Beautiful wooden staff from Ivory Coast.
Wood patina and used.
Staffs are present in most of african tribes, in ceremonies is an accessory of prestige , carried by chiefs of tribes,
The figures represented in a staff are made of wood , concerning the location and status they specify attributes of the carrier.
Decorated with gold leaf, brass and other metals,the most powerful the carrier the more valuable will be the staff.
According to the motifs there was a rule that the sculptor had to respect, a specific motif to the owners respective rank. In this staff represented by an animal suggests that the owner belonged to a secret society member. This staff portrays an elephant figure carved on the top and a woman head figure at the bottom, because Akan is a matrilineal society, women can inherits and profit of recognition for distinct status among the community. The woman figure in this staff can also represent a female related to the owner revealing her significant rank in the community.
Provenance: English Collection
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