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Figure Ijo, Ijaw (N° 17620)
The Ijos in the centre produce relatively schematic sculptures associated with water geniuses (owuamapu), such as this head with a stretched face, on which the features protrude under a tubular forehead. Magical virtues were attributed to this type of sculpture. Many tribes are convinced that these objects acquire their powers through the rites and consecrations to which they are subjected and during which libations and dances can be performed. Interesting grainy grey patina, locally cracked. Height on a base: 52 cm.
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The Ijaw are a group of Peoples of West Africa, mainly present in southern Nigeria, in the Niger Delta. At the beginning of the 17th century they migrated further west of the continent to form the Krou peoples of Côte d'Ivoire, Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.Their geographical location, between the Atlantic Ocean and the forest, encouraged their early exchanges with the Europeans, who captured slaves (Igbos) or bought palm oil. Many are migrant fishermen found along the coasts of West Africa, west to Sierra Leone and east to Gabon.
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