A wood mudfish (known as kumawu) with remains of offerings, an encrusted patina and diverse colouring reflecting extensive use wear.
The mudfish is a classical theme that is often found on wood objects – occasionally gilded – among the Akan and Asante peoples in the Ivory Coast.
They also appear on Baule and Akan goldweights and pendants. The mudfish alludes to the proverb:
‘If a mudfish grows fat it is to the crocodile’s advantage’
and is a symbol of wealth and prosperity.
Age: The underlying wood is well oxidised, indicating an age in the first half of the XXth century. On a custom made wood base.
Published: "Living African Art Treasures" by David Norden, 2019 nr. 004
- Fish figure
- Indigenous object name
- Ethnic group/ culture
- Region/ country
- 1st half 20th century
- In poor condition with signs of heavy wear & tear or damaged parts
- Sold with stand
- 40×16×7 cm