African Tribal Art - Tekpe Bowl, Igbo or Tiv People, Nigeria

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Tekpe bowl
Igbo or Tiv People, Nigeria
Terra cotta
5.5" (14 cm) high by 4.5" (11.4 cm) wide by 5.5" (14 cm) long
Mid-20th century
Ex. private collection, New York

Magical substances would have been placed in the mouth of this tekpe or shrine vessel as a lizard or crocodile watched over the proceedings. There is some encrustation on the bottom, as seen in the last photo.
#3492

$400


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