four horizontal panels with multiple figures in various poses: standing, riding bicycles, riding animals, seated; incised horizontal bars divide panels

Palace door, early 20th century

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This palace door shows the king riding a motorcycle and a horse, holding a sword and a pistol, smoking a pipe, and accompanied by two people carrying boxes full of trade items. Other scenes illustrate women pounding grain or holding offerings. The door was carved about a hundred years ago by the famous Yoruba artist Areogun of Osi and is meant to show that all aspects of society are functioning well due to the king’s ability to rule and provide for his people.

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Palace Door (#234)
Details
Title
Palace door
Artist Life
(Yoruba), 1880-1954
Role
Maker
Accession Number
2003.87.1
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four horizontal panels with multiple figures in various poses: standing, riding bicycles, riding animals, seated; incised horizontal bars divide panels