M0005260: Clay figure of Ala in a Mbari shrine, Nigeria

17 November 1937
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About this work

Also known as

Previous title, replaced September 2021: Clay figure of Ale in a Mbari shrine, Oratta Ibo


Reproduction of a photograph of a clay figure of Ala, the female Alusi (deity) of the earth, morality, fertility, and creativity. The figure is in an Mbari house or shrine, of the Owerri-Igbo, Nigeria. This reproduction is made from an unidentified source.


17 November 1937

Physical description

1 photograph glass plate negative; 12 x 16.5 cm


Catalogue data comes from a combination of entries in the original glass plate registers, metadata created when the glass plates were digitised in the early 2000s and enhancements made by the cataloguer in 2021.

Terms of use

Please consult the digitised version as this item is fragile. Email library@wellcomecollection.org to request access to the physical item.

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