African Statue #12
04 October 2023

I inherited this sculpture from my dad , who passed away in November 2022. He lived in Nigeria in the late 1960s. He bought many African pieces, and I believe this is from Africa but am not sure.


19.5 x 4

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Answered within about 2 hours
By Delia
Oct 04, 15:44 UTC
Fair Market Value
$300 - $500 USD
Suggested Asking Price $600 USD
What does this mean?

Hi Christine,

Thank you for contacting Mearto with your appraisal inquiry.
Based on the photos and information provided, and subject to examination, this is:

An antique African cast bronze ritual machete or "Ada Ogun"
Possibly Yoruba culture, late 19th Century
The handle in the form of a drum-playing figure with flaring conical headdress that doubles as a bell, the shaped blade with engraved decoration.
19-1/2 inches long
CONDITION: this bronze machete appears to be in generally good condition with wear commensurate to age and use, including some pitting, verdigris patination and oxidation throughout.
PROVENANCE: inherited
$ 300-500*
*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

Christine c. piehl Oct 04, 21:40 UTC

Please let me know if these images help 😊

Christine c. piehl Oct 04, 22:05 UTC

I added more images

Christine c. piehl Oct 05, 15:05 UTC

There is a bell inside the handle and the figure appears to be playing a drum

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