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Twins Seven-Seven: Legacy of the Oshogbo Master

November 10, 2011 to February 5, 2012

Indigo Arts presents a memorial exhibition of the work of the late Nigerian master, Prince Twins Seven-Seven (1944 – 2011), one of the leading members of the Oshogbo art movement that arose in the newly independent nation in the early 1960s. He was the most celebrated African artist of his generation.

Twins Seven-Seven spent much of the last 15 years of his life living and working in Philadelphia. In 2005 he was named UNESCO Artist for Peace in an award ceremony in Paris. His work is included in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Institution and other major international collections. In 2010 he was the subject of an exhaustive monograph and biography, Prince Twins Seven-Seven: His Art, His Life in Nigeria, His Exile in America, by Henry Glassie. A talented musician, he continued to perform throughout his career. Several of his early recordings have recently been reissued.

The exhibition also includes a selection of work by contemporaries and younger Nigerian artists who were influenced and inspired by Twins Seven-Seven. They include contemporaries, such as the late Asiru Olatunde, who hammered relief paintings out of copper and aluminum sheet, and artist Yinka Adeyemi, who works in two other characteristic Oshogbo media, batik on paper and mosaic-like bead paintings. Artists of the next generation include Tunde Odunlade, Phillip Olufemi Babarinlo, Rahmon Olugunna, Ademola Oyelami, and Toyin Folorunso, a grandson of Asiru Olatunde. Selections from the exhibit follow. Many more works can be seen on the pages for Twins Seven Seven and each other individual artist.

Festival for Oshun
SKU: IF-2302

Oshogbo, Nigeria, c.2007
Hammered aluminum relief
(23 1/8” h. x 15 3/4” w.)

$650

Festival for Shango
SKU: YF-2305

Oshogbo, Nigeria, c.1990
Hammered aluminum relief
(12 1/4" h. x 21 1/2” w.)

$625

A Couple Farmer
SKU: BSOP-1201

A Couple Farmer
Bashiru Opabola, Oshogbo, Nigeria
1997
Mixed media on plywood
(12" h x 24"w)

20% off

$750 $600

The Kingdom of Animals
SKU: YF-2308

Oshogbo, Nigeria, c.1990s
Hammered copper relief
(7” h. x 19 3/4” w.)

$600

The Great Cause Will of Destiny
SKU: BSOP-1202

1997
Mixed media on plywood
(12" h x 24"w)

20% off

$750 $600

The Kingdom of Animals (vertical)
SKU: TF-2303

Oshogbo, Nigeria, c.2007
Hammered aluminum relief
(20 1/8" h. x 15 3/8” w).

$550

Egungun Masquerade
SKU: JOD-2302

Oshogbo, Nigeria
c.1990
Oil on masonite board (20 1/8" h. x 8 3/4” w.)

$550

The Kingdom of Animals (horizontal)
SKU: TF-2301

Oshogbo, Nigeria, c.2007
Hammered aluminum relief
(16" h. x 20” w).

$550

The Kingdom of Birds
SKU: TF-2302

Oshogbo, Nigeria, c.2007
Hammered aluminum relief
(20" h. x 16” w).

$550

The Oba's Palace
SKU: YF-2302

Oshogbo, Nigeria, c.1990
Hammered aluminum relief
(10 1/4" h. x 21 3/8” w.)

$475

Masquerade
SKU: SGA-9401

Oshogbo, Nigeria, 1991
Oil, ink on Paper (22 3/4" h. x 15 3/4" w.)

$475

Egungun Festival
SKU: YF-2303

Oshogbo, Nigeria, c.1990
Hammered aluminum relief
(10 1/2" h. x 23” w.)

$475

Oshun Festival
SKU: YF-2306

Oshogbo, Nigeria, c.1990
Hammered aluminum relief
(10”  d. x 21 1/4” w.)

