Skip Navigation

Door (Ilekun)

Arts of Africa

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.
CULTURE Yoruba
MEDIUM Iroko wood
  • Place Made: Ikare, Ondo State
  • 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 not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 22.1526
    CREDIT LINE Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
    You may download and use Brooklyn Museum images of this three-dimensional work in accordance with a Creative Commons license. Fair use, as understood under the United States Copyright Act, may also apply. Please include caption information from this page and credit the Brooklyn Museum. If you need a high resolution file, please contact reproductions@brooklynmuseum.org (charges apply). For further information about copyright, we recommend resources at the United States Library of Congress, Cornell University, Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums, and Copyright Watch. For more information about the Museum's rights project, including how rights types are assigned, please see our blog posts on copyright. If you have any information regarding this work and rights to it, please contact copyright@brooklynmuseum.org.
    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 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 22.1526_SL1.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 22.1526_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
    "CUR" at the beginning of an image file name means that the image was created by a curatorial staff member. These study images may be digital point-and-shoot photographs, when we don\'t yet have high-quality studio photography, or they may be scans of older negatives, slides, or photographic prints, providing historical documentation of the object.
    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
    Not every record you will find here is complete. More information is available for some works than for others, and some entries have been updated more recently. Records are frequently reviewed and revised, and we welcome any additional information you might have.