Awaiting the arrival of a King

Ife head British Museum collection

Made in Africa : Portrait of an Ife King (image courtesy British Museum)

The Living Cultures gallery will be closed from 30th November 2009 until 4th December  2009 whilst the new temporary exhibition Made in Africa: Portrait of an Ife King is installed.

At the heart of this exhibition is a portrait-like brass cast of the Oni (King) of Ife from 12th – 14th century AD kindly on loan from the British Museum. Ife is an important city in south-western Nigeria, it has a long an illustrious history and  is the ancestral home of the Yoruba people.

During excavations in the early 19th century numerous cast were revealed and a picture of the very many different rulers and long history of Ife emerged. Frank Willet, the once Curator of Anthropology at the Manchester Museum, published widely on Ife art culture.

The cast will be on display with other pieces of Yoruba sculpture from the Living Cultures collection as well as a contemporary piece  made by the artist Taslim Martin.

Stephen Terence Welsh

Curator of Living Cultures

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