Esie is a town which is situated in a Yoruba state – Kwara.
She has the largest single group of soapstone figures in the whole African continent. Numbering about 800 pieces of similar sculptures, their images were seen in a small bush in the area. They have different styles showing men and women which were made by a number of artists.
However; the majority of the images wore necklaces and bracelets with triple tattoo marks, parallel lines from the corner of the eyes to the ears. They seem to be genuine portraits and were used for funeral rites.
While some of the figures are standing, others are sitting down on the mushroom-shaped tool holding something in their hands and the female figures knelt before water pots.