Research: https://www.thecollector.com/top-10-african-oceanic-art-sold-in-the-last-decade/ On 19 May, Christie’s New York will present Timeless: Masterworks of African Art, an exceptional sale featuring twelve masterworks of African Art. The exhibition and auction will coincide with Christie’s 20th Century Week sales. A celebration the diversity of form and innovation of African artistry, from the West coast, to Central and to South Africa, these rare works are fresh to the market and maintain distinguished provenance, which is further enhanced by their exhibition histories and published literature.
This rare African sculpture was purchased in the USA.
This is an African figure with hair made of a natural fiber. It is very narrow and the head is supported by a long torso and serrated dowels that serve as limbs. The figure is in a crouched position. The wood is an interesting color, and could be either mahogany, ebony, or wenge.
Sculptures from the Dogon tribe of Mali have similar aesthetic elements as your piece: narrow, long, serrations. See:
The Fair Market Value (see below) is between $200 and $400.
My estimate reflects sales of similar pieces I have found of works without provenance to authenticate their origins. I encourage you to send a picture of the piece to Sotheby’s if you are interested; I believe they are open to giving feedback in most cases.