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Uhunmwun Elao (Ancestral Memorial Head)

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Placed next to the aseberia (altar tableau) on the Iyoba’s (queen mother’s) royal ancestor altar, in the palace of the ruling Oba (king), these heads (uhunmwun elao meaning ‘ancestral memorial head’) are...


Uhunmwun Elao (Ancestral Memorial Head)

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The first task of any new king (Oba) of Benin City is to create an altar dedicated to his deceased father who reigned before him. The altar (a semi-circular mud platform onto which altar objects are placed) is used to honour...


Osanmasinmi (Ram’s Head Altarpiece)

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Primarily found in the Owo region of Yorubaland, carved ram’s heads / or human heads with horns (osanmasinmi) adorn ancestral altars and shrines (ojupo) of royals, chiefs and Yoruba leaders. Osanmasinmi heads honour...