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Paternity statue Igbo Alusi (N° 13734)

This type of figure is only presented to the public at the annual ceremonies. Otherwise, these statues are grouped by symbolic families and venerated by the village in boxes reserved for them. The Igbo worship a considerable number of deities known as alusi , or agbara, considered the descendants of Chuku, or Chukwu, and as such are intermediaries to whom sacrifices such as kola nuts, money, kaolin, are granted for the purpose of enjoying favorsDestined to be placed in the obu (Sing.: obi), houses of the men of the Cross River, this life-size cult statue, polychrome, sports complex hair arrangements called 'corks'. which can also be found on the 'girl masks'. The face, evoking the world of the deceased but also the beauty of youth, is highlighted with black pigment while the body wears body motifs named . . . that were applied by women. Regional body marks, tattoos and scarifications, indicated the grade achieved in the initiation society. Characterizing the notables, the bracelets with arms and ankles sculpted in relief, contrast with the patina of white kaolin whose body has been coated. The Igbo culture has its origins in the mythology of the Nri Kingdom of Nigeria, according to which the gods brought to believers palm oil, cassava, and yam-based remedies. The character carries a child that would symbolize the Igbo people. Crusty, flaky polychrome patina. A few desication cracks.  

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Originrécoltée in-situ en 1989
EthnyIgbo
Countrynigéria
Material(s)wood
Height206
Width28
Weight25.00 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960

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