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Veranda post of enthroned king and senior wife (Opo Ogoga). Olowe of Ise (Yoruba peoples). c. 1910-1914 C.E. Wood and pigment.
- Women are important in Yoruba society
- The king's senior wife stands behind him
- she is crowning him in a ceremony showing that men cannot rule without the support of women
- This is one of three veranda posts carved by Olowe of Ise, a famed artist of the Yoruba peoples
- hierarchical order by size
- the woman is the king's senior wife; her size is what is actually holding up the veranda
- the king is no less important, as he is seated in front of his wife
- the king's crown
- beaded- connection to past rulers and powers in the spiritual realm
- bird- beak pointed to king symbolizes supernatural watchfulness that allows him to protect his people
- bird also symbolizes older women, female ancestors, and female deities that support the king; collectively known to the peoples as "our mothers"
Works Cited/ Resources
"The Art Institute of Chicago." Veranda Post of Enthroned King and Senior Wife (Opo Ogoga) | The Art Institute of Chicago. Art Institute of Chicago, 2013. Web. 11 Oct. 2017. <http://www.artic.edu/aic/collections/exhibitions/African/Veranda>.
"Veranda Post of Enthroned King and Senior Wife (Opo Ogoga), 1910/14." The Art Institute of Chicago. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Oct. 2017. <http://www.artic.edu/aic/collections/artwork/102611>.
- very tall
- woman is the main structural part of the post
- wood and pigment
- woman is larger than the man
- served as a veranda post; held no actual weight
- created by Olowe of Ise
- King and his senior wife work in harmony
Olowe of Ise- artist who carved this
veranda post- structural element that held up the royal porch