Golden Ọla Nti
Bride price is a sum of money or quantity of goods given to a bride’s family by that of the groom. Bride price is mandatory in almost every traditional African society. The amount of money and goods are decided by the bride's family and is often negotiable. Without the bride price, the marriage is not complete, and the bride is considered “stolen” by the bride’s family hence not valid.
“Ọla Nti” in the Igbo language of Nigeria means earring which is one of the items in a bride price list. Depending on the wealth of the groom he and his family can enter into a non-written contract with the bride’s family, in which he pays upfront or promises to pay what he owes within a specified period of time.
The concept behind bride price, that women are commodities to be bought and sold, is rooted in patriarchal beliefs. In practices, where a bride price is paid, it is common for the husband to believe that by paying the bride price, he now owns his wife. This licenses marital rape and domestic abuse as the wife is seen as the husband’s “property.” Rural women still suffer under a lack of civil liberties, with higher rates of gender based violence due to misogynistic social practices such as genital mutilation and women are still treated like spare parts to be used and discarded at will. When it comes to cultural cost it seems the women always pay the price.
Oil, Tar, Acrylic and Paper Collage on Canvas.
ARTWORK HAS ARCHIVAL VARNISH WITH UV PROTECTION. IT IS PROFESSIONALLY WRAPPED AND SHIPS CRATED WITH COMMERCIAL FREIGHT INSURANCE.
- Street Art
- Mixed Media - Unframed
- Oil, Acrylic, Canvas, Paper, Other
60.00 inches wide
72.00 inches tall
2.00 inches deep
- 50.00 lbs
- Houston , TX, US