African Art: a prestigious Swiss collection

Milan, Wednesday 14 October 2020

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Yoruba (Nigeria)

Hardwood with a dark coating
H 26.5 cm

Figure for worship.
Female figure for worship, part of the “Ibeji” twins.The body is well-sculpted, with extended arms, and has an elaborate hairstyle painted with blue cobalt dust. The tattoos engraved on the cheeks, in 4x4 blocks, with three vertical ones, are the distinctive signs of several noble families in the Oyo community. They had already adopted them by the 19th century.The figure has been adorned with a series of glass necklaces and copper bracelets.

Estimate

€ 3.000 - 3.500

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Provenienza

- Maria Wyss gallery antique collection (Basle);
- Former private collection (Lugano);


Contact

African Art

Via Paolo Sarpi, 6 - milano
Phone: 02 3363801