Wooden Head of an Ooni of Ile-Ife, Yoruba People, Nigeria, circa 1930s For Sale
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Wooden Head of an Ooni of Ile-Ife, Yoruba People, Nigeria, circa 1930s

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Wooden head of an Ooni of Ile-Ife, Yoruba People, Nigeria, circa 1930s. The Ooni is the traditional ruler of Ile-Ife. The Nigerian town is seen as the cradle of the Yoruba people. The number is the inventory number from Lehigh University. Exhibited: The Lehigh University - Art Galleries permanent collection. Provenance: The collection of Dr and Mrs John E. Swanson. Dr John Swanson and his wife Marian lived from 1966 - 1981 in Lagos, Nigeria where Dr Swanson was the Advisor to the National Universities Commission and later on the Chief Planning Officer of the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. During their time in Africa the Swansons started to collect African art. In 1973 a part of their collection, circa 120 pieces went on loan to The Pennsylvania State University Museum of Art, where the remained until 1978. In 1981 Dr Swanson passed away and his wife Marian never returned to Africa. In 1982 Mrs Swanson lent 130 pieces to the Lehigh University Art Gallery where they remained until 1987. A few pieces were also lent to Lafayette College - Williams Art Center for an exhibition titled "Plainly Geometric - Selections of Art from West Africa". In 2018 Mrs Swanson passed away.

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  • Condition
    Good
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses.
  • Dimensions

    H 14.5 in. x W 7 in. x D 7.5 in.

    H 36.83 cm x W 17.78 cm x D 19.05 cm

  • Seller location
    Westport, CT
  • Reference number
    LU1451211236351

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