Figures in Wood, Clay, Stone, Etc. (43)

1.

TAKEN

c1970
Object: Ancestor(?) Figure
Materials: incised wood with remnants of black and white painted
Country: possibly Benue River (Biafra), Nigeria or, at least, Nigeria
Tribe: attributed to the Chamba or Mumuye when I bought it, but, according to many people, this is definitely not accurate. The origin remains a matter of speculation.
Provenance: purchased in Los Angeles just after the Biafran War from a store specializing in native objects

Dimensions: 36.5"H x 4.5"W x 3.5"D
Condition: black and white paint mostly worn off, old cracks, neck was broken off at shoulder (holding by a dowl), needs repair

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2.

c1950's
Object: Mbuya Mask (boy's Mukanda initiation mask)
Materials: wood, cloth, raffia, white paint for scarification and geometric design
Country: Zaire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Africa
Tribe: Pende = Bapende Tribe
Provenance: purchased in 1990 in a so-called, "primitive" art gallery in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, the Royal Athena Gallery

Dimensions: 16"H x 9"W x 4"D
Condition: Very Good

Click here for an overview.
For a description of the ritual, click here.

3.

 

older
Object: Standing Maternity Figure
Description: maternity figure holding child before her, the child's hands outstretched to the mother's breasts; wearing an intricate coiffure with pointed tresses framing the face, two rising from the crown and joined above and two more in relief at the nape; scarification on back
Materials: carved wood with traaces of white pigment
Country: Ghana, Africa
Tribe: Akan
Provenance: originally purchased from Sotheby's NY Auction, May 8, 1989, Item 148 (illustrated)

Dimensions: 17.25"H
Condition: Fine

4. c1950's
Object: Fetish Figure
Materials: wood plus the cloth medicine bundle with whatever it contains
Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo, Africa
Tribe: Yaka
Provenance: from Christies' Sale of Tribal Art, London, December 4, 1990, Lot 119

Dimensions: ~5"
Condition: no problems
5.

older
Object: caring of a Pregnant Woman
Materials: wood, metal, a grass
Country, Togo, Africa
Tribe: Ewe(?)
Provenance: purchased in Los Angeles in the c1970's from a dealer in "primitive" art

Dimensions: ~12"
Condition: on stand as feet are gone. Other damage, but still good.

6.

c1970's
Object: Figure
Material: wood
Country: unknown but African
Tribe: unknown
Provenance: I purchased in a "primitive" art store in Los Angeles c1970

Dimensions: !12"
Condition: Good

7.

older
Object: Monkey(?) Amulet
Materials: ivory and beads(?)
Country: unknown but Africa, possibly Democratic Republic of the Congo
Tribe: unknown
Provenance: purchased in Los Angeles, California c1970's

Dimensions: ~2"
Condition: Good

8. 1996
Object: Dancing Bear
Material: serpentine
Artist: Enook Manomie (1941-2006)
Country: Igalut, Nunavut, Canada
Culture: Canadian Inuit

Dimensions: 11"H x 7"W x 5.5"D
Condition: Fine

For an article from the Chicago Tribune on the artist, click here.
9. c. late 19th - early 20th Century
Object: Noh Mask (unidentified figure)
Materials: clay(?), cloth, laquer
Maker: label on inside in Japanese
Country: Japan
Note: Possibly made by the Kanshitsu method
Country: Japan
Provenance: purchased at an oriental antique store in Santa Monica, California in the 1970's

Dimensions: 12"H x 9"W x 7.5"D
Condition: some chips off of and wear of laquer, otherwise Very Good
10.

c. 20th Century
Object: Seated Buddhist Figure (Shrine?)
Materials: wood, lacquer
Country: Japan
Note: Iconongraphy unknown
Provenance: purchased in the 1970's in Los Angeles at the Bodhi Tree Bookstore

Dimensions: 8"H x 6"W x 4"D
Condition: damage to lacquer finish; whatever was held in the right hand is missing

