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The Yoruba, more than 20 million, occupy southwestern Nigeria and the central and southeastern region of Benin under the name of Nago. They are patrilineal, practice excision and circumcision.


Sceptre cavalier Yoruba
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A rider figure, sculpted in a round-bump, overcomes the stick of this ritual scepter. It glorifies a deified ancestor. Equid, rare in the region, was also an attribute of prestige reserved for the nobility and rulers. The mount has different proportions than the rider. The horse perched on a pedestal has a small size. Focused on the veneration of its gods, or orisà, the religion yoruba relies on artistic sculptures with coded messages (aroko). They are designed by sculptors at the request of followers, soothsayers and their customers. These spirits are supposed to intercede with the supreme god Olodumare. Crusty skate. Use of burgundy red pigments. The Yoruba, more than 20 million, occupy southwestern Nigeria and the central and south-eastern region of Benin under the name Nago. They are ...


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Statuette Ere Ibedji Yoruba
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Sculpted according to the Ifa indications transmitted to the soothsayer, the babalawo, the Ibedji statuettes acted as a substitute for the death of the child. The statuettes are then treated as the missing child would have been. It is the mother who must take care of it; they anoint them with oil and feed them regularly. If it disappears it is the remaining twin who takes over. Considered to be much more than a physical representation of a loved one. The ibedji statues influence the life of the family, which is why the family continues to pray to them and to worship and libations. This feminine statuette is draped in a woven cotton garment on which are regularly embroidered currants symbolizing wealth and fertility. These ibedji statues are among the most well-known art objects of the ...

Yoruba polychrome memorial statue
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Stylistically comparable to the small figures of ibeji twins, this African statue of the Yoruba ethnic group is endowed with globular-eyed and facial scarifications in "griffes". The position of the hands, the strange soles with trays, also recall these idealized effigies. A Yoruba proverb confirms: "It is death that transforms an individual into a beautiful sculpture; a living person has flaws. "Considered as much more than a physical representation of a loved one, this type of representation influences the life of the family, becoming a source of benefits to the family, the latter continuing to pray to him and to worship him and Libations. Equipped with accessories such as cauris necklaces and a textile loincloth, it features hands forming a ...

Statuette Ibedji Yoruba
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With a arrangement of braids arranged in crest, this female statuette was sculpted in a summary, almost abrupt way for the abdomen. The shimmering necklace that adorns his neck is made up of dazzling glass beads. Its particularly lustrous surface has acquired a velvety softness. Orange residues of vegetable powder remain on the base, and indigo has been spread over the face and headdress. Desication cracks appear on the object. Coming from the vast collection of African tribal art of Mr. Guy Mercier, now deceased, consultant for the Solvay group, which undertook it at the beginning of the 20th century. While radiating in West and Central Africa as part of his work, and collecting in-situ works, the majority of his collection nevertheless comes from ...


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Olumèye Yoruba Cutting Carrier
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Cutting carriers in nigeria's traditional African art.
The priestess wearing a high crest, the cheeks marked with scarifications in three vertical claws "kpélé", is on her knees, her body leaning forward, her breasts stretched over a cup whose lid is adorned with a bird symbolizing the occult universe, divination. The Yoruba visualize the world in the form of a gourd whose upper, masculine part would form the sky, and the lower part, feminine, the earth.
Patine honey , indigo.br-Inlays The Yoruba society is very organized and has several associations whose roles vary. While men's society egbe reinforces social norms, the aro unites farmers. The gelede has more esoteric and religious aims. The notables come together in a society called usu . Offering cups, some of which were ...

Eshu Yoruba Altar Statuette
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The statuette has a headdress, more generally in a phallic form, allowing this object to be associated with the cult esu, eshu. Often depicted blowing in a flute, he relies here on a notched tablet.
the term Eshu refers to one of the spirits or orisha derived from Yoruba religious traditions. Its equivalent is Papa Legba, Elegba, Brazil and Haiti, and Elegua in Cuba following the deportations of slaves captured off the coasts of Benin and Nigeria.
Eshu is a deity related to communication but its role is broader. This orisha depends on the protection of the house, the city and, in general, all that is designed by Man.
By its attributes and virtues, Eshu was initially associated with the Devil by Western settlers. However, contrary to the Judeo-Christian and Greek ...

Plateau de divination Opon Ifa Yoruba
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Supports of the ritualist named babalawo (or Babalao, or Babaal-wo, pronounced Baba-a-lawo), priest of Ifa, in Yoruba language, these trays exist in three forms, including the circular ( opon ribiti ) such as this copy. They are intended for Ifa, a system of divination that represents the teachings of the Orisha Orunmila, orisha of Wisdom. The babalawo claim to be securing the future through their communication with Orunmila. In Yoruba thinking in Nigeria, orishas form a variety of divine spirits controlling natural forces. They are found mainly in Yoruba cosmogony but more broadly in East West Africa in the diasporas of Central and South America. The center of the tray, aarin opon , forms a picture in which the dust of the wood allows the soothsayer to trace the solutions to his ...

