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Yoruba Figure Colonial Drummer Ivory Coast Africa 35 Inch

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Title Yoruba Figure Colonial Drummer Ivory Coast Africa 35 Inch
Type of Object Carving
Country of Origin Nigeria
People Yoruba
Materials Wood, cloth, pigment, encrustation
Approximate Age Second half 20th century
Dimensions 35 inches H x 10 inches W x 11.25 D
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.
Damage/Repair Very worn patina, large crack on base, arrested bug damage, possible neck repair, cracks and chips throughout

Additional Information: 

The production of colorful male and female carvings during periods of foreign occupation are common up and down the coast of West Africa. They are probably best known in Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire. They can usually be identified by the clothing that was added to appeal to, and appease, the mostly Christian Europeans who had moved into their homelands. These charming pieces, which have become quite popular with collectors, usually have bright colors applied to them in addition to the clothing, again to appeal to the Victorian sensibilities of their foreign "guests."


Recommended Reading:
Glaze, Anita J. “Art and Death in a Senufo Village. 1981.Forster, T. Die Kunst Der Senufo, Museum Reitberg, Zurich. 1988.Forster, T. and H.- J. Koloss, Die Kunst Der Senufo, Elfenbeinkuste 1990.Krieg, K. – H. and W. Lohse, Kunst und Religion bei den Gbato-Senufo, Elfenbeinkuste, Hamburgisches Museum fur Vilkerkunde, 1981.