SNK 1212-31 – SOLD
Yoruba mirror frame, Yoruba, Nigeria
H: 30 cm (11,8″) , W: 28 cm (11,4″), D: 3 cm (1,2″)
Mirrors in small decorated boxes were popular among the Yoruba as wedding gifts.
The Yoruba people, numbering over 20 million, are one of the largest nations in Africa with an art-producing tradition. Most of them live in southwest Nigeria, with considerable communities further west in the Republic of Benin and in Togo. Excavation at the city Ife of life-sized bronze and terracotta heads and full-length figures of royalty and their attendants have startled the world, surpassing in their portrait-like naturalism everything previously known from Africa.
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.
Full description of Lau (Laurence) Sunde will be forwarded by request.
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