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    Yoruba (Nigeria)
    House of the Head, ile ori
    Leather, cowry shells, cloth
    Height: 16 ¾ inches Dia.: 10 ½ inches

    This crown-like cowry-covered cylindrical container, has four cowried panels rising from the top edge, leaning inward, and meeting at a small platform from which rises a cloth-covered knob. The triangular spaces between the panels show carefully stitched red leather and cloth. The top section is removable, revealing a now empty container. The head is worshipped among the Yoruba as the seat of personal destiny, power, and character.

    Some of the leather bindings are lifting. The pom-pom at top is loose and it has some loss of the fine leather strips on the base. There is insect damage to patches of fabric. Some cowry shells are missing.

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



    Estimate: $1,200 - $2,000.

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