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Female memorial post "wa(a)ga"

Ethiopia, Konso / Gato

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
H: 43.3 inch 200 EUR
plus 27 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

wood, red ochre, bone (goat),
These anthropomorphic death poles were erected to commemorate highly appreciated ancestors.

Originally, they were always united in groups. In the centre stood the post of the deceased, surrounded by sculptures representing the enemies he had killed and his wives who had already died when the post was erected.

Greve, Anna & Kerstin Volker-Saad (Hg.), Äthiopien und Deutschland, München, Berlin 2006, p. 226 f.