Funerary post Kikangu

 Funerary post "Kigangu". hardwood. Giryama people. Kenia. Old patina, corrosion. Early 20th. century. Cm. 15 x 168 (6" x 5'6"). Mounted on a custom made stand. These funerary post are called "Kigangu" and were dedicated to important men, and occasionally women, of the tribe. They were put up in a special and sacred area of the forest called " Kaya". All the posts are facing the rising sun, symbol of the new freedom of the soul. They were carved in hardwood, with geometric and abstract human form. The head, usually round, has eye, mouth and occasionally nose. Torso is carved with zig-zag lines, triangles, roundels.

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