... From: Joseph Dixler To: African_Arts@yahoogroups.com Sent: Wednesday, July 11, 2007 12:06 AM Subject: idenity of attached photo Attached is a photo of twoMessage 1 of 2 , Jul 10, 2007View Source----- Original Message -----From: Joseph DixlerSent: Wednesday, July 11, 2007 12:06 AMSubject: idenity of attached photoAttached is a photo of two pieces I bought about 35 years ago. At that time I was told they were originally in the collection of Frank "bring em back alive" Buck who made serial movies in the 1930's. I have not been able to identify their origin. Can anyone identify them?
Dear Joseph: Although I can t find examples which exhibit the inset (metal?) teeth -- which seem to me more reminiscent of Kuyu stylistics as does the face ofMessage 1 of 2 , Jul 11, 2007View SourceDear Joseph:Although I can't find examples which exhibit the inset (metal?) teeth -- which seem to me more reminiscent of Kuyu stylistics as does the face of the figure on the right, the overall form of the bodies of your female figures -- including specific details such as the raised shoulders, augmented volumes of the legs and the highly segmented almost cubist rendition of the breasts -- seems to me highly resonant with the Suku (or BaSuku) figure at Tervuren which is found on page 313 (Figure 209) of Kerchache's Art of Africa. There is also a rear side view on page 583 (Figure 1040) of the same work.I attach images below and have loaded them to the photos file as Tervuren Suku at http://ph.groups.yahoo.com/group/African_Arts/photos/browse/c496?c=.As I mentioned there are elements of the facial styling for which I cannot identify comparable examples; nonetheless, I think the works of the Suku -- and perhaps other traditions from the Kwango region of the DRC/Zaire merit further investigation.Lee