Re: pygmee bid 500 euro's
- --- In African_Arts@yahoogroups.com, "leerubinstein" <LRubinstein@...> wrote:
> Junaid:Its a pleasure. I am only relaying what I have been told, and I am glad to be able to
> Thanks for sharing the images and especially for the information
> regarding what you have learned about the "Pygmy" figural stools. The
> explanation and attribution you have provided seem to me the most
> feasible accounting for these figures.
contribute for once ;)
> Now, on another topic...you mention a "HUGE" Benin plaque that hasYes, I understand your concern. I realized that the proportions suggest that it is a
> caught your interest. I am struck by the dimensions that you indicate
> (1.3m x 1.3m). Most of the examples cited in the relevant literature
> rarely achieve or exceed about half of that size; most documented
> Benin plaques range from roughly 42 to 51 cm in their outer
> dimensions. Of course, the quantity of modern reproductions is
> considerable and the quality in some cases very fine. However, I do
> not come across any historical examples that approach the dimensions of
> the plaque you describe.
reproduction, but the quality is such that it really caught my interest - not any visible trace
of solder, the high relief, very distinct and clear carvings. Also a dark patina that suggests
that it is probably not very young, even though it is probably 20th century. Certainly a
work of art, in my humble opinion. I have convinced myself (for now) that it probably
wasn't made as an intentional *fake*.
That said, I do have an obsession with bronzes and have a number in my collection, many
being very large objects of the lost-wax type, including several Benin bronze oba's and
Bamoun ancestor figures measuring 80-90cm in height and many Ife heads (too many)
measuring 40-45cm in height. There are many redundancies and I will be letting many of
them go. My collection is 1-dimensional due to this bronze obsession and I really need to
To be honest, I have gone for the bronzes because I am still too easily fooled by fakes in
other mediums like wood and beadwork. Most of these type that I have in my collection
(that I'm convinced are authentic) don't really do anything for me. I know what I like, but
I'm just a bit hesitant to spend the money for fear of buying lemons...
So, that huge plaque will have my attention for a while :) I will ask the owner if I can
photograph it and then post it here for comments, before I go spending my newly freed up