Lot 145, Mayan warrior,
Jaina, Late Classic, circa AD 550-950, 11 3/4 inches high
is a wondrous Mayan warrior figure , 11 3/4 inches, Jaina, Late
Classic, circa AD 550-950.
The catalogue entry provides the following commentary:
"Finely modeled and ornately adorned, this warrior proudly brandishes
his weapon with an air of martial noblesse."
The weapon is a long wooded club with "multiple obsidian blades.
The lot has an estimate of $150,000 to $250,000. It failed to sell.
Lot 136, Effigy vessel
of an Antler, Cormala style, Colima, Protoclassic, circa 100 B.C.-AD
250, 10 1/2 inches high
136 is a surrealistic effigy vessle in the form of an antler with a
human head. It is Cormala style, Colima, circa 100 BC-AD
250. It is 10 1/2 inches high.
It has an estimate of $30,000 to $40,000. It sold for $32,500.
Lot 166, "Male figure,"
Baule, Cote d'Ivoire, 41 inches high
166 is a stately Baule figure of a man from the Ivory Coast, It
is 41 inches high. It was once owned by Maurice Vlaminck, the artist,
Marceau Riviere and the Gallerie Ratton-Hourdé of Paris. It has
an estimate of $200,000 to $300,000. It sold for $187,500.
Lot 172, Mambila
figure, Cameroon, 17 1/2 inches high
is a very strong Mambila figure from Cameroon that is 17 1/2 inches
high. It is property from the collection of Martin and Roberta
Lerner, who acquired in 2006 from Pace Primitive in New York. It
has an estimate of $30,000 to $50,000. It failed to sell.
Lot 175, Yaka power
figure, Democratic Republic on the Congo, 12 7/8 inches high
Another work from the Lerner
collection is Lot 175, a very good Yaka power figure from the Republic
of the Congo. It is 12 7/8 inches high and was onced owned by
Armand Arman. It was exhibited that the Museum for African Art in
New York in 1997. It is distinguished, not by its large, upturned
nose and nailed hat, but its 8 "babies," or small wooden figures
attached by rawhide and with some beads dangling about her legs.
Though we can't hear their whining and yelping and whooping, their
presence adds a wonderful liveliness. The lot has an estimate of
$25,000 to $35,000. It failed
Lot 134, a Teotihuacan
standing figure from the Guerrero Region, lustrous dark green veined
serpentine, 13 3/8 inches high, Late Pre-classic/Early Classic, circa
134 is a bold Teotihuacan figure from the Guerrro Region, Late
Preclassic/Early Classic, circa AD 200-400. It is sculpted out of
lustrous dark green veined serpentine. It is 13 3/8 inches high
and has been widely published.
The catalogue notes that Teotihuacan "became one of the largest
cities in the world by the 6th Century" and "was the most important
city in ancient Mesoamerica at the time, extending its influence and
power into the contemporanous Maya world to the south."
It has an estimate of $100,000 to $150,000. It sold for $137,500.
Lot 116, "Spirit
Figure, Inyai-Ewa, Karawari River, Middle Sepik, Papua New Guinea, 41
3/4 inches high
116 is a fine Inyai-Ewa wooden spirit figure from the Karawari River,
Middle Sepik, Papua New Guinea. It is 41 3/4 inches high.
It has an estimate of $50,000 to $60,000. It sold for $62,500.
Lot 162, Aardvark
Marionette heads, Bamana, the tallest 12 3/4 inches high
162 is a fine group of 7 Bamana aardvark marionette heads. The
tallest is 12 3/4 inches high. The handsome group has a very
modest estimate of $10,000 to $15,000. It was once with Pace
Primitive and Ancient Art in New York. It failed to sell.
190,Yoruba Altar Emblem for Oko, Nigeria, 63 inches high
190 is an impressive sword-form metal stave and its spectacular and
extremely colorful beaded sheath with four pairs of "arms" protruding
from the sides that almost puts most totem poles to shame. (Lot
132 in this auction is a fine traditional totem pole from Southwest
Alaska that is 87 inches tall, was once in the collection of Debbie
Reynolds, the actress, and sold within its estimate for
$275,000.) This lot was once with Pace Primitive and Ancient Art
in New York. It has a very modest estimate of $10,000 to
$15,000. It failed to sell!