Hello, I agree with Rand. The patina is odd and it looks to be a figure inspired by Dogon and Chamba. This would be consistent with the expected output from aMessage 1 of 6 , Mar 22, 2012View SourceHello,
I agree with Rand.
The patina is odd and it looks to be a figure inspired by Dogon and Chamba. This would be consistent with the expected output from a workshop where carvers are inspired by tribes according to the market trend.
Ricardo2012/3/20 Rand S <rand@...>
At first glance I thought it had Dogon-like qualities and the Dogon produced many hermaphrodite figures, but the lines on the face and the nose aren't Dogon qualities. Typically the bottom of a Dogon nose is represented with a "V" at the bottom.
I've seen several published examples of Bamana figures with lines on the face like this, and other parts of the body as well.
Hard to tell the age of it in the photos, but it's my opinion that the figure is most likely not very old and most likely any age or wear is artificial as the patina looks a bit odd to me.
Look in the Internet or in books for Dogon or Bamana figures and hopefully that'll help you see more examples and see where the influence from both of the cultures can be seen in your figure.
--- In African_Arts@yahoogroups.com, "dleidie" <dleidie@...> wrote:
> i have a wooden figure in my collection and i would like to know the age of it and the origin.
> It measures about 60 cms, and it has breasts and a penis.
> It has two repaers, with little iron plates.
> I hope you can help me find out.