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Ife Figures (N° 10198)

Ex private English collection of African art. The style of these statues is to be related to the period of Obalufon II and his wife Queen Moremi. Both shone in the Ife kingdom by their pacification policy known as Ita Yemoo. The very term Ita Yemoo defines the appearance of the Ife queens dynasty. Moremi was initially married to the opponent of Obalufon II, the Oranmiyan. By the game of new alliances, she brought a period of calm within the kingdom. Most of Ita Yemoo's striking works are a bronze representation of the couple with crossed arms and legs. As the first queen, an annual "Edi" cult is dedicated to Moremi. In addition to the bronze works, there are terracotta creations but also more contemporary wooden examples dedicated to the "Edi" cult. Each character is adorned with royal insignia, a crown with a central medallion, and heavy necklaces. In the left hand, an antelope horn in reference to their magical powers; in the right hand, a scepter.  

 


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OriginEx collection privée anglaise **
EthnyIfe
Countrynigéria
Material(s)wood
Height151
Width40
Weight55.00 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1930

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