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Maker:Areogun of Osi-Ilorin , Nigerian, 1880 - 1954 Title:Door from a chief's house Date:c. 1920 Medium:Pigment on wood Culture: Nigerian Dimensions:66 x 30 x 2 3/4 in. (167.6 x 76.2 x 7 cm) Credit Line:Museum purchase Accession number:2002.11.1 Label Copy: The artist, one of the most famous of the Yoruba Osi masters, was a prolific carver of doors, house posts, bowls and masks seen in shrines and chiefs' houses around Osi-Ilorin, in southwest Nigeria. This door is typical of Areogun's distinctive style, including multiple low-relief figures arranged in an orderly, tight composition. The layering of horizontal bands to display the actions of a wide variety of people is common to his work. Depicted from top to bottom are a chief seated on a stool, a colonial district officer on a bicycle, a warrior/hunter equestrian figure, and a priest with chicken and medicine, among others. Other works by Areogun are in the collections of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, UCLA's Fowler Museum of Cultural History, and the Yale University Art Gallery.

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