Balance of Power: A Throne for an African Prince
According to Yoruba oral history, artist Olówè of Ise (about 1870–1938) could sculpt a person’s likeness on the spot—without looking at the wood he was carving. In his day, Olówè was the most sought-after artist for Yoruba royalty. Kings from far and wide called on him to sculpt the decorations that filled their palaces. Today, Western museums consider his works priceless.
This special exhibition spotlights a single extraordinary work by Olówè: a throne he made for Prince Ilori, heir apparent… Show more
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