African art > African bronze > Royal Statue Oni Ife
Ex private English collection of African art.
This is a court dwarf. This type of statues was reserved for the highest castes in society. The character with realistic features is adorned with a multitude of details and elements.
On the head, a headdress on which stands a characteristic decorative stem that is also found on the heads oni, royal attributes. Around the neck, an adornment and a necklace of pearls.
At the waist, the character wears a loincloth above which one can see the prominent abdomen.
In one hand, one scepter, in the other a horn.
Ifè bronze pieces are very well known in African art. These were generally made up of terracotta and more rarely bronze. The artistic current of which these pieces are part is actually named after the ...