Colonial Style Carved Men - Large
Measures about 32 inches tall
Hand carved Colonial Men from Ivory Coast, West Africa.
Colorful and original and known as colons (pronounced "col-on", French for colonial).
They became popular during the late 1950s, towards the end of colonial rule, when foreign administrators, civil servants, soldiers and other expatriates began commissioning portraits of themselves as souvenirs to take home. Popularity soared in the late 1980s following a few well-publicized auctions in Europe.