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Re: The Art And Architecture Of Yorubaland! by Rgp92: 8:22am On Oct 01, 2011
nice pictures. keep it up folks grin
Re: The Art And Architecture Of Yorubaland! by Booshman(m): 11:29am On Oct 01, 2011
PhysicsQED:

The roof has a really cool overall shape.

Oh, my, gosh! That is phenomenal looking!
Re: The Art And Architecture Of Yorubaland! by nolongTing: 2:49pm On Oct 01, 2011
lakal:

[img]http://artinvestment.ru/content/download/news_2010/20100508_olokun_head.jpg.jpg[/img]



On its discovery, exactly a century ago, the life-size Olokun Head was considered too great a masterpiece to have been created by African hands, a reflection of attitudes at the time. Some European scholars even believed it to be evidence of the lost civilisation of Atlantis. It was not subjected to detailed study until 1948, when it left Nigeria for the first time, for an exhibition at the British Museum. Following scientific research, it was concluded that the head was not the original, but a replica which had been made to surreptitiously replace it, with the original sold to a foreign collector.

Until now specialists have accepted that the Olokun Head from the Ife Museum is a replica, but a new theory is about to be tested: could the object be the original, dating from around 1400? If so, it might overturn our knowledge about early bronze casting in Africa.

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Great thread, to think the Olokun Head was made from broze, hundres of years ago - wonderful!
Re: The Art And Architecture Of Yorubaland! by Rgp92: 6:11pm On Oct 01, 2011
Re: The Art And Architecture Of Yorubaland! by Rgp92: 6:12pm On Oct 01, 2011
Thank Becomrich for this
Re: The Art And Architecture Of Yorubaland! by tpia5: 6:54pm On Oct 01, 2011
We really need to find out more about the artists who made the ancient ife sculptures.

Pity the tradition folded up.
Re: The Art And Architecture Of Yorubaland! by lagcity(m): 7:00pm On Oct 01, 2011
the busts are so realistic!
Re: The Art And Architecture Of Yorubaland! by aljharem3: 8:53pm On Oct 01, 2011


Arugba Osun (The Votary Maid)

Arugba osun is a young holy lady who gives up the whole of her time and energy to the religion worship and service of osun.

Traditionally the Arugba must be a spinster and a virgin and must remain so until she relinquihes the post for marriage. She must be a daugher of Larooye who come from the rulling house picked by Ifa . {Oracle}

On the final day of osun festival, The Arugba Osun carries the symbolic ritual Calabash containing the sacred brass figures and other objects of worship of Osun and leads the Ataoja's procession from the palace to the grove and back to the palace.

She may be the Arugba for only one year and for several years {depending on her age] until she is ripe for marriage.

On notice of intending marriage, she carries the calabash for the last time after which she proceeds to her marital home.

It is forbidden for the Arugba to trip her foot over a stump or rock on her way as this is taken as a bad omen for herself and the worshippers. For this reason, a great ring of sturdy young men is formed around her on her way to and fro.

The sturdy ring use sticks and whips, beating one another and thereby scaring away possible disorderly crowds round her.

This is the reason why the mother and relations of the Arugba are not in peace of mind until the Arugba safely returns from the grove.
Re: The Art And Architecture Of Yorubaland! by aljharem3: 8:54pm On Oct 01, 2011


Iya Mopo

For the benefit of our numerous readers, it is imperative to explain the full meaning of Iya Mopo.

IYA : Is the Yoruba word for mother and MOPO; is the Yoruba word for sentry hill.

She was the soldier on guarding the entrance the Osun grove.

It is generally believed by the people of Osogbo that Iyamopo possesses mystical powers and this accounts for her superb ability to guard the whole grove effectively.

She was believed to be the matron goddess of POT makers because of her goodness in the moulding of clay pots.

It may be pertinent to mention that this woman of iron not only good in the moulding of clay. Pots but also an expert in the production of palm oil.
Re: The Art And Architecture Of Yorubaland! by aljharem3: 8:57pm On Oct 01, 2011


Shrine to the goddess of fertility
Re: The Art And Architecture Of Yorubaland! by aljharem3: 8:58pm On Oct 01, 2011
a bit of architectural brilliance here



The temple in the Sacred Forest, Osogbo, State
Re: The Art And Architecture Of Yorubaland! by aljharem3: 8:58pm On Oct 01, 2011


Bronze wall on the outside of the shrine which is located in the Sacred Forest - Oshogbo, Osun state

iyemoja in the middle
Re: The Art And Architecture Of Yorubaland! by aljharem3: 8:59pm On Oct 01, 2011


Entrance to the shrine of goddess of fertility-Oshogbo, Osun state
Re: The Art And Architecture Of Yorubaland! by aljharem3: 9:00pm On Oct 01, 2011


Unity, Openness, Guidance, Good Heart represented by the statue's features - Oshogbo, Osun state.
Re: The Art And Architecture Of Yorubaland! by aljharem3: 9:03pm On Oct 01, 2011

Ile Ori (House of the Head)
Re: The Art And Architecture Of Yorubaland! by aljharem3: 9:04pm On Oct 01, 2011


