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    Igbo (Nigeria)
    Rare Display Sculpture, Ugonachonma
    Wood, traces of pigment
    Height: 43 ¼ inches Width: 16 ½ inches Depth: 8 ½ inches

    A rare and accomplished architectonic display sculpture, this complex group, carved from a single piece of wood, has two rectangular open sided "rooms," each having a niche in which - from the side view -- stand subsidiary figures (male on the proper right, female on the proper left) The side elements support a lintel shaped as a roof on top of which stand two large figures, a female on the proper right, a male on the proper left. The figures, with legs apart and arms carved free, each hold on to a staff-like device at the front. The architectural elements have deep relief forms as decoration.

    Display sculptures such as this were commissioned in the 1920s and 1930s by male and female dance associations and were shown off at the side of the danceground as rallying points for dry season secular dance festivals. This is a highly unusual and well executed sculpture.

    While the overall condition is good, there are losses to the niche-form supports: that at the proper left has insect erosion at the bottom along its own left corner and side; that at the proper right is missing the figure's own right arm and hand, as well as all of the framing at its right and along the bottom.

    Provenance: H. Bruce Greene II and family, Naples, Florida

    Condition Report*: Condition report available upon request.
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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    June, 2007
    7th Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
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