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Male and Female Corn-Eating Guardian Figures - Offers Invited

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Male and Female Corn-Eating Guardian Figures
21 x 11 x 7cm (8 x 4.5 x 3 inches)


An interesting and unusual pair of stylized male and female ancestor or guardian figures sitting on their haunches and eating maize (corn on the cob).  It is very rare to find carvings or images of people eating food.


These figures are virtually identical save for the addition of a carved penis on one of them. They are superbly and imaginatively carved in a beautifully-grained and polished hardwood that has acquired a rich golden brown colour and patina over the years.  These figures are in virtually perfect condition and are thought to have originally come from the island of Leti.


These charming little figures display very well as a pair, and look particularly good from above as their heads are tilted back with their bone eyes gazing upwards.  They were purchased from an antique dealer in Bali, Indonesia, and have been in our private collection and displayed at home for almost 25 years.


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