Lot: 37

Rare anthropomorphic headdress "klé-dyiba"

Liberia, Grebo

Provenance Size Hammer price
Edith Hafter (1911-2001), Solothurn, Switzerland
Christie's, Paris, 12 June 2003, Lot 311
Cornette de Saint Cyr, Paris-Drouot, 10 April 2010, Lot 37
Bernard Dulon, Paris, France
Stella Loebarth, Paris, France (Bruneaf 2012)
Zemanek-Münster, 86th Tribal Art Auction, Vol. II, Würzburg, 27 May 2017, Lot 167
Robert Lewitzki, Celle, Germany
H: 13 inch 2100 EUR

wood, pigments, human hair, metal, label: "H 53 / Liberia - Village: Kaweke Half-Grebo Bowo", base

Very rare type whose use is not documented.

A formally comparable specimen (ex Bohumil Holas) is in the collections of the Musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac, Paris (AHDRC 0183886). According to the inscription on the back, it comes from the Grebo-Bôvo, from the village of Kaouyéké (Kaweke), was used by an association of the young men and was called "klé-dyiba".


Wolfram, Siegfried A., Liberia, Feldkirchen 2012, p. 43 ff.
Expo cat.: "BRUNEAF, Brussels Non European Art Fair XXII", Brussels, 2012, p.125
Exhibited:

Brussels, Belgium: "BRUNEAF, Brussels Non European Art Fair XXII", 6-10 June 2012

YALE: 0049547

ADHRC: 0129813