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July 31, 2016 : SALE CLOSED
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Historically, magical calabashes and antelope horns such as this piece were used as containers for medicines, sacred oils, powders, and other ‘charged’ substances among different Tanzanian peoples, including the Pare, Kwere, Nyamezi, Zigua, Moshe, and other communities/tribes. The horns were often closed with beautifully carved wooden stoppers - miniature heads that mimicked larger sculptures and masks used by the tribe. Healers and diviners traditionally used them during curing, healing, or soothsaying rituals.
This piece, with removable head/stopper is among the "best" (combining age, beauty, power, size and any other important metric one wishes to apply) that we have ever seen; it is exceptionally large, combines animal and human characteristics, has an elongated stopper that runs nearly half the length of the horn, and has a charming, innocent expression that is simply captivating. Note the similarities that inspired Giacometti and Modigliani’s contemporary work, including Giacometti's famous piece currently in the L'Hermitage (photo included)
|Lot ID: 124|
|Low Estimate: $6,000|
|High Estimate: $12,000|
|Next Bid: $3,800|
|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: large antelope (kudu) horn, wooden stopper, fiber, rope, applied oils, nails,|
|Dimensions: 23'' (58.42 cm) height x 3.5'' (8.89 cm) width|
|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: Provenance Ex. James Stephenson, New York, Ex. collection Carl and Wilma Zabel; Published in "The Discerning Eye, African Art from the Collection of Carl and Wilma Zabel", page 30, Exhibition History: Vetted as authentic and exhibited at Parcours des mondes, Paris, 2015|
|Price:||Price on Request|
|Offered By:||CLOSED: African Artworks : 146 Lots : July 28-30|
|Contact:||The Curator's Eye|
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