Staff Finial

Ivory with palm oil | 7.9 x 2.8 x 1.5in | 17th-18th century

Unknown Artist

This ivory figure, half female and half leopard, appears to represent a founding ancestress of the matrilineal Yombe peoples. The royal woman holds two gourds that may contain potent medicines associated with rulers' occult powers. The snarling leopa...
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