You asked: "Can anyone tell me anything about it? is it worth anything?"
I don't have much time to respond this morning, but I'll take a stab.
For some reason, the photos section of the group is not working properly at the moment so I can't access the photos. I did briefly look at the photos earlier when they were originally posted and now that I keep trying I can get access to the photos again.
I think that people in the group have given you a wealth of sources, both online and in books, to tell you more about what these particular objects traditionally represented and also contained in these sources are other examples of these types of figures for reference.
In your previous message to the group you simply stated:
"I got him at a estate
sale in canton ohio last summer for $2.00 I dug
him out of the attic of the estate the house was an old tudor in a
really well off area (old area) Im just trying to track down any
information I can find thanks."
As I said, people have provided you with a wealth of "information", if you're looking for something specific, then you need to be more specific.
Are you looking for members of the group to give you their thoughts on the "authenticity" or "quality" of your object based on the photos?
I think the real question on your mind is: Is it worth anything?
Well, to start out with, it was worth $2.00 to you when you bought it at the estate sale. That's a start.
Next, did you buy it because you thought it could be worth a lot more and you now are trying to find out what it's
potential value might be so you can sell it and capitalize on your investment? OR did you buy it because you like it and you're wondering what it might be worth monetarily compared to what you paid for it?
Either way it is worth more than the $2.00 you paid for it at the estate sale, how much more it's hard to say, it all depends on the object, how it is represented and who your audience is. You state in your message that you dug it out of an attic in a "really well off area (old area)", but that doesn't really mean anything about the object itself and doesn't do anything for the value. Rich neighborhood, poor neighborhood, it could have still come from the same source.
Yes, I know the thought process is that if it comes from a rich neighborhood then they probably paid a lot of money for it, but that isn't always the case, and even if they did pay a lot of money for it does that make the object worth the money
they paid for it if the object was not of good quality to begin with? If, by some strange chance, a person of no social importance with lesser financial means bought a piece of impeccable quality that showed real signs of age and use, but it was purchased from a small little no-name antique shop in a small town and paid next to nothing for it then the reverse could be true, it could be worth a considerable amount more than the person paid for it.
What is important to the "value" of the piece is more it's quality than anything else. A piece needs to be able to stand on it's own merit, it can fall anywhere within a wide range of criteria that are used to judge style and quality on an object. Where it falls in that range probably depends on who you ask and you may get several different opinions from several different people in some cases. Some things are easier to judge than others.
I will give you my personal opinion on your object and you can take it with a grain of salt, I'm by no means an expert. It's hard to really judge an object from a few small photos, but you can get the basics taken care of from them I believe. I think that the figure that you posted photos of is carved crudely, but it possesses the correct general basic form of these types of objects. Take for instance the mouth if you look at it straight on, it looks like someone just haphazardly took a carving tool and quickly dug out an area, not even in the center. The adze marks created in the wood by the tool used to carve it are large and random. The figure lacks really good detailed features in my opinion, the ridges on the back are crudely carved, the details of the face are lacking, the carving in general just doesn't "flow", it looks to me as if it was carved fairly quickly. Traditionally these objects carried great importance and held great power in the
eyes of the people they were made for and used by and from the older examples I have seen, it appears great care was given to the making of the objects.
I've seen quite a few of these figures in various places: Museums, Tribal Arts shows, galleries (high end and low end), eBay and other online auctions, private collections, in the back of a trader's van, and one thing they have in common is that they are all different. Some are encrusted, some are not, some are more finely carved, some are not. The faces differ to a large degree while the general shape and form of the body is fairly similar. You can generally tell the ones that come from the same workshops because you will see the same figure over and over and over in various places.
Take a photo of you figure and print it out and compare it side-by-side to the examples on my website, look for the similarities, look for the differences.
In my opinion, even though your figure comes from an estate in a wealthy neighborhood, the figure sits on the lower end of the spectrum quality wise. The surface of the figure, along with the things I mention above, make me think the figure was made specifically for the collecting market, nothing wrong with that, and there are worse examples out there and better examples out there. As far as a "market value" on the figure, I'd say that a place like eBay is your best venue to attempt to sell it, and if you took really good photos of it (stand the object up) and represented it right, you may be able to get around $100 for it, maybe more - maybe less. It all depends on if someone sees it and likes it for what they see in it. Look at some of the other examples being offered on the market and on
Yes, some are more expensive than others, and $100 may not be a lot of money, but $100 is a pretty good return on a $2 investment.
Hope that helps some, I'm just giving it to you from my own personal perspective. Maybe others have different opinions.
nana_bellas <nana_bellas@...> wrote:
Can anyone tell me anything about it? is it worth anything?