Housepost, One of Pair
Arts of Africa
On View: African Storage Annex, East Gallery, 1st Floor
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)
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
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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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