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Yoruba Olumeye Offering Bowl, African Tribal Creations Maternity Pot Nigeria Art For Sale
AnAfrican Tribal Creations gallery Yoruba Olumeye Hospitality Offering BowlFor a great many in the African art collecting community, this culture need no introduction. The Yoruba people are the largest art producing ethnic group in Africa, and are renowned for their copious forms of artwork. A largely agrarian society, the Yoruba are distributed throughout Nigeria, Togo, and Benin, and number in the range of 12 million people. Their artistic interpretations of people are generally rendered in a realistic style, minus the exaggerated facial features, in contrast with many other African tribes which produce highly stylized, even surrealistic or impressionistic representations of the human form. A highly popular art-producing group among collectors, the Yoruba are known for their numerous and elaborate art forms as much as for their history of human sacrifice. Born exclusively from the desire to be hospitable, and fulfilling a secular and utilitarian function, the Olumeye bowl is a common artform that would be found in many a Yoruba home, used to store kola nuts for the enjoyment of visitors. The word 'Olumeye' can be roughly translated to mean 'one who knows honor/respect', and is commonly associated with the depiction of these figures in the kneeling position. Appearing in many forms, this particular piece takes on the form of a maternity theme, with a woman in the olumeye (kneeling) position with her infant child held in her hands before her. On the lid of the bowl is another standing figure depicted in the act of sacrificing a bird. This bowl is moderately large in stature, dense and heavy, and is beautifully pigmented across most of its surface. Though some of its color has faded with age, it is largely intact, and is a truly exceptional example of the artform. The figure and bowl are very elegantly carved, with plenty of fine detail, and the top fits nicely onto the bowl, a sign of good original craftsmanship. Upon the woman figure's back a small child has been carved, being carried in a cloth in the manner typical of much of Africa; this maternity element is common to these figures, and is an extremely important motif in Yoruba art. Around the neck of the mother figure, and the sacrificial superstructural figure, colorful, old African trade beads on fiber strands are elegantly suspended. These beads are a valuable element in themselves, and they, as well as the figure, show familiar signs of aging. Rubbing, pigment loss, and small dings and scratches are present on the piece and should be considered normal. These pieces are truly fantastic, and this one needs to be seen in person to be fully appreciated. An outstanding figure, that will add class and dignity (and a touch of hospitality!) to even the finest of collections! This is a very tall piece, breathtaking to behold. We offer it up on sale for one lucky buyer! This piece measures in at 40" x 6.5" x 7",with a weight of sevenpounds!
MEDIUM: Wood, Pigment, Beads, Fiber
NOTHINGwe sell at African Tribal Creations is made in China, Taiwan, Thailand, or wherever. All items are 100% guaranteedAFRICAN ART, made in Africa BY the indigenous peoples of Africa. We have overwhelmingly positive response for a reason. Not quite the piece you're looking for?Check us out atthe African Tribal Creations galleryfor much more 100% genuine African art! Photographs are copyright of African Tribal Creations, and should not be used without permission. Thanks for understanding!Payment is expected within 3 days of sale close. Unless other arrangements are made, negative response will be assessed in the event of non payment. This is a beautiful piece of art! It would be a great compliment to any decor, or private collection! PayPal is the only accepted payment method unless other arrangements are made. Thank you! Please understand that we offer professional packing services on each of these fine and fragile items, which are all shipped fully insured. Take a look at our competitors who offer similar service, and we're sure you'll see that we offer this service at an extremely reasonable rate! Ships insured, and with delivery confirmation so you can track your purchase to your door! Be advised that in the event of a broken piece, USPS will require you to surrender the piece in order to obtain a full refund. Shipping price is quoted for the CONTINENTAL US. If you are offerding from Alaska or Hawaii, please contact us in advance, or the shipping rate will be applied for you on your invoice. Thanks! We will ship internationally, but PLEASE contact for a shipping quote. We cannot be held responsible for customs hold ups! We will do our best, but at the end of the day, we can't offer an absolute international guarantee. Thanks for understanding!