Lot: 183

97th Auction

Janus-faced guardian head "kedie"

Côte d'Ivoire, Dan

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Old Swedish Collection
Jyrki Lammi, Helsinki, Finland
H: 7.9 inch 1000 EUR
plus 27 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

wood, slightly sticky rich patina,
The function and meaning of these head sculptures are not clearly understood. However, it can be considered certain that these heads are valued as powerful spiritual objects, the receptacles for tutelary spirits, "dü".

Johnson, Barbara C., Four Dan Sculptors, San Francisco 1987, p. 21