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|Dogon, Mali, circa 1700-1800|
Among Dogon figures to have entered the auction market in the last decade, this extraordinary figure, with cubist features, elegance and a majestic presence, is aesethically among the most spectacular. The figure possesses a rich patina showing its antiquity and extensive evidence of both human handling and surface wear in an indigenous shrine context. The elongated arms and alignment of head, arms, cubed hands, and legs create a profile which is a seamless rhythem of sculpture.
The level of abstraction illustrated in this superb shrine figure is often referenced when discussing the origins of modern abstract art movements such as cubism and expressionism.
In addition to the superb aesethic and artistry of the figure, the provenance and history of the piece add to its very high value and desirability. The figure was owned and sold by top Dogon expert Hélène Leloup (France), author of "Dogon Statuary" and other important Dogon works, to the Hiroshi Ogawa collection (Japan), the most important African art collection in Japanese history. To that end, the figure is published in a singular photo in “The Poetry of Form, African Art in Japanese Collections” (page 56). Functionally, the figure is thought to have a vital role in the Dogon's 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 figure has a tiny oily residue on the rear of the neck, indicative that it likely was at one time saturated with oils and still "sweats" when heated. 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. This is a truly beautiful figure, of a level of quality that few other figures of its type can match and even fewer can exceed.
|Lot ID: 68|
|Low Estimate: $60,000|
|High Estimate: $120,000|
|Next Bid: $35,000|
|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 (one piece), palm oil, stain, encrustation|
|Dimensions: 20'' (50.8 cm) height|
|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. Collection Hiroshi Ogawa, Japan, acquired by the former from Helene Leloup, Published, "The Poetry of Form, African Art in Japanese Collections", p. 56; Ex. Christie's, Paris, "Art Africain: Collection d'un Amateur", 4 December 2009, Lot 107; Exhibition History: Vetted by a committee of tribal art experts as antique and authentic and exhibited at Parcours des mondes, Paris, September 2015, Yale Archive No. 0118622~01, 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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