Featured Large african ? carved female figure

Discussion in 'Tribal Art' started by charlie cheswick, Aug 23, 2022.

  1. charlie cheswick

    charlie cheswick Well-Known Member

    hi folks

    this was my last of three local auction purchases

    don't think its got a lot of age, but couldn't tell that from the pic

    I'm happy with it though for what i paid (£11)

    presuming African, but that's about all i have

    any info on the piece would be very helpful indeed

    measure 17 inches

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  2. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    You should be extremely happy!:woot::woot::woot:
    What you've got there isn't recent African, but a top Bali Art Deco piece!:jawdrop::woot::woot::happy::happy::happy::kiss:
    Probably late 30s-early 40s, and probably made in the village of Mas. She could even have been made by a Pita Maha artist.

    (African women usually don't have long sleek hair:bucktooth::playful:)
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  3. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    I just found what I wrote on Pita Maha in the "Bali Art Deco thread":

    Mas was the centre of the Art Deco art society 'Pita Maha'. Pita Maha was set up to ensure the quality of the carvings their members made. Each week carvings were presented to a panel of judges and given a pass or fail.
    The Mas style is often called Pita Maha style, but not all Mas artists joined Pita Maha.
  4. charlie cheswick

    charlie cheswick Well-Known Member

    Marvellous !, thanks so much Aj

    She beautiful enough without hair

    Very smooth and tactile

    Your a legend

    Happy Charlie :)
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  5. charlie cheswick

    charlie cheswick Well-Known Member

    Awesome info thanks, will look at the thread you mentioned, sounds like it would be interesting

    What's with the long fingers ?
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  6. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    The age has made it even more so.:happy:
    It is one of the features of Mas style Balinese Art Deco, a stylisation.

    I found some similar style ladies. The asking price of the first. on eboo, is ambitious. The second one, on Catawiki, the actual final bid, is more like it.:)



    To think I wasn't going to check Antiquers, still a bit under the weather. Good thing I did though.:happy: (Anything for my Charlie.;):kiss:)
  7. NewEngland

    NewEngland Well-Known Member

    I hope you feel better soon, AJ! I agree with Charlie - you are a legend!
  8. NewEngland

    NewEngland Well-Known Member

    What a great find, Charlie. She is lovely!
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  9. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

  10. charlie cheswick

    charlie cheswick Well-Known Member

    Finding things is great, but sharing and learning things with you is even better :kiss:

    Sorry to hear your feeling bad, Didn't know that

    Hope you feel better soon Aj
  11. charlie cheswick

    charlie cheswick Well-Known Member

    Thanks NewEngland !

    I particularly like the feet, and top of the base

    Look how smooth and glassy they are !:)
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  12. Aquitaine

    Aquitaine Is What It IS! But NEVER BORED!

    Yes, DO take it easy, and get to feeling better, @Any Jewelry....

    BIG bear hug.gif
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  13. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    Awww, thank you Aqui.:kiss:
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  14. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

  15. aaroncab

    aaroncab in veritate victoria

    Nice find Chuck! As soon as I saw that first pic I thought "AJ is gonna be all over this one :) "
  16. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

  17. johnnycb09

    johnnycb09 Well-Known Member

    I almost didnt look expecting the usual African souvenir but that is gorgeous ! Good for you Charlie !
  18. charlie cheswick

    charlie cheswick Well-Known Member

    Thank you mate !:)
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  19. 2manybooks

    2manybooks Well-Known Member

    Very nice. At the first photo, I thought - not African, but Indonesian - better tag @Any Jewelry. Then saw that it was already taken care of. :)
  20. wlwhittier

    wlwhittier Well-Known Member

    Yup...me, too. Very sweet, and so lovely! Thanks!
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