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AID MIA_.95.84
OTY Sculpture
OTG
OTN Female Portrait Head
MET H.12 x W.5-3/4 x D.7 in.
MEG
MCM overall
MED  
MDV  
MDU inches
OMG
OMD terra-cotta
CRG
CRT Ife (Yoruba)
CRC Ife (Yoruba)
CRR artist
OCG
OCT 12th century - 14th century
OCS 1100
OCE 1399
STG
SUG
CXG
CXD

<P>Between the 12th and 14th centuries, the royal city of Ife, in present-day Nigeria, was a center of economic, religious and political power, and its importance was reflected in a highly developed and distinctive sculptural style. Portrait heads modeled in terra-cotta or bronze stood on royal shrines in the palace compound. This head, recently acquired by The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, probably represents a woman of the royal court. The delicate lines on her face show a pattern of scarification, the cutting of designs into the skin to mark identity, status and beauty. The sensitive realism of this portrait is unusual among African art styles which typically present abstracted and generalized representations of the human image. Works of art from Ife are very rare. This superb creation is one of only three in American museum collections.</P>

OOG
OON The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
OOP Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
OOA 95.84
OOC The John R. Van Derlip Fund
ORG
ORL http://www.artsmia.org/restrictions.html
RIG
RIP Y
RID Full view
RIR HasFormat
RIL MIA_.1533c.tif
RMG
RMD Antenna Audio: Permanent Collection Tour
RMR IsReferencedBy
RML MIA_.AA200102.14.mp3
DCG
DCB mia: MIA Photo/Scanning Services
DCD 19980225
AVD 20000614
AVV 1.2
ALY 1998

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