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African, Oceanic & Pre-Columbian Art Auction From the Krugier and Lasansky Collections
Sotheby's New York
May 16, 2014
Sale 9146

Wood lady

Lot 339, "Baga D'Imba Headdress, Republic of Guinea, 39 inches high

By Carter B. Horsley

The May 16, 2014 auction at Sotheby's New York of African, Oceanic and Pre-Columbian Art including property from the Krugier and Lasanky Collections includes many superb works including a Baga D'Imba headdress from the Republic of Guinea, a Fang Anthropomorphic harp from Gabon or Equatorial Guinea, a Veracruz figure of a priestess, a Mayan lidded blackware vessel with a water bird, and a Ngbandi male ancestor figure from theRepublic off Congo.

Lot 339 is an impressive Baga D'Imba headdress from the Republic of Guinea.  It is 39 inches high and was once with Julius Carlebach of New York.  It comes from the Makler Family Collection that was created by a major Philadelphia collector and dealer and a similar work was once owned by Nelson Rockefeller.  It is 39 inches high.  It has an estimate of $250,000 to $350,000.  It sold for $701,000 including the buyer's premium.

The auction total was $6,011,690 with 71.3 percent of the 181 offered lots selling.

Jorai Guardian figure

Lot 315, Guardian figure (jut), Jorai, from a funerary house in Vietnam, 50 inches high

One of the strongest works in the auction is Lot 315, an eroded Jorai guardian figure (jut) from a Vietnamese funerary house.  It is 50 inches high.  It is from the estate of Jan Krugier and was once in the collection of Freddy Rolin of New York.  It has a modest estimate of $7,000 to $10,000.  It sold for $40,625.

X-man

Lot 325, Figural headcrest, Siane, Eastern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea, 49 1/2 inches

Lot 325 is a superb and rare Siane figural headcrest from the Eastern Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea.  It is 49 1/2 inches high.  This headcrest was used in a ceremony held every three years which involves initiation rites and the killing of pigs.  The diamond-shaped body represents the moon, the round head represents the sun, and the angular arms and legs represent passages to be made. It has an estimate of $60,000 to $90,000.  It sold for $75,000.

Sawfish mask

Lot 333A is a Sawfish headdress (Kaissi), Bidjogo, Bissagos Island, Guinea-Bissau, 29 5/8 inches

One of the auction's most spectacular pieces is Lot 333A, a Bidjogo sawfirh headdress from Bissagos Island in Guinea-Bissau.  It is29 5/8 inches high and was reproduced in Allen F. Roberts's book on "Animals in African Art from the Familiar to the Marvelous" in 1995.  It has an estiamte of $30,000 to $50,000.  It sold for $40,625.


Ibibio mask

Lot 344, "Mask," Ibibio, Nigeria, 35 inches high

Lot 344 is a very fine Ibibio mask from Nigeria that is 35 inches high and was once in the collections of John J. Klejman and Mr. and Mrs. Klaus G. Perls.  It has a modest estimate of $12,000 to $18,000.  It sold for $10,000.


Mossi Man

Lot 296, Female figure, Mossi, Burkina Faso, 23 3/4 inches high, eyes inlaid with metal

Lot 296 is a Mossi female figure from Burkina Faso.  Its eyes are inlaid with metal and the figureis 23 3/4 inches.  It is from the estate of Jan Krugier.  It has an estimate of $10,000 to $15,000.  It sold for $10,000.



Fang harp

Lot 282, Anthropomorphic harp, Fang, Gabon or Equatorial Guinea, 28 1/4 inches high


The cover illustration of the catalogue is Lot 282, a Fang anthropomorphic harp from Fang or Equatorial Guinea.  It is 28 1/4 inches high.  It is from the collection of Mauricio and Emilia Lasansky of Iowa City and he  acquired it in Madrid in 1953-4.  It has been widely exhibited and published,  It has an estimate of $400,000 to $600,000.  It sold for $485,000.


Akan head

Lot 369, Memorial head, Akan, terracotta, Ghana, 7 1/2 inches high

Lot 369 is a rare Akan terracotta memorial head from Ghana that is 7 1/2 inches high.  The catalogue entry states that "this magnificent head is one of the most beautiful Akan terracotta heads known," adding that the "cranial deformation, archaic style and overall surface condition suggest great age.  It has an estimate of $40,000 to $60,000.  It failed to sell.


Ngbandi Picasso

Lot 308, Male ancestor figure, Ngbandi, Ubangi River Region, Democratic Republic of Congo, 28 3/8 inches high

Lot 308 is a Ngbandi male ancestor figure from the Ubangi River Region of the Democratic Republic of the Congro.  It is 28 3/8 inches high.  It is from the estate of Jan Krugier and was in the collection of Pablo Picasso in 1912.  It has an estimate o $250,000 to $250,000.  It sold for $755,000.


