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Native NameOpo
Object Number: 71-13-1
Current Location: Africa Gallery
Currently On Display
Provenience: Nigeria
Date Made: early 20th century
Early Date: 1900
Late Date: 1925
Credit Line:Purchased from Oushigalo Nouhoun, 1971


Posts of this type decorate the verandahs of kings, titled elders, priests, and shrines to the gods. "By depicting humanity (priests, mother and children, warriors, court officials) they litterally multiply the number of 'supporters' of a leader or divinity and, in so doing, enhance his power and prestige."

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Evocative Images: African Sculpture from the University Museum (Traveling version of "African Sculpture from the University Museum") ( Sep 1988 - Apr 1990)View Objects in Exhibition
African Gallery ( Aug 1995)View Objects in Exhibition
African Sculpture from the University Museum (22 Nov 1986 - 08 Feb 1987)View Objects in Exhibition


[Catalogue] Wardwell, Allen. 1986. African Sculpture from the University Museum, University of Pennsylvania. : Page/Fig./Plate: 63View Objects cited in this Publication
[Article] Dougherty, Frank. 1986. African Sculpture, in Philadelphia Daily News. : Page/Fig./Plate: A2View Objects cited in this Publication

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