Portuguese Colonial Angola Ivory Sedan Chair Hand-Grips

Portuguese-colonial Angolan Ivory carved Sedan Chair hand Supports, marked ***A ***R DIAZ

Angola, Luanda, 18th/19th century

H. 27.5 & 28 cm

Each with a natural curve of the tusk, ending in a finial depicting a couple with two children, the male seemingly fleeing one and the female breastfeeding the other.

These grips probably were to hold onto whilst being carried around in a sedan chair or bed, or would serve as support when climbing in and out of the chair.

For a comparable grip, but possibly from Congo, see the collection of the Wereldmuseum in Rotterdam.

(Only available to Private collectors in the EU, and Institutions outside the EU, CITES mandatory)

Portuguese Colonial Angola Ivory Sedan Chair Hand-Grips
Portuguese Colonial Angola Ivory Sedan Chair Hand-Grips