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Maker: Areogun of Osi-Ilorin
ca. 1880-1956, Nigeria
Yoruba artist
Bowl with lid
Date: Late 19th to mid-20th century
Medium: Wood, pigment, iron
Dimensions: H x W x D: 41 x 27 x 29.5 cm (16 1/8 x 10 5/8 x 11 5/8 in.)
Credit Line: Gift of Walt Disney World Co., a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company
Geography: Ekiti region, Nigeria
Object Number: 2005-6-68
Search Terms:
Shrine/Altar
equestrian
female
bicycle
weapon
Object is not currently on exhibit

Areogun was a prolific artist and carved many doors, house posts, masks and lidded bowls. This lidded bowl is typical of Areogun's best work--including the low-relief figures arranged in an orderly, tight composition. Several of the figures and attributes on the bowl suggest an association with Shango, god of thunder. Other images recall Eshu, the divine messenger and trickster, and Ogun, god of iron. The spherical form and the lid's arches pierced by an iron spike suggest the Yoruba cosmos--a universe where change and transformation and interdependence and interaction are ever present.

Wood bowl with a lid, supported by standing figures in low relief. The arches on top are piecrced by an iron spike. The lid is cone-shaped and has low carved relief figures, many of whom are kneeling. There is a carved braid around the edge of the bottom of the lid and around the top of the bowl and a carved handle on top of the lid.

Pace Primitive and Ancient Art, New York, 1976


African Cosmos: Stellar Arts, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., June 20-December 9, 2012; Newark Museum, February 26-August 11, 2013; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, August 23-November 30, 2014; Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University, Atlanta, January 31-June 21, 2015



African Vision: The Walt Disney-Tishman African Art Collection, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., February 15, 2007-March 31, 2009



For Spirits and Kings: African Art from the Paul and Ruth Tishman Collection, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1981



African Spirit Images and Identities, Pace Primitive, New York, April 24-May 29, 1976


Jenke, Veronika. 2007. Explore! African Vision: The Walt Disney-Tishman African Art Collection. Exhibition booklet. Washington, D.C.: National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, pp. 5-6, 20.



Kreamer, Christine Mullen. 2012. African Cosmos: Stellar Arts. Washington, D.C.: National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution; New York: Monacelli Press, p. 27, no. 1.14.



Kreamer, Christine Mullen, Bryna Freyer and Andrea Nicolls. 2007. African Vision: The Walt Disney-Tishman African Art Collection. Washington, D.C.: National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, pp. 50-51, no. 14.



Siroto, Leon. 1976. African Spirit Images and Identities. New York: Pace Editions, p.85, no. 199.



Vogel, Susan (ed). 1981. For Spirits and Kings: African Art from the Paul and Ruth Tishman Collection. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, pp. 93-94, no. 47.


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