Tribal art > African Statues > Idoma statue
Male figure Idoma (N° 18461)
An ancestor of lineage, this character blows in a flute. The ovoid head overlooks a stretched neck, drooping shoulders and a narrow bust. The legs implore a bend. The feet attached to a pedestal are damaged. A carefully traced saurian motif is inscribed on the back. Very nice nuanced patina.
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These statues are frequently placed near the body of the deceased during mourning ceremonies. It is associated with a cult, widespread among animist Idoma as well as the Igala and Yoruba of the South, supposed to promote the fertility of women and protect their offspring. These statues were then kept in shrines.
The Idoma live at the confluence of Bené and Niger. There are 500,000 farmers and traders. Their art and customs have influences from Igbo, the Cross River and Igala, and it is often difficult to distinguish them from their neighbours. Members of their society oglinye, glorifying courage, use masks and cimiers during funerals and festivities. They also produce fertility statues with bleached faces and exhibiting incised teeth. Janiform cimiers are usually exhibited at the funerals of notables. Members of the Kwompten male society used statues named goemai as part of healing rituals. Source: Tribal Art of Black Africa Bacquart, ed. Assouline.
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|Origin||Ex. coll. belge Mercier|
|Estimated dating||1ère halfxx°|
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