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    Sale 2257

    African and Oceanic Art: The Robert and Jean Shoenberg Collection

    14 November 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 16

    A FINE BAMBARA DANCE HEADDRESS

    FARAGORAN DISTRICT, MALI

    Price Realised  

    A FINE BAMBARA DANCE HEADDRESS
    Faragoran District, Mali
    Chi wara, carved as an aardvark with curved body and slightly flexed legs on the square base, surmounted by a highly stylised armadillo with openwork panel below the curving body, a pair of incised curved horns above and ears with pierced borders each retaining two metal rings, two faceted vertical projections rising from the body, extensive carved bands of notched ornament, zigzags and circlets, dark patina with traces of red pigment.
    12¾ in. (32.5 cm.) high


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    See Goldwater, R., Bambara Sculpture of Western Sudan, New York, 1960, n.65 for a almost identical antelope headdress in the Kjersmeier collection, Copenhagen.

    Provenance

    Julius Carlebach, New York, 1958