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Yoruba Beaded Camel with Two Double-Headed Birds - PF.5016
Origin: Southwestern Nigeria
Circa: 20 th Century AD
Dimensions: 11.75" (29.8cm) high x 7" (17.8cm) wide
Collection: African Art
Medium: Beads

$6,000.00
Location: United States
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The introduction of “seed beads” from Europe marked the beginning of a vibrant new art form. Yoruba artists incorporated the myriad colors of beads into highly intricate patterns, so richly ornamented they became the property and privilege of kings. This very charming beaded camel is surmounted by two double-headed birds standing on top of one another. They ride comfortably on the camel's front hump, while the camel itself rests on a cylindrical base. Birds are very important to Yoruba iconography; they symbolize the diviner's ability to chant and the mystical power of women. Birds are often found on the king's (Oba) beaded crown, demonstrating his control over, and his respect for, the witches of the night. There are so many different colors of beads used, and yet they all blend together as one radiant whole. Though quite abstract, the camel and its birds are full of life and suspended movement, as if ready to take off in a gallop or fly away into an unknown, beautiful world. - (PF.5016)

 

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