Lot: 250

88th Tribal Art Auction

Kneeling female figure with bowl "olumeye"

Nigeria, Yoruba, Abeokuta, Oniyide Adugbologe

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Gerda Bassenge, Berlin, Germany H: 13.8 inch 450 EUR
plus 27 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

wood, matt black patina, remains of white, red and green pigment, receptacle originally wih lid in shape of a rooster, slightly dam., traces of insect caused damage, abrasion of paint/repainted.
Gift-bowls such as this adorned the reception halls of many kings throughout Yorubaland. They were used for keeping kola nuts "obi" and other presents given to important visitors by the king.

Fagg, William, Yoruba, Sculpture of West Africa, New York 1982, ill. 66