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unknown Yoruba
Yoruba Primary



Opo Ile (Veranda Post)

19th century - 20th century
Carved, painted, and incised wood with pigment

55 in. x 8 in. x 7 1/2 in. (139.7 cm x 20.32 cm x 19.05 cm)
Gift of Mace Neufeld and Helen Katz Neufeld, Class of 1953

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 99.5.58
Other Number(s): 84-15 (Neufeld Collection Number)
Geography: Africa, Nigeria
Classification: Architectural Artifacts; Architectural Elements
Culture/Nationality: Yoruba, Nigerian, West African, African
Collection: Neufeld Collection
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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