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Yoruba statue (N° 23091)
Altar sculpture "Esu, Eshu", or "Ogo Elegba", divine messenger of the Yoruba pantheon, intermediary between humans and the God Olodumare, supposed to grant blessings and punishments, and guaranteeing the balance of creation through the offerings, sacrifices and libations administered to it. He is Legba in Fon voodoo.
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The characteristic headdress symbolizes fertility and energy. These carved figures reflect the iconography of tribal art Yoruba.
Locally abraded polychrome patina. Erosions, desiccation cracks.
The Yoruba, more than 20 million, occupy southwestern Nigeria and the central and southeastern region of Benin under the name of Nago. The kingdoms of Oyo and Ijebu arose following the disappearance of the Ifé civilization and are still the basis of the political structure of the Yoruba . The Oyo created two cults centered on the still active Egungun and Sango societies, which worshiped a pantheon of gods, the Orisa< /i> , through ceremonies using masks, statuettes, scepters and divination supports.
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