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Milan, Wednesday 14 October 2020


Yoruba (Nigeria), Southern Nigeria, region of Lagos, village of Abeokuta

Wood with a natural coating
H 42 cm
Figure holding a vessel.
This represents a female figure who holds a thick wooden vessel in its hands. This is an object of prestige that belonged to one of the Yoruba spiritual leaders. It was kept in a specific place for divinatory practices in the Ifa cult. The thick coating that covers the surface of the wood demonstrates how long it has been used for.


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- Former Paolo Morigi collection (Lugano);
- Former private collection (Lugano);


Reproduced in:
- MORIGI PAOLO “Arte Africana: Le Sculture” Galleria Arte Primitiva, Lugano 1975, n° 26;

- FAGG WILLIAM & PEMBERTON JOHN 3rd "Yoruba Sculpture of West Africa" New York 1982, pag. 89, fig. 18;

The image of the woman is one of the subjects which is often depicted in Yoruba sculpture. The female figure places something in the offering cup for one of the gods of the Yoruba pantheon, while praying to them to gain peace and harmony.This female figure wears the great mitre headgear that is typical of Yoruba statues. The face shows great attention to detail and includes the tattoos that are characteristic of this group’s works. The sculptor has given great importance to the thick ritual vessel that the woman holds in her hands.This work, sculpted without finishing touches, is an old interpretation of traditional Yoruba styles.


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