SALE END DATE AND TIME
July 31, 2016 : SALE CLOSED
Lots begin to close at 4PM EST (9PM GMT) and continue to close at 1 lot per minute. Go to the live bidding room, using the link below to see the exact times that lots close.
To request a bid over the phone, please navigate to the item and click the link that says "Register for phone biding" in the *Auction Info* section. Alternatively, email us :
USA: +1 888-599-5099
UK: +44 800-086-8995
Other: +1 617-706-3999.
TO LEAVE BIDS
To leave bids, please navigate to the item for which you would like to leave a bid, and click the button that says "Leave Bid".
NOTE: for security purposes you will be asked again for your password when you bid.
This magical calabash is rather rare, as the Makonde did not frequently make this type of calabash to hold sacred oils, particularly when compared to the Zigua, Pare, Kwere, and other neighboring tribes. Historically, magical calabashes were used as containers for medicines, sacred oils, powders, and other ‘charged’ substances among different Tanzanian peoples, including the Makonde Tribe. The calabashes were often closed with beautifully carved wooden stoppers - miniature heads that mimicked larger sculptures and masks used by the tribe. In this case, the head represents the “lipico”. Lipiko is the name that Makonde men give to their masquerading association masker, who is brought into the village from the bush for initiation celebrations. The dancers are accompanied by an orchestra of drummers. The “head of lipiko” is carved out of a very light wood and fits over the dancer’s head like a helmet (the masquerader sees through the mouth). Healers and diviners traditionally used them during curing, healing, or soothsaying rituals. The process of adding objects charged with the therapeutic powers of the spirits to the outside of a calabash was an important step in activating a calabash’s medicinal properties, and was even considered to be just as important as the container’s interior composition (the actual medicinal substance). From an examination of the surface and the amount of wear on the surface of the stopper, it can be asserted that the stopper on the gourd dates to the early 20th century. It shows naturally occurring evidence of age, and has had a significant amount of oil applied to the figure over time. The age of the calabash itself is hard to determine but is not recent. The stopper could have originally been inside another gourd and later placed into this one.
|Lot ID: 123|
|Low Estimate: $1,500|
|High Estimate: $3,500|
|Next Bid: $750|
|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: calabash, ritual oils, wooden stopper, fiber, oils, stain, encrustation from shrine applications|
|Dimensions: 7.5" (19.05 cm) height|
|Primary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : African Art : Country - Tanzania|
|Secondary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : African Art : Object Type - Other|
|Expertise: “Art Makonde: Tradition et Modernité”; Thompson, “Shambaa Ughanga: Converging Presences in the Embodiment of Tradition, Transformation and Redefinition”; United Nations Environment Programme, “Traditional Medical Practices in Tanzania, Bacquart, ''Tribal Arts of Africa"; Gesellschaft, "Kilengi"|
|Provenance: Ex. Private Collection Al Farrow, US, (renowned American artist/sculptor, work featured 2008 and 2009 at Museum of Fine Arts, San Francisco, in “In the Name of God: War, Religion, and the Reliquaries of Al Farrow”, and multiple museum shows)|
|Price:||Price on Request|
|Offered By:||CLOSED: African Artworks : 146 Lots : July 28-30|
|Contact:||The Curator's Eye|
Please login before inquiring about this item, or adding it to your Favorites list. If you do not have a client login, please register.