Model for a Veranda Post: Mother of Twins Over Babalawo
Lamidi Fakeye (Nigerian, 1928 – 2009)
DimensionsWork : 27 x 4 x 3 1/4 in. (68.58 x 10.16 x 8.25 cm)
Credit LineGift of Dr. and Mrs. Bruce Haight
LabelTall, carved veranda posts were traditionally placed under the eaves of many Yoruba chiefly and royal residences as well as some religious shrine buildings. The posts functioned as status symbols, and typically featured images of important figures from Yoruba history and culture, such as kings, warriors, priests and maternal icons. The top half of this model for a veranda post depicts a kneeling woman with one baby suckling at her breast and another baby strapped to her back. The bottom half of the carving depicts a male Ifa diviner holding a pipe in his mouth, and a sacrificial chicken and tusk in his hands. Together the images symbolize a wish for fecundity, prosperity, wisdom and the continued blessing of the gods.