STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN • THE MUSEUM OF WORLD CULTURE • 7 SEPTEMBER 2013 - 6 JANUARY 2014
First seen in London at the British Museum, the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Madrid and several major American museums, Dynasty and Divinity: Ife Art in Ancient Nigeria tells the story of the legendary city of Ife (pronounced ee-feh) through its refined and beautiful sculptures.
The exhibition features more than 100 extraordinary bronze, terra-cotta, and stone sculptures, ranging in date from the ninth to the fifteenth centuries. Many of these have never been on display outside of Nigeria and have been drawn almost entirely from the collections of the National Commission for Museums and Monuments, Nigeria.
From the 12th to the 15th centuries, Ife flourished as a powerful, cosmopolitan and wealthy city-state in West Africa, in what is now modern Nigeria. It was an influential centre of trade connected to extensive local and long-distance trade networks which enabled the region to prosper.