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Yoruba statue (N° 21675)

This sculpture of African tribal art was destined to be enthroned on an altar. Facilitating communication with the sacred, it reminds the deity of his duties to men. Wearing a high crest, she sports the keloids of the Yoruba nobles. The bulging eyes, fleshy lips, are also distinctive markers of Yoruba tribal statuary. The paint on these statues was frequently renewed before the rites. Crusty patina, locally flaking. Desiccation cracks and heavy abrasions. The Yoruba practiced the slave trade with the Europeans and in particular the Portuguese before being completely subjugated to the English following a long period of infighting between the different kings or obas in place. The main Yoruba cults are the Gélédé , Epa , Ogboni , and the Esu cult. Centered on the veneration of its gods, or orisà , the Yoruba religion is indeed based on artistic sculptures with coded messages ( aroko ). They are designed by sculptors at the request of adepts, diviners and their clients. These spirits are supposed to intercede with the supreme god Olodumare .  

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Originex-collection britannique
Height cm95
Width26 cm
Weight5.25 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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