Traces of a mighty civilisation until February 24, 2014, you have the chance to see some unique African art in Bergrummet at Skeppsholmen in Stockholm.
Exhibited are over 100 sculptures in metal, stone and terracotta from 1100 – to 1500s that tell the story of the African civilization Ife, its origin in the Yoruba and in Nigeria today. The exhibition depicts Ife’s worldview, rituals and religion and provides a picture of a society that was one of the most advanced of its time.
The cavern is in itself worth a visit. It was built during the Second World War as a base for a Navy Commander and his staff in the event of war. Since 2010, it has been used for special exhibitions.
by Margaretha Holmqvist
(PHOTO) Royal guise. This bronze mask is said to depict Ooni Obalufon II, regent of Ife during the 1300s. The mask is equipped with holes for seeing and breathing and is believed to have been used until it was moved to the Nigerian National Museum last century. It is a testament to the craftsmen’s skills, that the mask is made of substantially pure copper, which is usually difficult to mold in.
(PHOTO) Internal head. This conical head is believed to represent Queen Awunrin Olojo. Conical and cylindrical heads, placed on the altar, may have symbolized the spiritual side of the individual – the inner head.
(PHOTO) Documented illness. This terracotta figure made between 1400 and 1100 hundreds, shows a man with enlarged testicles, probably due to elephantiasis disease. A fearsome, but not unusual mosquito-borne disease.
(PHOTO) Contemporary Ife. Ife is today is a vibrant urban center with a large university, museums and is also a lively place of trade and commerce. Ife is the homeland of the Yoruba people. The Yoruba are known for their artfully knotted headscarves called the Gele.