20th-Century Nigerian Healer's Sign
I was living in Lagos, Nigeria, in '75. And a friend had seen it on the roadside and it had fallen over, and a few months later he went looking for it, and said he thought I'd like it, because he knew I liked "junk." So he carried this heavy thing up, and surprised us with it, and we've had it ever since, and just love it.
First of all, I will say a lot of people ask why this is in English, and that, of course, is because colonialism has been in Nigeria for... for a very, very long time. Let's see what we can have taken care of. "Looks after pregnant women till day of delivery, children's illness, hysteria..." That's a good one. "Any trouble which upset men's movements." Well, moving right along, "Eye trouble... "Prepared against one turn, back to the doer..."
It says, "Any poison prepared against one..."
There we go.
"turn back on the doer." APPRASIER: Well, do you have any vendettas or anything?
None. I have great friends. APPRASIER: So what do you think the sign is worth?
To me, it's priceless, but I have no idea. I really don't.
So no one has looked at it?
It's a "one of," I know. APPRASIER: Easily, I think, this sign on the market, in the folk art market, is $500 to $700.
Okay. APPRASIER: And you can see this. "Bad luck changes to good." So nothing will ever happen to you that's bad.
Oh, I'm glad to hear that.
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