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A Rare Old Igbo Okwanazu Chalk dish with elaborate ancestor head finial on handle. From Nigeria, West Africa.To the native peoples of this region white lime or chalk powder is a special symbol of purity, health, beauty, morality and ‘sacredness’. White lime is used by the women of the Ibo as cosmetic, and even pregnant women and newborn babies are rubbed with lime. Healing and mystical properties are attributed to white lime. One offers lime to the gods in ‘sacred’ shrines, and in daily life it is an Ibo custom to offer visitors to one’s own home cola nuts and white lime. For this reason, such finely crafted lime spoons were created.This elaborate example measures 19 x 7.5 inches. Note the iron wrapped metal loop for hanging made by the tribe.

Condition

Overall well handled and worn, Good condition

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Rare Old IGBO (IBO) OKWANZU CHALK DISH

Estimate $400 - $800Nov 18, 2017