Re: Newly consigned art
- View SourceThanks 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
> 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
> 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.