||Nigeria, Ife (Yoruba)
12-1/4 inches high,
5-3/4 inches wide,
7-1/4 inches deep
The John R. Van Derlip Fund
- This head of an elite African woman comes from the kingdom of Ife (eé - fay), once the cultural, religious, and political center of the Yoruba people.
- The shrine head is made of TERRA-COTTA,
a naturally occurring clay that is reddish brown in color.
- The idealized features of this sculptural head suggest
it was meant more as a commemoration of someone, rather than an exact
likeness. It was probably placed on an altar in the royal palace and
used in religious ceremonies honoring ancestors.
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