Lot: 357

101st Auction

Colon figure of an Askari and a standing female figure

Tanzania, Zaramo

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
German Private Collection H: 33.7 inch 2200 EUR
plus 27 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

heavy wood, metal, black and white paint,

Both figures show such great stylistic similarities in physiognomy and physique that one can assume with great certainty that they come from one hand. Both figures are early commissioned works !

The Askari figure is characterised by a strictly military posture and a serious, concentrated gaze from painted eyes. She wears a sword and bulky cartridge pouches on her belt.

Askaris were local soldiers who fought on the European side in the former colonies and were instrumental in the conquest of the colonies.

Lips, Julius, Der Weisse im Spiegel der Farbigen, Leipzig 1983, ill. 18 und 22