Lot: 111

92nd Tribal Art Auction

Rare terracotta figure

Chad, Sao

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
René Rickli, Olten, Switzerland H: 25.6 inch 3000 EUR
plus 21 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

ca. 800 years

fired clay / ceramic, rest., custom mount (M: 73 x 40 cm) A comparable figure shown in Lebeuf (1977) as ill. 61 and on the cover (AHDRC 0012228). Cultures living in the Lake Chad region of what is today Nigeria, Cameroon, and Chad have created figures in terracotta for nearly 2000 years, but it was largely in the 12-13th centuries that they began producing large numbers of anthropomorphic and zoomorphic figures which appear to have been used in burial contexts.


Thermoluminescence Report, R. Kotalla, Haigerloch, 11 February 1988
Lebeuf, Annie & Jean-Paul, Les arts des Sao, Paris 1977, p. 145, ill. 61 and cover
Schädler, Karl-Ferdinand, Afrika, Maske und Skulptur, Olten 1989, ill. 20