Yoruba Kneeling Female Bowl-Bearing Figure, Nigeria
- wood, glass beads
Peter Wengraf, London, acquired from the above in June 1974
Norman Marshall, London, acquired from the above in 1974 or 1975
Christie's, London, July 3, 1990, lot 43
Myron Kunin, Minneapolis, acquired at the above auction
Karl-Ferdinand Schaedler, African Art in Private German Collections, Munich, 1973, p. 186, fig. 244
He continues (ibid.): "The hairstyle, known as irun agogo, indicates that she is a recent bride or, as a priestess, that she is married to an orisha, a deity in the Yoruba pantheon. [...] She is the very image of beauty. In the embellishment of her youthful body and the stylization of her hair, the figure achieves an external, physical beauty; and in the posture of offering and the self-contained composure of her face, she manifests an inner beauty. She is truly 'a messenger of the spirits', a bearer of gifts."