YORUBA HOUSE OF THE HEAD SHRINES

 

 YORUBA
House of the Head 2
10" high
$1000

 

YORUBA
House of the Head 3
21" high
$3500

YORUBA
Inner Head for Shrine
5.5" high
$600

The shrine below has been sold and is left here for educational purposes.

YORUBA
House of the Head 1
SOLD

Photographs © Tim Hamill

YORUBA, HOUSE OF THE HEAD SHRINES, Nigeria

These house of the head shrines have been vetted as old and authentic.

Throughout Yorubaland, a person venerates his or her ori-inu ("inner head"), a personal spirit that guides an individual's destiny. ..The symbol of the inner head is a small conical object, which is in turn secreted in a larger container with a conical lid called ile-ore, literally, "house of the head." The ile-ori which serves as a shrine to the ori-inu, is made from leather and cloth and covered with expensive cowrie shells and sometimes beads. Both the cowrie ornamentation and the conical shape are significant. Because of the association of cowries with currency and wealth, the cowrie-decorated ile-ori shrine honors the ori-inu and elevates the prestige of the owner.

--from African Shapes of the Sacred: Yoruba Religious Art by Carol Ann Lorenz, Senior Curator,
Longyear Museum of Anthropology, Colgate University.

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