Bidjogo, Male statue

Bidjogo, Male statue

Iram from the Bissagos islands Guinea Bissau, wood
Date
circa late XIXth / very early XXth century
Size
lenght 17 cm - height 47,7 cm
Collection
Tribal Art Rare objects
Condition
pristine state
Inventory number
276
Price
sur demande
 

Very hard heavy and clear wooden statue, with brown and caramel patina on a round base. Man standing arms spread away from the body coming back towards the prominent navel, breasts and sex marked. Prognathous head, bearded wearing a Portuguese dignitary's hat, ritual tonsure visible at the back. Marked spine slightly hollow, ending in V for the buttocks. Short and powerful legs.

Very beautiful brown patina on the shoulders, arms and lower legs. Pyrography on the hat, the brows, beard, mouth, bracelets and pedestal. Very few known statues from Iran in this standing position.

One very similar, in the attitude and form, (perhaps from the same artist) in the Virginia Museum of Fine Art (VMFA) in the United States, and one in the Métropolitan Museum (MET) in New York. These two statues having lost part of their legs as well as their bases.

 

Provenance :

  • Private collection France

 

Bibliography :

  • IN HET RIJK DER BIDJOGO by Dr Hugo A. Bernatzik
  • Dynamique de l’art Bidjogo by Daniel Gallois Duquette - 1983

 

Also see :

statuette Bidjogo

 

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