YORUBA HORSEMEN, NIGERIA

The Yoruba horsemen below have been vetted as authentic.

 

 

 

 


 YORUBA, Post 2, 57" high, $6,000

 

 

 

 


 YORUBA, Epa Headdress 20, 38" high, $3,000

 

 

 

 

 

  
Yoruba Horseman 3, 12.75", $1000

The Yoruba horseman pieces below were probably made to be sold.

 

 

 

 


Yoruba Horseman 6, 21 "high, $1200

 

 

 

 


 
Yoruba Shango 46, 17.5" high, $300

Photographs © Hamill Gallery

YORUBA, HORSEMEN, Nigeria

Figures were placed on altars in shrines or displayed at special ceremonies. Leaders and ancestors were often displayed on horseback to support their status as great warriors or leaders. Several are depicted in colonial wear.

The works from the Epa association honor deities and cultural heroes at masked festivals. The large base heads, of deceased ancestors, are treated with less naturalism than the superstructure. They depict and honor warriors, hunters and rulers with their entourages in impressive sculptural form.


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