Rare Benin Head of Queen Mother, Nigeria
height 12in (30.5cm)
Patricia Withofs (1934-1998), acquired in England ca. 1996
Finely cast, the hollowed form rising from a cylindrical neck encircled by multiple rows of "coral" beads, the face with delicate lips, a small flaring nose and wide oval eyes, four raised scarification lines above the eyes and two large vertical inset rectangular lines on the inner corner of each eye, wearing an elaborate headdress with crisscross pattern, hollowed at the back of the head with five rosettes, strands of beads hang around the head and a braid hangs down the left side of the face; fine, varied gold-brown patina.