Two (2) West African items, including comb (duafe) and walking stick. 1st item: Ghana Ashanti Tribe carved and painted wood comb (duafe) depicting two people holding an object, possibly the Golden Stool, above their heads with incised geometric designs to finial and base, fourteen tines. Includes a black metal stand. Comb – 14 3/4" H x 4 3/4" W x 1/4" D. Overall with stand – 15 3/4" H. Late 19th/early 20th century. 2nd item: Wooden walking stick with carved animal handle, wrapped with black and white sisal leaf fibers in geometric designs, bordered by leather tassels, pointed tip. Braided leather cord with metal clip, attached below handle. 36 5/8" L x 3/4" W. Mid/late 20th century. Provenance: a Middle Tennessee estate, by descent from Thomas G.B. Wheelock. Note: Thomas G.B. Wheelock was known as an astute collector of African Art and co-author of the book "Land of the Flying Masks: Art & Culture in Burkina Faso". He also inherited a sizeable collection of Asian, British, and military related antiques from his grandparents, Gilded Age tycoon George Briggs Buchanan of New York, and William and Margaret Wheelock, who owned a Scottish manor home known as Bunker Hill. (Margaret Carmichael Wheelock was also a founding partner of the fashion firm Farquharson & Wheelock in New York). See other related lots in this auction, including an archive containing receipts for furnishings for Bunker Hill. CONDITION: 1st item: Overall very good condition with some loss to paint. Tines are intact. Pinprick hole to finial. 2nd item: Overall good condition.
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