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Yoruba Bronze Ide Ese Bracelet - PF.4897
Origin: Southwestern Nigeria
Circa: 18 th Century AD
Dimensions: 5" (12.7cm) high x 4.25" (10.8cm) wide
Collection: African
Style: Yoruba
Medium: Bronze

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Yoruba iconography is characterized by beautiful proportions and autonomy of motif. Spirit deities appear on a vast variety of objects from diviner plates to bracelets, such as on this remarkable example. It is of a type worn by royalty and persons of high rank in the Ijebu region. The intricate latticework centers around the faces of the four figures. There features resemble those of the ancestral Onile, with their bulbous eyes and intense expression. Being both human and divine, their bodies alternate between realism and abstraction as they revolve around the bracelet, propelled by their own inner energy. This bracelet would have been seen as both an ornament of prestige and also an object of power, worn by someone who possessed sufficient authority to warrant wearing images of divine beings. Whether worn or displayed, this bracelet combines art and religion in a work of art of mystical proportions. - (PF.4897)

 

 

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