Fon head

Lot 372, Divination sculpture, Fon, Kingdom of Dahomey, Benin, 9 1/4 inches high

Lot 373 is a  fine Fon divination sculpture from the Kingdom ofDahomey, Benin.  It is 9 1/4 inches high.  It has an estimate of $250,000 to $350,000.  It sold for $305,000.


Dogon kneeler

Lot 353, Kneeling man, iron Dogon-Niongom, Mali, 8 1/8 inches high

Lot 353 is an excellent iron kneeling man, Dogon-Niongom, Mali.  It is 8 1/2 inches high and holds bells in each hand and has scarification on its front and back.  It has an estimate of $15,000 to $25,000.  It failed to sell.

Mayan bird

Lot 230, "Lidded blackware vessel with water bird, Maya, Early Classic, circa A.D. 250-450, 9 3/8 inches high

Lot 230 is a "fine" Mayan lidded blackware vessel with a water bird, Early Classic, circa A.D. 250-450.  It is 9 3/8 inches high and is a supernatural depiction of a cormomant and was once in the collection of Jay C. Leff and exhibited in a show of his collection at the Brooklyn Museum of Art in 1966-7.  It has an estimate of $75,000 to $100,000.  It sold for $75,000.

Metate

Lot 227, Stone effigy metate, Costa Rican, Guanacaste-Nicoya region Late Period IV- Period V, circa A. D. 300-700, 25 inches long

Lot 227 is an impressive Costa Rican stone effigy metate from the Guanacaste-Nicoya region, Late Period IV-Period V, circa A.D. 300 -700.  It is 25 inches long and is eelaborately decorated with a fluid meander of geometric designs.  It has an estimate of  $10,000 to $15,000.  It failed to sell.


Bamileke bird

Lot 346, Bird headcrest, Bamileke, Cameroon, 21 1/2 inches long

Lot 345 is a very storng Bamileke bird headcrest from Cameroon.  It is 21 1/2 inches long and has been widely exhibited.  It has an estimate of $15,000 to $25,000.  It sold for $15,000.

Monkey hacha

Lot 263, head of a monkey, Veracruz, Classic, circa A.D. 450-650, greenstone, 8 inches high

Lot 263 is an impressive and very fine greenstone head of a monkey,Veracruz, Classic, circa A.D. 450-650.  It is 8 inches high and it has a prominent median head crest indicating both a tail and a phallic image  It was exhibited at the Walters Art Gallery in Baltimore from 2002 to 2010.  It has an estiimate of $30,000 to $40,000.  It sold for $56,250.


Sepik

Lot 322, Zoomorphic Spear-Thrower Ornament, Lower Sepik River, Coastal Region, or Schouten Islands, East Sepick Proinvce, Papua New Guinae, 6 1/2 inches long

Lot 322 is a fine zoomorphic spear-thrower ornament from the Lower Sepik River, Coastal Region, or Schouten Islands, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea.  It is 6 1/2 inches long.  It is from the sestate of Dr. David V. Becker and once was in the collection of Jay C, Leff of Uniontown, Pennsylvania.  It has an estmate of $5,000 to $7,000.  It failed to sell.


Shark

Lot 253, Effigy vessel of a shark, Colima, Protoclassic, circa 100 B.C.- A.D. 250, 15 inches long

Lot 253 is a fine Colima effigy vessel of a shark eating a man, Protoclassic, circa 100 B.C.-A.D. 250.  It is 15 inches long.  It was exhibited at the Chicago Art Institute in 1998 and the LosAngles County Museum in 1999.  It has an estimate of $15,000 to $25,000.  It failed to sell.


Wari deity

Lot 201, Wari Deity Head vessel, South Coast Region, circa A.D. 600-1000, 5 5/8 inches high

Lot 201 is a rather ferocious looking Wari Deity Head vessel from the South Coast Region, circa A.D. 600-1000.  It is 5 5/8 inches high and has a serrated coiffure line with tearpaths of feline-headed serpents on the cheeks.  It has an estimate of $6,000 to $9,000.  It sold for $68,750.


Vera Cruz

Lot 264, Figure of a Priestess, Veracruz, Late Classic, circa A.D. 550-950, 11 inches high

Lot 264 is a fine and very impressive Veracruz figure of a priestess, Late Classic circa A.D. 550-950.  It is 11 inches high.  It was exhibited at the Edward Merrin Gallery in New York in 1970 and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York from 1993 to 2010.  It is property of Shelly M. Donhofer.  It has an estimate of $60,000 to $80,000.  It sold for $75,000.


Shiluk pipe

Lot 383, Zoomorphic terracotta pipe, Shiluk, South Sudan, 10 7/8 inches

One of the most beautiful objects in the auction is Lot 383, a Shiluk zoomorphic terracotta pipe from South Sudan.  It is 10 7/8 inches high an a similar one is at the Brooklyn Museum of Art.  The lot has an estimate of $5,000 to $7,000.  It failed to sell.

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