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“Ile Ori” or Yoruba House of the Head Shrine

Tall hollow container built from dense layers of plaited raffia, cardboard, burlap, fabric, and covered with imbricated layers of cowry shells, a symbol of wealth and well-being to the Yoruba people. The crown form with openwork top supports a fini

SKU No. cowry shell cords


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Arte Primitivo

3 East 65th Street - Suite 2
New York, NY
USA 10065
Tel.: 212- 570-6999  

8 in (W) x 12 in (L) x 4 in (H)


The Arte Primitivo Gallery of Pre-Columbian Art and Books was originally founded in 1961 by William and Mildred Kaplan, dedicated to the needs of archaeologists, scholars, collectors, and students. The name and location of the gallery in midtown Manhattan were acquired by Rose, who renovated the premises and re-opened the gallery in early September 1996.

 We offer these fine pieces of art through absentee auctions, exhibitions, sales, and purchases.


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