A carved thornwood tribal chess set by J. D. Akeredolu, Lagos, Nigeria, circa 1950,

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Lot 219
A carved thornwood tribal chess set by J. D. Akeredolu,
Lagos, Nigeria, circa 1950,

£ 800 - 1,200
US$ 970 - 1,500
A carved thornwood tribal chess set by J. D. Akeredolu,
Lagos, Nigeria, circa 1950,
the chessmen signed on the bases, one side natural, the other side black, kings wearing turbans and holding staffs, queens with necklaces and headdresses, bishops as witch doctors or tribal elders, knights on horse, rooks as turrets, pawns as squatting tribesmen,
the king 6cm high, the pawn 4cm high.

Footnotes

  • Literature:
    The Jaeger Chess Collection, page 106.

    A similar set was sold at Bonhams Knowle, 11th September, 2007, Lot 222.

    J. D. Akeredolu was born in Owo, Nigeria in 1915. Having studied at the Owo Government School, he later established a sculpture studio, only to return to the school later to teach the art of sculpting. He specialised in tree thorn carving, but also worked in mahogany, ebony and iroko.

    Akeredolu exhibited at the Berkeley Galleries, the International Art Centre, and London University in 1945. In 1948, twenty four sculptures were sent to the Harmon Foundation in New York; and in 1960, he exhibited at the Nigerian Independence Exhibition.

    The Fulani are a Muslim people, who were originally pastoral, and, it is thought, originated from Senegal in the 14th century. Latterly, many settled, abandoning their erstwhile nomadic lifestyle- and adopted an urban way of life.
A carved thornwood tribal chess set by J. D. Akeredolu, Lagos, Nigeria, circa 1950,
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