11.

c1925-1945
Object: Hemis Kachina
Materials: painted cottonwood(?), feathers, thread
Maker: not given
Iconography: for information on the hemis kachina, please click here
Country: New Mexico, U.S.A.
Tribe: Hopi
Provenance: purchased in Los Angeles in the 1970's from store specializing in native artifacts

Dimensions: 14"H x 9.5"W x 6"D
Condition: part of hand missing, piece of right foot missing, rattle and some feathers missing, pine spring missing, some fading, needs dusting,

12.

c1970
Object: Bulto carving of a Plowman with Oxen
Material: a soft wood
Artist: Apolonio C. Martinez
Country: Box 18-B, Chimayo, New Mexico, U.S.
Provenance: purchased by me from artist

Dimensions: 13.5"W x 9.5"D x 11"H
Condition: Browned but Good, a crack on plow easily repairable with wood glue.

13.

c1970
Object: Bulto Carving of the Expulsion
Title and Description (typed by artist and pasted on): "This is the Tree of Science of the Good and the Evil. The Devil as a rattle snake or serpent. The Angel of God. Our first parents, Adam and Eve, and the Death. The angel is expelling Adam and Eve from Paradize or Eden, because of their disobedience. Because of this they will have to die. The Death is waiting for them."
Material: a soft wood
Artist: Apolonio C. Martinez
Country: Box 18-B, Chimayo, New Mexico, U.S.
Provenance: purchased by me from artist

Dimensions: 28.75"W x 9.5"D x 12"H
Condition: broken arm can be repaired with glue, other repairs necessary (mostly the leaves and apples need to be glued back into tree and holes redrilled where had been broken off)

14.

c1970
Object: Bulto Carving of a Family
Material: a soft wood
Artist: Apolonio Martinez
Country: Box 18-B, Chimayo, New Mexico, U.S.
Provenance: comissioned by me and purchased by from artist

Dimensions: 13.5"W x 9.5"D x 12"H
Condition: broken arm can be repaired with glue, other minor issues, browned

15.

c1980's
Objects: 2 colonial Figures (colon)
Country: Ivory Coast, Africa
Tribe: Baule
Note: Mocking of the native policemen in European clothes and overweight.

Dimenisons of the smaller: 13"H x 4"W x 3.5"D
Dimensons of the larger: 15"H x 4.5"W x 3"D
Condition: Very Good with a few defects here and there

For a discussion of the art form, please click here.

16.

c2000
Object: carving of "Cora" (Coretta King?)
Materials: painted wood
AfroAmerican Artist (signed on the bottom): Edwin Jeffery, Jr. (b. 1949, Memphis, Tennessee)
Note: Though he is considered to be an "emerging" artist, Edwin Jeffery has been carving for 35 years. His images are derived from Biblical and contemporary cultural sources, and he often works with exotic woods like African mahogany. His work is in the permanent collection of the Brooks Museum.

Dimensions: 24"H x 10'W x 8"D
Condition: Very Good

Click here for a newspaper article.
And for another reference, click here.

17. c1970
Object: carved Bird
Materials: wood
Artist (signed on bottom): TD(?)
Country: Haiti

Dimensions: 9.5"H x 8"L x 5W
Condition: Fine
18.

c1990
Object: large carving (an alebrijes) of a Nahual (= human who can transform into an animal) with ixtle (beard) (an alebrijes)
Materials: painted copal wood
Artists, signed as Autor: Manuel (1919-2005), Angelico, and Isais Jimenez (Angelico and Isais are the two sons)
Place: San Antonio Arrazola, Oaxaca, Mexico


Dimensions: 24"H x 25.5"W x 12"H
Condition: Very Good

According to Shepard Barbash in Oaxacan Woodcarving: The Magic of Trees, Manuel Jimenez founded this Oaxacan tradition of carving. Seen by many as a divino," a nahual, and a curandero

For a description of this artist, click here.

