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Bronze Ife Seated Figure of Tada - PF.6044
Origin: Nigeria
Circa: 20 th Century AD
Dimensions: 9.25" (23.5cm) high
Collection: African
Medium: Bronze

Location: United States
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The original seated figure of Tada is among the supreme masterpieces of African art. A product of Ife craftsmen, it was originally located on the ancient northern frontier of the Ife Kingdom in the modern Nupe town of Tada. Although it is unclear why this stunning sculpture was found so far north, it is believed that the work served as a marker indicating that one was entering the realm of Ife. This remarkable figure is famed for its realistic details and mastery of technique. This miniature bronze sculpture is a charming replica of the famed original. The sculptor has even recreated the fragmented arms and truncated leg. The attention to detail captures the essence of the masterpiece including the swelling belly and the wrapper that is overlain with a net of coral beads. The meaning of this replica is as mysterious as that of the Seated Figure of Tada. Is this charming sculpture a souvenir that would accompany a visitor home to impress others with the beauty of Ife craftsmen. Perhaps it was a miniature idol meant to be worshipped in private much like its larger counterpart is honored in public to ensure the fertility of the fields and the tribe. In either case, this work pays homage to one of the pinnacle works of African art. Much like a miniature Eiffle Tower or Statue of Liberty, this replica conjures the grandeur of the masterpiece it honors. - (PF.6044)


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