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Yoruba Seated Orisha Female Shrine Piece Nigeria African Art

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Title Yoruba Seated Orisha Female Shrine Piece Nigeria Africa
Type of Object Figure, Carving, Statue, Sculpture
Country of Origin Nigeria
People Yoruba
Materials Wood, pigment
Approximate Age 20th Century
Dimensions 28 inches tall x 9 inches wide x 9 inches deep
Overall Condition Fair. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair large cracks (some repaired), holes, chips and scrapes, left foot broken; see pictures for detail.

Additional Information: A beautifuly ornate carving of an Orisha, or Yoruba diety.  The profile reveals a serpent-like shape, capped by a fabulous and towering haristyle.  The teeth are fierce, and she holds what look like musical instruments in her hands.  She is seated on a decorated stool, which indicates her royalty as an Orisha.  We are unsure of which Orisha this figure represents.

There is a large corpus of Yoruba sculpture known and identified as to symbol and meaning identified to the various orishas or deities. Yoruba traditional religion has a structured pantheon of the deities known as Orisha numbering between 400 and 700 individual Yoruba gods that may share powers and attributes that are articulated in sculptural form.

Further Readings:R. F. Thompson: Black Gods and Kings: Yoruba Art at UCLA, (Los Angeles, 1971) M. H. Houlberg: Ibeji Images of the Yoruba , African Arts, vii/1, 1973, pp. 20-27, 91-2 M. Stoll and G. Stoll: Ibeji: Twin Figures of the Yoruba, (Munich, 1980) Abiodun, A, H. J. Drewal and J. Pemberton III: Yoruba Art and Aesthetics, (Zurich,1991)

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)