Yoruba Mask and Statue 2 Piece Lot 28.5″ & 35.75″- African Tribal Art


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This mask and statue was carved in the style of the Yoruba tribe of Nigeria. It features an exquisitely carved mask with a large standing female figure protruding from the top, and a seated female figure with polka dot pigmentation holding a bowl. They measure 28.5 and 35.75 inches tall and weigh 6 and 14 pounds. They are in fair condition with minor cracking, scrapes and scuffs – please view photos. This is an oversized lot and requires a shipping quote. Please inquire.

Type of Object

1 mask 1 statue




Wood, Pigment

Approximate Age


Height (Inches)

28.5" & 35.75"

Width (Inches)

11.75" & 7.75"

Depth (Inches)

16.25" & 11"

Weight (Pounds)

6 & 14 lbs

Overall Condition

Cracking, scrapes and scuffs – see photos

Tribe Information

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.


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