Lot: 71

87th Tribal Art Auction

Standing figure of the "jo" society

Mali, Bamana

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Old French Collection
Zemanek-Münster, Würzburg, 14 March 2009, lot 89
Hermann Sommerhage, Duisburg, Germany
Günther Filla, Bochum, Germany
H: 20.5 inch 1300 EUR
plus 21 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

wood, reddish brown patina, voluminous round shoulders, overlong arms flanking the body, proportionally small and narrow head with crested coiffure, slightly dam., cracks (right side of the head, lower part of the body), rep. (left foot tip, right forearm), traces of insect caused damage (left upper arm), paint rubbed off, base. On the occasion of a yearly proceeding rites, these figures are moisted with a special oil, what gives them their glossy complexion.