GURE PAIR
object

GURE PAIR

Wood and cowries | h 64 + 62 cm | 25,2 + 25,6 in. | 20th century

description

Gure is an ethnic group made up of several clusters of settlements located in an isolated hillside 15 km west of Lere Town in Kaduna state. Gure people call themselves “Agbiri” meaning “the men”.

Striking feature of this tribe are the long arms that reach to the ground. The Gure people worship their gods in their various shrines seeking for long hand in their farmers careers (meaning succes). The elderly Gure people usually bless their children in this way:” May you have longer hand.” Meaning: “may you have succes.” According to them this is why all the images in the shrines have the symbol of long hand.

 
 
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