This exquisite life-sized Ife head is the perfect example of how the artists of Ife developed a refined and highly naturalistic sculptural tradition in stone, terracotta, brass and copper and created a style unlike anything in Africa at the time. The technical sophistication of the casting process is matched by the artworks’ enduring beauty. Ife is accurately regarded as the birthplace of some of the highest achievements of African art and culture, showcasing both strong technical skill and strong visual allure. The Yoruba believe the head is the seat of an individual’s essential energy and being. This Ife head adorned by Laolu Senbanjo’s “Sacred Art of the Ori” in his Afromysterics style of art tells the story of his Ori (Soul/Spirit).
BK x Laolu NYC Bronze Ife Head