The Yoruba often install doors carved in low relief in places frequented by people of special distinction. This door probably belonged to a babaláwo, or diviner, who is represented on horseback in the second register. The row of kneeling female figures in the top register are most likely devotees of Eshu-Elegba, the orisha (god) associated with divination.
- Artist: Master of Ikare
- Culture: Yoruba
- Medium: Iroko wood
- Place Made: Ikare, Ondo State, Nigeria
- Dates: late 19th century
- Dimensions: 48 x 31 3/16 x 1 1/4 in. (121.9 x 79.2 x 3.2 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Arts of Africa
- Museum Location: This item is on view in African Installation Vault
- Accession Number: 22.1526
- Credit Line: Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Master of Ikare. Door (Ilekun), late 19th century. Iroko wood, 48 x 31 3/16 x 1 1/4 in. (121.9 x 79.2 x 3.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund, 22.1526. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Carved wood door, divided into four horizontal bands, each with scene in bas relief. Band one- 7 mothers with children on back. Band 2- warlord flanked by two attendants, one of whom is a staffbearer. Band 3- two warriors holding net for hunting. Band 4- warriors with rifles sheathed. CONDITION: Good, top left corner lower than right.
- Record Completeness: Best (85%)