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Africa, Nigeria, Yoruba, ca. mid 20th century CE. Two finely carved wooden figural staffs, one depicting a kneeling male, the other depicting a kneeling female, both adorned by four strands of cowrie shells suspended from a thick ring (made from wood with metal studs) around their necks. The male holds a ceremonial knife and rattle; the female cups her breasts. Both figures are nude with delineated genitalia and buttocks, and their visages are skillfully executed with large downcast eyes, scarification marks upon the cheeks, naturalistic noses, and slightly parted lips - topped by high coiffures with elaborate detailing on the back sides. Both feature integral wooden loops at the bottom for attachment. Size: male measures 11" H (27.9 cm);14" H (35.6 cm) including cowrie shell strands; 14.375" H (36.5 cm) on included custom stand.

Provenance: ex-Allen Davis collection, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

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Normal surface wear with areas of earth deposits. Nice lustrous, dark patina.

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Pair of 20th C. Nigerian Yoruba Esu Staff (Ogo Elegba)

Estimate $1,500 - $2,250Dec 20, 2017