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July 31, 2016 : SALE CLOSED
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Like most Alusi figures, this piece features upward-facing palms. In “Igbo Arts”, Herbert Cole writes, "the palms-up hand position...has meanings which contribute to our understanding of the deities and their cults. Informants report that this shows the open-handedness or generosity of the deities, as well as their willingness to receive sacrifices and other presents. The gesture also means, "I have nothing to hide", suggesting honesty. The white color applied to the pieces is thought to "symbolize purity and again, a "good face". (Igbo Arts, Cole, Page 92). The patina is rich and colorful, with exceptional carved details. It is highly uncommon to have a figure of this size, style and quality as most Alusi figures tend to be more crudely carved, tall and thin, with less naturalistic proportions. The figure has significant wear on the base of the feet, consistent with the traditional placement of these figures on a shrine with organic materials-clay or dirt being the most common. An oustanding figure. Yale Archive, No. 0007965~01
|Lot ID: 79|
|Low Estimate: $5,000|
|High Estimate: $10,000|
|Next Bid: $2,600|
|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, polychrome paint, oils|
|Dimensions: 22.5" (57.15 cm) x 5" (12.7 cm) width|
|Primary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : African Art : Country - Nigeria|
|Secondary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : African Art : Object Type - Statue|
|Igbo Arts: Community and Cosmos" by Herbert M. Cole and Chike G. Aniakor; Igbo: Visions of Africa Series, H. Cole; Visona, A History of Art in Africa; Bacquart, The Tribal Arts of Africa, Photo Source:, Aniakor, Chike C. and Herbert M. Cole. Igbo Arts- Community and Cosmos. Museum of Cultural History, University of California- Los Angeles, 1984|
|Provenance: Yale Archive, No. 0007965~01, Ex. Fily Keita (US), Ex. Collection Randy Kahn (US), Photo source for archived photo is from the Van Rijn Archive (Yale University).|
|Price:||Price on Request|
|Offered By:||CLOSED: African Artworks : 146 Lots : July 28-30|
|Contact:||The Curator's Eye|
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