This is a terrific Vintage Ogoni Igbo Marionette. This African Folk Art Male Portrait Figure is a "Staff" like Puppet, whose mouth will move by pushing a stick up a hole that runs up through the figure, the stick included is not original to the puppet, but works. This is a Mid-Century to late 20th Century piece. Beautifully carved from wood with great painted details.
This piece is in excellent vintage condition, with definite signs of age and wear. See 5th photo as there is a chip out of one back corner of the base, certainly nothing distracting, all just adds to the vintage charm. Please Zoom the photos to appreciate all the details, as well as to best understand overall condition.
The Ogoni people (also known as the Ogonis) are people in the region of Southeastern Senatorial district in Rivers State Nigeria. They now number about over two million people and live in a 1,050-square-kilometre (404-square-mile) homeland which they also refer to as Ogoni, or Ogoniland. The Ogoni have been demonstrably populating the eastern edge of the Niger Delta in Nigeria for 500 years.
Piece measures 31" tall, figure alone is 16.25" tall. 8" wide at the hands and 6" total depth.
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