Female Figure with Bowl

A work made of wood, beads, and traces of pigment.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of wood, beads, and traces of pigment.


Late 19th century


Abogunde of Ede (active late 19th century)
Coastal West Africa

About this artwork

This figure of a kneeling woman holding a bowl and carrying a child on her back was made for a shrine dedicated to one of the Yoruba orisa (deities). The woman’s concentrated expression, her sharp features and incised details, and the energetic pose of the child are characteristic of the acclaimed sculptor Abogunde of Ede. The figure is at once an offering, a container for offerings, and the representation of a devotee presenting an offering. The red and striped beads on her necklaces may indicate that the sculpture was part of a shrine dedicated to the orisa Sango, who is associated with the power of thunderstorms, warriors, and kings.

On View

Arts of Africa, Gallery 137


Yoruba (Culture) , Workshop of Abogunde of Ede


Female Figure with Bowl


Nigeria (Object made in), Africa (Object made in)




Wood, beads, and traces of pigment


62.2 × 19 × 31.7 cm (24 1/2 × 7 1/2 × 12 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of the Alsdorf Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. James W. Alsdorf, and Mr. and Mrs. Joseph P. Antonow; Samuel P. Avery Fund; gift of Herbert Baker and Gwendolyn Miller, the Britt Family Collection, and Gaston T. de Havenon; Ada Turnbull Hertle Fund; gift of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin E. Hokin, Robert Stolper, and Mr. and Mrs. Edward H. Weiss; through prior gift of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Wielgus

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