Door with Colonial Official Being Carried.
OLOWE OF ISE
(Effon-Alaiye, Nigeria, c. 1860 - 1875 - 1938)
19th-20th c African (West) Yoruba Sculpture
Palace Ikere. Nigeria. Africa.
London. Museum of Mankind.
The end of slavery did not bring an end to European interest in Africa, for Africa represented markets for the their expanding economies, and missionaries looked for additional souls to save. European explorers sought to unravel the mysteries of the interior. In 1788 an association was formed to explore the interior of Africa and to find the source of the great rivers. A prize was offered to the first European who could go to the fabled Timbuktu and return. Many explorers lost their lives before these goals were met. The rigors of nature killed some of them, while hostile tribes and disease killed others. The most famous was David Livingston, a Scottish missionary and explorer. He looked for the source of the Niger river in 1849, and went up the Zambezi where he discovered the magnificent Victoria Falls in 1855. His exploits were of great interest to Europeans and Americans alike, and when he had not been hear from for some time, the American newspaper man H.M. Stanley was sent in search of him. When he finally located him, Stanley greeted him with the memorable, but perhaps apocryphal words "Dr. Livingston I presume." The marvelous carved door from the royal palace at Ikerre in Nigeria shows a European explorer carried by his African bearers, followed by others who carry the supplies needed for his journey.
Caption: OLOWE of Ise | Door with Colonial Official Being Carried. | c. 1893-1938 | African | Yoruba
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