The markets here in Senegal, are full of statues like
yours, I too have several, basically they sell here
for between $20-$30 for the 14inch size up to $120 for
a really big one, in the artisonal market downtown,
and even cheaper in the markets over in Mali, I agree
with Ed, nothing here seems to be that old
anymore..... .but gee I enjoy trying to find them....
And I thank you Lee and Rand, those links are really
great reading, I love learning about the history
behind these fetish figures, I must admit though I
have seen a big increase in the volume of them for
But they Salesmen are great storytellers
--- Ed Jones <bucit@yahoo. com
> Hello Sean.
> Others can give you rather explicit detail about
> this nail fetish (talisman of sort), used to defray
> evil and mal-deeds in general. I think they also
> might range in various sizes for personal and
> village uses. I like them very much, but think the
> market is overwhelmed with these items ... I hope
> you don't mind me stating, there is something
> peculiar about the head on this one. It appears to
> be inconsistent with the body. I really do not
> think there is much coming out of Africa much older
> than 50-60 years at best (if age is of interest to
> you). I have accepted that principle a while ago
> --- part of dealing in reality. The "old and
> genuine stuff id long gone with
> with early pioneers and colonists.
> Anyway, a tid-bit of info to offer --- certainly,
> I am not that knowledgeable. I have one that I am
> certain might also be a "market" for collectors
> fetish. I will be happy to you a pic of mine if you
> like (send email).
> seandocherty2005 <seandocherty2005@ yahoo.co. uk
> Dear collectors,
> I have added some photos of a yombe statue in the
> link below, can
> anyone give me any further information on this
>http://ph.groups. yahoo.com/ group/African_ Arts/photos/ view/6636? b=6&m=s&o= 0
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