African Art: a prestigious Swiss collection

Milan, Wednesday 14 October 2020


Igala (Nigeria)

Wood with a dark coating and copper spirals
H 16 cm

Staff of a high-ranking member.
This very refined miniature sculpture was likely the upper part of a staff that belonged to a dignitary of court.It is made up of a face, sculpted in all its glory, wearing a hat and a red ceramic earring. The face is greased with kaolin dust and the neck, which forms the staff’s grip, is refined with spirals of copper wire. It has a light coating indicating use.


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- Former Paolo Morigi collection (Lugano) (Morigi inventory label num. 149);
- Former private collection (Lugano);


- Lugano 2002, Palazzo Riva, Banca Svizzera Italiana (BSI);


- VENTURI LUCA M. “Anime antiche, arte negra, da una raccolta di sculture dell’Africa occidentale” BSI Bank, Lugano 2002, fig.41;

The Igala people are located in the area between the rivers Niger and Benue, in a vast land on the left bank of the river Benue. They have developed their court art and their Egwu Agba helmet masks are famous.


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