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Yoruba Bronze of a hunter, South West Nigeria, positioned on a rectangular base with a chiselled border, flattened feet, legs bent, the elongated torso wearing Yoruba a hunting costume, a gazelle on the shoulders, a large head with prominent eyes, a cup-shaped cap on the head, a leopard to the left of the hunter's foot; greenish oxidised patina.

Related exemplare: A Benin-hunter from the 1897 expedition by Lt. Stuart Wilmot Nicholson (Later Adml. Nicholson, O.B.E. Probably 17th-18th cent. work from IGBIRRA or IGALA, IDAH region on Niger c. 90 miles N-E of Benin.

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TL-Analysis Kotalla 300 years +/- 20 percent

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Height: 64 cm
Weight: 16,8 kg

yoruba bronze hunter
A Benin-hunter from the 1897 expedition

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photo: tribalartforum.com/ identification no.
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