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Yoruba Statue (N° 25260)

Cupbearers in traditional African art from Nigeria.
The priestess, cheeks marked with scarifications in three vertical "kpélé" claws, kneeling, presenting a lidded cup, in the shape of a bird, intended for offerings or divination. The subject's facial and bodily scarifications seek not only to enhance physical beauty, but also to identify the rank or origin of its bearer. Body marks could be permanent or temporary, such as tattoos made from the juice of insects or plants, especially for court dignitaries or the king himself. The Yoruba religion is based on artistic sculptures with coded messages (aroko). These spirits are said to intercede with the supreme god Olodumare.
Matte patina. Erosions, kaolin residues. Desication cracks.
Offering cups, some of which were used to store kola nuts or other presents for visitors, were once placed in royal palaces in the Ekiti and Igbomina regions of Yoruba country.  

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OriginEx-collection française
Height cm62
Width38 cm
Weight5.35 Kg

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