Lot: 310

83rd Tribal Art Auction

Figure "eshu"

Nigeria, Yoruba

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Kegel-Konietzko, Hamburg, Germany
Oskar Schimmer, Erlangen, Germany (1987)
H: 11.6 inch 600 EUR
plus 23 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

wood, brown patina, black and indigo blue paint, remains of pigments, metal tag eyes, slightly dam., traces of insect caused damage (bottom of the base); the long phallic hairstyle and the playing of the flute are distinctive features of the iconography of "eshu", the Yoruba trickster god. They tell of "eshus" power. He is the messenger, the herald of the gods, who announces their presence.