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House post (Ekiti region, palace of Efon-Alaye)

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After a fire in 1912 at the Efon-Alaye palace, some twenty-five house posts for an imluvium courtyard were carved about 1912-1916 by Agbonbiofe, master of the Adeshina family of sculptors and bead workers. This pose, one of seven surviving, presents a regal image of feminine power and...

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From the principal courtyard of the palace at Efon-Alaye (photographed in-situ by Elisofon for Frank Willett; dated 1961). 1992, Charles Jones African Art, Wilmington, NC; December 26, 1992, sold by Charles Jones to William and Bertha Teel, Marblehead, MA; 1994, gift of William and Bertha Teel to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 25, 1995)

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Gift of William E. and Bertha L. Teel

African, Yoruba peoples, Nigeria, about 1912–16

  • Carved by Agbonbiofe, Nigerian (Yoruba peoples), active by 1900, died in 1945
Object Place

Efon Alaiya Village, Editi district, Nigeria


147.3 cm (58 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Wood and pigments


Africa and Oceania