Dogon Staff Finial, Mali
height 9 1/2in (24.1cm)
the slender shaft supporting a seated hermaphrodite with exaggerated breasts and helmet-like head with finely incised crested coiffure above a face with diminutive features; fine encrusted reddish-brown patina with 'EG' written in white pigment on the underside.
Christophe Tzara Collection, Paris
Sotheby's, London, July 1968 (Lot 168)
Egon Guenther Family Collection
Sotheby's, New York, November 2000 (Lot 36)
Private Collection, New York