Housepost, One of Pair
Figurative posts often support the verandas of distinguished places such as important shrines or the dwellings of kings, titled elders, and priests. Just as a post supports the house, the carved figures represent the individuals who support and uphold the leader in his office.
This text refers to these objects: ' 82.154.2; 82.154.1
- Culture: Yoruba
- Medium: Wood, pigment
- Place Made: Nigeria
- Dates: late 19th or early 20th century
- Dimensions: 62 3/4 x 8 1/2 x 6 in. (159.4 x 21.6 x 15.2 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Arts of Africa
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 82.154.2
- Credit Line: Gift of Allen A. Davis
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Yoruba. Housepost, One of Pair, late 19th or early 20th century. Wood, pigment, 62 3/4 x 8 1/2 x 6 in. (159.4 x 21.6 x 15.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Allen A. Davis, 82.154.2. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Carved wood figurative house post painted red-brown, and composed of a horse and rider at the top. The bearded rider holds the handle of a flywhisk in his right hand. The whisk rests on his right shoulder. His coiffure is painted blue. He wears arm rings and bracelets, a tasseled baldric and is seated on a saddle with stirrups. The horse has a bridle. The equestrian figure rests on a small platform. Under him is a figure of a kneeling woman with hands supporting breasts. She wears ear plugs, bracelets, an amulet necklace, and girdle. Her coiffure is painted blue. Condition: Good. Evidence of wear and erosion from age visible throughout. Rider's left forearm is missing.
- Record Completeness: Best (85%)