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Statue figurative cup Gbene Koro (N° 19883)
Anthropomorphic sculpture composed of a figure of an ancestor in a frontal position whose abdomen forms a container for beer or palm wine during ritual ceremonies. The face, which appears helmeted, is unusual. Coated with a velvety black patina, a break in one arm had to be restored. Erosions.
According to some authors, two people drank from it at the same time (Arts du Nigéria, A. Lebas).
It was in the northern part of the Nigerian interior that the Koro settled, alongside the Waja, Mama, Hausa, and Dakakari. Mostly known for their masks decorated with red abrus seeds embodying the ancestors, they also use this type of ritual offering cups at funerals , during sacrifices and masked ceremonies.
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