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Re: African Carving of old man smoking a pipe

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  • tamlyn31
    Yes, thanks Josh, that does give me a start point. It is two toned, dark inner with a very light yellow outer, so I m not too sure, but am researching it
    Message 1 of 8 , Mar 8, 2013
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      Yes, thanks Josh, that does give me a start point. It is two toned, dark inner with a very light yellow outer, so I'm not too sure, but am researching it still. Thanks a ton for the input, I'll start at these places you mentioned.

      --- In African_Arts@yahoogroups.com, Josh Simpson <joshsimpson_95066@...> wrote:
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      > Hi Tamlynb - I've run across many similar pieces.  Outside the Johannesburg are you can find them at the outdoor market at Hartebeesport Dam.  Closer to Jo'burg you can find similar pieces at the flea market at Bruma, and even at the crafts market in Rosebank.  The traders I've bought them from have generally attributed them to Zim or to Malawi.  Sometimes they're carved from what is coloquially referred to as leadwood, sometimes ironwood.  It's always a very dense and hard wood that takes a good polish - they frequently touch them up with automobile polish to give them a high sheen.  I hope this helps.
      > Regards,
      > Josh
      >
      >
      > ________________________________
      > From: tamlyn31 <vieira.intransit.rodrigues@...>
      > To: African_Arts@yahoogroups.com
      > Sent: Thursday, March 7, 2013 4:10 AM
      > Subject: [African_Arts] African Carving of old man smoking a pipe
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      >
      >  
      >
      > Hi All,
      >
      > I live in SA at the moment, however was born in Zimbabwe and grew up between Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia. I love African Art and love collecting one-off pieces, now I don't know a lot, but I know a nice and one-off piece when I see one. Not one of these mass produced things for the tourists.
      >
      > I acquired this piece because I loved it at first sight. I was just wondering if anyone can help me with the following questions:
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      > a) From what region is it from?
      > b) What wood is it made of?
      >
      > I have added a picture, however it was before I oiled and cleaned it up, so the wood is a lot darker now it has been treated. ( I am having bluetooth problems with my tablet.)The outer 4/6 cm of would is yellow, like the yellow wood found in Knysna, but the inner is very dark. It is about 1 m heigh by 250/300 cm wide. It weighs about 50kgs.
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      > http://groups.yahoo.com/group/African_Arts/photos/album/1614900572/pic/list
      >
      > Kind Regards
      > Tamlynb
      >
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