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Altar to the God Oxóssi

Catalog Number: C019


José Adário, whose workshop is on the Ladeira de Conceição


46 cm L, 35 cm W


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

Oxóssi is the orixá of the hunt. Like Ogum, he is associated more with armed force than with royalty, and takes an earthenware shrine vessel instead of a porcelain soup tureen. The bow and arrow is the icon most closely associated with him.  There appears to be diverse opinions regarding Oxossí’s sacred number: some say it is 7 and some say it is 4.  This diversity is evident in this altar,  The Seven tools dangle from each side of the standing bow and arrow.  However, the iron rings number eight, which is a multiple of four, as do the spears.