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Ewe Scepter (N° 26981)

A prestigious object reserved for chiefs and dignitaries, this badge of power whose end is sculpted with a female figure evokes notions of fertility and abundance. Matte yellow-brown patina, black highlights. Minor abrasions and cracks from use.
The Ewe, often confused with the Minas, are the largest ethnic group in Togo. They are also found as minorities in Ghana, Benin, Ivory Coast and Nigeria. Although we have little historical information about them, it seems that their establishment in their current location is the result of invasions and conflicts that broke out during the 17th century.
The morphology, presenting a musculature indicated by the ringed limbs and a characteristic posture, recalls here that of the lagoon regions. The figure with the powerful neck has a spherical head into which the gaze protrudes. Beautiful sober and powerful sculpture, with a dry eroded patina.  

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OriginEx-collection belge JLL
Height cm124
Width7 cm
Weight2.10 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle includedYes

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