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Yoruba Statue (N° 25351)

The priestess, her cheeks marked with scarifications in three vertical “kpélé” claws and wearing the motif associated with the mythical double axe, is kneeling. The Yoruba religion is based on artistic sculptures with coded messages (aroko). These spirits are said to intercede with the supreme god Olodumare.
Red ocher patina, matte, peeling. Erosions.
Yoruba society is highly organized and has several associations with varying roles. While the male egbe society reinforces social norms, the aro unites the farmers. The gelede has more esoteric and religious aims. Notables come together in a society called esusu. 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 Egungun and Sango societies, still active, who venerate their gods, the Orisa, through ceremonies call for masks, statuettes, scepters and divination supports.


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OriginEx-collection belge
Height cm70
Width12 cm
Weight1.85 Kg

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