I have a figure that goes well with this stick!It has one advantage over the stick-- the soccer player is wearing a Zamble mask: so it is definitely meant for the Guro people; amd so far friends who have seen it are not concerned about it being "real".
Photo under the name "Guro soccer player":
--- In African_Arts@yahoogroups.com, Bob Ibold <bob.ibold@...> wrote:
> I love your beautiful walking stick. It's about as African as you can
> get in carving style and color. In contrast, most African art you see
> in the marketplace is intended for sale to Western collectors--
> traditional in style, earthy in color, and artificially aged.
> At 02:27 PM 10/12/2009, you wrote:
> >Our current discussion of authenticity has reminded me that there's
> >a piece I've
> >been meaning to share with the group in hopes of finding out a bit more about
> >it. It's a figural swagger-stick, painted in enamel and sculpted in a style
> >that to me looks pretty clearly Akan. As you can see in the
> >pictures, it shows
> >two soccer players, a drum, and an elephant holding a soccer
> >ball. Through some
> >internet research, I've learned that the Ivoirian national soccer team is the
> >Elephants, which given the Akan style of the carving makes sense. The
> >Elephants' team colors, however, are very different from the colors on the
> >jerseys of the two players depicted on the stick.
> >Does anyone in the group know enough about African football to identify these
> >uniforms? Are they just fantasies? Or are they meant to represent specific
> >local or regional teams in Cote d'Ivoire? I know that the bottom player is a
> >goalie, but that's about the extent of my knowledge.
> >Also, from an authenticity perspective, I think this object is an interesting
> >"borderline" case. Formally, its handle is totally non-traditional,
> >and in fact
> >directly borrows from the sculpted "Afro-kitsch" walking sticks that are so
> >common in the tourist market; iconographically, though, this is
> >quite different
> >from the usual "souvenir cane." The piece also has some clear signs of use,
> >including a lot of telephone patina on the handle and rubbing wear
> >on its foot,
> >presumably from having actually been used. Does that use, coupled with its
> >identifiably "Akan" style, make it a candidate for authenticity? If we dodge
> >this question by calling the piece "folk art," as I suspect many dealers would
> >do, what do we mean by this new term?
> >John Monroe
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