Item No: A20249
About this item:
Height (First Panel): 186.7cm (73 ½ inches)
Width (First Panel): 38.1cm (15 inches)
Height (Second Panel): 166.4cm (65 ½ inches)
Width (Second Panel): 30.5 cm (12 inches)
Carver: Sakiwa The Younger of Lapai, Nigeria
Photographed and offered for sale are these fantastic, architectural, Nupe door panels by master carver Sakiwa the Younger of Lapai. Carved in high relief, the entirety of each is decorated with stylised geometric and zoomorphic iconography. The light brown wood has a lovely aged patina, and the smaller panel retains signs of polychrome embellishment.
These are superb pieces and would make a super addition to any collection, or a wonderfully, unusual architectural or decorative feature.
Condition: There are some signs of abrasion and a couple of cracks to the extremities, but this is commensurate with age and use and only enhances the authority & aesthetic beauty of the pieces.
Background: The Nupe, traditionally called the Tapa by the neighbouring Yoruba, are a large ethnic group in Northwestern Nigeria settling around their capitol Bida. They boast a rich cultural heritage, although this was diluted by the Usman Dan Fodio jihad of the 19th century. Amongst tribal art collectors the Nupe are particularly known for their chased brass work, distinctive, ornamental doors and super wooden stools.
Literature: African Art; Willet, Frank; Thames & Hudson London 1971; P.240
Zemanek-Munster Tribal Art Auction 53; Druckerei Gerd Mayer, Würzburg for Zemanek-Munster Wurzburg, 2008; P.199. Lot 319
For a similar piece sold at Sotheby's see: http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2012/africanoceanic-n08858/lot.100.lotnum.html