Kneeling Female Figure with Offering Bowl (Olumeye)
Kneeling Female Figure with Offering Bowl (Olumeye)

Kneeling Female Figure with Offering Bowl (Olumeye)


Artist
Lamidi Fakeye (Nigerian, 1928 – 2009)
Date
Ca. 1985-1990
Medium
Mahogany
Dimensions
: 13 3/4 x 3 x 5 1/2 in. (34.92 x 7.62 x 13.97 cm)
Credit Line
Hope College Collection
Object Number
1990.4.82

Label
The Yoruba name for this type sculpture depicting a kneeling woman with a child strapped to her back and an offering bowl held in her hands is olumeye, "one who brings honor." Olumeye sculptures were traditionally displayed on altars to represent offerings to the gods and ancestral spirits. The figure exhibits many physical characteristics that were associated with female beauty in Yoruba culture, including an elaborate, crested hairstyle, scarification patterns on her cheeks, a long neck, and large, pointed breasts. Lamidi Fakeye, the artist who created this sculpture, came from a long line of traditional Yoruba woodcarvers. He played an important role in preserving and advancing Yoruba woodcarving in Nigeria during the second half of the 20th century. 

Object Type
Wood
Academic Themes
Beauty and the Body