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Yoruba Monumental Cup (N° 17859)

The monumental sculpture of African art from the Yoruba regionTwo Caryatidic figures surrounded by sculptures of musicians support an impressive lidded container adorned with a variety of subjects. These were worked in round-bump and top and bas-relief, forming multiple detailed scenes, and whose iconography refers to Yoruba mythology. A recurrence: the image of the god shango in the form of a horseman, and the maternal figure, priestess and goddess. Extinct polychromy, matte patina, cracks and abrasions.
Centrée on the veneration of her gods, or orisà, the Yoruba religion relies on artistic sculptures with coded messages ( aroko). These spirits are supposed to intercede with the supreme god Olodumare. The cups are intended for votive offerings, gifts for visitors, or divination. Sculptures of this type decorated the palaces of the country Yoruba. Subjects surround him, evocations of fertility, ancestors and spirits orisa . Linear scarifications mark the faces of the characters in order not only to increase their physical beauty, but also to identify the rank or origin of its wearer. Body marks could be permanent or temporary, such as tattoos made from insect or plant juices, especially for court dignitaries or the king himself.  

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Originex-collection britannique
EthnyYoruba
Countrynigéria
Material(s)wood
Height157
Width42
Weight25.00 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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