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72.5" without stand; 73" with stand
4" without stand; 12" with stand
97lbs with stand
Some cracking throughout
Yoruba African Door with Stand 73″ – Nigeria
This Yoruba door from Nigeria is hand carved in high relief from one piece of wood. This ilekum stands 73″ tall and is mounted on a custom stand will make an excellent addition to your tribal art collection.
Yoruba Doors (ilekum) were made by distinguished carvers within the tribe for people of great importance. This style of door is a replica of the artist Olowe of Ise, who is known for his innovative approach to carving in very high and uneven relief.
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About the Yoruba People
The Yoruba are the largest cultural group on the African continent, with nearly 40 million people. The word ‘Yoruba’ describes both the language and a tribe living across Nigeria and the Popular Republic of Benin, in an area of forest and savannah.
The Yoruba people’s primary living space is South-West Nigeria with substantial Yoruba communities in Benin, Togo and Sierra Leone but they are not bound by state or country borders. This area is often referred to as “Yorubaland”. Most of the terrain is either forest, woodland savannah, rich farmland or coastal swamps and lagoons.
The origin of the Yoruba people in Nigeria is heavily debated. Some believe they came from the east in Mecca, some say from the north in Egypt. Evidence shows that ethnically, Yoruba’s have been in the area known as Yorubaland since the 7th century BC. Scholars believe the area was probably inhabited earlier by peoples of the Nok culture. Yorubaland covers the modern-day countries of Nigeria, Togo and Benin. The term Yoruba to describe ethnicity, did not come about until the 16th century and wasn’t widely used until the 19th century. Before then, the Yoruba people were known by many names depending on who was acknowledging them. For instance, the Europeans referred to them as Akú, whereas in Cuba, they were referred to as O luku mi.
Read more about the Yoruba here.