Lot: 129

76th tribal art auction

Dance headdress "zigiren wonde"

Guinea, Baga

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Emil Storrer, Zurich, Switzerland H: 32.3 inch This object is not available anymore.

wood, partly shiny blackish brown patina, red pigment remains, metal sheet, female bust with prominent breasts, rising from a board-shaped base with forked projections, necklace with bell pendant, handwritten collection number "14GA" at the back, rep. (breakage left foot), cracks, traces of abrasion; "zigiren wonde" means "the young bride" and represents a married woman who has given birth to children. Thus her breasts are long, though rarely flat. She is a cultivated woman, with scarification patterns around her neck and breasts and often rings around her neck.


Robbins, Warren M. & Nancy Ingram Nooter, African Art in American Collections, o.O. 1989, p. 141, ill. 239 Lamp, Frederick, Art of the Baga, New York 1996, p. 167