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Yoruba house posts

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Yoruba cities are often dominated by extensive, centrally located palaces with verandas and courtyards. Roofs are supported by wooden posts, sometimes carved with images of royal stability and power. Obembe Alaye carved this pair for the Efon-Alaye palace. Each post is composed of one warrior...

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Provenance

European private collection. December, 1992, sold by Pace Primitive and Ancient Art, New York (stock no. 54-0291), to William and Bertha Teel, Marblehead, MA; 1996, gift of William and Bertha Teel to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 18, 1996)

Credit Line

Gift of William E. and Bertha L. Teel

African, Yoruba peoples, Nigeria, about 1880–1930

Dimensions

210.82 cm (83 in.)

Accession Number

1996.388

Medium or Technique

Wood and pigment

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

Sculpture