Standing Male figure, Nigeria (Yoruba ?)
H: 19,5 cm (7,7″), W: 5 cm (2″), D: 4,5 cm (1,8″)
Dark brown patina wood
An interesting male figure in black brown patina, traces of blue paint in the groin, crude forms, simplified face and topped by a flat or crested hairdo (or a hat or cap), well-built torso with hands behind his back. Legs planted in a round base (lacking a piece).
Sculptures like this were used in divination rituals, which purpose it was to find the cause of illness, as well as healing.
Age: Early to mid 20th Century
Provenance: Private Danish collection. It was either acquired directly from Lau (Laurence) Sunde’s collection in Copenhagen, which dates back to the 1940s, or Lau (Laurence) Sunde was an adviser to the collector.
Sunde had a “Etnografica” boutique in 1948, that became recognized among collectors as the most specialized boutique of its kind at the time. Tribal and oriental artefacts were purchased from private collectors as well as at auctions in Paris, Amsterdam and London, among other places.
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