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19th Century Nigeria, Yoruba Wooden Shrine Panel

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1900: Item # 1223844

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Yoruba, Nigeria Africa, wooden Shrine Panel, 19th Century. While the meaning of all of the carvings is not known, many images allude to two Yoruba gods, Eshu & Ogun, though they are never depicted. Eshu & Ogun are gods who cross boundaries. Other carved images also refer to the doors' function. For example, snakes & crocodiles are boundary-crossing creatures that inhabit two worlds: above & below the ground, and wet & dry areas. Panel is 61" x 25" with wear appropriate to age, in good condition. Ex: Private Palm Beach, FL collection.