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Igbo statue (N° 22962)

Type of sculpture called "ugonachonma" depicting nubile young girls, intended to be staged in village squares during dry season entertainment ceremonies. These figures are specific to the village age groups of the north central Igbo region, around Onitsha and Awka. The woman has specific criteria of Igbo beauty, including uli tattoos. Locally flaking crusty patina, desiccation cracks.
br>The Igbo revere 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, money, kaolin, are granted in order to enjoy their favors. These sculptures produced in several regions range from about forty centimeters to human size, and are adorned with more or less elaborate aristocratic attributes. The sculptors turn out to be men, but the female followers very often contribute by completing the work using colored pigments. During the year, these statues are grouped by symbolic families and venerated by the village in boxes reserved for them.  

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OriginEx-collection française
Height cm110
Width31 cm
Weight7.85 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960

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