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Yoruba Maternity Seated on Stool Nigeria 30 Inch African Art

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Title Yoruba Maternity Seated on Stool Nigeria 30 Inch African Art
Type of Object Maternity Figure - Mendicant, Shrine Sculpture
Country of Origin Nigeria
People Yoruba
Materials Wood, pigment
Approximate Age 20th Century
Dimensions 30.5 inches tall x 10 inches wide x 10 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 scraped patina, chips on both ears. some cracks, gouges and general wear


Additional Information: The face resembles that of the Gelede mask, a well known Yoruba art convention.  The jaw protrudes forward with long, slim lips.  The geometric decoration on the face and breasts and the jewelry on the wrists also suggest the hand of a Yoruba carver.  The woman holds a child on her back and sits on a stool with hands on knees.  This piece has a rich, dark patina, suggesting significant age and character.


Among the Yoruba of Nigeria sculpture in service to ritual and religion is integral to life whether used during divination or masks worn or figural sculptures that are found in shrines or carried during ceremonies. 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.


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)


Lawal, B.: The Gelede Spectacle. Art, Gender, and Social Harmony in an African Culture. (Seattle, London 1996)


Witte, H.: A Closer Look; Local Styles in the Yoruba Art Collection of the Afrika Museum, Berg en Dal. 2004.