$475

Twins Seven-Seven
SKU: T77-1013

Digital pigment print of 2006 original painting.
(Epson 9800 Ultrachrome K3 Pigment Print on "English 14" Cold Press Art Paper)
(Image size 17" h. x 13"w., Sheet size 22 3/4" x 17")
Edition of 50, five copies signed and numbered by the artist, 2010

$450

Women Carrying Palm Wine
SKU: TF-2304

Unsigned.  Purchased from the estate of Toyin Folorunso.  Oshogbo, Nigeria, c.2016
Hammered aluminum relief
(20 1/4" h. x 14 3/4” w).

$450

Animals in Political Conference
SKU: T77-0409

2004
Ink, watercolor & acrylic on paper
(24" h x 18"w).

$1500

Product Status: 
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David Osevwe, Oshogbo, Nigeria
SKU: Osev-2

1999
Glass beads on plywood
(14 1/2" h x 24 1/2"w)

$1,200

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The Woman with Four Breasts
SKU: IF-2303

Oshogbo, Nigeria, c.2007
Hammered aluminum relief
(23 5/8” h. x 15 7/8” w.)

The Woman with Four Breasts is an old Yoruba story.  A depiction of this tale by Isola's uncle, Asiru Olatunde, is on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art (see photo in our Asiru Olatunde bio.).  It is described as follows:
A long time ago, there reigned a king whose wife gave birth to a female child with four breasts. The king was ashamed of his daughter and when she grew up, she chose to leave her father. In the bush (the uncultivated land outside town), she met a hunter, and they got married. Their marriage was based on two promises: he would not abuse her because of her four breasts and she would not cook certain foods that were forbidden to him. The couple's eventual breaking of these two vows led to a fight and the departure of the woman. The woman returned to her father, the king, but she still felt unaccepted and returned to the bush where she became a river. The king searched for his daughter and found the river and returned to his palace and rejoiced. (Smithsonian National Museum of African Art)

$750

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Adam and Eve
SKU: IF-2304

Oshogbo, Nigeria, c.2007
Hammered aluminum relief
(23 3/8” h. x 16 1/8” w.)

$650

Product Status: 
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Sisi Ekos (Lagos Girl)
SKU: FMJ-0902

Oshogbo, Nigeria
2005
Oil on board (25" h. x 20"w.)

$575

Product Status: 
Returned to Artist
The Creature Within
SKU: FMJ-0901

Oshogbo, Nigeria
2005
Oil on board (25" h. x 20"w.)

$575

Product Status: 
Returned to Artist
Kingdom of Animals (vertical)
SKU: TF-2201

Oshogbo, Nigeria, 2021-22
Hammered aluminum relief
(20"h.  x 16 1/4” w).

$550

Product Status: 
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The Kingdom of Birds
SKU: TF-2202

Oshogbo, Nigeria, 2021-22
Hammered aluminum relief
(20"h.  x 16 1/4” w).

$550

Product Status: 
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Eden
SKU: TF-2204

Family studio of Toyin Folorunso (signature is ambiguous).  Oshogbo, Nigeria, 2021-22
Hammered aluminum relief
(20"h.  x 16 1/4” w).

$550

Product Status: 
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Three Mamy Watas
SKU: TF-2203

Family studio of Toyin Folorunso (signature is ambiguous).  Oshogbo, Nigeria, 2021-22
Hammered aluminum relief
(16" h. x 20 1/8” w).

$550

Product Status: 
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Kingdom of Animals (horizontal)
SKU: TF-2205

Oshogbo, Nigeria, 2021-22
Hammered aluminum relief
(16" h. x 20 1/8” w).

$550

Product Status: 
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The Animal Kingdom #6
SKU: TF-1801

Oshogbo, Nigeria.  c.2018
Hammered aluminum relief
(16" h. x 20" w).

$500

Product Status: 
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Fishes
SKU: AOY-1504

Oshogbo, Nigeria,  2014
Ink batik on rice paper.
17 3/4" x 25"

$475

Product Status: 
Returned to Artist
Lovers
SKU: AOY-1505

Oshogbo, Nigeria,  2014
Ink batik on rice paper.
18" x 25"

$475

Product Status: 
Returned to Artist
The Oba's Palace
SKU: SAO-1802

Oshogbo, Nigeria
c. 1990
Hammered aluminum relief (11 3/4" h x 24 1/4"w)

$475

Product Status: 
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Beyond the City
SKU: AOY-1506

Oshogbo, Nigeria,  2013
Ink batik on rice paper.
17 1/2" x 25"

$475

Product Status: 
Returned to Artist
The Animal Kingdom #2
SKU: TF-1202

c.2012
Hammered aluminum relief
(16" h x 20"w)
Exact details may vary.

