**Originally Listed At $700**
West Africa, Nigeria, Igbo peoples, ca. first half of the 20th century CE. A tall and intriguing female statue, hand-carved from coffee-brown wood, known as an "alusi" (deity) in the form of a standing anthropomorphic figure with a protruding hemispherical navel, broad square shoulders, long arms with hands placed on the waist, pendulous breasts, and a stocky neck. Her stylized visage presents recessed almond-shaped eyes, a triangular nose, pouty lips, cupped ears, and a wide chin, all beneath a sizable forehead and a projecting three-lobed coiffure with faint traces of natural indigo pigment. Lustrous patina covers most of this fine example from western Africa! Size: 5.8" W x 21.625" H (14.7 cm x 54.9 cm); 21.875" H (55.6 cm) on included custom stand.
Provenance: private New York, New York, USA collection; ex-Bruce Frank collection, New York, USA
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