A Fine Yoruba Equestrian Figure
Re: The Art And Architecture Of Yorubaland! by aljharem3: 9:05pm On Oct 01, 2011


oduduwa
Re: The Art And Architecture Of Yorubaland! by aljharem3: 9:06pm On Oct 01, 2011


Old dancing bell
Re: The Art And Architecture Of Yorubaland! by aljharem3: 9:07pm On Oct 01, 2011
very similar to the benin undecided



This brass helmet is used in the Oduduwa ritual, in honor of the father of Oranmiyan, the legendary founder of the ruling Edo dynasty. The dance is performed by seven masqueraders who wear brass helmets and carry ceremonial swords to signify their high status. They dance back and forth before the Oba seven times as a sign of their commitment and loyalty
Re: The Art And Architecture Of Yorubaland! by aljharem3: 9:08pm On Oct 01, 2011


Found on the bank of the Oya River far north of Ife, the work shares the stylistic naturalism of other Ife metal and terracotta works. The naturalistic proportions of head and body and lifelike limbs, arms, and torso are some of the distinctive features of this style. Also characteristic of Ife culture, the figure wears a wrapper with a sash tied on the left hip.
Re: The Art And Architecture Of Yorubaland! by aljharem3: 9:09pm On Oct 01, 2011


This spectacular ivory vessel was once the treasured possession of an Olowo, the ruler of the Yoruba kingdom of Owo.

The imagery inscribed throughout the surface of this vessel suggests the Olowo's ability to link multiple realms—terrestrial and aquatic, human and divine—and draw power from those connections. An image of a human-faced bird with snakes for wings (a design found on royal items from throughout this region of West Africa) is yet another signifier of the king's capacity to combine potent attributes of different entities and domains. The final composition depicts an enormous python devouring a man while a witness watches impassively from the side. The python is a symbol of royalty, and this horrific display suggests how the Olowo dispenses with his adversaries. The great serpent's body forms a ring at the top of the vessel that unites the four images physically and thematically.
Re: The Art And Architecture Of Yorubaland! by aljharem3: 9:09pm On Oct 01, 2011


Part of the courtly regalia of an Olowo

Consisting of a bulky coat or shirt covered in red flannel scales, the orufanran was studded with ivory images of human faces and the heads of crocodiles, leopards, and rams. The outfit relates to the chief's military duties, and it is no coincidence that the animals depicted are those characterized by their strength and ferocity.
Re: The Art And Architecture Of Yorubaland! by aljharem3: 9:10pm On Oct 01, 2011


Rings of this kind have been found throughout the Benin kingdom, as well as at Yoruba capitals such as Owo, Ife, and Ijebu.
Re: The Art And Architecture Of Yorubaland! by aljharem3: 9:10pm On Oct 01, 2011


Conical brass bells with flared lips and human or animal faces. They were employed as markers of rank, prestige, and spiritual authority.

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Re: The Art And Architecture Of Yorubaland! by aljharem3: 9:11pm On Oct 01, 2011


This opulent ivory sword is an udamalore, literally a "sword of the well-born." It was carried by a high-ranking chief of Owo, a Yoruba state.
Re: The Art And Architecture Of Yorubaland! by aljharem3: 9:12pm On Oct 01, 2011


This opulent ivory sword is an udamalore, literally a "sword of the well-born." It was carried by a high-ranking chief of Owo, a Yoruba state.
Re: The Art And Architecture Of Yorubaland! by aljharem3: 9:13pm On Oct 01, 2011


Three different identities have been suggested for this figure. The official may be a messenger from a ruler referred to as the Ogane, who today is identified as the leader, or Oni, of Ife. The present Benin dynasty claims descent from the Yoruba kingdom of Ife. According to a sixteenth-century Portuguese text, each new Oba, or King, of Benin had to be confirmed by the Ogane, whose messenger presented the Oba with a brass hat, staff, and cross necklace. Another interpretation suggests that he may represent a priest of Osanobua, the Benin creator god, who also wears a cross. Finally, the figure may depict a member of Ewua, a group of palace officials who wake the Oba each morning and perform a ceremony recalling the origin of the Benin dynasty.
Re: The Art And Architecture Of Yorubaland! by aljharem3: 9:14pm On Oct 01, 2011


This stone head of a woman is part of a group of over a thousand known sculptures identified with a site in the Yoruba town of Esie. There, an assemblage of soapstone figures of women, men, and animals were found lying in a forest grove, most showing signs of deliberate damage from an apparent act of organized defacement.
Re: The Art And Architecture Of Yorubaland! by aljharem3: 9:15pm On Oct 01, 2011


Yoruba warrior around the Oya river
Re: The Art And Architecture Of Yorubaland! by aljharem3: 9:16pm On Oct 01, 2011


Gelede is to appease Iyami or 'My mothers' who control fertility and life.
Re: The Art And Architecture Of Yorubaland! by aljharem3: 9:16pm On Oct 01, 2011


The Epa masquerade of the Yoruba promotes the health and well-being of communities. It is an image of energy and authority, it embodies memories of at least three centuries of cavalry warfare in north-central Yoruba.
Re: The Art And Architecture Of Yorubaland! by aljharem3: 9:17pm On Oct 01, 2011


From Ilobu, Ile Yoruba

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