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Gbene figurative cup, Koro (N° 12638)

World African tribal art, whose abdomen displays a double cup used to drink and pour libations of beer or palm wine, during ritual sacrifices. Built on the same structure: an effigy of a standing ancestor, in this case supporting the cup of his two hands. The bent legs are spread. Erosions of use, patina particularly glossy and satin locally. Desication cracks. Piece attached to plinth. Acquired by Guy Mercier, consultant for the Solvay group, who undertook at the beginning of the 20th century to assemble a vast collection of African tribal art. While radiating in West and Central Africa as part of his work, and collecting in-situ works, the majority of his collection is nevertheless derived from Curiosity cabinets which abounded in European capitals during the 1920s. It also comes from prestigious galleries (Paris, Brussels, London, New York). An ethnic group established in the benoué average, the Koro sculpt abstract cimiers masks, which they frequently adorn with bright red dumb seed.  

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OriginEx. collection Mercier
EthnyKoro
Countrynigéria
Material(s)wood
Height25
Width11
Weight0.76 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1940
Socle includedYes

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