Shrine Door
Shrine Door

Shrine Door


Artist
Lamidi Fakeye (Nigerian, 1928 – 2009)
Date
Circa 1990s
Medium
Mahogany
Dimensions
: 4 ft. 9 1/2 in. x 19 1/2 in. (1.5 m x 49.53 cm)
Credit Line
Hope College Collection
Object Number
1990.4.51

Label

The scenes on this carved door panel represent three different deities from traditional Yoruba religion.  The top scene depicts a priest associated with Sango, the god of fire, lightning and thunder. The middle scene depicts a mounted warrior accompanied by a bound captive, probably representing Ogun, the god of war and hunting.  The bottom scene depicts an Ifa diviner associated with Orunmila, the god of wisdom and knowledge. Carved panels like this were traditionally fitted into the doors of palaces, chiefly residences and religious shrines.


Object Type
Sculpture
Wood