What can I say but WOW! I love this piece.
The Nigerian Great Hunter - 1 is an imposing figure with his spear and bow. His prey today is a leopard, a fine prize for any hunter.
Carved by hand from kings ebony the wood grain in this piece is incredible. All of the black is totally natural from the beauty of the wood itself.
You might notice that the sling for arrows on his back has room for 6 arrows, but there are only 4 included. The artist says that he has had a successful hunt, so his sling will not be completely full. I love that attention to detail.
Except for the arrows and spear, which are removable, the entire piece is carved from a single piece of ebony wood.
This substantial art work stands 24 inches high, and is 9 inches wide at the base. It weighs a significant 12 and a half pounds.
Through history in S.W. Nigeria hunters have played a significant role. They of course provided meat for the table and leather for clothes, furniture, and religious objects. But they also played a major role in government, particularly as warriors and emissaries of the king. It was often a hunter of great renowned who would lead the Kings army, protect the village, or perform any service which required stealth and cunning.
Around his neck you would likely find a charm of some kind. This charm would protect the hunter from any supernatural powers that might try to thwart his success.