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unknown Yoruba
Yoruba Primary

Ile Ori (House of the Head Shrine)

Mid 20th century
Metal, mirrors, wood, cowry shells, sewn cloth, and leather

19 x 9.5 x 9.5 in. (48.26 x 24.13 x 24.13 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 99.3.105
Other Number(s): 81 (171) (Neufeld Collection Number)
171 (Sotheby's Lot Number)
Geography: Africa, Nigeria
Classification: Ceremonial and Performance Artifacts
Culture/Nationality: Yoruba, Nigerian, West African, African
Collection: Neufeld Collection

Keywords Click a term to view the records with the same keyword
This object has the following keywords:
  • African - Refers to the cultures of the continent of Africa, which is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean, and the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Nigerian
  • ritual objects - Objects used for a particular ritual activity, often as part of a ceremony.
  • West African - Styles and cultures from the region comprising the westernmost area of the African continent, defined by the United Nations as including the modern nations of Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo.
  • Yoruba

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Exhibition List
This object was included in the following exhibitions:
  • Mirrors and Masks: Reflections and Constructions of the Self Bryn Mawr College , Mar 23, 2017 – Jun 4, 2017
  • Backtalk: Exposures, Erasures, and Elisions of the Bryn Mawr College African Art Collection Bryn Mawr College , Feb 5, 2015 – Jun 1, 2015
  • African Images, Western Imageries: Collecting and Recollecting African Bryn Mawr College , Sep 26, 1999 – Jun 15, 2000

Bibliography List
The following Bibliography exist for this object:
  • Important Tribal Art Sotheby's . New York, NY, 1989
    Figure Number: 171
  • Carrie Robbins and Steven Z. Levine. Mirrors & Masks. Bryn Mawr College. Bryn Mawr, PA, March, 2017
    Page Number: 58, Figure Number: Plate 19
  • "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): Record No.: 0101197.

Comparanda List
The following Comparanda exist for this object:
  • "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): Record No.: 0101191.
  • "Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco." (Accessed April 8, 2020): Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Accession No.: 2008.38.111a-b.
  • "Dallas Museum of Art Online Collections." (Accessed May 10, 2020): Accession No.: 2005.13.

Related Bibliography List
The following Related Bibliography exist for this object:
  • "The Met Online Collections Database." The Met Collection. (Accessed April 9, 2020): The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Accession No.: 1986.477.1.
  • "ÌMỌ̀ DÁRA." (Accessed May 10, 2020):
  • "Dallas Museum of Art Online Collections." (Accessed May 10, 2020): Accession No.: 99.3.104_2005.13.
  • Babatunde Lawal, "Orí: The Significance of the Head in Yoruba Sculpture." Journal of Anthropological Research 41, no. 1 (Spring 1985): 91-103.
  • Rowland Abiodun, Yoruba Art and Language: Seeking the African in African Art (New York, New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014), 76-77. Figure Number: 25

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