$475

Product Status: 
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Faces II
SKU: AOY-1507

Oshogbo, Nigeria,  2014
Ink batik on rice paper.
18" x 25"

$475

Product Status: 
Returned to Artist
City Crier
SKU: LOA-9401

Prince Layi Orogun Ademoinore, Oshogbo, Nigeria
c. 1993
Oil, ink on Paper (28" h x 18"w)

$475

Product Status: 
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Oshun Festival
SKU: ISF-1805

Ishola Folorunso.  Oshogbo, Nigeria c.2012
Hammered aluminum relief
(23 1/4" h x 16 1/8"w)

$475

Product Status: 
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The Kingdom of Birds
SKU: TF-1804

c.2015
Hammered aluminum relief
(20" h x 16"w)
Exact details may vary.

$475

Product Status: 
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The Animal Kingdom #6
SKU: TF-1803

c.2015
Hammered aluminum relief
(19 1/2" h x 15 1/2"w)
Exact details may vary.

$475

Product Status: 
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The Animal Kingdom #7
SKU: ISF-1802

Ishola Folorunso.  Oshogbo, Nigeria c.2012
Hammered aluminum relief
(16 1/4" h x 23 1/4"w)

$475

Product Status: 
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The Seated Birds
SKU: AOY-1502

Oshogbo, Nigeria, 2012
Ink batik on rice paper.
23" x 17 1/4"

$475

Product Status: 
Returned to Artist
Noah's Ark
SKU: TF-1908

Oshogbo, Nigeria, 2018
Hammered aluminum relief
(16 1/4" h. x 20" w).

$475

Product Status: 
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Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden
SKU: TF-1907

Oshogbo, Nigeria, 2018
Hammered aluminum relief
(20" h. x 15 3/4" w).

$475

Product Status: 
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Twins Seven-Seven
SKU: T77-1006

Digital pigment print of 1990 original painting.
(Epson 9800 Ultrachrome K3 Pigment Print on "English 14" Cold Press Art Paper)
(Image size 14 3/4" h. x 15 1/4"w., Sheet size 19" x 19")
Edition of 50, five copies signed and numbered by the artist, 2010

$450

Product Status: 
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The Beauty in Me II
SKU: AOY-1503

Oshogbo, Nigeria,  2015
Ink batik on rice paper.
25 1/4" x 17 1/2"

10% off

$475 $427.50

Product Status: 
Returned to Artist
Oshun Festival
SKU: TF-1402

2014
Hammered aluminum relief
(20 1/4" h x 15 1/2"w)

$425

Product Status: 
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The Animal Kingdom 4
SKU: TF-1403

2014
Hammered aluminum relief
(20" h x 15 1/4"w)

$425

Product Status: 
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The Kingdom of Birds
SKU: TF-1404

c.2014
Hammered aluminum relief
(20" h x 16"w)
Exact details may vary.

 

$425

Product Status: 
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Noah's Ark
SKU: TF-1505

2015
Hammered aluminum relief
(16" h x 20"w)

Some details may vary.

$425

Product Status: 
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Adam and Eve
SKU: TF-1507

Toyin Folorunso, Oshogbo, Nigeria
2015
Hammered aluminum relief
(20 1/8" h x 16"w)
Exact details may vary.

$425

Product Status: 
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The Animal Kingdom #5
SKU: TF-1506

2015
Hammered aluminum relief
(15 1/2" h x 20" w)

$425

Product Status: 
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Noah's Ark
SKU: TF-1201

2012
Hammered aluminum relief
(14" h x 20 1/4"w)

Some details may vary.

