HYBRID ANIMAL FIGURE, BENIN/NIGERIA
Late 18th/Early 19th c.; Carved wood; On stand: 22 3/4"; Provenance: Collection of Gerald Dannenberg; Merton Simpson, New York, Archive #8309; Allan Stone Collection, New York (acquired from the above in January 2006); Note: This is an
Sale Price: $11,875
Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000
In the letter that accompanies, Ekpo Eyo (archaeologist, art historian, museologist, author, Nigerian Director of the Federal Department of Antiquities [1968 to 1979]) dates it to the 18th/19th century and describes it as "a very rare, old, and fine wooden sculpture of a hybrid animal whose provenance is uncertain." This object requires more study and research.