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Yoruba Altar Figure (N° 15034)
Focused on the veneration of its gods, or orisà, the Yoruba religion relies on artistic sculptures with coded messages (aroko). This altar for communication with the afterlife depicts as a maternal figure one of the many female goddesses, the goddess of the earth Onilé ("owner of the House"), guarantor of longevity, peace, and resources, and linked to the powerful Ogboni society among Yoruba Egba and Ijebu. It could also symbolize Orunmila , goddess of divination. A ritual statue to be placed on an altar, it was revered by members of the powerful Ogboni Society, or Osugbo, in charge of justice. Polychrome patina coated with a crusty coating. The kingdoms of Oyo and Ijebu were born following the demise of the Ifé civilization and are still the basis of the yoruba's political structure. The Oyo created two cults centered on the societies Egungun and Sango, who venerate their gods, the Orisa , through ceremonies using masks, statuettes, sceptres and divination supports. The slave trade helped spread Yoruba beliefs across continents.
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