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Sakalava/Mahafaly ancestor figure
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The most renowned plastic achievements of the Malagasy consist of statuary related to funeral rites. If the statues of the Mahafaly were an integral part of pillars aloalo ,the fragments of panels above the heads testifying to this, the figures of ancestors Sakalava, in the round, frequently represent the deceased and his companion of the opposite sex. The northeast of the tomb, a sacred position associated with dawn, resurrection, the ideal time for circumcision as well, was considered by the Malagasy to be the appropriate place for the installation of the statue of the deceased. To the southwest of the tomb, on the other hand, was installed the image of his partner of the opposite sex, symbolizing an ideal union.
This male ancestor figure is represented naked, frozen in ...

Bird statue Mijoa Sakalava
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Ex-Belgian African art collection.
The most famous plastic achievements of the Malagasy consist of a statuary linked to funeral rites. While the Mahafaly statues were an integral part of pillars aloalo , fragments of panels above the heads testifying, the figures of ancestors Sakalava represent the deceased and his companion of the opposite sex. The north-east of the tomb, sacred position associated with the aurora, the resurrection, the ideal time for circumcision also, was considered by the Malagasy as the place conducive to the installation of the statue of the deceased. To the southwest of the tomb, on the other hand, was installed the image of his opposite-sex partner, symbolizing an ideal union. Round-bump depictions of birds, images of fertility and life, have also been ...


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Female figure Sakalava
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Ex-collection Belgian African art.
The tropical island of Madagascar is located off the coast of Mozambique. Its first inhabitants are said to have been Polynesians who have taken refuge on the east coast of Africa, but have been repelled by Arab-Muslim traders. Several kingdoms developed there as early as 1500, including Sakalava on the west coast of the island. The most famous plastic achievements of the Malagasy consist of a statuary linked to funeral rites. While the Mahafaly statues were an integral part of pillars aloalo, fragments of panels above the heads bearing witness, the figures of ancestors Sakalava, in round-bump, frequently represent the deceased and his companion of the opposite sex. The north-east of the tomb, sacred position associated with the aurora, the ...


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