X91.336 Door


This door is one of sixteen carved by Yoruba artists Lamidi Fakeye and Fayomi for the Idena Gate of the palace of theoni, or king, at Ile-Ife. Ornamented with Christian iconography, the doors were commissioned by Adesoji Aderemi II, the reigning oni, who was himself a Christian. At some point after his death the subsequent oni, Sijuade, replaced them.

Lamidi trained with Bandele (b. 1915), son of master carver Areogun (ca. 1880-1956), whose doors are featured near the entrance of the Intersections gallery.

Source: Gallery wall text: Fowler in Focus – Doors in Global Perspective. 2009