Ancestor Figure

Nomoli, SIerra Leone
18th Century or Earlier

Field Collected by MARIO MENEGHINI before 1974

These stone figures found in Mende fields are from an ancient culture and are deeply revered by the discoverers. Wood reliquaries are created to house and cherish these figures. The face on this example is very representative of the depictions of ancient Portuguese 'afro' ivories. This example has an incredibly detailed coiffure and it is seated which is scarce; in addition, its diminutive size makes it all the more special. There are no restorations and in overall excellent condition.

This figure stands 3" in height.

SOLD / IN 11-13-10