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Sakalava grave post

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Separated from the African continent by two-hundred-and-fifty-mile straits with powerful currents, Madagascar has a mixed population of Africans, Asians, and Arabs. Some Bantu speakers maintained family grave compounds where they erected large, wooden grave posts commonly called aloala,...

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Provenance

Purchased from Galerie Alain Schoffel, Paris, May 1972.

Credit Line

Gift of William E. and Bertha L. Teel

African, Sakalava peoples, Vezo village, Madagascar, 19th–20th century

Object Place

Vezo village, Madagascar

Dimensions

83.82 cm (33 in.)

Accession Number

1994.395

Medium or Technique

Wood

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

Sculpture