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Aftersale 80th Tribal Art Auction

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1 Ornamental comb "hai-kara jangga"

Indonesia - Sumba

tortoise shell, 51 teeth, bulging form, handle zone with incised lines, upper rim in filigree figural openwork design, slightly dam., teeth partly broken (rim area), abrasion

H: 15,2 cm
H: 6 inch

Literature
Decorative Arts of Sumba, Amsterdam, Singapore 1999, p. 137

Price: 600 €

2 Squatting figure with hat

Nepal

light wood, white pigment, hands in praying gesture, collection number "AJP996" at the back of the head, min. dam., minor missing parts, fine cracks, breakages (right shoulder/leg), traces of insect caused damage (above all at the bottom of the base)

H: 49 cm
H: 19.3 inch

Provenance
Jean-Paul Agogué, Paris, France

Price: 1200 €

3 Protective figure

Nepal, West, Dailekh District

heavy and dense wood, black pigment remains, the original trunk recognizable on the backside, hands in typical praying gesture, large head, simple and stylized forms, surface structure strongly marked by weathering, pedestal; until today this primitive wooden sculptures are carved and dedicated by shamans. The figures are displayed in various places, for example in shelters at the edge of the village, where up to a dozen of such figures may possibly be found. Their only obvious meaning is their protective function: when placed at bridges they should guarantee the purity of the water and a secure crossing of the bridge; when placed at the rim of the village they sureley should protect the village community from malevolent spirits.

H: 77,5 cm, late 19th/early 20th century
H: 30.5 inch, late 19th/early 20th century

Literature
Stadt Offenburg (Hg.) Als die Götter noch jung waren, Offenburg 2002, p. 22 ff.

Price: 3500 €

4 Mask

Nepal

wood, blackish brown patina, small traces of red pigment, incised symbols on the forehead, five half figures with praying gesture in bas-relief above, beautiful detail: flanked by outstretched arms on each side, rough traces of carving tool on the backside, slightly dam. (mouth), minor missing parts (chin, backside at the rim), abrasion of paint (nose), metal base

H: 26,5 cm
H: 10.4 inch

Provenance
Robert Banks, Washington, USA

Price: 2000 €

6 Anthropomorphic mask

Nepal, Middle Hills, Gurung

wood, blackish brown patina, animal hair, unusual arrangement of ears, slightly dam., minor missing parts (ears, rim backside, head), base; all religious groups in Nepal, Hindu, Buddhist and Bon, include masked performances in their ritual. Diverse forms of theatre and pantomime were developed to recount exploits of gods and heroes and to illustrate local legends. Maquerades are performed on occasion of initiation ceremonies or for entertainment. Aside there are masks with protective function. In the Middle Hills masks are hung over the doors of cattle sheds, barns or dwelling places. Their hideous demon faces are designed to frighten away bad spirits and to prevent thunderbolts from falling on the houses. At a persons death a mask with human features might be made in his memory to give him merit in the next world.

H: 32 cm, late 19th/early 20th century
H: 12.6 inch, late 19th/early 20th century

Provenance
Steve Brothers, California, USA
Paul and Fabienne Rossi, Westport, New York, USA
Marc Assayag, Montreal, Canada

Price: 2500 €

8 Three shaman drumsticks

Nepal, Middle Hills

wood, brown patina, carved with anthropomorphic figures and ornamental decor, min. dam., slight traces of usage, base

H: 29,5 cm - 33 cm
H: 11.6 inch - 13 inch

Price: 1200 €

9 Seated shrine figure

West Nepal

wood, encrusted dark brown patina, remains of pigments, hands in praying gesture, massive body, proportionally small head, min. dam., fine cracks, slight traces of abrasion

H: 26,5 cm
H: 10.4 inch

Price: 1500 €

10 Architectural element from a shamanic shrine

West Nepal

wood, greyish brown patina, pigment remains, carved with a standing anthropomorphic figure with hands in praying gesture, surface structure strongly marked by weathering, cracks, minor missing parts, small traces of insect caused damage backside, base

H: 43,5 cm
H: 17.1 inch

Price: 1200 €

11 Mask "joker"

Indien - Arunachal Pradesh, Monpa

wood, reddish brown patina, smiling face covered with wrinkles, framed by elongated, slightly asymmetrical ears, min. dam., fine cracks, slight traces of abrasion

H: 25,5 cm, late 19th/early 20th century
H: 10 inch, late 19th/early 20th century

Literature
Chazot, Eric, Masks of the Himalayas, New York 1990, p. 37

Price: 2500 €

12 Warrior's ceremonial helmet

India, Naga

conical bonnet, a broad band of extremely fine plaited orchid bast around the lower rim, the rest of the bonnet coated with brown fur, wing-shaped ornament to the front, provided with "eyes" (opalescent beetle wings) and decorated with black and red goats hair along the rim, on the inside the bonnet is softly lined (cotton bunches?), very good condition

H: 25 cm
H: 9.8 inch

Literature
Jacobs, Julian, The Nagas, London 1990, p. 227

Price: 1200 €

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