Caryatid Veranda Post, 20th century Olowe of Ise (Yoruba, ca. 1873–1938) Yoruba peoples; Nigeria. This veranda post is attributed to Olowe of Ise, one of the most celebrated Yoruba sculptors of the past century. Admired as an innovator in both Yoruba tradition and the West, Olowe produced works that embrace classic forms and dynamic compositions that convey the illusion of movement.
The Oshugbo or Ogboni society consists of the oldest and wisest men and women in a community. They settle disputes and balance the power of the king. This figure depicts a titled male elder. He wears the ritual sash over his left shoulder and the bea