Tada seated figure

The Tada seated figure is among the Tsoede bronzes, a group of bronze artefacts distributed by Tsoede who is said to have founded the Nupe Kingdom. This seated bronze figure is said to have belonged to the Tada village of the Nupe kingdom on the Niger River, 200 kilometers from Ile- Ife.  This bronze figure was usually found in shrines in Tada. It ensured the fertility of the village, the crops and fish. This Tada figure, its rigidity and naturalism is said to be close in style to the Ife copper artefacts of the Yoruba people. Though having naturalistic qualities and traits of Ife sculpture, the head to body proportion is quite on point, unlike the Ife full figures.

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Tsoede, also known as Tsudi, Tsade or Edegi or Ichado in Igala language, is a legendary African leader. He was the first person to unite the Nupe people, and is considered the first Etsu Nupe, ruler of the Nupe Kingdom, between the Niger and Kaduna rivers in what is now central Nigeria.

His father was a prince of Igala, and his mother was a Nupe maiden. He was brought up among the Nupe. The Igala people required a regular tribute of slaves from the Nupe, and Tsoede was sent as a slave to the Igala capital Idah. There, he was recognised by his father, now the Atta (king), and his father took him into his palace. He rose in favour and became heir apparent, but was forced to flee after the father’s death.