Lot: 258

85th Tribal Art Auction

Hunter's decoy headdress "burtu"

Nigeria, Hausa

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Christian Duponcheel, Pietrebais, Belgium H: 15.7 inch 800 EUR
plus 21 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

skull of a hornbill wrapped in animal skin, open beak, eyes inset with seed capsules (missing on one side), min. dam., small missing parts, slight traces of abrasion; hunters made nodding movements to imagine the wild game to be safe.

Schädler, Karl-Ferdinand, Lexikon Afrikanische Kunst und Kultur, München, Berlin 1994, p. 97