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Statuette of the Candomblé Goddess Oxum in Ritual Dress

Catalog Number: C032


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:

Oxum is clothed in her ritual colors, gold with a yellow/metal crown.  Colors and numbers distinguish one god or goddess from another.  The crown features a chorão , which translates to “the crybaby.” According to Rumbondo Amilton Sacramento Costa, this veil alludes to the goddess’ tears of joy.  In Yorubaland, the beaded strands are on the crowns of monarchs.  They hide the monarch’s face but also protect the people and the land from the intensity of the monarch’s gaze.