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Lot 0559
**Originally Listed At $500**

West Africa, Nigeria, Yoruba peoples, ca. early to mid 20th century CE. A hand-carved wooden male figure known as an "ibeji" standing with attenuated legs atop an integral circular plinth. The man has a slightly distended abdomen, holds both curving arms below his hips, and has rounded shoulders which taper inward to a slender neck. The characteristically elongated head boasts raised almond-shaped eyes (one still with a metal pupil), a pronounced nose above pursed lips, a broad forehead, and several scarification marks on the forehead and cheeks. The magnificent coiffure displays a lobed style with striated locks and a strand of red, white, and blue glass seed beads along with a large tubular red glass bead adorns his hand. Nice red cinnabar is rubbed on areas of the surface and the wood in general presents a lustrous age patina. Size: 11.25" H (28.6 cm)

Provenance: private Los Angeles, California USA Collection

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#145792

Condition

Left metal eye missing. Expected surface wear commensurate with age. Marvelous lustrous patina. Nice traces of red cinnabar on figure and base. Old labels on underside of base.

Buyer's Premium

  • 24.5%

Fine / Early 20th C. African Ibeji Wood Male Twin

Estimate $1,000 - $1,500Aug 26
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