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stacked kneeling human figures
  • unknown Oyo maker
  • stacked kneeling human figures, early-mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Central Oyo, Nigeria
  • wood, staining, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 72 x 11 x 13 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 28 3/8 x 4 5/16 x 5 1/8 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2883

The column-like carving depicts two kneeling human figures. The top figure, possibly identified as Eshu, has a ponytail, three horizontal marks on each cheek and a beard. He is holding his left knee and kneeling on his right knee. He is holding a long skinny item with horizontal stripes over his right shoulder.

The bottom figure is a woman, kneeling on both knees. She has three vertical marks on each cheek and is resting her hands on each breast.

It has a round base with a short round column under the bottom figure. It is a reddish-brown color overall.