A superb and Important Yoruba Doll by Olówè of Ise (ca. 1875-1938), Nigeria
Acquired by the present owner at the above auction
University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Sculpture of Africa: Selections from a Private Collection, November 2 - December 23, 1984 (additional venue: Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, January 19 - March 3, 1985)
National Museum of African Art - Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., Olowe of Ise: A Yoruba Sculptor to Kings, March 15 - September 7, 1998
University of Michigan Museum of Art (ed.), Sculpture of Africa: Selections from a Private Collection, Ann Arbor, 1984, pl. 15
William Fagg, "One Hundred Notes on Nigerian Art from Christie's Catalogues 1974-1990", Quaderni Poro, 7, 1991, p. 139, pl. 77
Roslyn A. Walker, Olowe of Ise: A Yoruba Sculptor to Kings, Washington D.C., 1998, pp. 118-119, cat. 37 (three views)
As Dagan (1990: 83) states omolangidi dolls "are usually made of wood and have cylindrical or rectangular bodies and heads." Besides the offered lot, the only other omolangidi doll by Olowe of Ise is a promised gift to the UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History (promised gift of Jerome L. Joss, FMCH X88.1024, published in Walker 1998: 116-117, cat. 36).
For two omolangidi dolls by other carvers see one in the collection of the Musée Royal de l'Afrique Centrale, Tervuren (illustrated in Dagan 1990: 84, fig. 19.2) and another formerly in the Brill Collection (Sotheby's, New York, The William W. Brill Collection of African Art, November 17, 2006, lot 53).