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**Originally Listed At $200**

West Africa, Nigeria, Yoruba peoples, ca. early 20th century CE. A large ceremonial staff carved from wood with an upper portion shaped like a double-axe-blade, and the guise of a woman integrated into the bottom portion of the head near the handle. The woman has diamond-shaped eyes, full lips, a broad nose, and a lobed coiffure that separates both axe head halves. Twin carved ovoid "eyes" look outwards, one pair on each of the obverse and reverse. The handle is comprised of a lengthy, tubular shaft with an integral suspension loop and leather strap at its base. A fabulous example! Lucite display stand for photography use only. Size: 20.5" H (52.1 cm).

Provenance: ex-Nick Poolos collection, Adeon Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, USA acquired before 1970

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Surface wear commensurate with age and use, fading to facial designs, with several stable hairline fissures across axe faces, otherwise intact and very good. Earthen and mineral deposits throughout.

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Early 20th C. African Yoruba Wooden Shango Staff

Estimate $300 - $450Jan 27, 2020
Starting Price $125
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