Bowl with figures, c.1925 (polychrome wood)

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Large 3112 × 4000 px 263.5 × 338.7 mm 3.5 MB
Medium 797 × 1024 px 67.5 × 86.7 mm 0.8 MB
Small 467 × 600 px 39.5 × 50.8 mm 0.3 MB
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Image number
SMT1217013
Title
Bowl with figures, c.1925 (polychrome wood)
Creator
Olowe of Ise (c.1875-1938)
Nationality
Nigerian
Description
Sculptor to kings, Olowe of Ise is still honored among the Yoruba peoples of Nigeria. His praise song says that he could carve the hard iroko wood as though it was as soft as a gourd. The delicacy and dramatic composition of this bowl exemplify his talent, which embodies the standards of Yoruba art in iconography and proportions, yet pushes them to their limits and redefines the rules. This early 20th-century prestige bowl with figures, owned by someone of high status, likely held kola nuts, a traditional gesture of hospitality presented to guests and offered to deities during rituals.
Medium
polychrome wood
Date
c.1925CE
Dimensions
63.7x33.8x39 cms
Credit
Bowl with figures, c.1925 (polychrome wood), Olowe of Ise (c.1875-1938) / Bequest of William A. McCarty-Cooper / Bridgeman Images
Keywords
figure / carved / west african / ornate / ornamental / west africa / bowl / figures / ethnographic / carving / wooden / figurines / ethnography / carvings / nigerian / bowls / figurine / nigeria / yoruba

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