James, what a great story, and object! As for
adding anything to your knowledge, I can't.
You already have more info about your piece
than probably is known about 99% of African
pieces that were not documented
at the time
of their collection. There's not too much to
do at this point but enjoy it. WK
--- James Camey <jamescamey@yahoo. com
> Dear Group Members,
> I have been conducting research on a Yoruba
> Equestrian piece which has been in the family for
> over 60 years. It has just occupied space on a book
> shelf as an interesting piece of art. In
> retirement, I have taken it on as a project to
> determine the where, when an who of the object.
> Over the past few months, I have searched the
> Internet and have looked at many however few have
> had the same sharp, well defined lines and angles.
> When I visited the Newark Museum's website African
> Collection (newarkmuseum. org) about two weeks ago, I
> was dumb founded at what I found - a piece that is
> the mirror image.
All I have been able to learn from Dr. Christa
> Clarke (curator) is the Newark piece was donated in
> 1923 by Walter Dormitzer who was known to have lived
> in Nigeria before 1897. In her correspondence, Dr.
> Clarke said it appeared the two pieces were likely
> created as a set.
> Given the to 1897 dating, I have wondered if there
> is any connection to the sacking of Benin and the
> looted art that was taken by British soldiers and
> sold with the two pieces of a set being separated.
> I'm posting a photograph of the piece I have in the
> photos section and ask if readers would visit the
> Newark Museum (don't want to copy their photo) site
> to look at theirs. It is shown on the lower right
> of the African collection page. One piece holds an
> object (sword?) in the right hand the other in the
> left hand - if they are facing each other the side
with object in hand is on the same side.
> Please respond if anyone has any information that
> will add to my learning.
> This is my first time ever posting to a 'group' so
> please bear with me.
> James Camey
> Texas, USA
> Direct link to the photos of James's piece-
>http://ph.groups. yahoo.com/ group/African_ Arts/photos/ browse/50f9? b=1&m=t
> Newark Museum page showing their example:
>http://www.newarkmu seum.org/ pages/collection s/african. htm
> James Camey
> jamescamey@yahoo. com
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