A rare pair of Thomas Ona carved wood figures, Yoruba, West Africa
A rare pair of Thomas Ona carved wood figures, Yoruba, West Africa

A rare pair of Thomas Ona carved wood figures, Yoruba, West Africa

1900 to 2000 West Africa - Yoruba

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A rare pair of Thomas Ona carved wood figures, Yoruba, West Africa
Circa 1915

Size: 30cm & 29cm high
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Provenance: Old Collection label dated 18th August 1916


Thomas Ona was a renowned Yoruba artist who carved colonial and

commemorative figures for the early tourist trade at the beginning of

the 20th century.


The Oba or King is viewed as sacred in Benin and he and his court are

the centre of Benin culture. This Oba King figure celebrates the return

of the court in 1914 after the Benin punitive expedition led by the

British in 1897, which destroyed most of the palace and city and exiled

the King. In 1914 the King's son was allowed to return to restore the

monarchy and began rebuilding the palace.


These figured were collected in 1916 and were carved by the hand of Thomas Ona to commemorate the return of the Oba.
Dimensions
Height 30.00 cm (11.81 inches)
Medium
Wood and pigments
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