Lot 46

Nigerian Yoruba Owo Osanmasinmi Sacred Ram's Head

Estimate: $800 - $1,200

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Wooden Yoruba Osanmasinmi (sacred ram's head), Yoruba peoples, Owo group, Southern Nigeria. A sculpted ram's head was a component of the altars of high-ranking officials and leaders in the Owo region of Nigeria. The use of this iconography possibly relates to altars in the earlier traditions of Benin, or possibly to a shared earlier ancestral source. 11.5 x 7 x 7 inches, plinth 4.25 x 8 x 9 inches. Provenance: from the estate of Leon and Jane Arkus. Leon was the Director of the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, from 1969 to 1980.


A portion of one horn is broken off and missing. Portions of ears are missing. Significant Wear. Merchandise will be packed and transported by the purchaser at their own risk and expense. A list of recommended shippers is on our website: https://www.conceptgallery.com/auctions/shipping/ .

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