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Shrine figure
Date: 1960s
Maker: Buraimoh Gbadamosi
born 1938, Nigeria
Medium: Stone
Dimensions: H x W x D: 23 x 21.8 x 21.2 cm (9 1/16 x 8 9/16 x 8 3/8 in.)
Credit Line: Gift of Allan L. Pitcher
Geography: Nigeria

Buraimoh Gbadamosi was a skilled carpenter when his friend and neighbor, the expatriate artist and Oshun priestess Susanne Wenger, convinced him to try relief carving. He later carved wood in the round and eventually adapted his talents to stone, the medium for which he is best known.

Gbadamosi's figures are characterized by solid forms with round heads and large round eyes. A Muslim, Gbadamosi is also deeply involved in the egungun masquerade cult that honors Yoruba ancestors. The soft stone of this sculpture is sacred to Obatala, the Yoruba creator god.

On Exhibit: No
Object Number: 2001-12-1