27 October 2016, 07:00 PST
Louisville, CO, USALive Auction
Lot 104A: Yoruba Gelede Carved Wood Headdress - Snakelike Hair(13 views)
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Estimate: $500 - $800
West Africa, Yoruba Culture, Nigeria, Gelede, ca. 1940 to 1950 CE. A meticulously carved and hand painted wooden headdress, with a figural bust and intricately incised hair of a multi-lobed, serpentine form to one side, the head emerging from a conical neck that would have been attached to a headdress. The face is decorated with stylized scarifications on each cheek, and presents large almond-shaped open eyes, heavy lids, full gently smiling lips, relatively naturalistic ears, and a rounded forehead. Additional red pigment covered areas on face and neck as well as black pigment on that impressively carved coiffure. A stunning piece of African visual culture with nice patina! Wood block stand. Size: 7.25" W x 8.75" H (18.4 cm x 22.2 cm); 11.75" H (29.8 cm)on stand
Provenance: Ex - Adeon Gallery, Nick Poolos collection, Chicago, IL acquired before 1970
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Condition Report: Losses to neck, right ear, and perforation to coiffure.