MMA cohoba stand
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
Accession number 1979.206.380
The Michael C Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Bequest of Nelson A. Rockefeller, 1979
MMA cohoba stand. Dimensions H: 665mm; W: 220mm; D: 230mm.
Currently the earliest documentation for the figure places it in Europe in the 20th century: Edna Dakeyne of London bought the cohoba stand at auction in Ireland in the mid-1930s, in an assorted lot for £5 from a parish sale. She recalled that the figure was sold with a 'skirt' covering its waist. It remained in her collection until 1955 when she sold it to Nelson Rockefeller, who lent it to New York's Museum of Primitive Art in 1956. In 1979 it was bequeathed by Nelson Rockefeller to the Metropolitan Museum of Art as part of the Michael C Rockefeller Memorial Collection.
Studying the sculpture