Mother-and-Child Caryatid Vessel

Mother-and-Child Caryatid Vessel

mid-late 1800s

Wood and colorant

Overall: 31.7 x 15.7 x 15.9 cm (12 1/2 x 6 3/16 x 6 1/4 in.)

Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1994.200

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Description

The mother figure of this vessel from the Southern Ekiti region represents a devotee who kneels before the gods. The vessel once held the 16 sacred palm nuts essential to divination rituals. The object was used by a priest as a medium through which to communicate with the god of fate, Orunmila, in order to gain insight into an individual’s destiny or to understand the cause of misfortune.

See also
Collection: 
African Art
Department: 
African Art
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture

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