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Description

**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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#147158

Condition

Losses to areas of legs, neck, back, and base as shown. Repair to verso of one leg. Several stable hairline fissures, minor abrasions to legs, body and head, with fading to original pigmentation, and insect damage. Light earthen deposits and great patina throughout.

Buyer's Premium

  • 24.5%

Tall 20th C. African Igbo Wood Alusi / Deity Figure

Estimate $1,400 - $2,100Oct 17, 2019
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