Large Door with Biblical Scenes
Lamidi Fakeye (Nigerian, 1928 – 2009)
DimensionsApproximate : 8 ft. x 54 in. x 2 in. (2.4 m x 1.4 m x 5.08 cm)
Credit LineGift of Dr. and Mrs. Bruce Haight
LabelLamidi Fakeye was born into a family of Yoruba woodcarvers and trained through the traditional apprenticeship system. Although he was a Muslim, most of his art depicts traditional Yoruba and Christian subjects. The four carved panels on this door portray scenes from the Old and New Testaments. From the bottom up the panels depict Abraham Sacrificing Isaac, the Trials of Job, Christ Praying in the Garden of Gethsemane, and the Crucifixion of Christ. In every scene, Fakeye shows the figures with distinctly African facial features, hair and clothing. Carved doors are a traditional status symbol in Yoruba culture and are typically found in important public buildings and wealthy private homes.