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West Africa, Nigeria, Yoruba people, ca. early to mid 20th century CE. A playful and charming cast bronze water buffalo with four birds seated upon his broad horns. The buffalo has a stylized face with long, almond-shaped eyes and an open mouth with an extended tongue. The figure stands on four rounded hooves below skinny, straight legs. The water buffalo is a symbol of Oya, a god-like creature in Yoruban cosmology who is responsible for winds, lightning, storms, death, and rebirth. Birds also have a special place in Yoruban culture, representing the triumph of good over evil. Size: 7.45" W x 6.15" H (18.9 cm x 15.6 cm)

Provenance: private Pacific Palisades, California, USA collection

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#131044

Condition

Smooth, dark patina on surface. The casting process makes the piece appear to have some small flaws, but they are intentional. Small encrustations in lower profile areas.

Starting Bid

$450.00

Buyer's Premium

  • 24.5%

Early 20th C. Yoruban Bronze Water Buffalo w/ Birds

Auction ended on Tue, Apr 17, 2018
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Estimate $1,100 - $1,700
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