post with two figures; bottom maternity figure is kneeling and holding two sticks presented vertically and touching the base of the post; bottom figure supports a circular bowl shaped platform which supports a male equestrian figure with elaborate saddle and trappings; figure wears a conical shaped crown decorated with the faces of past rulers; metal mount

Ancestral Post, c. 1910

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Most of the African master carvers remain unidentified. But some artists are known, and are still remembered and celebrated today. Agbonbiofe, a member of the famous Adeshina carver family, is one of them. He made this post for a Yoruba royal palace, where it supported the roof of a veranda lining the king’s reception courtyard. The two-tiered composition depicts a mounted king wearing a conical crown like the one on view nearby and a kneeling female figure that supports and sustains the king.

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Ancestral Post, Yoruba (#596)
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Title
Ancestral Post
Artist Life
d. 1945
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2004.25
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post with two figures; bottom maternity figure is kneeling and holding two sticks presented vertically and touching the base of the post; bottom figure supports a circular bowl shaped platform which supports a male equestrian figure with elaborate saddle and trappings; figure wears a conical shaped crown decorated with the faces of past rulers; metal mount