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July 31, 2016 : SALE CLOSED
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|Senufo, Côte d'Ivoire |
One of two Senufo diviner equestrian figures in this auction, this figure, like many Kpellie masks or the Senufo, appears to date to the 1940s or as late as the 1950s. As most scholars and collectors are aware, the Senufo engaged in their indigenous practices well into the 1950s and through even the 1960s. This piece, of an older Senufo hardwood and still secreting oil when heated, is an exceptionally finely carved object with a playfulness (particularly in the horse) that can't be lost on the viewer. Information source for the following passage by Alissa La Gamma: "Art and Oracle, African Art and Rituals of Divination, Metropolian Museum of Art Press"Diviner’s Figure:Equestrian (Syonfolo)
"Senufo wood and copper-alloy figurines that depict equestrian warriors, such as the nents of a Sando diviner’s kit (see cat no.2). Instead, they constitute artistically accomplished tributes to the professional success of the diviners who commissioned them.
The foreign character of the image complements the other worldliness of the madabele, while the assured confidence with which the rider guides his horse and carries his weaponry alludes to the diviner’s kill. No mere aesthetic flourish or esoteric luxury item, this supplement to a diviner’s essential tools makes a forceful visual statement evoking the dynamics of power and success in Senufo Society."
1. Glaze 1981,p.720.
|Lot ID: 140|
|Low Estimate: $3,000|
|High Estimate: $4,500|
|Next Bid: $1,500|
|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, encrustation|
|Dimensions: 9'' (23 cm) height|
|Primary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : African Art : Country - Côte d'Ivoire|
|Secondary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : African Art : Object Type - Statue|
|La Gamma, A. “Art and Oracle, African Art and Rituals of Divination”, Metropolitan Museum of Art Press,Photo source of Senufo Sandogo Diviner; Philip Peek 2001|
|Provenance: Ex. Private American Collection|
|Price:||Price on Request|
|Offered By:||CLOSED: African Artworks : 146 Lots : July 28-30|
|Contact:||The Curator's Eye|
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