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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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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.

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

Estimate $1,100 - $1,700Apr 17, 2018
Louisville, CO, USA