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Ritual cup Koro Gbene (N° 12529)

Ex-collection English African art.

Anthropomorphic figure with upright arms, perched in a slight inclination on a stylized head with large hollow circular ears, its abdomen forms a cup intended to contain beer or palm wine on the occasion of ritual ceremonies. The feet and hands are fingered and their spaces are coated with white kaolin. The character has three long parallel streaks on the face related to tribal scarification. Beautiful polychromy.Drying cracks. Lack and strongly eroded base resting on a suitable base. According to some authors, two people were drinking at the same time (Arts of Nigeria, A. Lebas) It is in the northern part of the interior of Nigeria that the Koro, along with the Waja, Mama, Hausa, and Dakakari. Mostly known for their masks adorned with red seeds of forefathers embodying the ancestors, they also use this type of ritual offering cuts at funerals or during sacrifices.  

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Originex-collection Steadworthy
Weight2.33 Kg
Estimated datingmid xx°
Socle includedYes

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