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Yoruba figure (N° 22296)
Figure of a follower of the god Sango wearing two heads associated with the double stone ax that the god would rush to earth during storms. The physiognomy is characteristic of Yoruba art, illustrated by the large almond-shaped eyes and the cheek scarifications.
These figures represent through their headdress, the god of thunder and youth Shango, or Sango. The latter would be the mythical ancestor of the kings of Oyo.
He was also the protector of the twins, whose occurrence was very common in the region.
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It is a deity feared for its unpredictability, and venerated because it would bring beneficial rains to crops. It is also to her that the fertility of women is attributed.
Mahogany brown patina.
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