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Yoruba Female Bowl Bearer Figure Nigeria African Art 24 Inch

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Title Yoruba Female Bowl Bearer Figure Nigeria African Art 24 Inch
Type of Object Sculpture
Country of Origin Nigeria
People Yoruba
Materials Wood, pigment
Approximate Age Early 20th Century
Dimensions Height: 24 Inches
Width: 11 Inches
Depth: 11 Inches
Overall Condition Poor
Damage/Repair Indigenous repairs, very worn patina, chips, cracks and decoration loss

Additional Information: An exquisite sculpture from the Yoruba people. A dark dense wooden female figure kneels bearing her bowl. This piece shows heavy signs of use and is beautifully aged. most likley carved in the early 19th century. 

Among the Yoruba of Nigeria sculpture in service to ritual and religion is integral to life.  Equally so are those arts given over to social purpose reflecting not only the social stature of the person who owns it but equally their tastes.  In the northern Ekiti region among the Yoruba containers known as Olumeye are carved most often in the shape of a rooster were placed in front of a female figure who is shown kneeling in position of submission and offering.  The bowl was used to serve cola nuts  to elite guests. The hair crest is a style known as irun agogo is as noted; “a recent bride or, as a priestess, or as a priestess married to an orisha, a deity in the Yoruba pantheon.” (Fagg and Pemberton;  1982:134) Facial features are carved with naturalistic detailing as are her pointed breasts. 


Recommended Reading:

R. F. Thompson: Black Gods and Kings: Yoruba Art at UCLA, (Los Angeles, 1971)

W. Fagg and J. Pemberton III: Yoruba Sculpture of West Africa, (New York, 1982)

 H. J. Drewal and J. Pemberton III, with R. Abiodun Yoruba: Nine Centuries of African Art and Thought, (New York, 1989)