Lot: 211

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Emblème de danse à fonction de prestige et de démonstration

Nigéria, Igbo

Provenance Taille Prix d’appel / Prix d'Estimation
Robert Banks, Washington, USA M: 70 cm x 25 cm 1500 EUR
Frais supplémentaires : 23% de commission, TVA, expédition et assurance transport

wood, mirror glass, pigments,

This panel, set with nine mirrors and crowned by three heads, could be held by a massive handle on the back.

According to Cole, these emblems were commissioned by the various age-grades for competitive and festive dance displays They were used as stage props or were paraded through public dance arenas. They served as a distinguishing mark for the age group associations and as objects of prestige. As such, they were lavishly decorated with mirrors and figures and new variants were constantly created.

A comparable panel illustrated in Cole, 1984, p. 110, fig. 207.


Cole, Herbert M. & Chike C. Aniakor, Igbo Arts, Los Angeles 1984, p. 110, ill. 207