Sceptre with male figure eating a root

sceptre with male figure eating a root
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sceptre with male figure eating a root
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sceptre with male figure eating a root
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Description:

This ivory sceptre is highly carved and depicts a seated male figure eating a root and holding a sheathed knife or sceptre. A snake is entwined round the base of the staff which clasps a lizard-like object in its teeth. The container which surmounts the sceptre was used to contain medicine, and a fragment of conus shell survives intact and may have originated from the Indian Ocean.


Relational references:
Baequart, Jean-Baptise. The tribal Arts of Africa. Thames and Hudson, 1998. Farris Thompson, (in) Perspectives: Angles on African Art, Centre for African Art, 1987. Heron Dickinson, John, (ed.) African Art at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts. Ross, Doran H., Elephant. The Animal and its Ivory in African Culture, University of California, 1992. Verswijner, G. & Palmenaer, E. (eds.) Treasures from the Africa-Museum Tervuren, Tervuren, 1995.
Object details
Type of object: Sceptre
Type category: Costume and jewellery
Material:
Width: 53 mm
Height: 298 mm
Depth: 85 mm
Origin
Style/Period: Helen Coleman
Date range: 1900-1999 CE
Discovery site: Helen Coleman
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Creator
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Personal name: -
Role: -
Culture: Yombe
Record data
Artworld id: 10099
Current accession number: UEA 568
Former accession number: -
Credit line: Sceptre with male figure eating a root. Africa, Congo (Kinshasha): Bakongo. 20th century. Elephant ivory. h. 29.8 cm. Acquired 1974. UEA 568
Recorded by: PC
Record date: Sun, 2nd Jun 2002
Copyright: Copyright© by the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, UEA, Norwich, 2002. All Rights reserved