Thursday, December 3, 2009

Gourd Figure Creation

Figure, Little Spirit Head I, made of gourd, wood and feathers. Measurements: 13 x 12 x 12 inches. 2004.

In a previous blog post, I wrote about playing an Africanism forward. My figure, Little Spirit Head I, is another example of playing an Africanism forward. The figure is my rendition of a Yoruba custom of making small votive images for Eshu (also called Elegbara or Legba).

Eshu is spirit or deity (sometimes called an Orisha). He represents the crossroads. He offers the potenial for change, of choice.

Figure creation by Sala Faruq. Photo by Sala Faruq. Copyright © 2004 and 2009 by Sala Faruq. All rights reserved.

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