Thursday, December 27, 2012

Isomoloruko Yoruba Cultural Documentary

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Olówè of Isè - Yoruba Art, Culture & Tradition

Olowe of Ise was born about 1875 in Efon-Alaiye, a town in eastern Yorubaland that was once a kingdom and one of the most important centers of Yoruba carving. Olowe moved to Ise at a young age to serve the Arinjale (king) as a court messenger. The details of his early life and training in sculpture are not known. His descendants claim he was self-taught, but it is likely that he learned the Yoruba canon and perfected his carving skills during an apprenticeship.