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Bird statue Mijoa Sakalava (N° 12848)

Ex-Belgian African art collection.
The most famous plastic achievements of the Malagasy consist of a statuary linked to funeral rites. While the Mahafaly statues were an integral part of pillars aloalo , fragments of panels above the heads testifying, the figures of ancestors Sakalava represent the deceased and his companion of the opposite sex. The north-east of the tomb, sacred position associated with the aurora, the resurrection, the ideal time for circumcision also, was considered by the Malagasy as the place conducive to the installation of the statue of the deceased. To the southwest of the tomb, on the other hand, was installed the image of his opposite-sex partner, symbolizing an ideal union. Round-bump depictions of birds, images of fertility and life, have also been discovered around the tombs. Wind, salt and sand have helped to criss-cross, cracking these figures, giving the wood this characteristic desication, resulting in an exceptional dullness of the clear patina. According to some authors, fishermen Vezo from the south coast have produced similar sculptures. The tropical island of Madagascar is located off the coast of Mozambique. Its first inhabitants are said to have made up Polynesians who have taken refuge on the eastern coast of Africa, but have been repelled by Arab-Muslim traders. Several kingdoms developed there as early as 1500, including Sakalava on the west coast of the island. Wind, rain, salt and sand have helped to criss-cross, crackthese figures, giving the wood this characteristic desication, resulting in an exceptional dullness of the clear patina. The white inlays are believed to be due to sea salt. According to some authors, fishermen Vezo from the south coast have produced similar sculptures. From the Guy Mercier collection of tribal art, consultant for the Solvay group, which undertook it at the beginning of the 20th century. While radiating in West and Central Africa as part of his work, and collecting in-situ works, the majority of his collection nevertheless comes from \  

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OriginEx. collection Mercier
EthnySakalava
CountryMadagascar
Material(s)wood
Height59
Width15
Weight1.58 Kg
Estimated datingdébut xxe

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