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Per a laboratory test from Rafter Laboratories (details in Provenance), this figure dates to circa 1785. It is exceptional in countless ways; the oily patina reflects years of applying oils to the figure’s surface, and the wood is so heavily saturated that it secretes oil when it undergoes heat. There are "nibble bites" from some type of small animal who once found an appealing taste in the palm oil applied to the figure. To be truly appreciated this figure must be viewed in person, and from a variety of angles. It has power, innocence, and an appeal that is hard to appreciate or effectively convey in photos. Few wooden figures from the African diaspora survive for hundreds of years. An exceptional example of statuary with all metrics--strong provenance, age, and aesthetic appeal that make the piece highly desirable and collectible. The function of the piece remains partly a mystery; as part of their practice of ancestor commemoration and religious belief, the Dogon have historically applied libations and blessings to figures in the context of a cave or a shrine setting. The veneration of the figure has been thought to lead to health, fertility of land and humans, and protection. The application of libations is thought to serve as an important part of this veneration. In images in the book "Dogon Statuary", the pieces that stylistically most resemble this figure are of the Djennenké classification. The bald and crested shape of the head, the narrow and elongated neck and pronounced shoulders, and the body stylization and posture are consistent with published examples of ancient Djennenké figures. This classification is of a style that originates in the region of the city of Djenne, west of the Bandiagara plateau. This Dogon figure is highly collectible, rare, and beautiful.
|Lot ID: 70|
|Low Estimate: $25,000|
|High Estimate: $45,000|
|Next Bid: $14,000|
|Sale ID: 6|
|Sale Date: July 28, 2016|
|Sale Location: Virtual Auction|
|Sale Sponsor: African Artworks from Berz Gallery of African Art|
|Sale Terms: View here|
|Live Bidding Link: SALE CLOSED|
|Location of Origin: Africa|
|Medium/Materials: wood, encrustation from shrine applications, oils|
|Dimensions: 18'' (45.72 cm) height x 3.5'' (8.89 cm) width|
|Primary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : African Art : Country - Mali|
|Secondary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : African Art : Object Type - Statue|
|Dogon Statuary, Hélène Leloup William Rubin, Richard Serra, and Georg Baselitz, Daniele Amez Publishing, Jean-Baptiste Bacquart, Tribal Arts of Africa; Laude, African Art of the Dogon; Phillips, Africa: The Art of a Continent; Herzog, African Masks, Visona, A History of Art in Africa; Bacquart, The Tribal Arts of Africa|
|Provenance: Ex. James Willis, US (original certificate of authenticity and ownership included with purchase), Ex. Robert Duperrier, France, Carbon 14 test Rafter Laboratories,NZA 57113 R 40541/3, Job No: 199585 21 Jul 2014, 231 years old ± 18 years; Exhibition History: Vetted by a committee of tribal art experts as antique and authentic and exhibited at Parcours des mondes, Paris, September 2014 Published: Vers l'au-delà "A Call to the World Beyond", Berz Gallery of African Art, page 12|
|Price:||Price on Request|
|Offered By:||CLOSED: African Artworks : 146 Lots : July 28-30|
|Contact:||The Curator's Eye|
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