With help from staff I got pics posted for everyone s review. My best guess is that these were for tourists but I Dont know. Thanks for any info in advance.Message 1 of 3 , Feb 13View SourceWith help from staff I got pics posted for everyone's review. My best guess is that these were for tourists but I Dont know.
Thanks for any info in advance.
Ronald Michael Koon
--- In African_Arts@yahoogroups.com, "Ronald" wrote:
> Hi Group,
> My name is Mike and I am a collector of various art and other historical artifacts. I recently ran across two African tribal carved man and women from what apears to be ebony. The couple stands about 36 and 44 inches for the women and the man respectively. I dont know if this falls under African Tribal Skinny Art from Malawi or if it is consistant with another region. Also I am wondering if you could say if these were made for tourists, or actual tribal use, and of what age might they be. Finally, what value would you place on the these two pieces, round about, not holding any one to any thing, just an idea?
> Thank You in advance for any and all input.
Images of African women carrying vessels atop the head are fairly iconic -- rendered both photographically and in other media. Men portrayed in the sameMessage 2 of 3 , Apr 7View SourceImages of African women carrying vessels atop the head are fairly iconic -- rendered both photographically and in other media. Men portrayed in the same posture and activity are less common. As the gathering of water is a task more commonly executed by women in African communities, this expansion of portrayal may explain the enhanced decoration on the male figure (i.e., artistic rather than documentary of actual reality). The style of carving and the appearance of the wood -- as well as the fairly unrefined decorative aspects of the clothing portrayed -- suggest that these figures are commercial production.Lee