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July 31, 2016 : SALE CLOSED
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Historically, these medicine gourds, with wooden stoppers in the abstract form of the female body, were displayed only on important occasions and used to contain oil that was rubbed into the young female initiate’s skin. Like all sacred objects, medicine gourds were not permitted to touch the ground - they would be placed on mats and sometimes even on elaborately carved stools carved specifically to hold the gourd. They were powerful symbols of the unity of the clan, and regarded as communal property. (Ref: Kilengi, Univ. of Wash Press, Seattle, 2000)
|Lot ID: 132|
|Low Estimate: $800|
|High Estimate: $1,800|
|Next Bid: $400|
|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, wood stopper, glass beads, fiber,stain, encrustation from shrine applications (figure originally covered|
|Dimensions: 6.25'' (15.87 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. James Willis, US (original certificate of authenticity and ownership included with purchase)|
|Price:||Price on Request|
|Offered By:||CLOSED: African Artworks : 146 Lots : July 28-30|
|Contact:||The Curator's Eye|
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