Large wooden Igbo Alusi figure from Nigeria.
A large wooden standing figures such as this one probably represents one of the numerous Igbo Alusi, a generic term used to describe the spirit deities that watch over the community to ensure its well-being and continuity. They are grouped together in symbolic families and are kept in special houses and shrines where they are revered.
Good condition with a beautiful aged patina.
Provenance: Manfred Schäfer collection, ex- gallery owner from Ulm, Germany.
Object: Alusi Figure
Ethnic group/ culture: Igbo
Region/ country: Nigeria – 76 cm
Period: Second half 20th century
Dimensions: 104×24×20 cm
Weight: 9000 g
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