African Art: a prestigious Swiss collection

Milan, Wednesday 14 October 2020


Igala, central region (Nigeria)

Wood with a dark coating and white paint
H 45 cm

Female figure.
Sculpture of a female facing the front, carved in a symmetrical way with the arms extended from the body. All of the body’s features like the neck, arms, bosom, legs and feet, expand the human figure. The head has an elaborate mohawk hairstyle down the middle.The flat, oval-shaped face makes the outline of the nose stand out. The eyes are highlighted by aluminium rectangles fixed with iron nails. There is a mixture made of white paste present on various parts of the body.This is a rare model, which comes from the territories of the Dekina District in southern Nigeria. The Igala are located where the rivers Niger and Benue meet, in a vast expanse on the banks to the left of the River Benue.


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- Former Paolo Morigi collection (Lugano);
- Former private collection (Lugano);


- NEYT FRANCOIS & DESIRANT ANDREE "The art of Benue to the roots of tradition, Nigeria", Tielt, Belgium 1985, pages 68 - 71;


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