Artist: Dàda Àrẹògún (1880-1954)
Object: Single panel palace door divided into five registers.
Material: Ìrókò wood (Chlorofora Excelsier), paint, vegetable dyes, extensive weathering.
Genre: Architectural Sculpture (78 X 25 Inches)
Origin: Òsí - Ilorin, Èkìtì /Kwara Region of Western Nigeria.
Circa: Early 20th Century
Exhibited: Carver Museum
Provenance: Property of a private collector.
This door, vividly sculpted in low relief, is a great example of what Father Carroll observed from his direct contact with Dàda Àrẹògún as Àrẹògún’s constant repition of his favourite themes; people engaged in everyday activities of village life. These themes include Nupe slave raiders on horses, armed horse riders, scooter/bicycle/motorcycle riders, women with infants on their laps, captured slaves and their distressed children, prestige figures with accordion fans, drummers and dancers, women pounding yams or millet, and tax collectors lugging bags of money.
Dàda Àreògún, arguably is second only to Ọlọ́wẹ̀ in prolificacy in traditional Yoruba traditional woodcarving.
Field collected directly from Areogun’s grandson, Taiwo Areogun by dealer and collector, Marufu Olalere.
Auction estimate $25,000 - $30,000