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Olumèye Yoruba Cutting Carrier (N° 18096)
Focused on the veneration of its gods, or orisà, the Yoruba religion relies on artistic sculptures with coded messages ( aroko). These spirits are supposed to intercede with the supreme god Olodumare. This feminine figure, kneeling, her breasts stretched over a bird-patterned offering cup, presents a spherical receptacle in the image of the earth. It is intended for votive offerings, gifts for visitors, or divination. Sculptures of this type decorated the palaces of the country Yoruba. Linear scarifications mark the face of the character in order not only to increase their physical beauty, but also to identify the rank or origin of its wearer. Body marks could be permanent or temporary, such as tattoos made from insect or plant juices, especially for court dignitaries or the king himself. The disproportion of the lower limbs is noteworthy. Skate mate beige brown. Erosions.
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