Re: [African_Arts] Three Unidentified Objects
- View SourceMerci beaucoup, Lee, for your illustrated, accurate and argumented answers to the question. You are an oasis of knowledge !!Thanks again, Lee
Lee Rubinstein <LeeRubinstein@...> wrote:
I'm not quite sure what I am seeing in the first image you posted,
but I am inclined to think the neck-rest shown in the second image
might likely be Tsonga or Lozi/Barotse. Although the animals
depicted vary in the comparable objects I come across, the neck rest
in the image you provided bears the most resemblance to a neck rest
that appears on p. 109 (Figure 51) in The Art of Southeast Africa
(Milano: 5 Continents Editions. 2002) -- a neck rest which displays
a supporting animal figure with the same squared limbs as "yours"
which other comparable examples don't generally exhibit. Other
similar examples (of neck rests or other objects with animals
portrayed) have more rounded features such as the ones pictured below.
The AMNH has a number of appuie-tetes or head/neckrests from the
Zambian Lozi that bear a resemblance, although in each case below the
animal is more rounded but the rest itself more squared than the
object you presented. Also worthy of note is the fact that only the
first of these five has the limbs which resolve right into the base
as do the feet of the animal figure on the object you presented. The
other four have articulated feet.
Also, for comparison, here from Quai Branly are an appuie-tete
attributed to Tsonga of Mozambique and an urn with animal figure on
Quai Branly Cat. Nos. 71.1890.65.11 & 73.1999.29.7
At the MEG there is a comb (ETHAF 044628) attributed to the Rotse, or
Lozi, in Zambia that includes an animal figure and again displays the
squared limbs and feet which resolve into the base plane, The
figural elements of this piece seem to share a level of abstraction
with the figure on the rest which you queried although other Lozi/
Rotse objects with figural elements do display greater refinement and
more roundedness :
With regard to the third object, presumably a Hemba or Hemba-related
figure, I am guessing the image may display one side of a double-
sided kabeja figure. Pursuant to Paul's commentary, I provide an
image from MEG of a janus figure from the Kongolo region, one of
areas to which Paul referred as a possible geographical source.
Or in spite of noticeable stylistic differences, perhaps its form
could be compared with that of this Kasongo kakudji from the Tomkins
On Feb 21, 2008, at 10:26 AM, Veronique Martelliere wrote:
> Bonjour to all !
> Saw in magazines these 3 objects (mask, stool & figure - figure on
> the right side of the page) and can't identify them. Can you help me ?
> Thank You for your attention and help..
> Have a nice day !
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