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Haitian

Berrier Duperrier

Haiti b. 1947
Legba (Vodou King) 83.0004

Legba is one of the most important lwa (spirits) in the vodou pantheon. He is the first deity to be saluted at the start of each ritual. Legba is the god of the crossroads, and aides in communication between the human and spiritual realms. As guardian of the crossroads, Legba is often associated with Saint Peter. The roots of this vodou spirit are in the West African, Yoruba deity Exu. Duperrier's Legba wears a wood crown and has a beard made of nails. The artist also uses pieces of decorative pieces of metal around the base of the crown and the neck. Unlike the majority of Haitian sculpture, Duperrier works with wood, instead of metal.

 

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