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Altar for the Lord of Pestilence Obaluaiê

Catalog Number: C034


Vessel: 22 cm tall / 13 cm wide 
Urn for water: 18 cm tall


Religion and Denomination: Candomblé (Brazil)
Country of Origin: Brazil
Ethnographic Origin: Brazilian (Brazil)
Usage: N/A
Detailed Description of Significance:

This is an earthenware vessel altar for Obaluaiê, the god of pestilence, illness and disease.  He is also the son of Nanã, the goddess of death.  In Brazil, Obaluaiê’s colors are red, black, and white.  This is because his skin is covered with sores, and the colors of his vessel must be evocative of skin sores.