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African ONI Queen in bronze

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The ONI sculpture is larger than life-sized bronze head of an African ONI Queen of the (IFE) YORUBA people. The queen has a serene expression on her face.

HISTORY
These sculptures were traditionally made in the IFE region in Africa, a region that was formerly the royal and religious centre of the Yoruba people. The ONI head is crafted with distinctive vertical lines. These streaks represent the facial scarification which are characteristic of the ‘classic’ period of the art of IFE. The holes on the neck are to attach the mask to a wooden dummy for exhibitions to the public during ceremonies. In the Yoruba tradition, these grooves on the neck were considered a sign of beauty.

DIMENSIONS
Width: 18 cm / 7 inches
Length: 26.5cm / 10.4 inches
Height: 33 cm / 13 inches

Weight: 1.8kg / 4 pounds
This is a modern production

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Weight 1.8 kg
Dimensions 26.5 × 18 × 33 cm

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