African statue of an altar belonging to an anjenu cult very widespread among the animist Idoma as well as among the Igala and the Yoruba of the South. This traditional sculpture is supposed to promote fertility and protect offspring. These statues which benefited from offerings were kept in sanctuaries.
Crusty matte patina. Desiccation cracks, erosions.
The Idoma live at the confluence of the Benué and the Niger. Their art and customs are marked by Igbo, Cross River and Igala influences and it is often difficult to distinguish them from their neighbors. Royal lineage members of their oglinye society, glorifying courage, use masks and crests during funerals and festivities. The Anjenu cult worships the spirits of the bush, who are said to reside in waterways and termite mounds. Other statues, called ekwotame, symbolize lineage and are honored during funeral rituals.
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