Lot N: 37

Arte africana

Dan ritual stool Liberia

22 x 29.5 cm

Object type Sculture


Period Arte africana


Carved wood with dark patina. The two hemispherical ends visually isolate the central section carved as a naked female body between two stylized faces. The function of these ritual stools still remains rather mysterious although by some it is associated with the rite of circumcision. NOTE - for a comparative piece and for an appropriate description see: Sothebys, NY, 16 May 2013, lot 86. The following description of comparative pieces can be found in the catalogue description: “Apart from the present example, however, only two other Dan stools featuring two masks, one on each side of the central support, are recorded: one published in Liberia: Arts and Crafts (Monrovia: 1971), and a second one at Duke University, also collected in situ by George Harley”.

Starting Price: Euro 3.000,00

Sold at: Euro 5.000,00

Estimate: Euro 6.000,00 / 8.000,00


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