$400

Product Status: 
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The Cocoa Harvest
SKU: SAO-1801

Oshogbo, Nigeria
c. 1990
Hammered aluminum relief (11 3/4" h. x 24 1/4" w.)

$400

Product Status: 
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Agony of a Woman
SKU: oyelaim-1

Oshogbo
c. 2004
Batik on Rice Paper (25" h x 19 1/4"w)

$400

Product Status: 
Returned to Artist
Market Women
SKU: Oyelami-2

c. 2004
Batik on Rice Paper (25" h x 19 1/4"w)

$400

Product Status: 
Returned to Artist
Offering
SKU: Oluf-5

1997
Oil on paper (16" h. x 20 1/4"w.)

$300

Product Status: 
Returned to Artist
Phillip Olufemi Babarinlo, Oshogbo, Nigeria
SKU: Oluf-15

c.2012
Oil and marker on paper (18 1/2" h. x 12 1/4"w.)

$300

Product Status: 
Returned to Artist
Festival for Shango
SKU: YF-1803

Oshogbo, Nigeria, c.1990
Hammered aluminum relief
(9 1/4" h x 24 1/2"w)

$250

Product Status: 
Sold
Egungun Masquerade
SKU: YF-1805

Oshogbo, Nigeria, c.1990
Hammered aluminum relief
(8 1/4" h x 24 1/4"w)

$250

Product Status: 
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Mamy Wata #3
SKU: TF-1905

Oshogbo, Nigeria, 2018
Hammered aluminum relief
(15 5/8" h x 10 1/8"w).

$225

Product Status: 
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The Agbogbo Bird
SKU: TF-2206

Family studio of Toyin Folorunso (signature is ambiguous).  Oshogbo, Nigeria, 2021-22
Hammered aluminum relief
(10"h.  x 7 3/4” w).

$225

Product Status: 
Sold
Garden of Eden
SKU: TF-1903

2018
Hammered aluminum relief
(15 5/8" h x 10 1/8"w).
 

$225

Product Status: 
Sold
Kingdom of Birds
SKU: TF-1904

2018
Hammered aluminum relief
(16 1/8" h x 10 1/8"w).

$225

Product Status: 
Sold
Toyin Folorunso, Oshogbo, Nigeria
SKU: TF-0905

2009
Hammered aluminum relief
(10 1/4" h x 16"w)

$210

Product Status: 
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Mamy Wata 2
SKU: TF-0909

2009, 2019
Hammered aluminum relief
(15 1/2" h x 10"w).
Exact details may vary.

$210

Product Status: 
Sold
Egungun Festival
SKU: TF-1103

2011
Hammered aluminum relief
(15" h x 10 1/4"w)

$210

Product Status: 
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The Kingdom of Animals
SKU: YF-1804

Oshogbo, Nigeria, c.1990
Hammered aluminum relief
(8 1/4" h x 24 1/4"w)

$210

Product Status: 
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Hunter in the Forest #4
SKU: YF-1806

Oshogbo, Nigeria, c.1995
Hammered aluminum relief
(8 1/8" h x 24 1/2"w)

$210

Product Status: 
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The Oba's Palace
SKU: YF-1802

Oshogbo, Nigeria, c.1995
Hammered aluminum relief
(9 1/4" h x 24 1/2"w)

$210

Product Status: 
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The Palmwine Drinkers
SKU: YF-1807

Oshogbo, Nigeria, c.1995
Hammered aluminum relief
(6 1/4" h x 18 1/2"w)

$200

Product Status: 
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Festival for Olokun
SKU: YF-1808

Oshogbo, Nigeria, c.1995
Hammered aluminum relief
(6" h x 19"w)

$200

Product Status: 
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Kingdom of animals - Aluminum Relief Fan
SKU: TF-1207

2012
Hammered aluminum relief
(16" h x 10 1/4"w)

$190

Product Status: 
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Yekini Folorunso, Oshogbo, Nigeria
SKU: YF-1105

c.1995
Hammered aluminum relief
(6 1/4" h x 18 1/4"w)

$180

Product Status: 
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Egungun Festival
SKU: TF-1901

Oshogbo, Nigeria, 2018
Hammered aluminum relief
(8 1/8" h x 10 1/8"w).

