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Stattuette of the Candomblé Goddess Iansã in Ritual Dress

Catalog Number: C030


37 cm tall


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

Iansã is the goddess of wind and hurricanes.  This doll is clothed in her ritual colors, red with a copper crown.  The crown features a chorão or “crybaby.” According to Rumbondo Amilton Sacramento Costa, the chorão represents the goddess’s tears of joy.  In Yoruba land, the beaded strands are on the crowns of  monarchs and they hid the kings face but also protect the people and the land from the intensity of the king’s gaze.