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last century some sculptures were still in use on altars for worship of ancestors and deities that included a mix of ancient and contemporary objects. Scientific excavation could someday provide clues to the nature and function of the figures, but we do not know precisely whom they represent or how they were used. Many were found in the precinct of the royal palace, and their crowns and regalia identify the subjects as rulers. Copper was so valuable that it often was employed for royal commissions, and the use of this durable material suggests repeated use, possibly rituals involving renewal of the power of the ruler and his ceremonial raiments. But other copper figures were dug up far from the palace, suggesting that the sculptures had uses outside the royal court. The best evidence we have is the objects themselves. The exhibit includes the two extant full length hollow cast copper alloy figures: a 19 inch king in ceremonial garb and a half life size seated man wearing a patterned wrap tied at the hip. Found north of the city (but likely cast in Ife), the paunchy seated figure actively used in a fertility shrine until the early 1900s is the most complex surviving metal sculpture from sub Saharan Africa.
off full length figures, none of which has survived. Some are beautifully preserved likenesses of women with beaded crowns indicating their membership in the royal court. One of the most remarkable pieces is a 16th century copper figure of a handsome young king, perhaps in his mid 20s, preserved from the waist up and a little more than a foot tall. The head is disproportionately large for the body, reflecting the Yoruba belief that the head is the seat of an individual's essential energy and being.
These two works alone are reason to head to Richmond. Another is the newly expanded installation of the museum's super African holdings, among which are Yoruba beaded crowns, staves and boots that augment the Ife show. And several jaw dropping cases contain 10 of the 19 surviving life size copper heads, and the mask called "Obalufon" after a mythic king credited with bringing metalworking to Ife, said to have been kept in the royal palace from the time it was made 600 years ago until it was transferred to the national museum in the last century. Other highlights include delicately detailed reddish terra cotta heads believed to have broken Adidas Originals Gazelle Og Leather Black
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