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Figural cup "gbene" - Nigeria, Koro

Lot 0307
wood, encrusted blackish brown patina, traces of kaolin, in shape of a standing figure, carved with deeply hollowed oval receptacle in front of the belly, incised decor, slightly dam. (rim of receptacle), missing parts (feet), abrasion of paint, base;
this type of cup was used during ceremonial sacrifices and funeral rites to drink beer or palm wine. The double bowl enables two people to drink at once.
H: 47 cm, H: 18,5 inch
American Private Collection
Lit.: Lebas, Alain (ed.), Arts of Nigeria in French Private Collections, Milan 2012, p. 282
Continent: Africa


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Figural cup "gbene" - Nigeria, Koro

Estimate €2,500 - €5,000Nov 5, 2016