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Igbo figure (N° 22018)

The Igbo people in southeastern Nigeria worship a considerable number of deities known as alusi, or agbara, considered to be the descendants of Chuku, or Chukwu , and as such constitute intermediaries to whom sacrifices such as kola nuts, silver, kaolin, are granted in order to enjoy their favors.
These Nigerian sculptures produced in several regions range from about forty centimeters up to human height, and are adorned with more or less elaborate aristocratic attributes.
This sculpture, abundant in detail, features figures with slender morphologies. The children carried by the mother sitting on her stool with three anthropomorphic legs are connected by unidentified elements. The growths of the hairstyle also offer characters evoking fertility. The face here takes on the characteristics of the "young girl" mask. Eroded crusty patina, polychrome highlights. Erosions and cracks.
These statues are presented to the public only during annual ceremonies. During the year, they are grouped into symbolic families and venerated by the village in huts reserved for them.  

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OriginEx-collection britannique
Height cm110
Width23 cm
Weight7.45 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960

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