Container (Opon Igede)

A work made of wood and pigment.

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  • A work made of wood and pigment.

Date:

Early 20th century

Artist:

Areogun (c. 1880-1954)
Yoruba
Osi-Ilorin, Nigeria
Coastal West Africa

About this artwork

Designed to store the implements of a diviner, this container features scenes that refer to conflict and resolution: two women pounding into a mortar, a woman struggling against two men, and a man riding a bicycle, among others. During his long and influential career, Areogun of Osi Ilorin—who also made the opon ifa divination tray in this case—developed a style characterized by imagery carved in a deep bas-relief.

On View

Arts of Africa, Gallery 137

Artist

Areogun of Osi-Ilorin

Culture

Yoruba

Title

Container (Opon Igede)

Places

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

Date

1900-1950

Medium

Wood and pigment

Dimensions

49.5 × 52 cm (19 1/2 × 20 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Restricted gift of Marshall Field

Reference Number

1999.288

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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