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    Sale 2257

    African and Oceanic Art: The Robert and Jean Shoenberg Collection

    14 November 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 25

    A FINE FON SCEPTRE

    DAHOMEY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A FINE FON SCEPTRE
    Dahomey
    Carved as the head of an animal with wide open jaws, the brass horns with incised ornament, the eyes inset with brass and copper, white metal panels to the temples and back of the neck, the cylindrical shaft with three embossed brass bands and one white metal band, the elaborate brass blade with incised checkerboard design and foliate motifs inset into the open jaws, dark glossy patina.
    20 in. (50.5 cm.) high


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    Provenance

    Herbert Baker, Los Angles, 1973


    Literature

    Robbins, W.M. and Nooter, N.I., African Art in American Collections, Washington D.C., 1989, p.208, no.533