X91.2241 Staff Finial

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Staff Finial
Ivory Coast
Attie peoples
H: 13.0 cm, W: 3.0 cm, D: 4.0 cm (H: 5.1 in, W: 1.1 in, D: 1.5 in)
Fowler Museum at UCLA. Anonymous Gift. X91.2241


Among the Akye (Attie) and other Lagoon peoples of Cote d’Ivoire, staff finials were often carved from ivory. The depiction of prestige European dress elements on these finials does not necessarily indicate that a foreigner is represented.

Source: Ross, Doran H. (1992). “Elephant: The Animal and Its Ivory in African Culture”, Los Angeles, UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History. page 121