Tête Ifé Oni
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In African art, the artistic current of which these sculptures belong is named after the ancient religious capital of Nigeria, Ifè, one of the many city-states established by the Yoruba.This civilization succeeded the Nok civilization. This city-state of Ilé-Ifé, whose growth culminated from the 12th to the 15th century, had an artistic tradition of realistic royal portraits, bronze and terracotta funerary effigies. The parallel folds drawn on the neck would evoke the folds of flesh of the prosperous notables, and the hollowed-out parts that accompany it were to be used to secure the king's beaded veil. The parallel lines of the face are traditional scarifications. The holes around the mouth likely symbolized a beard created by the insertion of hair or beads.
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Couple of statuettes Ibedji Yoruba
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Here, the protective adornments of the " are available in multiple rows of coloured necklaces and leather amulet bags for these statuette-dolls "ere" (statues), embodying twins. Based on spherical bases, the characters are depicted wearing a sagittal crest made of braided hair gathered in a shell. Hands are placed on the hips. Smooth, sainy surface, residual red bark powder inlays.
In the language of the Yoruba people, ibeji means twin: ibi for born and eji for two. They represent the figure of a deceased twin. This ibedji is then treated as the missing child would have been. It is the mother who must take care of him; she can wash and feed him regularly. If she dies, the remaining twin takes over. A man sometimes had ibeji for his wife to sculpt in order to arouse pregnancy. ...


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Couple of twins Ibedji Yoruba
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Here, the "abiku", adornments with a protective purpose, can be found here in each of the characters carved into coloured pearl necklaces, cauris chains, and metal bells. These statuette-dolls "ere" (statues), evoking twins, feature a hairstyle formed of braids gathered in a sagittal crest.
Satric glossy surface.
In the language of the Yoruba people, ibeji means twin: ibi for born and eji for two. They represent the figure of a deceased twin. This ibedji is then treated as the missing child would have been. It is the mother who must take care of him; she can wash and feed him regularly. If she dies, the remaining twin takes over. A man sometimes had ibeji for his wife to sculpt in order to arouse pregnancy. Supporting the soul of the twin, the ibeji influences the life of the ...


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Yoruba Gelede Mask
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Amont the Yoruba, masks are conceived on a same principle : a human face helmet mask, and a scene over the top of the mask. They are worn during rites ceremonies relative to maternity.


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Gelede Yoruba Crest Mask
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The Gelede country in Nigeria pays tribute to mothers, especially the oldest of them, whose powers would be comparable to those of the Yoruba gods, or orisa, and ancestors, osi and which can be used for the benefit but also for the misfortune of society. In the latter case these women are named aje . Masked ceremonies, through performances using masks, costumes and dances, are supposed to urge mothers to use their extraordinary qualities for a peaceful and constructive purpose, for the good of society. A summary sculpture of a human bust, wrapped in a snake, rises in the crest of this polychrome mask. The latter displays the specifics of the Yoruba style: large globular eyes and claw scarifications. Abraded epolychrome skate.
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Couple of twins Ibedji Yoruba
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This couple from Ibedji, sculpted by the "babalawo", sports braided headdresses raised in shells. Naked and perched on circular pedestals, the statuettes feature quolifichets composed of different beads. A chain of cauris connects the effigies, symbolizing the richness and fécondité.br Patine chocolate .

In the language of the Yoruba people, ibedji means twin: ibi for and eji for two. They represent the figure of a deceased twin.
This ibedji is then treated as the missing child would have been. It is the mother who must take care of him; she can wash and feed him regularly. If it disappears, the remaining twin takes over.
Considered as much more than a physical representation of a loved one, the ibedji influences the life of the ...

Polychrome Yoruba Table / Tabouret
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Equestrian sculptures, symbols of authority in African art
Focused on the veneration of its gods, or oristo, the Yoruba religion relies on artistic sculptures with coded messages (aroko) including many statues. They are designed by sculptors at the request of followers, soothsayers and their customers. These spirits are supposed to intercede with the supreme god Olodumare.
This sitting, or table, is supported by cariatisoid figures, a horseman's sculpture in the center, surrounded by subjects: Metaphor of the speed of communication between the soothsayer and the god of divination, or a purely symbolic and decorative figure, the sculpted motifs were generally read only by the followers, depending on the context of ritual use.
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Coupe de divination Agere Ifa en bronze
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Within the Yoruba pantheon, Orunmila is the deity "orisa" that is consulted in case of problems through divination ifà . Intended to sit on the altar of the god, this bronze sculpture consists of a cup containing sacred palm nuts and a seated anthropomorphic figure pulling two strings, another element also used by the soothsayer babalawo (iyanifà for a woman), in divination processes, when they are not " chains opele ". The character could reflect the incarnation of Esu or Elegba, a divine messenger who unites the orisa with men. Focused on the veneration of its gods, or orisà, the religion yoruba relies on artistic sculptures with coded messages ( aroko). They are designed by sculptors at the request of followers, soothsayers and their customers. ...

