Delaire Graff Estate, Africa Nova-Ifè Bronze Bust
Delaire Graff Estate, Africa Nova-Ifè Bronze Bust
Delaire Graff Estate, Africa Nova-Ifè Bronze Bust
Delaire Graff Estate, Africa Nova-Ifè Bronze Bust

Ifè Bronze Bust


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AFRICA NOVA
Yorùbá, Benin region, Nigeria, 20th century
Bronze
 
Brass and copper sculptures from Ile Ifè in southern Nigeria date from the 14th to early 15th century. In this 20th century piece, one can see the strikingly naturalistic style and deliberate parallel incisions (or striations) on the face, which are defining characteristics of classical Ifè art. These pieces are still made according to the ancient cire perdue technique, by artisans in southwestern Nigeria.