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Maker: Olowe of Ise
ca. 1875-ca. 1938
Yoruba artist
Bowl
Date: Before 1938
Medium: Wood
Dimensions: H x W x D: 16 x 32.7 x 34.1 cm (6 5/16 x 12 7/8 x 13 7/16 in.)
Credit Line: Gift of Walt Disney World Co., a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company
Geography: Ekiti region, Nigeria
Object Number: 2005-6-167
Search Terms:
geometric motif
lizard
Divination
Object is not currently on exhibit

This bowl is attributed to Olowe of Ise because of its unique cantilevered bowl within a bowl design and because of the vigorous style of the geometric relief carvings. In particular the "X in a rectangular panel" motif is found on other Olowe sculptures, notably the figures with bowls in this museum's collection. The form of this design has been compared to that of the Yoruba divination board. The function of this bowl is not known, however scholars have suggested that it could have been used by a diviner.

Small wood cantilevered bowl suspended above the center of a larger bowl. The rims, interior handle and outer sides of the large bowl feature carved geometric patterns and lizards. There is also the X within a rectangle pattern found on Olowe's other bowls.

Andre Schoeller, -- to 1974


Paul and Ruth Tishman, New York, 1974 to 1984


Walt Disney Co., 1984 to 2005


Olowe of Ise: A Yoruba Sculptor to Kings, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., March 15-September 7, 1998



Santa Ana 1991-97



Art of Two Ancient African Kingdoms: From the Paul and Ruth Tishman Collection of African Art, Orlando Museum of Art, 1991-1992



The Art of Nigeria, Orlando Museum of Art, 1987-1988



For Spirits and Kings: African Art from the Paul and Ruth Tishman Collection, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1981, no. 54


Foss, Perkins. 1981. "African Art from the Paul and Ruth Tishman Collection." African Arts 15 (1), p. 32, no. 6.



Hotel Drouet. 1974. Art Primitif. Auction catalogue. Paris, no. 6.



Ross, Doran. 1982, p. 13.



Vogel, Susan (ed). 1981. For Spirits and Kings: African Art from the Paul and Ruth Tishman Collection. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, pp. 102-103, no. 54.



Walker, Roslyn. 1998. Olowe of Ise: A Yoruba Sculptor to Kings. Washington, D.C.: National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, pp. 100-101, no. 29.



Walker, Roslyn Adele. 1998. Olowe of Ise: A Yoruba Sculptor to Kings. Exhibition brochure. Washington, D.C.: National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, no. 34 (not illustrated).


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