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Igbo statue (N° 22980)
br>Intended to be placed in the obu (Sing.: obi), houses of the men of the Cross River, these statues figured in a classical posture formed the tops of pillars . The bodies bear body patterns named "uli". Regional body markings, tattoos and scarifications indicated the rank reached in the initiation society.
The thick kaolin patina is partially abraded. The Igbo culture has its origins in the mythology of the Nri Kingdom of Nigeria, according to which the gods brought believers palm oil, cassava, and medicines made from yams.
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The Igbo live in the forest in southeastern Nigeria. They managed to combine 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 largest social unit, the smallest is the extended family. Each village has a high degree of autonomy and is placed under the authority of the oldest lineage head. 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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