$150

Product Status: 
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Ceremony for Shango
SKU: TF-1502

2015
Hammered aluminum relief
(8 1/4" h x 10 1/4"w)

$125

Product Status: 
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Egungun Festival
SKU: TF-1406

2014
Hammered aluminum relief
(8 3/4" h x 10 1/8"w)

$125

Product Status: 
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 The Agbogbo Bird
SKU: TF-1501

2015
Hammered aluminum relief
(10 1/4" h x 7 3/4" w).
Individual design of pieces may vary slightly.

$125

Product Status: 
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The Kingdom of Animals
SKU: TF-1504

2015
Hammered aluminum relief
(7 3/4" h x 10"w)

$125

Product Status: 
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Okin Oba Eye (King of the Birds)
SKU: SOSV-1701

Oshogbo, Nigeria, 1999
Batik, ink on rice-paper (9" h. x 7 1/2" w.)

$75

Product Status: 
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Sea Goddess
SKU: SOSV-1702

Oshogbo, Nigeria, 1999
Batik, ink on rice-paper (9" h. x 7 1/2" w.)

$75

Product Status: 
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Oshogbo Scenes
SKU: ASO-9001

Asiru Olatunde (1922-1995), Oshogbo, Nigeria
c. 1990
Hammered aluminum relief (19 1/2" h x 36"w)

Price on Request

Product Status: 
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The Dream of Palm Tree Tapper
SKU: T77-2001

c.2007
Oil, acrylic, ink and pastel on plywood
(24" h x 12 1/4"w).
Provenance:  Private collection, purchased directly from the artist.

Price on Request

Product Status: 
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The Palm Wine Tapper
SKU: T77-1106

Twins Seven-Seven (1944 - 2011), Oshogbo, Nigeria
c.1978
Ink, pastel and oli on cloth
(50 1/2" h x 30 1/2"w)

At the entry to the lane that leads to Prince's compound in Osogbo, a palm-wine tapper sits on a bicycle, welded to Prince's design out of scrap metal. In Amos Tutuola's "Palm-Wine Drinkard", the drinkard hunts for his dead tapster in the domain of the dead.... 

"This is when I was working on the book of Amos Tutuola, like Palm-Wine Drinker, My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, and something like that."

"I made a poem about whoever want me to die earlier will be killed by a palm-wine tapper bicycle, because palm-wine tapper bicycle have no insurance. It was a song from, like, nineteen seventy-four."

from Prince Twins Seven-SevenHis Art, His Life in Nigeria, His Exile in America, by Henry Glassie

Price on Request

Product Status: 
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The Singing Birds
SKU: T77-0706

Twins Seven-Seven (1944-2011), Oshogbo, Nigeria
2006
Oil, acrylic, ink on canvas
(33 1/2" h. x 11 1/4" w.)

Price on Request

Product Status: 
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Blessed Fisherman Family and Golden Fish
SKU: T77-0701

Twins Seven-Seven (1944- 2011), Oshogbo, Nigeria
2006
Oil, acrylic and pastel on canvas
(27 1/2" h x 26"w)

Price on Request

Product Status: 
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He and She - Baby in Blue
SKU: T77-1003

Twins Seven-Seven (1944- 2011), Oshogbo, Nigeria
2010
Acrylic, ink on canvas
(31" h. x 15 3/4"w.)

Price on Request

Product Status: 
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Great Hunter, Founder of Oshogbo
SKU: T77-1101

Twins Seven-Seven (1944- 2011), Oshogbo, Nigeria
2011
Oil, acrylic, ink and pastel on plywood
(47" h, x 27"w.)

