- Nov 17, 2013View SourceHi Everyone --
This weekend, I finally got a second to photograph a piece that I've been meaning to share with the group for some time. It's a small (about 6 inches tall and 4 inches across) crouching figure that I found in an antique shop in New York City a while ago. I bought it because I liked its sculptural quality and the finesse of the workmanship, but it has been tough to identify -- it doesn't really look like anything usually illustrated in the picture books.
My own guess is that it's some sort of divination implement? Maybe a friction oracle, given the flat spot on top of the head? It does look like it's had extensive handling. To my eye, it is pretty clearly Central African. The closest stylistic match I've found so far is a standing figure in the University of Iowa Museum that's identified as Bangubangu, so I'm guessing that's what this is too, but I'd be interested to hear other people's opinions.
Here is the link with pictures: