Aftersale 79th Tribal Art Auction
2 Map "AMERIQUE MERIDIONALE"
Robert de Vaugondy, copper engraving, handcoloured, two cartouches at the bottom (scale), dated ca. 1750, m: 60 x 50 cm, framed with glass and passepartout
M: 72 cm x 81 cm (frame)
M: 28.3 inch x 31.9 inch (frame)
Galerie Brumme, Mainz/Frankfurt/Wiesbaden, Germany
Price: 200 €
6 Ancestor figure "adu zatua"
Indonesia - Nias
wood, dark brown patina, traditional posture: short legs with extremely bent knees, overlong upper part of the body, with both hands holding a ritual object, simple elongated headdress (palm leaf crown "siraha salawa"), slightly dam.
H: 29,3 cm
H: 11.5 inch
Emil Maetzel, Hamburg, Germany
Sibeth, Achim & Bruce W. Carpenter, Nias Sculpture, Mandala Collection, 2013, p. 104
Price: 600 €
Indonesia - Sumatra, Batak
wood, middle brown patina, coiffure, eyebrows and eyelashes painted in black, teeth from silver metal sheet with red pigment, laughing mouth with pits at the corners, remains of cord for attachment, slightly dam.; from the whole Batak region (Simalungun, Karo) it is known, that masks are used for the death cult and that they performed on occasion of funeral festivities for important person. Mostly in pairs male/female, accompanied by a hornbill - or horsehead mask "huda-huda". Present mask reminds of the heads of jointed puppets "si gale-gale".
H: 24,7 cm
H: 9.7 inch
Sibeth, Achim, Mit den Ahnen leben, Stuttgart 1990, p. 77
Price: 1800 €
11 Pendant in shape of a "singa" head
Indonesia - Sumatra, Toba - Batak
brass, with patina, four eyelets arranged in pairs on the backside, a further one on the upper rim, with patina, base; such pendants served as trimming for bags made from fur. The "singa" is a mythological creature that protects humans against malevolent influences.
H: 6 cm
H: 2.4 inch
Price: 150 €
15 Shaman utensils
8 objects, a) flat two-sided drum "dhyangro" inclusive drum stick, l: 66,5 cm, handle and corpus made from wood, intact covering with animal skin; b) two ritual daggers "phurbu", l: 20/29,5 cm, wood, carved decor, remains of fabric, exclusively used by religious healers and for ritual purposes only; c) knife with horn handle, l: 20,5 cm, iron blade, corroded, tip dam.; d) snake vertebra necklace, l: 240 cm; e) metal chain with 29 brass bells, l: 90 cm; f) skirt-like garment made from natural coloured cotton cloth, l: 78 cm, spots, tears, minor missing parts; g) fez-like cap, d: 17 cm, woven from wool, decor with porcupine bristles and feathers to the front and long goat hair to the back side; Shamanism encompasses the belief that shamans are intermediaries or messengers between the human world and the spirit worlds. Shamans are said to treat illness by mending the soul. The shaman also enters supernatural realms or dimensions to obtain solutions to problems afflicting the community. Shamans may visit other dimensions to bring guidance to misguided souls and to ameliorate illnesses of the human soul caused by foreign elements. The shaman operates primarily within the spiritual world, which in turn affects the human world. The restoration of balance results in the elimination of the ailment.
Price: 1800 €
16 Shaman mask
wood, black patina, encrusted in some areas, facial features compressed on a small area: T-shaped eyebrows and nose, forehead and facial plane flattened; head, chin and sides skewed, slightly dam., minor missing parts, cracks (chin)
H: 23,5 cm
H: 9.3 inch
Austrian Private Collection
Price: 1500 €
18 Shamanic bird staff
Central Nepal, Middle Hills Area
hardwood, rich reddish brown and black patina, traces of old age and usage; these staffs have been used as ritual implements and as a sign of prestige and local status of the shaman.
L: 103 cm
L: 40.6 inch
Price: 400 €
wood, blackish brown patina, eyes and laughing mouth cut out, concentrical grooves framing the eyes and coating the forehead, dam., minor missing parts (nose, forehead), abrasion of paint, missing parts backside at the rim
H: 23,5 cm
H: 9.3 inch
Price: 600 €
20 Post figure
wood, light greyish brown patina, hands in praying gesture, slightly dam., minor missing parts, fine cracks, strong traces of weathering, metal base; in order to protect themselves against invisible evil spirits, the people of the Himalaya carved protective deities which were placed at important places, such as bridges, temples, rooftops of private houses or nearby fountains. They serve for protection of the family, the whole community and of living environment.
H: 85 cm
H: 33.5 inch
Austrian Private Collection, Vienna
Stadt Offenburg (Hg.) Als die Götter noch jung waren, Offenburg 2002, p. 22
Price: 1000 €
22 Three ghurras
wood, partly encrusted dark brown patina, shafts carved with elaborate ornaments, min. dam., slight traces of usage; serving the simple function of holding the churn handle upright while butter was being made, these carved household objects from Nepal have evolved into a unique design and aesthetic with religious overtones.
L: 24 cm - 33 cm
L: 9.4 inch - 13 inch
de Smedt, Paul, Ghurra's, Sint-Niklas 2004, p. 209, 298
Price: 900 €
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