This beautiful piece is carved out of thorn wood, locally known as'oman' wood. Oman wood trees grow in old growth forests of Ibadan and surrounding towns in the Oyo state of Nigeria - unique to the Yoruba people in the western regions of Nigeria, West Africa. This carving shows farmers and their wives in a canoe setting out on a trip to a gathering with neighbouring villagers to celebrate a successful harvest. Two couples playing the'ayo' (mancala) board game towards the front of the canoe.Four oarsmen for such a large canoe, two at each end and the middle respectively. Taking along with them are firewood for heating and cooking (at both ends of the canoe) , yam and cassava tubers, gourds filled with palm wine tapped from palm trees and calabashes to carry smaller food items.
The men are dressed in traditional wear. Some are wearing traditional hats, others bare headed. Five women have styled their hair in traditional braids, while two are wearing headties.
This carving shows the skill of the carver to perfection. Please let me know if you have any questions. Items are checked thoroughly to ensure they are in the same condition as described and shown in the uploaded photos.
The item "Vintage African Nigerian Thorn Wood boat carving of 20 tribal figures in a Canoe" is in sale since Thursday, October 1, 2020. This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic Antiques\African". The seller is "blooms91" and is located in Hampshire.This item can be shipped to United Kingdom, Antigua and barbuda, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Australia, United States, Bahrain, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Israel, Hong Kong, Norway, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Bangladesh, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Barbados, Brunei darussalam, Dominica, Ecuador, Egypt, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Grenada, French guiana, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Saint kitts and nevis, Saint lucia, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Macao, Monaco, Maldives, Montserrat, Martinique, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Peru, Paraguay, Reunion, Turks and caicos islands, Aruba, Saudi arabia, South africa, United arab emirates, Ukraine, Chile, Bahamas, Colombia, Costa rica, Dominican republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Kuwait, Panama, Philippines, Qatar, El salvador, Trinidad and tobago, Uruguay, Viet nam, Cayman islands.