Wall Relief of Ofoe


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Wall Relief of Ofoe
©D. Anthony Mahone

This decorative wall relief is located to the right of Chief Isekhure's own ancestral altar. It represents Ofoe, the messenger of the god of death, Oguiwu, who does not deign to pick up his victims himself. Ofoe is composed only of essentials: his trunkless body consists only of a head and the limbs that emerge directly from it--legs for running towards the victim and arms for grabbing him.

Ofoe imagery shows up on the Oba's altars as well, but here the artist has mixed in imagery usually associated with Osun, deity of medicine. Snakes representing supernatural powers emanate from his nostrils and he grips them, the latter trait new to this artist. Ofoe is depicted as a nobleman, wearing the beaded udahae headband of a titleholder.


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