African Art: a prestigious Swiss collection

Milan, Wednesday 14 October 2020


Yoruba, Abeokuta region (South Eastern Nigeria)

Hardwood with a dark coating
H 23 cm

Figure for worship.
Male figure for worship, part of the “Ibeji” twins. Stylistically, it belongs to the Egbado region, in the west of Yorubaland, on the border with Benin. This is the region where Gelede helmet masks were produced.Its face is carved with great attention to detail; there is great detail in the head, face and body, which is wearing a short skirt and positioned on a platform. The elaborate hairstyle is engraved with thin lines.The sculpture is adorned with earrings and a thick pearl necklace. It has a beautiful, glossy, dark coating, as it has been continually rubbed during worship rituals, demonstrating prolonged use.


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- George F. Keller antique collection (Davos/New York) (G.F.K. inventory num. 198);
- Former Paolo Morigi collection (Lugano);
- Former private collection (Lugano);


- Berna 1980, Musée des Beaux Arts;


Reproduced in:
- MORIGI PAOLO “Raccolta di un amatore d’arte primitiva” Magliaso, Lugano & Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland 1980, fig. 189, pag. 190;


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