Reminiscent in style to the renowned Yoruba sculptor Olowe of Ise, with lots of detailed figures.
Traditionally, bowls such as these were used to hold kola nuts (obi) as offerings of hospitality, which were given to visitors as a gesture of welcome, and friendship. Often the guest and others present would chew kola while conversing.
Called an "Opon Igede Ifa" or "Olumeye".
The kneeling position is a gesture of respect, devotion, and submission. "Olumeye" means "one who knows respect".
A with most African art it is carved from a single piece of wood.
Height: 29 1/2" x Width: 12" x Depth:17"
Unlike most of the pieces in the collection which were originally acquired through us, this piece was purchased in Los Angeles back in the 1970's.
The owner of the collection this magnificent piece comes from is downsizing, and as such is wanting us to help find good homes, and quickly, and as such we have priced it to sell. It is in the style of the late master Yoruba sculptor Alowe of Ise.
There are a number of age cracks - additional photos and condition report available upon request.