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Ewe Doll Venovi Figure Togo Miniature African Art Collection

$250.00
Product #: 128429
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Title Ewe Doll Venovi Figure Togo Miniature African Art Collection
Type of Object Carving, Figure, Statue, Sculpture
Country of Origin Togo
People Ewe
Materials Wood, pigment
Approximate Age Early 20th Century
Dimensions Height: 6.5 Inches
Width: 3.25 Inches
Overall Condition Good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.


 Additional Information: The Ewe people of Ghana celebrate the birth of twins as a good omen. Twins known as Venovi, lead a life of parallel experiences as they are fed, bathed, and similarly dressed.However if one of the twins dies a Venovi figure is purchased to represent the deceased twin and is equally maintained as though alive, being washed and fed.Like the well-known Ibeji of the Yoruba that represent the same idea of portraying the deceased twin in a sculptural form, Ewe dolls are shown as adults and represent deceased twins.They are delightful miniature carvings and have a place in any collection for their carving and presence and for what they represent.


 


Provenance: 


From the Collection of Robert Pearson, Denver, Colorado


Bob Pearson began collecting African art later in his life.  He was an engineer, inveterate climber, and long-time collector of books and paintings.  Spurred by the Douglas Society at the Denver Museum of Art, and his friendship with noted collector George Heggarty, he began building an enormous, eclectic collection. His African art library grew to several hundred books.  He loved textiles and “material culture”-things which had domestic use, like spoons, cups, stools, and chairs, as well as masks and carvings.  His collection included items from more than thirty African countries, and his fine eye gave him pieces ranging from a golddust scale to huge Dogon figural ladders.  Africa Direct is honored to have been chosen to sell them.