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    Sale 2257

    African and Oceanic Art: The Robert and Jean Shoenberg Collection

    14 November 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 65

    A PAIR OF MARQUESAS ISLANDS STILT STEPS

    MARQUESAS ISLANDS, POLYNESIA

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    A PAIR OF MARQUESAS ISLANDS STILT STEPS
    Marquesas Islands, Polynesia
    Carved as a male and a female figure, each standing with the arms in relief, a stylised quadruped at the center of the chest, the faces with large eyes with borders in shallow relief and each eye joined to the ears carved as double volutes, broad oval mouths, the male with the hands to each side of the abdomen, the female with one hand on the chest and the other above the pubic area, the bodies and curved foot rests carved all over with parallel grooves, dark glossy patinas, each with old printed label from Fenton & Sons Old Curiosity Shop, 11, New Oxford Street, London.
    Each 11¾ in. (29.5 cm.) high (2)


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    Provenance

    Lemaire Gallery, Amsterdam, 1969