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Ancestor statue - Wood - Colon - Yoruba - Congo

Ancestor statue - Wood - Colon - Yoruba - Congo


PROVENANCE: -Gustave Bulkens, gallery Dayak Antwerp, early 80 's.He collected all kind of Colon figures and once exhibited them all in the Mercator bank in Antwerp in the 80's.

Big Yoruba Colon Figure-Nigeria . Female figure holding a stick and a music instrument (?) Remains of pigments
in a light fromager wood.

H = 64 cm

Colon female figure from the Yoruba people of Nigeria holding a pylon and a two part stick. Jewelry around the neck and arm, and a hat on the head.

Wood, polychrome black and white paint Crack in base and arm re-glued.

The origin of Colon figures consisting in the contact between Europeans and Africans. Usually they show elements of the traditional style of the respective region. Frequently the African artists allowed wit and criticism to flow into their sculpture.
Wood is well oxidized.

Often those type of figures where used to decorate the palaces of Kings.
The “Colon” figurines and statues refer to the colonial era in West Africa.

Yoruba: An Art of Life: The Bennett-Luther Collection Perfect Paperback – January 1, 2004 by Daniel Mato (Author), Chelsea Cooksey (Author).

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Object Ancestor statue
Indigenous object name Colon
Ethnic group/ culture Yoruba
Region/ country Congo
Material Wood
Period 2nd half 20th century
Condition In good condition - restored
Sold with stand No
Dimensions 64×18×18 cm
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