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OLOWE OF ISE (c. 1860-1875 - 1938)

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Royal Palace Door.Ruler on Horseback. & Female sacrifice.
20th c African (West) Yoruba Sculpture

OLOWE OF ISE (Effon-Alaiye, Nigeria, c. 1860 - 1875 - 1938) Primary
1900 - 1938
20th c
Yoruba. Nigeria.
Washington D.C. National Gallery of Art.
Not all women received the respect given to the Benin Queen Mother. These details from a late 19th century palace door of the Yoruba people may represent ceremonies which included human sacrifice. We see the regal ruler on horseback followed by his retinue on the left and the detail of a female sacrifice on the right. In some groups, like the Dahomey, slavery was a royal monopoly, with ancestor worship and sacrifice part of royal rituals which underscored the power of the ruler. Although such practices were not common, Europeans condemned them loudly and used the practice as a way of justifying their colonial conquests.

Caption: OLOWE OF ISE | Royal Palace Door.Ruler on Horseback. & Female sacrifice. | 1900 - 1938 | West African | Yoruba

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