Statuette Ibedji Yoruba
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Ibeji statuettes, the incarnation of the missing child in African art Yoruba.De large globular almond eyes, deep scarifications on the face, braids gushing from the top crest generally illustrate the aesthetic traditions of African Yoruba art. Solidly camped on a flat stand, this feminine effigy, depicted nude, sports beaded belts. Brilliant chocolate patina, residual red ochre inlays, traces of indigo on the headdress.
In the language of the people Yoruba , ibeji means twin: ibi for and eji for two. They represent the figure of a deceased twin. These African statuettes named ibeji are then treated as the missing child would have been. It is the mother who has to take care of them; it can wash and feed them regularly. If she dies, the remaining twin takes over. Considered much ...


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Couple of statuettes Ibedji Yoruba
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Ibeji Statuettes, incarnation of the missing child in African art Yoruba, large, globular almond eyes, deep scarifications on faces, braids arranged into conical buns and identical faces that illustrate the aesthetic traditions in African Yoruba art. Solidly camped on circular supports these naked twins are draped with numerous necklaces of multicolored glass beads, these elements associated with the sacred constitute the "abiku", adornments with the apotropaic function of these effigies " ereU 0022 (statues) of twins. . Chocolate patina, satin, traces of indigo on the headdresses and use of red ochre.
In the language of the people Yoruba , ibeji means twin: ibi for and eji for two. They represent the figure of a deceased twin. These African statuettes named ibeji are then ...

Couple of twins Ibedji Yoruba
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Gemini in African art Yoruba.
The statuettes are distinguished here by their braided crest hairstyles, their pearl necklaces, and their clothing. Symbol of wealth and fertility, the rosaries of cauris knotted on their wrists. Lilibation residues mattify the smooth surface. Sculpted according to ifa indications transmitted to the soothsayer, the babalawo , the Ibedji statuettes played the role of substitute for the death of the child.
The statues are then treated as the missing child would have been. It is the mother who must take care of it; it anoints them with oil and feeds them regularly, also offering them sacrifices. If it disappears it is the remaining twin who takes over.
Considered as much more than a physical representation of a loved one, the ibedji statues, ...

Statuette Ere Ibedji Yoruba
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Sculpted according to the indications of the Ifa transmitted to the soothsayer, the babalawo, the Ibedji statuettes played the role of substitute for the death of the child. The statuettes are then treated as the missing child would have been. It is the mother who must take care of it; it anoints them with oil and feeds them regularly. If it disappears it is the remaining twin who takes over. Considered much more than a physical representation of a loved one. The ibedji statues influence the life of the family, which is why the family continues to pray to them and to worship them and to give them cults and libations. This feminine statuette is draped in a woven cotton garment on which are regularly embroidered cauris symbolizing wealth and fertility. These ibedji statues are among the ...

Yoruba Zoomorphic Offering Cup
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Votive offering cups for the god of divination Orunmila usually contained kola nuts or other special presents. It comes in the form of a gallinace, a sacrificial victim of use for the gods, also symbolizing the occult universe, divination. The Yoruba also visualize the world in the form of a gourd whose upper, masculine part would form the sky, and the lower part, feminine, the earth. The matte polychromy that emphasizes its geometric patterns is divided between browns, burgundy and beige kaolin. The Yoruba society is very organized and has several associations whose roles vary. While men's society egbe reinforces social norms, the aro unites farmers. The gelede has more esoteric and religious aims. The notables come together in a society called esusu. Offering cups, some of which were ...

Yoruba Altar Figure
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Focused on the veneration of its gods, or orisà, the Yoruba religion relies on artistic sculptures with coded messages (aroko). This altar allowing communication with the afterlife depicts as a maternal figure one of the many female goddesses, the goddess of the earth Onié ("owner of the House"), guarantor of longevity, peace, and resources , and linked to the powerful Ogboni company in Yoruba Egba and Ijebu. It could also symbolize Orunmila , goddess of divination. With one hand she holds a scepter, a mirror linked to the Ifa divination, leaning on a miniature subject, in the other she supports a figure of cutting carrier linked to the Ifa divination, symbolically installed at the top of her head. The Yoruba visualize the world as a sphere in two parts, the superior associated with the ...


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