This is a wonderful old Giryama /Chonyi Wooden Memorial Funerary Post from Kenya. The Giryam/Chonyi people of the Kenyan coast are known for their long-standing tradition of carved wooden mortuary posts. The grave posts, called kikangu, serve a number of functions within Giryama /Chonyi life. Most grave posts are carved of nzizi wood, an extremely hard wood that is also resistant to insect deterioration. The decorative aspects of Giryam /Chonyi mortuary posts feature figurative shapes. The exact significance of these patterns is not known; they likely have multiple interpretations. In the simplest sense, a kikangu stands as a grave marker and by honoring the power and presence of koma, or ancestor spirits, these grave posts also fulfill an important role as mediators between the world of the living and the ancestral realm. Giryama/Chonyi religious life revolves around this important relationship that strives to harness the constructive powers of koma and avoid any destructive influences. This Kikangu mortuary post is honoring ancestor spirits and serving as an intermediary between the world. This post is very unique and one of a kind and not like the traditional memorial markers with all the geometrical designs. A fabulous addition to your collection or home.
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Shows age, weathered, some paint stain and discoloration, dents and nicks, but overall is in good condition. This memorial post is rare.
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