A Yoruba group of Eshu figures
Lot 2148
A Yoruba group of Eshu figures
Sold for US$ 15,600 inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
A Yoruba group of Eshu figures, Ibgomnia region
Democratic Republic of Congo, the five finely patinated figurines, attached to on another with leather binding; depicting two males, three females, and seven strands of cowrie shells hanging from the front. Excellent detailed carving throughout.
height 13 1/2in


  • Exhibited:
    The Center for African Art, NY
    The Art Institute of Chicago, IL
    The National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Insitiution, Washington DC
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
    The New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
    The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
    The Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ
    The Rietberg Museum, Zurich, Switzerland

    Yoruba: Nine Centuries of African Art and Thought. Drewel and Pemberton, the Center for African Art; 1989 (fig 25)

    According to Drewel and Pemberton, this particular Eshu grouping is unusual in that it presents an extra female figurine; typically, such sets presenting with two male and female pairs. (Drewel and Pemberton, 1989)