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Igbo statue (N° 20441)

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 bestowed in order to enjoy their favors.
These Nigerian sculptures produced in several regions range from about forty centimeters to a human size, and are adorned with more or less elaborate aristocratic attributes.
The sculptors turn out to be men, but female adepts quite often contribute by finishing the work with colored pigments.
Hairstyle and integumentary ornaments also indicate the social rank of the character. Eroded crusty patina, polychrome highlights. 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.  

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OriginEx-collection néerlandaise
Height cm74
Width17 cm
Weight2.70 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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