Baule Butter Box with Janus Faced Lid, Ivory Coast
height 6 1/2in (16.5cm)
Sotheby's, New York, November 14, 1995, lot 241
Private Collection, Michigan
"Ready-made by specialized artists and workshops, these pots were in vogue for a time as containers of shea butter (an ingredient in many commercial creams), used as a cosmetic for the body." (Vogel, 1997: p 283).
Cf. Vogel (1997: p 283) for similar type formerly in the William Brill Collection