Veranda Post (Òpó)

Veranda Post (Òpó)

early to mid-1900s

probably by Agbonbiofe Adeshina

(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


Yoruba 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 Yoruba society. The warrior represents military skill, intellectual strength, and physical power.

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