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ID number:  BIRRC-D0032
Institution:  Research and Cultural Collections
Named collection:  Danford Collection of West African Art and Artefacts
Artist / Maker:  Bandele, son of Areogun
Title / Object name:  Verandah post
Object type:  External architectural element
Place made:  Osi ward, Ilorin, Kwara state, Nigeria
Date made:  1952
Materials:  Painted iroko wood
Measurements:  201.168 cm
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This large verandah post has been carved to represent a mounted Oba and his attendants. It was carved as a European commission which was never used ritually, but provides a good example of Bandele's style. Bandele was the son of acclaimed carver Dada Areogun. Though initially not as prolific a carver as his father had been his work with Father Kevin Carroll at the Oye (Ekiti) Centre established his reputation as a master carver.

John Danford spent the majority of his professional life working for the British Council in West Africa. He spent 11 years as the representative in Ibadan, Nigeria, his arts education providing him with the insight to encourage and develop the arts in Nigeria. For his achievements in this area he was awarded an OBE in 1953. He occupied three further posts in Trinidad, Manchester and Sierra Leone before illness forced him into retirement. In 1964 a large portion of his West African arts collection was loaned to the University of Birmingham before being purchased in 1975, forming the nucleus of the Danford Collection of West African Art and Artefacts.

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