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Senufo Champion Cultivator Staff, Côte d'Ivoire

Estimate:

150,000 - 250,000 USD

Property from an American Private Collection

Senufo Champion Cultivator Staff, Côte d'Ivoire

Senufo Champion Cultivator Staff, Côte d'Ivoire

Estimate:

150,000 - 250,000 USD

Property from an American Private Collection

Senufo Champion Cultivator Staff, Côte d'Ivoire


Height (overall): 54 1/2 in (138.5 cm); Height (figure): 13 in (33 cm)

Excellent condition for an object of this age and type. Vertical age cracks to both sides of bowl on top of the figure. Age crack to the proper left side of the face; Old and well patinated losses to proper left ear and to front of coiffure; open age crack, also well patinated, to the front of the stool. Exceptionally fine, nuanced patina, with glistening remains of ritually applied oil to the figure and the topmost part of the staff.


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Helena Rubinstein, Paris and New York
Sotheby Parke-Bernet, New York, The Helena Rubinstein Collection: African and Oceanic Art, Parts One and Two, April 21 & 29, 1966, lot 100
Alexander S. Honig, Bronxville, New York, acquired at the above auction
Sotheby's, New York, The Alexander S. Honig Collection of African Art, May 18, 1993, lot 55
Lance and Roberta Entwistle, London, acquired at the above auction
American Private Collection, acquired from the above in 1993
Bernard de Grunne, Senufo Champion Cultivator Staffs, Brussels, 2014, pp. 24-25, cat. no. 8
Susan Elizabeth Gagliardi, Senufo Unbound: Dynamics of Art and Identity in West Africa, Milan, 2014, p. 158, pl. 110 (also published in French as Senufo sans frontières. La dynamique des arts et des identités)
Hélène Joubert, ed., Helena Rubinstein. La collection de Madame, Paris, 2019, p. 109, cat. no. 23 (also published in English as Helena Rubinstein: Madame's Collection)
The Cleveland Museum of Art, Senufo: Art and Identity in West Africa, February 22 - May 31, 2015; additional venues: Saint Louis Art Museum, June 28 - October 18, 2015; Musée Fabre, Montpellier, November 28, 2015 - March 6, 2016 (exhibited as Senufo. Art et identités en Afrique de l'Ouest)
Musée du quai branly - Jacques Chirac, Paris, Helena Rubinstein. La collection de Madame, November 19, 2019 - September 27, 2020