Where did these come from?
These houseposts are a pair and were cared by a Yoruba artist. You may have read this on the label but if not, it is important to know that these figures represent the individuals who support and uphold the leader in his office.
Did they symbolize wealth? Or were they common household pieces?
They were common among the wealthy. They often supported the verandas of distinguished places such as important shrines or the dwellings of kings, titled elders, and priests so they would not be commonplace for all Yoruba people.
If at any point today you head up to the 5th floor, there are houseposts on view from the Kwakwaka’wakw people of North America that differ greatly from those Yoruba posts.