Height cm30
Width8 cm
Weight0.36 Kg

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