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    Thanks so much Lee et al for your educated guesses about these pieces. Jan
    Message 1 of 10 , Aug 23, 2008
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      Thanks so much Lee et al for your educated guesses about these pieces.


      --- In African_Arts@yahoogroups.com, Lee Rubinstein <LeeRubinstein@...> wrote:
      > Dear Jan:
      > Below are just a few cursory thoughts and impressions to consider with
      > regard to the selection of objects of which you posted images and
      > inquired. With the exception of the wonderful bird stool that looks
      > familiar but which I can't quite attribute at the moment (I hope to
      > fill in this gap...), the posted works I see generally strike me as
      > various recent hybridized mask creations and stool reproductions as
      > follows:
      > 1) "Baule mask?" seems to display a Baule-style face with more
      > Cameroonian crest details.
      > 2) "'Spoon' mask integrates a Bembe mask form with a possibly Lulua
      > crest detail. The placement of the eyes would seem not to allow the
      > wearer to see through them, and I believe danced masks of this form
      > would generally locate the eyes on a more forward plane as opposed to
      > the side placement which I perceive form the images.
      > 3) "Huge mask" seems to be a modern variant of the Suku or Yaka
      > kakungu mask. (See Arthur P. Bourgeois' article, "Kakungu among the
      > Yaka and Suku" in African Arts, Volume XIV, No. 1 (November, 1980).
      > pp. 42-46, n. 88).
      > 4) "'Congo" couple, I would suggest, integrates varied Congolese and
      > Gabonese cultural influences in the face including Adouma and possibly
      > Kongo but the body forms do not seem to correspond with any figures
      > from these traditions. Rather, the figures -- again -- seem to be
      > hybridized integrations of diverse influences. The failure to center
      > the studded details on the abdomen (at least of the figure on the
      > left) is suggestive perhaps of the absence of great care in the
      > embellishment. (Studded embellishments like these do sometimes appear
      > on Kongo/Yombe masks and more frequently on stools from further
      > southward in Angola.)
      > 5) "Male/Female Stool" displays a roughly crafted Luba-style figure
      > on the "female" side and a Hemba/Bembe- (or pre-Bembe-) style figure
      > on the "male side. It is my sense that this presence of integrated
      > cultural elements suggests again a contemporary, non-ritual hybridized
      > production. My guess is that the appearance of age is forced or
      > simulated.
      > Forgive me if these comments are overly brief as time has allowed, but
      > I did wish to give some food for thought to allow you to explore
      > related examples for comparison as well as to elicit (hopefully)
      > additional opinions and suggestions from other group members.
      > Best, Lee
      > On Aug 22, 2008, at 5:28 PM, Jan Folsom wrote:
      > > Hello group,
      > >
      > > Please help me identify the pieces pictured in the album entitled
      > > Tribes treasures.
      > > http://ph.groups.yahoo.com/group/African_Arts/photos/browse/1d84?m=l
      > >
      > > They were brought to me by a woman collector who has brought me some
      > > great pieces over the years. She started collecting African and
      > > Oceanic art in the early 1970's, and some of the pieces appear quite
      > > old. Any information as to origin and value would be appreciated.
      > >
      > > Thank you,
      > >
      > > Jan Folsom
      > >
      > > Tribes Gallery is online! Be sure to visit our website, http://www.tribeshome.comand
      > > our eBay store, http://stores.ebay.com/Tribes-Gallery.
      > >
      > >
      > >
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