Lot: 232

97th Auction

Female puppet figure

Nigeria, Igbo / Izzi

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Robert Banks, Washington, USA H: 19.3 inch 1500 EUR
plus 23 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

wood, 3-pcs., nails, pigment residues, missing parts / insect caused damage, base

The gesture of arms stretched forward with palms facing upwards is more common in Nigerian iconography. It is supposed to express the god's open-handed generosity, as well as his or her willingness to accept sacrificial offerings.

Cole, Herbert M., Invention and Tradition, Munich, London, New York 2012, p. 128 f.