Lot 98C: Rare 1950s Kuna Indian Wood Staff - Soldier & Christ
27 October 2016
Louisville, CO, USALive Auction
** A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this lot will benefit The Fowler Museum at UCLA **
Central America, Panama, San Blas Islands, Kuna / Cuna, ca. 1950 CE. Very rare walking stick carved of dark hardwood. At the top stands a soldier at attention holding a rifle in his right hand, a baton or other weapon in his left. In typical Kuna style the figure has a very angular face with brimmed hat. At the middle of the stick is a carved crucifix in high relief with the hands of Jesus sticking well out to the sides. A most interesting example not often found! Size: 37" L (94 cm)
Provenance: Ex-Morgan collection, Santa Monica, CA
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Condition Report: Intact, generally excellent with a few minor nicks and losses as well as a few age cracks.