Lot: 22198th Auction
Staff figure "kundul"
|Provenance||Size||Starting price / estimated price|
|Wolfgang Ketterer, Munich, 6 May 1978, Lot 353||H: 15.9 inch||
plus 23 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance
wood, red pigment, encrusted patina, rest., base
"Kundul" figures almost always appear in male/ female pairs, mounted on iron spikes, enabling the sculpture to be stuck in the ground.
They were used as protection and in divination. They were frequently washed with liquid clay, "fed" with offerings of millet beer or millet porridge and rubbed with oil which explains the thickness of the patina.
Lebas, Alain (ed.), Arts of Nigeria in French Private Collections, Milan 2012, p. 286