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Tête Ifé Yoruba
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Figurative bronzes in the African art of ancient Yoruba civilizations
The city of Ifé in Nigeria was in the 15th century the center of a powerful forest state west of the Niger Delta. The work of bronze was a prerogative of King "oni", according to the technique of lost wax. These prestigious objects embodying the sovereigns were placed on the royal altars for ceremonial use. This commemorative sculpture in the naturalistic style depicts a royal figure proudly wearing a very crafted helmet. The vertical streaks on his face evoke the traditional scarifications of the ethnic group named after Nigeria's former religious capital, Ifè. This bronze head is inspired by those produced by the sculptors of Ilé-Ifé and testifies to their great skill in the treatment of faces. He is said to have ...

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Royal Statue Oni Ife
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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 ...

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Ife Figures
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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 ...

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