African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Yoruba figure
Yoruba maternity figure (N° 20335)
This sculpture of African tribal art is supposed to facilitate communication with the sacred, and reminds the divinity of its duties towards men. It symbolizes the protection of the people and fertility. Wearing a high crest, she also has the deep keloids of the Yoruba nobles on her face. The bulging eyes, fleshy lips, are also distinctive markers of Yoruba tribal statuary. Her finery, necklace and bracelets, reflect her social rank.
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Grainy polychrome patina.
The Yoruba practiced the slave trade with the Europeans and in particular the Portuguese before being completely subjugated to the British following a long period of internal struggles between the different kings or obas in place.
The main Yoruba cults are the Gélédé , Epa , Ogboni , and the Esu cult, through which a very wide variety of deities are involved.
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