Posted 5 months ago
Well I must admit. I'm so very lazy I don't want to make new pictures. So this is once again a pic I had for some time.
Sorry, I have no picture from the back.
I got this magnificent brooch a year ago on a flea market. It measures about 7 cm, so its big.
The material is ivory (you can tell the difference between ivory and bone by looking at the grain). Ivory has a cross hatching pattern of the grain.
You can easily see it on this site:
The brooch has a small hole in the bottom. I presume the piece of ivory was put on a 'stick' to carve the face out.
It is signed in the back 'ngele', this carving was crudely done.
The clasp of the brooch was missing when I bought it.
So can anyone help me identifying the maker or the date? Belgium had a colony in Congo some decades ago so I assume its made in that region.
Thanks a lot!