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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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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)

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Gift of William E. and Bertha L. Teel

African, Yoruba peoples, Nigeria, about 1880–1930


210.82 cm (83 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Wood and pigment


Africa and Oceania