Fish figure - Wood - Kumawu - Baoulé - Ghana

Description
Fish figure - Wood - Kumawu - Baoulé - Ghana
1st half 20th century - In poor condition with signs of heavy wear & tear or damaged parts

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.

H: 40cm.

Published: "Living African Art Treasures" by David Norden, 2019 nr. 004

Lot details
Object
Fish figure
Indigenous object name
Kumawu
Ethnic group/ culture
Baoulé
Region/ country
Ghana
Material
Wood
Period
1st half 20th century
Condition
In poor condition with signs of heavy wear & tear or damaged parts
Sold with stand
Yes
Dimensions
40×16×7 cm
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