19.

c1990
Object: carving (an alebrijes) of a Cat looking back at its tail
Materials: painted copal wood
Artist (signed): Margarito Melchor [Fuentes] y Familia
Place: San Martin, Ticajete, Oaxaca, Mexico


Dimensions: 12"H x 9"W
Condition: Very Good

This artist is featured on the cover of Oaxacan Woodcarving: The Magic of the Trees.

For others by this artist, click here.

20.

c1990
Object: carving (an alebrijes) of a Fanciful Deer-Eagle
Materials: painted copal wood
Artist (signed): Elvis Castillo Lezama
Place: Sn. Martin Toxpalan, Oaxaca, Mexico

Dimensions: 8"L x 6.5"H x 6.5"D
Condition: Good but one antler, tail, and 1 ear fall out — could glue so didn't happen.

21.

c1990
Object: small carving (an alebrijes) of a Penguin
Materiials: paitnted copal wood
Artist (signed on bottom): illegible but can see Ing... Ca....o ...zama = Elvis Castillo Lezama
Place: Sn. Martin Toxpalan, Oaxaca, Mexico

Dimensions: 7"H x 2"W x 4"D
Condition: Very Good

22.

c2000
Object: Painter with many hands
Materials: painted wood, small nails
Maker: unknown
Country: Mexico

Dimensions: 16"H x 12.5"W x 6"D
Condition: 1 arm glued back on, otherwise Fine

23.

c1970's
Object: Seated Clown
Materials: painted clay and wire(?)
Country: Mexico

Dimensions: 3.5"H x 2.25"W x 2.5"D
Condition: needs cleaning, a loss of paint in one small place

24.

c1995
Object: Sun wall hanging
Materials: painted clay
Maker (signed): E. Alvarez
Country: Tonala Mexico
Provenance: Purchased in Los Angeles as Mexican Folk Art

Dimensions: 7.5" diameter
Condition: Very Good

25.

c2000
Object: Jaguar Head Mask
Materials: wood, beeswax, beads
Artist: carved and beaded by Santos Bautista
Note: Santos Bautista is also a ritual leader of the Huichol peoples
Country: Mexico
Tribe: Huichol

Dimensions: 8"H x 4.5"W
Condition: Fine

26.

c2000
Object: Figure of a male Deity with people, flowers, and animals "growing" out of or emerging from his body
Materials: painted clay
Country: Mexico
Note: no information given

Dimensions: 17.5"H x 6.5"W x 4.5"D
Condition: Fine but needs a good dusting

27.

c1978
Object: Old Man with a Cane
Materials: painted wood
Artist (signed): I can't read
Provenance: Purchased c1970's as from Poland

Dimensions: 8" x 3" x 3"
Condition: Cracked down back, and in hat; a few chips and a few white spots on blue coat

28.

c1978
Object: Man holding a Bible
Materials: painted wood
Artist (signed): I can't read
Provenance: Purchased c1970's as from Poland

Dimensions: 9" x 3" x 2.5"
Condition: Cracks down back from wood drying, Good

29.

c1960's
Object: small carved Church
Materials: painted wood
Artist: not given
Provenance: Purchased c1970's as from Poland

Dimensions: 3.5"H x 1"W x 1.5"D
Condition: Good with a few chips

30. c2000
Object: small Totem Pole
Materials: painted wood
Maker: Mitchell Morrison
Tribal: Northwest Coast Indian
Place: Nass River, Northern British Colombia, Canada

Dimensions:
Condition: Fine
   
31.

SOLD

c1968
Object: Old English Sheepdog, Sitting
Materials: glazed ceramic
Factory: Not given but Beswick
Stamped on bottom: 2232 and 72 in black
Country: England

Dimensions: 12" x 8" x 8"
Condition: Fine with small crack at bottom in back, expertly repaired

32.

