Lot: 282

85th Tribal Art Auction

Altar figure

Nigeria, Yoruba

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
American Private Collection H: 21.9 inch 5000 EUR
plus 21 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

wood, remains of polychrome paint, strings of glass beads, carved with dress-like garment, holding a knife and a club-like item, eyes with drilled pupils, min. dam., cracks, missing parts (coiffure), traces of abrasion; altar figures do not represent the deities themselves, but can be seen as embodiments of the worshippers or priests. The figures were created to point out the dignity of the sacrifices as well as the requests of the worshippers.