Aloalo are commemorative grave markers used by royal Mahafaly clans. These posts symbolize a union between dead and living family members. Here a man holds a horn filled with medicine in one hand and extends the other to anoint a kneeling woman in a healing ceremony.
- Culture: Mahafaly
- Medium: Wood, paint
- Place Made: Ambovombe, Madagascar
- Dates: 20th century
- Dimensions: 53 1/2 x 9 3/4 x 5 1/2 in. (135.9 x 24.8 x 14 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Arts of Africa
- Museum Location: This item is on view in South Gallery, 1st Floor
- Accession Number: 69.10
- Credit Line: Carl H. de Silver Fund, Ella C. Woodward Memorial Fund, and the Robert A. Levinson Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Mahafaly. Gravepost (Aloalo), 20th century. Wood, paint, 53 1/2 x 9 3/4 x 5 1/2 in. (135.9 x 24.8 x 14 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Carl H. de Silver Fund, Ella C. Woodward Memorial Fund, and the Robert A. Levinson Fund, 69.10. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Wood commerative post called aloala made of 3 pairs of crescents back to back alternating with 3 pairs of diamonds back to back. Post surmounted by platform on which are 2 kneeling figures. The larger figure (male) wears a hat and a short tunic and holds a horn in his left hand while his right hand is extended to touch the forehead of the woman kneeling in front of him (as if to annoint her). Separate two-tiered base.
- Record Completeness: Best (85%)