SOLD

c1960's
Object
: Old English Sheepdog
Materials: glazed ceramic
Factory: Not given but Beswick
Stamped on bottom: 2232 and 72 in black
Country: England

Dimensions: 5"H x 5"L
Condiiton: Good

33.

c1880
Object: Set of 4 figures of Women
Materials: ivory on marble bases
Artist: unknown
Country: England?

Dimensions: 2 3/4" diameter x 5.25"
Condition: Good

34. c1970's
Object: Scribe
Material: glazed clay
Country: Mainland China

Dimensions: 4.5"H x 3"W
Condtion: Fine
35.

c1970's
Object: Carving of a Communist Soldier
Materials: wood
Country: Mainland China

Dimensions: 8" x 3.25"W x 2.5"D
Condition: Fine

36.

c1990's
Object: Ancestor Figure
Materials: painted wood, a grass
Place: Sepik River, New Guienea
Provenance: purchased at L.A. Museum of Natural History c1990

Dimensions: 20"H x 6.5"W x 5.5"D
Condition: cracks on the face and base from wood againg, otherwise Very Good

37.

c20th Century
Object: carved Head (for the tourist trade)
Materials: ivory
Country: ? but African
Tribe: ?
Provenance: purchased by me in Los Angeles, California, c1970

Dimensions: 9"H x 3"W x 4"D
Condition: Good but for the crack

38.

Contemporary (c1970) (for the tourist trade)
Object: Bearded Man with Children: Life Tree (?)
Material: ebony
Country: Tanzania or Mozambique
Tribe: the Makonde people
Style: Mawingu? (clouds)
Provenance: purchased in Africa, c1970's

Dimensions: 9.5"H x 6.5"W x 6"D
Condition: Fine

39. Contemporary (c1970
Object: Man riding a Mule (?) (for the tourist trade)
Material: ebony(?)
Country: Tanzania or Mozambique (?)
Tribe: the Makonde people (?)
Provenance: bought in Africa, c1970

Dimensions: 11.5"H x 5"W
Condition: Very Good
40.

c1960's
Object: Goge Mask
Description: Mask, braided raffia headress
Country: Ivory Coast, Liberia
Tribe: given as Dan
Provenance: Unknown, I purchased on eBay in c1995

Dimensions: 12"H (with hair) x 11" x 4"
Condition: Very Good with some nicks

For a description of Dan masks, please click here. Men who wear the masks "become" spirits.

41.

c1940
Object: Mask
Description: three birds on a pedestal, another bird and two men supporting the pedestal and the main figure
Materials: heavy wood and red, yellow, white, black, etc.paint
Country: Ivory Coast, Africa
Tribe: Baule
Provenance: collected in Africa, c1940
Note: possibly used in rituals (second set of holes in the perimeter of the mask after first set gave way.
25"

Dimensions: 23.5" x 8" x 5"
Condition: Very Good with only minor problems

For a description of Baule masks, please click here.

42.

c2000
Object: Figure (Tourist art)
Materials: wood, grass, feathers

Dimesnions: 11"H x 6"W x 3"D
Condition: some featthers broken, dusty, otherwise Good
Provenance: purchased from museum in California c2000

43.

c1980
Object: Butter Knife Rest (for the tourist trade)
Material: ivory
Country: sold to me as South Africa
Provenance: purchased by me at an African art store in the 1980's

Dimensions: 5.5" x .25" x .5"
Condiiton: Good

 

44.

c1995
Object: carving of Potato
Material: basswood
Maker: Thomas R. Hersh

Dimensions: 4.5"L x 2.5"H x 2"D
Condition: Fine

45.

c1995
Object: carving of three headed, three colored Figure with grain of Corn and Sunflower Seed (the last two not visible in photo)
Material: painted basswood
Maker: Thomas R. Hersh

Dimensions: ~12"L
Condition: Fine, the corn and seed fit in the front and rear and are a little worn

46.

c1995
Object: carving of Male Walrus holding and killing a Female Walrus with his Tusks (a Dream)
Material: painted basswood
Maker: Thomas R. Hersh

Dimensions: ~9"L
Condition: Fine