early to mid-1900s
(Yorùbá, c. 1880–1945)
Wood, probably tar, cloth, and iron
Overall: 106.6 cm (41 15/16 in.)
James Albert and Mary Gardiner Ford Memorial Fund 1969.55
The Adeshina family were well-known carvers in the town of Ẹfọ̀n-Alààyè who passed their skills down through the generations.
Yorùbá palaces comprise several courtyards surrounded by carved figurative veranda posts. This post was probably used on one of the smaller verandas containing a palace shrine. The mounted warrior and kneeling woman, two common themes in the Ekiti region, signify the distribution of power in Yorùbá society. The warrior represents military skill, intellectual strength, and physical power.
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