this is indeed a 19th century tobacconist figure. At that time, good tobacco was associated in advertising with native Americans.
So, it is not even remotely tribal but that doesn't mean it isn't worth something both in artistic and financail terms ! Look at the one from the Alan Stone collection at Christie's : http://www.christies.com/LotFinder/LotDetailsPrintable.aspx?intObjectID=4989628
Christophe Evers, Brussels
--- In African_Arts@yahoogroups.com, "Pauline Walker" <paulinewalker2@...> wrote:
> I have need of your help again.
> Can any one identify this tribal head:
> I recently bought the head from a tobacconist shop. Do you think that this may have been an advertising piece for a type and brand of tobacco, or do you think that it may be a genuine tribal piece. I do not recognise the features of the head. What country it may have come from. The tobacconist did not know where it came from either.
> Cheers Pauline