Igbo ancestors figures (Three quarters view)
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Item : Igbo ancestors figures, Picture : Three quarters view (approx. 25 Kbytes)


These figures are tutelary deities known as alusi or agbara. The arms position with hands held as if begging is interpreted as indicating the deity's readiness to receive sacrificial offers as well as its open-handedness and honesty. The incised scars and pigments indicate titled status.
19th century.

Dimensions : 23. 7 and 24. 8 inches.

Origin : Yves Develon, Paris

Object #5137

Origin :

Nigeria

Type :

Statuary

Ethnic group :

Igbo (Ibo)

Material :

Wood with ochre, reddish brown, black and pink pigments, cloth, sacrificial patina

Size :

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