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Igbo Shrine Figure Seated Alusi Custom Stand Nigeria African Art

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Title Igbo Shrine Figure Seated Alusi Custom Stand Nigeria African Art
Type of Object Carving, figure
Country of Origin Nigeria
People Igbo
Materials Wood, pigment
Approximate Age 20th Century
Dimensions Height: 21.5 Inches
Width: 6 Inches
Height 24" on stand, Base 7.5 x 7.5"
Overall Condition Fair
Damage/Repair Cracks, chips and a well worn patina


Additional Information: This seated figure with an elaborate haistyle comes from the Igbo people who live in the south-eastern part of Nigeria north of the great Delta of the Niger River.  This is a representation of Alusi. Igbo beliefs system includes a number of deities known as alusi, who represent abstract forces of nature as well as physical places such as rivers.  The alusi spirits symbolize principles of good and evil as well as ancestors and culture heroes who insure the well being of the family and village.  They are given form as sculpted human figures and kept in cult shrines where they are ritually addressed and given offerings to insure their good will to insure that crops grow, babies are born and people will conduct themselves in a moral and socially appropriate manner. Sculptures will often have their bodies repainted on the cult day of the shrine and in some instances clothed by women as they celebrate the spirit and the venerated ancestors. appropriate manner.   There are a number of sub-styles of Igbo carving and it is often difficult to determine which village was the place of origin for the figures.   


Further Reading:  Cole, H.M. and C. C. Aniankor,’ Igbo Arts, Community and Cosmos.  1984