Lot: 212

Beautiful female shrine figure with offering bowl and child

Nigeria, Yoruba

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
collected in situ in the late 1960s
Willem E. Geyskens, Diest, Belgium
Lucien Van de Velde, Antwerp, Belgium
Emile Deletaille, Brussels, Belgium (1971)
Charles M. Plotz, New York, USA
H: 36.2 inch 5000 EUR / 10000 EUR

wood, pigments, base This figure was made for a shrine dedicated to one of the Yoruba deities "orisa" - possibly "Shango", who is associated with the power of thunderstorms, warriors, and kings.


Fagg, William, Yoruba, Sculpture of West Africa, New York 1982, p. 99

ADHRC: 0109436