Kota Lid of a Water Pipe

Gabon  

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.

Price: enquiry