Fine example of the 'Great Spirit', known as "Orebuko-Okoto" by the peoples living in the Bidjogo Islands off the coast of Guinea, West Africa. These rarely seen figures are carved of one piece of wood with a hollowed middle, cylindrical in form, which received sacrificial materials. A sensitively carved head with metal eyes and applied textile and hair above a long, ringed neck. Such figures are attended by a priestess and kept on a shrine altar. Early 20th C, 23"H x 7.25 Diam. In very fine, original condition
with exceptional preservation and surface patina. Wood, red and black textile, metal, fiber, and various undetermined materials.
PROVENANCE: WILLIAM W. BRILL COLLECTION, NYC, SINCE LATE 1960's
PUBLISHED: "WILD SPIRITS/STRONG MEDICINE: AFRICAN ART AND THE WILDERNESS", CENTER FOR AFRICAN ART, ENID SCHILDKROUT EDITOR, 1989, PAGE 85(TEXT ON P.84), #8