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July 31, 2016 : SALE CLOSED
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|Pende, Democratic Republic of Congo|
Although their specific uses may vary from one ethnic group to another, figurative staffs are prestige objects in all African societies. Serving to extend the body of the holder, the staff renders him or her larger and more powerful, and emphasizes their authority. This staff may originate from the Mbala or Pende or Mbuun (Mpuono); for whom tribal staffs were thought to have been traditionally associated with a particular chief, who would carry a staff during important ceremonies, yet also carry it regularly as a cane and a reminder of his status. This staff combines an interesting humanistic type of figure, with highly abstracted features, with a creeping type of animal below it. The presence of the figures could be a teaching proverb for initiates or some other type of message. For a modern collector there is an obvious nod to cubist elements. Perhaps the most beautiful characteristic of the staff is the patina, which is spectacular, featuring a smooth, polished, reddish hue and signs of significant age and human handling. A beautiful and rare staff with very good provenance.
|Lot ID: 45|
|Low Estimate: $2,500|
|High Estimate: $4,500|
|Next Bid: $1,250|
|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 (one piece), stain, oils|
|Dimensions: 38" (96.52 cm) height|
|Primary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : African Art : Country - Democratic Republic of Congo|
|Secondary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : African Art : Object Type - Staff|
|Jean-Baptiste Bacquart, Tribal Arts of Africa; Phillips, Africa: The Art of a Continent; Visona “History of Art in Africa”|
|Provenance: Ex. James Willis, US (original certificate of authenticity and ownership included with purchase)|
|Price:||Price on Request|
|Offered By:||CLOSED: African Artworks : 146 Lots : July 28-30|
|Contact:||The Curator's Eye|
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