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  • johnsonmelissa50
    Smooth very tall geometric cone-shaped headdress, bulging eyes with heavy lids, standing female, holding child with cone-shaped headdress in left bent arm,
    Message 1 of 5 , Apr 13, 2008
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      Smooth very tall geometric cone-shaped headdress, bulging eyes with
      heavy lids, standing female, holding child with cone-shaped headdress
      in left bent arm, right arm hanging straight down, on pedestal.

      Images have been uploaded to the photos folder entitled "Melissa" at http://ph.groups.yahoo.com/group/African_Arts/photos/browse/d290?b=1&m=t
    • Lee Rubinstein
      Melissa: Both the figural style and the application of blue pigment help to suggest that the origin and/or inspiration for your figure is, broadly speaking,
      Message 2 of 5 , Apr 21, 2008
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        Melissa:

        Both the figural style and the application of blue pigment help to suggest that the origin and/or inspiration for your figure is, broadly speaking, Yoruba.  In addition to general figural stylistics, one can observe such recognizable characteristics as the stylized eyes -- both bulbous and triangular (the latter aspect reminiscent of the eye form recognizable in many Nok figures) and the scarification patterns (see http://www.med.uottawa.ca/medweb/hetenyi/ayeni_figures.htm).  Fortunately, there are many resources available for further study that will facilitate the hypothesizing of more specific regional and sub-cultural attribution;  one among these which comes to mind is Henry John Drewal's AFRICAN ARTISTRY:  Techniques and Aesthetics in Yoruba Sculpture (Atlanta:  High Museum of Art.  1980), which offers many examples of Yoruba cultural objects with specific regional/sub-cultural classifications.  

        Incidentally, the blue pigment is possibly "Rickett's bluing, a powdered blue dye used by the British during the colonial period to whiten laundry..." or another similar (as mentioned in the article on the High Museum's new acquisitions by Carol Thompson in 2003):
        Also see Moyo's brief but very interesting posting regarding the use of blue pigments (indigo and bluing) on Yoruba carvings in Message 545 (way back when in 2005!).

        Lee


        On Apr 13, 2008, at 4:45 PM, johnsonmelissa50 wrote:

        Smooth very tall geometric cone-shaped headdress, bulging eyes with 
        heavy lids, standing female, holding child with cone-shaped headdress 
        in left bent arm, right arm hanging straight down, on pedestal.

        Images have been uploaded to the photos folder entitled "Melissa" athttp://ph.groups. yahoo.com/ group/African_ Arts/photos/ browse/d290? b=1&m=t


      • Veronique Martelliere
        Probably Yoruba ! johnsonmelissa50 wrote: Smooth very tall geometric cone-shaped headdress, bulging eyes with heavy lids,
        Message 3 of 5 , Apr 21, 2008
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          Probably Yoruba !

          johnsonmelissa50 <johnsonmelissa50@...> wrote:
          Smooth very tall geometric cone-shaped headdress, bulging eyes with
          heavy lids, standing female, holding child with cone-shaped headdress
          in left bent arm, right arm hanging straight down, on pedestal.

          Images have been uploaded to the photos folder entitled "Melissa" at http://ph.groups. yahoo.com/ group/African_ Arts/photos/ browse/d290? b=1&m=t



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        • Coleman E. McCaskey III
          I have a large collection (around 500 pieces at last count) consisting of mostly African pieces (some Oceanic and assorted other odd items). The African
          Message 4 of 5 , Apr 23, 2008
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          • neil Lobo
            Hello all, I am in Kisumu, Kenya the next few days and am then going ot be in Dar es salaam for 2 weeks. Any suggestions as to where to go hunting for
            Message 5 of 5 , Aug 4, 2008
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              Hello all, I am in Kisumu, Kenya the next few days and am then going ot be in Dar es salaam for 2 weeks. Any suggestions as to where to go hunting for ethnographic pieces?
              Thanks
              Neil


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