Caryatid Veranda Post, 20th century Olowe of Ise (Yoruba, ca. 1873–1938) Yoruba peoples; Nigeria. This veranda post is attributed to Olowe of Ise, one of the most celebrated Yoruba sculptors of the past century. Admired as an innovator in both Yoruba tradition and the West, Olowe produced works that embrace classic forms and dynamic compositions that convey the illusion of movement.
This is a Mami Wata statue from the Baule people of Ivory Coast. Mami aawata or mermaid is a popular goddess in Africa representing the water spirit. This sculpture shows the spirit in one of its popular forms: as a woman-fish hybrid, emerging from the water the waves bearing a basket of wealth.