Veranda Post of the Enthroned King and his Senior Wife (Opo Ogoga). Olowe of Ise (Yoruba peoples). c.1910-1914 C.E. Wood and pigment
Cultural and/or historical influences: The Yoruba people are from Nigeria. There were 4 other Veranda pieces that were found in the palace and sculpted by Olowe of Ise.
Artist background/ influences: A well known artist named Olowe of Ise. The artist is from the region of Ise in southwestern Nigeria. He also carved bowls, reliefs, masks, other and veranda posts, for kings and aristocrats. He was considered one of the best carvers in the 20th century. He was the king of Ise.
Narrative: The sculpture represents the king as the focal point, but it shows his dependence on others. It celebrates his source of power, which is found in the community. The female behind him represents his senior wife, where she is ready to place te crown on the king's head during his coronation. This implies that a man cannot rule without a woman beside him. As the senior wife is the main piece, and the junior wife, near his feet, are depicted in a smaller form. The represents a stylized piece.
Thematic or Cross-Cultural Connections: The veranda post have a cross cultural connection with the majority of other African works because they honor their leaders through rituals. They believe that their leaders are a spiritual link in their societies. In addition, they honor female figures through their art because they are very important in African societies.
The Yoruba people live in southwestern Nigeria and the southern Republic of Benin.
Materials: The Veranda post is made from wood and pigment.
Process: It is a carved sculpture.
Visual/Physical Elements: The veranda represents an emphasize piece of work because of the exaggerated proportions. It figures's sizes represents their importance, where the least important is the smallest, while the most important is the largest figure. In addition, each figure's head is exaggerated to represent the head is the focal point.
Purpose/Intention: The sculpture was a veranda, or porch, post. It was intended to be part of structural post among a palace porch. The veranda piece was created for the palace and the royal family in the Yoruba society.
Patron/Intended Audience: The work is was most likely commissioned by a king.
Viewed/Experienced: The king intended the work to be viewed in everyday life since it is part of an architectural structure. It was placed at the palace in Ikere.
Opo Ogoga- veranda posts