Sherbo Head Fragment
Sherbro, Sierre Leone
18th Century or earlier
Previous Collection: William Siegmann (Former curator of African Art at the Brooklyn Museum)
This wonderfully executed head from a Nomoli statue is rendered in classic form; reminiscent of the early Portuguese representations created when first in contact with Caucasians centuries ago. These stone specimens are ancient relics. During the 19th century and early 20th century Mende would find these stone sculptures and have great respect for them and place them at shrines to receive offerings or were inserted in wooden objects called Piomdo specifically made for them. This example is of good size and has a weathered patina from exposure to the elements.
This Head is 3” tall and 4“ wide
SOLD / 7-7-11