Lot: 28

Anthropomorphic head sculpture

Sierra Leone, Sapi

Provenance Size Hammer price
Ludwig Bretschneider, Munich, Germany
Munich Private Collection
H: 3.3 inch;
L: 3.5 inch
1600 EUR

steatit (soapstone),

For generations, farmers in Sierra Leone and adjacent areas of Liberia and Guinea have unearthed small stone figures.

Broadly attributed to the forefathers of the present-day Kissi people and the vanished Sapi peoples, the carvings range from heads and half figures to full figures and groups.

Lamp, John Frederick, Stone Effigies of the Ancient Sapi, New York 2018, p. 58, Fig. 57