Veranda Post (Opo Ogoga)

Wooden sculpture of seated king surrounded by family

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  • Wooden sculpture of seated king surrounded by family

Date:

1910/14

Artist:

Olowe of Ise (died 1938)
Yoruba
Ikere, Nigeria
Coastal West Africa

About this artwork

One of four posts sculpted for the palace of the king (ogoga) of Ikere, this evocative image of the Yoruba concept of a divine ruler is a masterwork of Olowe of Ise. The renowned artist’s dynamic style can be distinguished by the interrelationships between figures, their exaggerated proportions, and the use of open space. The sculptor’s diminutive portrayal of the king suggests his dependence on others, and his crown has been emphasized to evoke the spiritual power residing within it. The towering image of the king’s senior wife standing behind him underscores her superior status as a guardian of her husband’s interests, endowed with keen political understanding and supernatural knowledge. She would have placed the crown on the king’s head during his enthronement ceremony. The smaller figures at the king’s feet represent one of his junior wives and the flute-playing trickster god Eshu.

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Arts of Africa

Artists

Olowe of Ise , Yoruba (Culture)

Title

Veranda Post (Opo Ogoga), Yoruba King and Wife

Places

Ikere (Object made in), Nigeria (Object made in), Africa (Object made in)

Date

1910-1914

Medium

Wood and pigment

Dimensions

152.5 × 31.75 × 40.6 cm (60 × 12 1/2 × 16 in.)

Credit Line

Major Acquisitions Centennial Fund

Reference Number

1984.550

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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