Lot: 201

60th tribal art auction

Fragment of a title staff

Nigeria, Ijaw

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
L: 30.9 inch 120 EUR
plus 27 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

19th/20th Century

wood, polychrome oil paint, round staff with a grooved surface, dyed in different colours, carved with a stylized crocodile in half relief, dam., missing parts (handle), traces of insect caused damage (base), crack (nails inserted for fixing), paint rubbed off in some areas;
in Westafrican art the crocodile is often associated with chiefdom.

Kecskési, Maria, Kunst aus Afrika, München, London, New York 1999, ill. 179 ff.