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Sceptre cavalier Yoruba (N° 14565)
A rider figure, sculpted in a round-bump, overcomes the stick of this ritual scepter. It glorifies a deified ancestor. Equid, rare in the region, was also an attribute of prestige reserved for the nobility and rulers. The mount has different proportions than the rider. The horse perched on a pedestal has a small size. Focused on the veneration of its gods, or orisà, the religion yoruba relies on artistic sculptures with coded messages (aroko). They are designed by sculptors at the request of followers, soothsayers and their customers. These spirits are supposed to intercede with the supreme god Olodumare. Crusty skate. Use of burgundy red pigments. The Yoruba, more than 20 million, occupy southwestern Nigeria and the central and south-eastern region of Benin under the name Nago. They are patrilineal, perform excision and circumcision. The kingdoms of Oyo and Ijebu were born following the demise of the Ifé civilization and are still the basis of the yoruba's political structure. The Oyo created two cults centered on the societies Egungun and Sango, who are still active, who venerate a pantheon of gods, the Orisa , through ceremonies using masks, statuettes, sceptres and supports of telling the future. The slave trade helped spread Yoruba beliefs across continents. Ref. In: " Yoruba " B. Lawal.
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