Lot: 508

87th Tribal Art Auction

Figurally carved staff

South Africa, Nguni

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
L: 33.7 inch 900 EUR
plus 21 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

wood, reddish brown patina, remains of black paint, carved with snake, animal (dog/baboon?), horse (detailled with saddle and bridle) and human figure with stick, incised inscription "pr 86" on the front and "8891" on the backside, wooden ball on top/slightly dam., abrasion of paint. Motives partly borrowed from the polo game of the British colonial officers (horse and player with stick/wood ball).