Lot: 156

93rd Tribal Art Auction

Rare male figure

Ghana, Akan

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
William Brill, New York, USA H: 13.8 inch 3000 EUR
plus 23 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

two-piece (figure/ stool), wood, remains of polychrome paint (green, gold-coloured), collection number "173X", rest. (toe, finger, wrist), water spots, base Mostly female figures are known from the Akan. The few male figures represent executioners "abrafo" or priests. The present figure may represent an Asante chief, as indicated by his dignified posture, head band "abotire" and the clan stool.

Cole, Herbert M. & Doran H. Ross, The Arts of Ghana, Los Angeles 1977, p. 113 ff.