Housepost, One of Pair
Arts of Africa
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.
late 19th or early 20th century
62 3/4 x 8 1/2 x 6 in. (159.4 x 21.6 x 15.2 cm) (show scale)
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Gift of Allen A. Davis
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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 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.82.154.2_print_bw.jpg)
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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.
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