are welcomed. May I also suggest, as one that
sincerely appreciates wood craft, I have a few personal and basic tenets
that I consider when it comes to collecting African art
Consider the wood. Developed and skillful African artists have an
affinity for wood. This means they understand the grain, density, etc
and know how to work with it based upon what it is they seek to
fashion. Wood was not simply randomly selected without thought or
consideration of the "once living" organism. This applies for newer
market carvings as well as old(er) relics.
Reference and identify. Become familiar with lines, curves,
expressions and peculiarities of a subject tribe or clan's
attributions. This means it is helpful to discover and learn certain
societal and cultural "codes" of a subject tribe or clan. In fact,
making comparisons and spanning various time-lines in comparison of
similar objects can be (somewhat) helpful when assessing a piece,
AND attributing an object's estimated age... Typically (not in every
case), there will be obvious evolutionary changes with stylized fashion,
size, color / patina, symbols, expressions, hair styles, scarification's, etc. The point
being, one must immerse themselves in some form of
research and study. This would also en
tell the purchase of books and balancing what the western
world implies against the importance of "black"
African experts. Otherwise, the term "enthusiast" would
not apply, or how else should one know?
can tell you that Africans like to touch personal figures as such.. And
Blolo Blian (spirit mates) ARE indeed objects with a persona
that needed to he led, anointed and
cared for. One should expect to see evidence of oil with a beautiful patina over time -- not a caked
up stain, libations or an encrustation on such objects (or costume
clothing). If it were to be condemned, it was destroyed via an
affiliated tribal custom. Additionally, Africans were also not ashamed
of the human body, so covering and hiding it is a western/ Euro centrist notion.
Determine YOUR personal value. This is an important step, but I
certainly do not consider it the principle one; do not become
swayed or lead my market trends, fashions, popularity or anything else...
Especially, assumed "worth". This market, as with other forms of art
is highly subjective. Because a notoriously "high-end"
auction house or dealer displays an
item with an auction price of $8500 does not mean much of
anything. The true (rhetorical) question becomes, what
is the objects worth or merit to you? Too many people
are swept away and caught up with the "groupie syndrome". It can become "cliquish", political, and famous
names trump and wrestle with pedigree/provenance, as this becomes the
ultimate motivation and driver --- not the carvers delineated skills and aesthetic form
he invented, or why the object may have been invented. Who really
cares so much, because the
perspective has become somewhat chaotic?
course, we would all prefer to have the "best" our money can allot
us. There are wonderfully carved newer market pieces with an
expressed value just as there are old relics of
it is your "eye" (predicated upon how you have developed it) that will
allow your voice to speak to you. Then one will be sure
about a certain piece and it's
sincere hopes, and all the best with future art
Thank you Ed, now I know.
Joseph Anderson - It´s 39 cm
--- In mailto:African_Arts%40yahoogroups.com
Ed Jones <bucit@...> wrote:
> It may be (self) helpful
to consider relative and known examples of BauleÂ
"Â / "blian
" carvings availableÂ
via many resources, and consider your
figure... Especially the facial features and stylized
"diaper" loin-cloth on yours isÂ ratherÂ
> From: africamorkarla
> To: mailto:African_Arts%40yahoogroups.com
> Sent: Saturday, October 27, 2012 8:40 AM
[African_Arts] Is this a Blolo Blian
> I bought this Baule
figure at an auction this year in Sweden, it was
> of about many items from a rather big collection that the
former owner had
> collected in Africa in the 1920-1940Â´s.
> At the auction the figure was called Baule
> I really donÂ
´t know anything about Baule
figures and the reason I bought
> it was that i liked the expression of the face.
been searching for information about Baule
figures but I havenÂ
to find a similar item.
> My question
is can this be Blolo Blian
> Mikael LÃ