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    Description

    Yoruba (Nigeria)
    Female Figure
    Stone
    Height: 15 ½ inches Width: 7 inches Depth: 6 ¼ inches

    A kneeling female figure on an integral stone base, with her arms raised, holds on her head a rough-hewn image of a bowl containing three oblong rolls. Bracelets are indicated by incised lines on the wrists but no other embellishment is noticeable. Facial features are enlarged, as in many other Yoruba carvings, and eyes are shown as ovals framed within a ridge.

    While numerous somewhat analogous stone figures are known from the site of Esie, their style and posture are quite distinctive, and different from that of the present example. Most Esie figures are seated, for instance, and none in the known corpus has the arms raised as does the present example. Thus, while it is almost certainly Yoruba, from the framing of the eyes and the shelf-like lips, its site of origin is not known.

    The surface of the piece is worn but good. There are fire stains at the head and base.

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



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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    June, 2007
    7th Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
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