Kota Lid of a Water Pipe
circa mid-19th century
This fantastic sculpture is a lid for a water pipe. I found a similar object in the old publication "Au Gabon" by Pasteur Fernand Grebert (1932 - illustrated here)
The piece was collected in Gabon before 1923 by Octave Mariani, then by descent to the family and Galerie Bernard Dulon, where I had the chance to acquire it.
An extremely rare, ancient and refined sculpture, probably representing an ancestral head emerging from a vulva.
Custom base: Atelier Punchinello, Paris.
Photography: Hughes Dubois, Paris.
H: 14,8 cm (5 3/4 inches)
More photos on request.