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70. Sakalava funerary post, Madagascar, wood, 31" (89 cm)
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70. Sakalava funerary post, Madagascar, wood, 31" (89 cm)
  The Sakalava kingdom appeared on the west coast of Madagascar some time around 1500. They bury their dead in cemeteries outside of the villages, where the graves are adorned with figures such as this post. Themes include birds, female figures (alone or as a maternity), men and copulating couples. The figures are placed on each corner and in the middle of the longest side. The northeast corner of the tomb has a figure representing the deceased, as the sun rises in the northeast and is associated with dawn and rebirth.

Collection of Gallery DeRoche

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