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Yoruba statue (N° 22693)

Figurative anthropomorphic sculptures from the Yoruba kingdom

This work is exceptional for its size and the complexity of its composition. It presents a female figure leaning on the back of a seat on which sits a dignitary or a king. These statues form an incarnation of the many orisa of the Yoruba, equivalent to Christian Saints. The miniature figures surrounding it would be adepts or minor deities.

Among the Yoruba, public temples, altars or chiefs' huts are adorned with lintels, doors and carved pillars, or life-size statues dedicated to the mythical "orisa" gods and supposed to attract their benefits. Centered on the veneration of its gods, or orisà, the Yoruba religion is based on artistic sculptures with coded messages (aroko). They are designed by the sculptors at the request of the followers, soothsayers and their customers. These spirits are believed to intercede with the supreme god Olodumare.
The kingdoms of Oyo and Ijebu arose following the disappearance of the Ifé civilization and are still the basis of the political structure of the Yoruba. The Oyo created two cults centered on the Egungun and Sango societies, still active, who venerate their gods, the Orisa, through ceremonies using masks, statuettes, scepters and divination supports. The slave trade helped spread Yoruba beliefs across continents.
Polychrome crusty patina, locally flaking, desiccation /> Source: "Yoruba" B. Lawal.  

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OriginRécolté in-situ 1998
Height cm175
Width32 cm
Weight25.50 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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