A group of Nandi items: shield, headdress; spear; "Africa Speaks" book; collection notes
Lot 1385
A group of Nandi items: shield, headdress; spear; "Africa Speaks" book; collection notes
Sold for US$ 4,993 inc. premium
Lot Details
African, Southeast Asian, Oceanic and Latin American Property from Palm Springs Art Museum, sold to benefit the Acquisitions Fund
A group of Nandi items
Kenya, including a shield, of characteristic ovoid form, the thick concave hide reinforced with stout wood handle, a black serrated band bisecting the front plane, concentric serrated arcs across one half, the other half undecorated save for a single floriform accent and a broad ochre band along the edge; a spear, ngotit, the lengthy blade bearing evidence of a furious encounter; and a lion headdress, kutua, of towering conical form, a tapering triangulate back, cowrie shells across the narrow headband.
length of shield 35 1/4in
See illustration

Footnotes

  • Collected by explorer and documentary cinematographer Paul L. Hoefler, F.R.G.S., during the Colorado African Expedition between the years 1928-1930. Accompanying this lot are an inascribed copy of Hoefler's book "Africa Speaks: A Story of Adventure", John C. Winston Company, 1931, and a binder from the Palm Springs Museum containing collection notes and photographs. In his notes Hoefler states, "On page 177 in 'Africa Speaks' is a photograph of the Nandi warrior, Ngetuny Siiya, who speared the lion photographed (pages 178-180.) The headdress he is wearing (made from the mane of the speared lion), the shield he is holding (note where lion bit a hole through shield) and the spear are our items. Please refer to 'Africa Speaks' on pages 174 - 185 concerning the lion spearing in which these items were involved." The shield is also visible in one of two photographs of the warriors and the lion included in the binder.
Auction information

This sale is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future sales, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this sale, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

For all Sales categories excluding Arms & Armor, Coins & Medals, Motor Cars, Motorcycles, and Wine & Whisky:

Buyer's Premium Rates
25% on the first $100,000 of the Hammer Price
20% from $100,001 to $2,000,000 of the Hammer Price
12% on the excess over $2,000,000 of the Hammer Price

Payment Notices

Payment for purchases may be made in or by (a) cash, (b) cashier's check or money order, (c) personal check with approved credit drawn on a U.S. bank, (d) wire transfer or other immediate bank transfer, or (e) Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover credit, charge or debit card. A processing fee will be assessed on any returned checks. Please note that the amount of cash notes and cash equivalents that can be accepted from a given purchaser may be limited.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licences please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.