No items found.
No items found.

Shrine Figure

Igbo, Nigeria

Shrine Figure (Alusi). Igbo, Nigeria

 

Alusi is the Igbo word for god. This figure stands in a stance typical of Igbo Alusi shrine figures, with stiff, slightly separated legs and upturned palms which signify a willingness to receive offerings.

 The body of the figure has been decorated with red and white pigments, and finely carved markings adorn the figure’s stomach and chest. Pronounced facial scarification marks on the brow and forehead extend down on each side. These ‘scars’, known as ichi, are signifiers of wealth and prestige within the Igbo community. 

 The surface of this Igbo Alusi figure exhibits an old, crackled patina.

 

Ex Private Collection, Italy

Estimated Period: First Half of 20th Century

BVCFE00

 Alusi figures were the relatives of gods and traditionally kept together in a shrine close to the centre of the community. The accumulation of Alusi within a shrine increased their power and dynamism, and by extension, the well-being of the community. At times, the carved figures would be dispersed and housed in elders’ meeting houses within a family compound. During festivals, freshly painted Alusi would be paraded throughout the village, emphasising the stability and togetherness of the community.

Reference

Bowers Museum, ‘Igbo Deity Figure (Alusi)’ (2014) https://www.bowers.org/index.php/collection/collection-blog/igbo-deity-figure-alusi

H.M. Cole &C.C. Aniakor, ‘Igbo Arts: Community and Cosmos’, Museum of Cultural History, University of California, (1984), pp.91-92

PRICE ON REQUEST

To get an instant response regarding the price of this piece, please fill in your email address into the PRICE field below and click 'Send Details'.

Price
Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.
£
6500
SIZE
H: 95 CM
FAVOURITE
1
of
unknown yet

SIMILAR PIECES

SIMILAR PIECES

This website is not supported in Internet Explorer. To view this website, please upgrade to a better browser.
Click here to download Google Chrome.