84-15 (Neufeld Collection Number)
Architectural Artifacts; Architectural Elements
Yoruba, Nigerian, West African, African
Formed from a single piece of wood, posts such as this were often created to support the roof of a spiritual shrine or the house of an elite member of Yoruba society. At the base of this post, a woman kneels in supplication. Women, as the prime possessors of ase (spiritual power or life force), are viewed as ideal spiritual and social intercessors. The other figure, a man holding a rifle in his left hand and a sword in his right, is a symbol of power and protection. Together they represent the people who provide support for those in leadership positions in society.
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- Refers to the cultures of the continent of Africa, which is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean, and the Mediterranean Sea.
- Referring to the sex that normally produces eggs or female germ cells.
- Cutting instruments consisting of a blade with a sharpened longitudinal edge fixed in a handle, either rigidly as in a table-, carving, or sheath-knife, or with a joint as in a pocket- or clasp-knife. Knives may be used to cut food, especially in serving and eating, as weapons, and for other purposes. The blade may be of steel or another metal or stone, as in the flint knives of early man, or of another material such as ivory or wood (as with a paperknife). The term also refers to tools that are shaped or used as knives, even if the edge is not particularly sharp or actually used for cutting.
- Referring to the sex that in reproduction normally produces sperm cells or male gametes.
- Firearms having a rifled bore and designed to be fired by one person from the shoulder.
- 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.