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Female Devotee of Oshun - medium density wood - Yoruba - Nigeria

Lot reference 30753765

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It dates to around 1940 - 1950 - Good condition, used with some signs of wear

Object: Female Devotee of Oshun
Ethnic group/ culture: Yoruba
Region/ country: Nigeria
Material: medium density wood
Period: It dates to around 1940 - 1950
Condition: Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand: No
Dimensions: 53×13×13 cm
Weight: 1.545 kg

Impressive Female Devotee of Oshun – Yoruba – Nigeria

In sound state, old and well-used piece. It dates to around 1940 - 1950.

Provenance: Former collection of Ian Auld, London. Bought from him in his shop on the Camden Passage Antique Market by P. Westerdijk around 1980.Collected by him in situ around 1950-1960.

What we have here is a kneeling female supporting her breasts with her hands in an attitude of devotion and servitude. Such figures were placed on altars or shrines erected in the towns and villages and dedicated to the deity Oshun, a female goddess in the extended pantheon of Yoruba Orishas or spiritual entities. This godly being was thought to be responsible for women’s fertility and was deemed to be able to protect against smallpox and similar attacks on the skin. Judging from the tribal markings and facial traits, this figure may well stem from Oyo State in N.W. Yoruba land.

Literature: William Fagg, John Pemberton 3rd and Bruce Holcombe (eds.): Yoruba Sculpture of West Africa, New York, 1982.

Dimensions: 53 x 13x 13 cm.
People / Region: The Oyo Yoruba live in S.W. Nigeria
Material: medium density wood.
Weight: 1.545 kg.

Sold with handwritten declaration of authenticity by Dr. P. Westerdijk, museum ethnologist and cultural anthropologist specialized, for over 50 years now, in the study of the material cultures in African nations that live south of the Sahara.

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Catawiki member since November 19, 2014, received 256 reviews in total (47 in last 12 months)

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  • All Perfect! Really good package for very fragile mask!!

    user-d1f39c3 December 5, 2019

  • Monsieur merci pour cette livraison rapide. Je vais découvrir la lettre d’accompagnement.Un de mes frères spécialiste d'art africain doit passer me dire ce qu'il en pense.
    Cordialement FD

    user-434035c November 27, 2019

  • All was perfect, package, fast delivery , object as it was on pictures and kindness of seller

    poutsy November 21, 2019

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    Hello!
    The item arrived today in good condition.
    Especially I would like to thank Dr. P.Westerdijk
    for his kind and informative letter.

    Have a nice weekend,
    Georg Pimenoff
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    grazie per la bellissima maschera in ottime condizioni, molto apprezzata anche per la documentazione allegata.
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    user-6ab0a03 September 13, 2019

  • The mask is, in my opinion, older and more beautiful than the photos, and unquestionably authentic.
    The seller is a man of integrity, who has carefully vetted and described his objects for sale.

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    solSOL September 2, 2019

  • Really a very beautiful mask of high quality and superb patina. A great delight to have this mask in my collection. Fast shipment and well packed, a seller who is conscientious and communicative.

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    Bon objet, perfecte description. Excelent vendeur. Merci..!!
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    fernando4878 August 28, 2019

  • Efficient, fast delivery. Am not in France and will give more feedback when I see the object

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    Everything perfect."Graceful mother" fits well in the home here. The seller, Mr Bastien, is a serious and kind person.
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    Très très bien.
    Toujours d’excellentes pièces d'Art Africaine. Et pour une troisième fois !!
    Emballage parfait. On ne regarde pas à la dépense...
    Je recommande vraiment.
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    solSOL July 4, 2019

  • Great piece ! Perfect packaging.

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    solSOL June 12, 2019

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    solSOL May 29, 2019

  • Perfect transaction. Nice item, prompt shipping, good communication. Many Thanks!

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    solSOL May 9, 2019

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    Mooiste item wat ik tot nu toe heb gewonnen bij Catawiki via deze erg professionele mensen bij de "bron". Waardevol provenance stuk erbij, iets om de rest van je leven van te genieten. Uitmuntend!!!!!
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    user-2ec6e84 April 4, 2019

  • Very nice mask, which was sent rapidly and well packed. Would buy again from this seler.

    laurentnilles April 4, 2019

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