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An Igbo female shrine figure (Alusi)

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An Igbo female shrine figure (Alusi)
This free-standing ancestral figure is highly scarified across her torso and face, and has a showy coiffure typical of the northern region of Igboland. Her ridged scarification and hairdo have been blackened and the rest of her body is covered with thick, encrusted patches of white and yellow pigment derived from chalk. In typical pose with slightly bent knees and with arms held evenly at the sides with her hands in a receiving and, at the same time, giving gesture. Made from an exceptionally heavy and hard tropical wood. Condition is good, but the 'Alusi' figure has suffered an old loss to the nose, and slight splitting of the wood has occurred overall. Standing 38"H x 12"W. Early 20th century. Provenance: collected by Mr.Bob Boyd, Lakeland, FL, while in Nigeria, ca. 1968.

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