The Oba symbolizes the aspirations of a civilization at the highest level of authority. These sculptural heads were a consistent visual point of reference from ruler to ruler. The oba is often called by his praise name “Great Head,” emphasizing the head of the living leader as the center of responsibility for the kingdom.
Culture and Traditions
In Africa, the Yoruba are contiguous with the Yoruboid Itsekiri to the southeast in the northwest Niger Delta, Bariba to the northwest in Benin and Nigeria, and the Nupe to the north, and the Ebira to the northeast in central Nigeria. To the east are the Edo, Ẹsan, and Afemai groups in mid-western Nigeria.
Kenneth T. Ward donated in the year 1991.
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Prairie View A&M University, "YORUBA Culture Of Arts West African ethnic group that mainly inhabits parts of Nigeria, Benin and Togo that constitute Yorubaland - ( Oba)" (2022). African Sculptures and Masks. 64.