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Pair of Yoruba Beaded Panels - PF.4828
Origin: Southwestern Nigeria
Circa: 20 th Century AD
Dimensions: 31.5" (80.0cm) high
Collection: African
Medium: Beads

Location: United States
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The Yoruba artists have created some of the most impressive bead work in all Africa. These two beautiful panels combine raw energy and pure artistry in a form which is at once exciting and very soothing. This seeming contradiction is achieved by absolute symmetry, using geometric shapes that also have symbolic meaning. The inner square of each is composed of alternating blue and white triangles on the outer rim. The sudden change to black, gold and pink on the inner square highlights the oval center and the face within. Many of the Yoruba beaded objects contain a face; probably associated with a divine presence, and the personal deity of the owner or devotee. The three triangles hanging from the bottom are similar to the seven triangular pieces suspended from laba Sango shrines. Priestesses wear beaded dance panels (yata) during the annual festival for orisa Osun. In these lovely panels we see art and religion fused together with superb skill and a touch of magic. - (PF.4828)


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