Lot: 240

97th Auction

Anthropomorphic pole figure "okuli"

Nigeria, Koro

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Hans Petereit, Cologne, Germany H: 44.9 inch 1200 EUR
plus 23 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

wood, base

"Okuli" were used to ritually pound the ground during great ceremonies.There are also pole figures with separate legs called "obakuli". One of these is illustrated in Neyt, p. 34, fig. 9.


Neyt, Francois, Nigerian Primitivism, Brussels n.d., p. 34, fig. 9