20th-Century Benin Tourist Chest
About eight years ago, there was a yard sale in the little town I live in, and it was sitting out front, and it was kind of buried in the mud about halfway up. And the man said he wanted $75, and I told him, "I'll give you $50," and he said, "Get it out of my yard."
First of all, it's from Nigeria, I'd say early 20th century. You see these figures down here? You have Nigerian kings, specifically from the area called Benin.
And you can see the smaller figures are their attendants.
So what you have here is you have a chest that was commissioned by colonials for African carvers to carve this using the traditional figures from that area. I've been doing this 41 years. I've never seen one quite like this. At a good gallery or an auction, this chest is worth $400 to $600.
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