Arts of Africa
Aloalo are commemorative grave markers used by royal Mahafaly clans. These posts symbolize a union between dead and living family members. Here a man holds a horn filled with medicine in one hand and extends the other to anoint a kneeling woman in a healing ceremony.
53 1/2 x 9 3/4 x 5 1/2 in. (135.9 x 24.8 x 14 cm)
Carll H. de Silver Fund, Ella C. Woodward Memorial Fund, and Robert A. Levinson Fund
Wood commerative post called aloala made of 3 pairs of crescents back to back alternating with 3 pairs of diamonds back to back. Post surmounted by platform on which are 2 kneeling figures. The larger figure (male) wears a hat and a short tunic and holds a horn in his left hand while his right hand is extended to touch the forehead of the woman kneeling in front of him (as if to annoint her). Separate two-tiered base.
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Mahafaly. Gravepost (Aloalo), 20th century. Wood, paint, 53 1/2 x 9 3/4 x 5 1/2 in. (135.9 x 24.8 x 14 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Carll H. de Silver Fund, Ella C. Woodward Memorial Fund, and Robert A. Levinson Fund, 69.10. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 69.10_PS1.jpg)
overall, 69.10_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007
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