Lot: 212

77th tribal art auction

Standing female figure

Côte d'Ivoire, Guro

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
H: 15.4 inch 1000 EUR
plus 23 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

wood, dark brown patina, partly encrusted, traces of black paint, banded tattoos on forhead and nape, helmet-like coiffure with grooved middle parting, slightly dam., cracks (left side of the head, base); the Guro call figural sculptures "mi iri nä" - "small wooden persons". They are not associated with the ancestral cult. As ritual objects they are rather displayed on special shrines, called "zuzu".