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Benin Palace door panel, Nigeria 'ilekun aafin' (Actual 'Olowe of Ise' carving) - MUSEUM EXHIBITION ONLY
Our Price: £45,000.00

Benin Palace door panel, Nigeria 'ilekun aafin' (Actual 'Olowe of Ise' carving) - MUSEUM EXHIBITION ONLY

Dallas-Museum-ref:-2014-064

45,000.00


** OFFERED FOR MUSEUM EXHIBITION / PROCUREMENT BY FTG **

ACTUAL - 'OLOWE OF ISE' carved ROYAL PALACE DOOR for Benin Palace

The Royal Court of Benin (Oba King Akenzua II) commissioned 4 door panels from the then famous 'Olowe of Ise'

This magnificent door, is one of them.

(Actual location in Palace unknown, but judging by the relief register figure depictions, we believe it to be from one of the 'Kings rooms')

(Provenance comes from a 'sitting Chief in Ghana' plus permission granted by a 'Sitting' Chief in Nigeria (Benin))

(Extremely rare to find a Palace door in such condition carved and finished solely by 'Olowe' before he died.

Chief 'Nana Takyi' of the district of Aburi, and several elders will attest to this fact,
as will the National Museums in Nigeria and Ghana who have conducted investigations


Oba King Akenzua II, Palace door 'ilekun aafin'
Benin, Nigeria

Carved by the famous 'Olowe of Ise' Master Carver, himself before he died! (We can 'attest' to this fact based on provenance!!!!)

** C40 / Spectroscopy tests can be conducted before loan or purchase negotiations are complete - (at purchasers cost) **

A stunning example of a Royal Pace door relief. This door was commissioned by the then 'Oba King Akenzua II

This door was 'gifted' to 'Chief Nana (Jacob) Takyi, of Aburi, Ghana by the then 'sitting' Chief of a village called 'Ife'

It was Chief Nana who introduced FTG to the village of Ife, and permission to export this palace door was granted by the Chief.
Several items have been purchased by us from the sitting Chief of Ife in the last 5 years, including an 'Olowe of Ise Olumeye & Opon Igede Ife' commissioned by the Chief of Ife, many years after this door was carved by 'Olowe'

('Olumeye pot', and 'Opon igede Ife chicken offering pot' are being sold / exhibited on behalf of the Chief of Ife)
Fine Tribal Gallery has 'exclusive' rights to market this pot on behalf of the current 'sitting Chief' on behalf of the village.

Outline -

It features a kneeling / prostrated 'Mother earth' female figure holding an olumeye pot, with 4 'ibeji' twin figures on the lid.
The Pot is held up by a series of ibeji and elder figures whose positioning surrounds a 'trapped head'
of possibly the Yoruba God 'Orisha'. This head is free to roll about within the confines of the base / figures,
but cannot come out, and could not possibly have been inserted (fracture tests already conducted).

This pot is a truly stunning example, which is a true testament to the skill exhibited by 'Olowe'



£27,500

References (Olowe of Ise)

http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/1996.55...

https://africa.si.edu/exhibits/olowe/olowe.htm

https://africa.si.edu/collections/view/objects/asi...

https://africa.si.edu/collections/view/objects/asi...


https://www.dma.org/art/exhibition-archive/variati...

http://www.nytimes.com/1997/09/26/arts/art-review-...

http://www.dia.org/user_area/uploads/FINAL%202012%20SG%20NORTH%20WING%202007.pdf (page 19)

http://www.kasuwa.be/portfolio-archive/yoruba-bowl...