Sculpture (1) - Wood - Alo Alo - Mahafaly - Madagascar

Sculpture (1) - Wood - Alo Alo - Mahafaly - Madagascar
Mid 20th century - Fair

AL214 ALOALO bus with coffin on the roof, 155 x 18 x 15 cm, provenance Tulear region, 1970, complete with foot and top section, astrological decoration on both sides, solidly made from a wooden plank.
Above the usual base, the sculpture has 4 ornamental, patterned sections with typical astrological signs such as a crescent moon,
stars and earth. In the important top section, which often tells a small story, a rather modern, everyday scene is depicted. A bush taxi is carrying the coffin of someone who has died. The funerary poles are always made as commissioned pieces by certain carvers and are designed during their lifetime. Thus, this scene may be what the client himself wished for; it portrays the transport of the sacred remains, or it symbolises the journey into the realm of the dead.
From being kept outdoors, the hardwood has slightly oxidised, but is not brittle from weathering. There are traces of the original paint and in the sculpture are cracks caused by it drying out.
Can be shipped as bulky goods, please enquire about costs. For displaying in an open space, a stand can be bought for €90, the sculpture is suspended from the arm, and then secured so that it doesn’t tip over.
Genuine aloalos are an artistic rarity, because worldwide, the ancestor cult, which originates in Papua New Guinea, only acquired a physical manifestation with these stele in Madagascar. A strict limit has been put on the export of cultural goods / antiques in Madagascar. Some of our old originals have been owned by the family since 1975, with their rising value for collectors, they make a worthwhile investment. (Reference book ‘Arts Anciens de Madagascar’)

Lot details
Total nr of items
Indigenous object name
Alo Alo
Ethnic group/ culture
Region/ country
Mid 20th century
Sold with stand
155×18×15 cm
7 kg
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