An Ife bronze head which is, according to Frobenius, probably the sea god or the sea goddess Olokun. There is a copy in the Brooklyn Museum whose provenance is unknown and there are some specimens in the National Museum in Lagos. In the meantime, there may be a few dozen bronzes of this divinity of different ages. According to Frobenius, these sculptures are to be buried at the foot of trees and would be dug up again if they were used for ritual purposes; greenish oxidized patina, partly encrusted. “Schätze aus Al-Nnigeria”, Minister der Kultur der Deutschen Demokratischen Republik, page 16 ff;
This object can be visited in the Gallery Wolfgang Jaenicke, Berlin. It will not be sent and can only be picked up. After the end of the auction, the highest bidder can have the object for further analysis by its own account without significantly affecting the object in its substance. For this analysis, the winner of the auction has a period of 14 days. The object is from an old African Collection. Restitution organizations and individuals who are intensively concerned with restitution issues were informed about the object. See also Cultural Property Protection Law (Kultur Gut Schutz Gesetz – KGSG).
TL Analysis 500 years +/- 17 %.
4.800 – 5.600,- Euro
Height: 35 cm
Weight: 2,4 kg