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Couple of Igbo Alusi statues (N° 13016)

Statues and African art Igbo.
The Igbo worship a considerable number of deities known as alusi , or agbara, considered the descendants of Chuku, or Chukwu, and as such are intermediaries to whom sacrifices such as kola nuts, money, kaolin, are granted for the purpose of enjoying favors. These sculptures produced in several regions range from forty centimeters to a human size, and are adorned with more or less elaborate aristocratic attributes. Sculptors turn out to be men, but female enthusiasts often contribute by completing the work with coloured pigments. The position of the hands of these statues, palms facing the sky, indicates the will to receive the offering of the followers. The headdress and tegumental ornaments also reflect the social rank of the character. Crusty polychrome patina. These figures are only presented to the public at the annual ceremonies. During the year, these statues are grouped by symbolic families and venerated by the village in boxes reserved for them. The Igbo live in the forest in southeastern Nigeria. They managed to associate a deep sense of individuality with an equally strong sense of belonging to the group. Their political system is complex and little known. The village is the most important social unit, the smallest is the extended family. Each village has a high degree of autonomy and is under the authority of the oldest lineage leader. The religion of the Igbo includes on the one hand the god Chuku, supreme creator, considered omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent, and on the other hand the spirit of the land Ala.


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Originex-collection Steadworthy
Material(s)wood, raphia
Height cm68
Width15 cm
Weight3.00 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960

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