A rare Songo wood sceptre 54cm.

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Lot 190
A rare Songo wood sceptre
54cm.

Sold for £ 9,600 (US$ 12,092) inc. premium

Tribal

20 Jul 2005, 11:00 BST

London, New Bond Street

A rare Songo wood sceptre
the domed finial finely incised with panels of geometric design, surmounted by the figure of a trader, carved with pointed coiffure, angular features, with pronounced shoulder blades, the bent arms with hands resting on the stomach, mounted on an oxen, the beast's feet resting on two birds, flanked by two smaller human figures enclosed within rectangular panels, dark patina, slight restoration 54cm.

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Collected in the late 19th century by Capitao Passos who was sent to pacify the tribes of Planalto de Moxico, central Angola

    For a discussion of the symbolic significance of such sceptres see Marie-Louise Bastin, Sculpture Angolaise Memorial de cultures, Lisbon 1994. Figures shown mounted on oxen represent white or mulatto traders and as such are associated with commercial prosperity. The accompanying birds are associated with fertlity while the smaller enclosed figures promote sucessful hunting. Compare a staff with almost identical imagery : Ernesto Veiga de Oliveira, Escultura Africana em Portugal, Lisboa 1985, fig 133

    A similar staff was sold at Sotheby's London, 21st June 1979, lot 232
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