Bruno Claessens with the Durand-Dessert Mbembe figure from Nigeria, sold for €1,927,500 on 27 June 2018 at Christie’s in Paris

5 minutes with… A rare Mbembe female drum figure

Bruno Claessens, European Head of African and Oceanic Art, on a 300-year-old Mbembe figure that is one of fewer than 20 of its type known to exist. Offered in Paris on 27 June, it is part of ‘a market-making moment’ for Nigerian material at Christie’s