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A wood mudfish (known as kumawu) with remains of offerings, an encrusted patina and diverse colouring reflecting extensive use wear. The mudfish is a classical theme that is often found on wood objects – occasionally gilded – among the Akan and Asante peoples in the Ivory Coast. They also appear on Baule and Akan goldweights and pendants. The mudfish alludes to the proverb: 'If a mudfish grows fat it is to the crocodile's advantage'and is a symbol of wealth and prosperity. Age: The underlying wood is well oxidised, indicating an age in the first half of the XXth century. On a custom made wood base. H: 40cm.


Condition is generally good, with some parts of the fins and upper back tail missing.


15.8 x 39.6 x 6.9 cm

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Baule tribe wood Mudfish

Estimate €600 - €1,200Sep 22