Yoruba Standing Figure, Benin/Nigeria
height 24 1/4in (61.6cm)
American Private Collection, acquired in the 1960s
The figure wears a domed colonial hat which balances on the top of his head on a cylindrical neck resting on broad shoulders with arms bent at the elbows and holding a fly whisk in each hand. The back elegantly tapers downward from broad shoulders to a narrow waist, leading to diminutive legs and proportionally large feet; fine dark brown patina.