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unknown Egbado
Yoruba Primary

Kneeling Female Figure Likely from a Ritual/Processional Staff

Late 19th century - Early 20th century
Carved and incised wood with pigment

1 15/16 in. x 2 3/8 in. x 7 1/2 in. (5 cm x 6 cm x 19 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 2003.27.4
Other Number(s): King Collection TN-8 (Temporary Number)
Geography: Africa, Nigeria, Illara
Classification: Ceremonial and Performance Artifacts; Ritual Objects
Culture/Nationality: Egbado, Yoruba, Illara, Nigerian, West African, African
Collection: King Collection

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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.
  • Egbado
  • hairstyles - Styles, forms, and arrangements of hair, usually hair on a human head and often enhanced by adding materials or substances to the hair. Hairstyles may have social and religious significance as well as aesthetic and artistic qualities.
  • indigo
  • indigo - A natural dark blue colorant obtained from the tropical Indigofera tinctoria plants. The use of indigo was first mentioned in Indian manuscripts in the 4th century BCE; it was first exported to Europe in Roman times. The natural material is collected as a precipitate from a fermented solution of the plant, where the coloring component, indigotin, is extracted as a colorless glycoside that turns blue with oxidation. Indigo is a fine, intense powder which may be used directly as a pigment in oil, tempera, or watercolor media. Since the exposed pigment can fade rapidly in strong sunlight, it is rarely used in art or fine textiles today. However, it is still used to dye jeans, where its fading and uneven coloring have become favorable characteristics.
  • kneeling - The act or posture of falling or resting on one's knees.
  • labrets - Decorative items worn inserted into a hole in or near the lip.
  • Nigerian
  • scarifications - Refers to permanent marks, such as symbols, patterns, or other designs, made on human skin by scarring, done for social or cultural reasons or for personal decoration.
  • 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.
  • women - Refers to female human beings from young adulthood through old age.
  • Yoruba

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  • Owner Name: Bruce and Adele King, in memory of Nicole M. King, Class of 1986
    Role: Donor
    Place: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, US
    Acquisition Method: Purchased in Ibadan, Nigeria from house to house traders
    Ownership Start Date: 1962-1964
    Ownership End Date: June 6, 2003

Comparanda List
The following Comparanda exist for this object:
  • Tom Phillips, ed. Africa: The Art of a Continent (Munich; London; New York: Prestel Verlag and Royal Academy of Arts, 1999), 423-424. Figure Number: 5.83b, 5.83c
  • Suzanne Preston Blier, The Royal Arts of Africa: The Majesty of Form (London, England: Harry N. Abrams Inc., 1998), 90. Figure Number: 70
  • "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): Record No.: 0111253.

Related Bibliography List
The following Related Bibliography exist for this object:
  • Monica Blackmun Visona and Robin Poynor. A History of Art in Africa (Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc., 2001), 249-252.

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