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Yoruba Figural House Post Nigeria African Art

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Title Yoruba Figural House Post Nigeria African Art
Type of Object Carving, Figure, Statue, Sculpture
Country of Origin Nigeria
People Yoruba
Materials Wood
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions Height: 19.5 Inches
Width: 3 Inches
Depth: 3 Inches
Overall Condition Good
Damage/Repair Worn surface, small cracks and chips

Additional Information: A truly ornate piece of functional art from the Yoruba. Four faces are stacked with one figure and decorative ornaments to create this sturdy house post.  Among the Yoruba, 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.

 The Yoruba are the largest culture in Nigeria and one of the largest in all of Africa. The scope of their political influence is immense both nationally and in the parts of Nigeria that they occupy. They can be traced back hundreds of years--perhaps even a thousand. Though heavily exploited during the Slave Trade periods, they have steadfastly held onto an enormous and multi-layered set of beliefs and rituals that can still be found today. Almost all of these practices involved some sort of statuary or mask, so the amount of their artistic output is enormous. Their highly-stylized facial features are immediately recognizable to most collectors. 

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)