Kneeling female figural bowls, known as olumeye (“one who brings/one who knows honor”), are often used by obas (chiefs) to present kola nuts to guests. They can also be used to hold offerings to orishas during ceremonies. The bowl the figure holds is often in the shape of a chicken, representing prosperity, as well as the Yoruba creation story. The carved amulet on her back, a tirah, is a protective Islamic charm, showing the fluid cultural exchange that occurs in Northern Nigeria with nearby Muslim ethno-religious groups. This example is notable for its elaborately carved coiffure, inclusion of beads, rich patina and evidence of local use.

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