Price on Request

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Palmwine Tapper and Family
SKU: T77-0905

Twins Seven-Seven (1944 - 2011), Oshogbo, Nigeria
2007
Oil, acrylic, ink and pastel on plywood
(24" h x 12 1/4"w)

Price on Request

Product Status: 
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Oshun Festival #3
SKU: YF-1813

Oshogbo, Nigeria, c.1995
Hammered aluminum relief
(45 1/2" h. x 23 1/2" w.).
Condition note:  This panel was previously installed architecturally and has nail holes in the corners and on the perimeter of the border (not within the picture area).  Also some surface discoloration on aluminum, as shown in the photos.

Price on Request

Product Status: 
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Twins Seven-Seven
SKU: T77-0808

2007
Acrylic, ink on fabric
(33" h x 13"w).
Provenance:  Private collection, purchased directly from the artist.

Price on Request

Product Status: 
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Ocean Blessed Family
SKU: T77-1004

Twins Seven-Seven (1944- 2011), Oshogbo, Nigeria
2009
Acrylic, ink on canvas
(31" h. x 15 3/4"w.)  Framed

Price on Request

Product Status: 
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Hunters in the Forest
SKU: YF-1814

Oshogbo, Nigeria, c.1995
Hammered aluminum relief
(45 1/2" h. x 23 1/2" w.).
Condition note:  Some surface discoloration on aluminum due to age, as shown in the photos.

Price on Request

Product Status: 
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Twins Seven-Seven
SKU: Twin-61

1960's
Etching, # 4/30
(15" h x 19 5/8"w)

Price on Request

Product Status: 
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Twins Seven-Seven
SKU: Twin-66

c.2007
Oil, acrylic, ink and pastel on plywood
(24" h x 12 1/4"w) Framed.
Provenance:  Private collection, purchased directly from the artist.

 

Price on Request

Product Status: 
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The Flying Snake Dog Flying Over the Red Skulls
SKU: T77-1501

Oshogbo, Nigeria, March 1968
Oil, acrylic, pastel, ink  on paper on plywood
(28 3/4" h, x 44 3/4"w.)

Price on request

Product Status: 
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Arriving in the World of an "Ifa" Goddess of Traditional Priest & the Ifa Beads (Ifa Oracle Beads)
SKU: T77-1403

c.2007
Oil, acrylic, ink and pastel on plywood
(36" h x 12"w).
Provenance:  Private collection, purchased directly from the artist.

Price on Request

Product Status: 
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Eye Okin (King of the Birds) 
SKU: ASO-9004

Asiru Olatunde (1922-1993), Oshogbo, Nigeria
c. 1990
Hammered aluminum relief.
(8" h x 18 1/2"w)

Price on Request

Product Status: 
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The Hundred Faces of Oshun: River Goddess Oshun
SKU: Twin-69

1973
Oil, ink and shellac on plywood. Original black wood frame by artist.
(43" h x 25 1/2"w)
Puchased directly from the artist while the owner lived in Lagos, Nigeria from 1973 to 1975.

Price on Request

Product Status: 
Returned to Consignor
Yoruba Court 
SKU: ASO-9002

Asiru Olatunde (1922-1993), Oshogbo, Nigeria
c. 1990
Hammered aluminum relief
(12 1/2" h x 20 1/2"w)

Price on Request

Product Status: 
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The Invisible Objects in Haystack Forest
SKU: T77-1405

1974
Deep-cut Etching with dark green ink, with watercolor/oil additions. Title, signature, date and edition number set on surrounding green paper.  #3/100.  Created at workshop at Haystack Mountain Crafts Center, Deer Isle, Maine, July 14 - 29, 1974. Purchased directly from the artist by current owner.
(Print size 13 3/4" x 10 3/4" on 23 1/2" h. x 20" w. matte).

Price on Request

Product Status: 
Returned to Consignor
The Palmwine Tapper
SKU: T77-1602

c.2009
"Sculpture Painting" - Oil, acrylic, ink and pastel on plywood.
(36" h x 12"w)
Provenance:  Private collection, purchased directly from the artist.

Price on Request

Product Status: 
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Shrine for the Cowrie God 
SKU: ASO-9003

Asiru Olatunde (1922-1995), Oshogbo, Nigeria
c. 1990
Hammered aluminum relief
(8 1/2" h x 19"w)

Price on Request

Product Status: 
Sold