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Superb King – Igala – Nigeria

Lot reference 16858085

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Figure of a king being carried by a servant. Good condition, start of the 20th century. On stand

Provenance; collected in the field in 1968 in Lokodja, S. E. Nigeria by P. Westerdijk.

Very rare royal scene in which a king is transported on the shoulders of a female servant, since he is not supposed to touch the ground. The king is holding a whip in each hand over his shoulders. Typical Igala facial features best known from masks found in the Igala kingdom. As sculptures in wood carved in the round are virtually unknown, it makes this Igala piece very exclusive and exceptional indeed.

For the literature see: François Neyt: The Arts of the Benue, Tielt, 1985 pp. 31 ff.

Dimensions: 69 x 18x 15 cm. Stand: 18 x 18 cm.
Tribe / Region: The Igala live in southern Nigeria in the eastern part in the Niger – Benue bend.
Material: very dense hard wood.
Weight: 4.700 kg.

For the original text from seller, set language on this site to: English

Sold with written declaration of authenticity by Dr. P. Westerdijk, museum ethnologist and cultural anthropologist specialized in the material cultures of people living south of the Sahara.
Sent by registered and insured mail.

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Reviews given: 195
Member since: November 19, 2014
  • My order arrived rapidly, in a condition as described.
    Great service!
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    user-0bf68c0 June 19, 2018

  • an interesting sculpture - perfectly packed - good communication - thanks!

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  • Sent without invoice, thence a return trip, and more than two weeks of waiting.

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