Mahafaly. <em>Gravepost (Aloalo)</em>, 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, Carll H. de Silver Fund, Ella C. Woodward Memorial Fund, and Robert A. Levinson Fund, 69.10. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 69.10_PS1.jpg)

Gravepost (Aloalo)


Medium: Wood, paint

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:20th century

Dimensions: 53 1/2 x 9 3/4 x 5 1/2 in. (135.9 x 24.8 x 14 cm)



Accession Number: 69.10

Image: 69.10_PS1.jpg,

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.

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