Lamidi Fakeye Carved Wooden Figures (astride a donkey with polychrome)

This is a wooden carving of four figures astride a donkey. The central male figure has a bird on his headdress, a boy seated in front and a woman nursing a baby at the rear. The carved sculpture is in very good condition with minor chips in the wood at the female figure's toes, her thumb, the boy's thumb and the adult rider's eyebrow.


c. 22" h. x 12" l. x 5" w.

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June 3, 2024
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Hi David, Thank you for contacting Mearto with your appraisal inquiry. The significant number of Fakeye statues that have come to market recently have lacked polychrome; those that are as complex as this one tend to sell between $1,000-2,000. Based on the photos and information provided, and subject to examination, this is: Lamidi Olonade Fakeye (Nigerian, 1925-2009) carved and polychromed figures with a donkey (man, woman, nursing baby and young boy). 22 inches high, 12 inches long, 5 inches wide. CONDITION: This figural carving appears to be in generally good condition with some minor chip losses. PROVENANCE: Inherited $ 1,000-2,000* *represents a fair-market value for auction purposes; retail or asking price may vary. Please let us know if you have additional items to appraise, or questions/concerns, and thank you again for using Mearto. ~ Delia