Looking for help with wood carved figure

Discussion in 'Tribal Art' started by Crim000, Mar 17, 2020.

  1. Crim000

    Crim000 Active Member

    Any help on this wood carvings is appreciated. Seems to be two frogs holding a bird head. Very light weight wood carving 3F6652AD-FCDF-4C7F-9A2C-D22CE7822599.jpeg BB1B60B0-3FB5-41AF-8329-7545D7E42F83.jpeg FD9FE1FE-7641-403B-A4FE-C18F24FF0DDB.jpeg 1B6C73F6-610B-4EA1-BFEF-499EF260321A.jpeg DDDFA383-290D-44E3-814F-53DAC39D5C53.jpeg 11A0E554-9941-4AE9-AEAE-33F77D4263E5.jpeg 66CCAE60-86C3-4898-8EC9-96BC33279787.jpeg 7DE6F403-D248-4452-BC67-B010D2ED4957.jpeg
  2. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    the background is well lit..... the carvings a little too dark...for me anyways.. to see what's going on there..
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  3. Crim000

    Crim000 Active Member

    These may be better sorry so dark just has a heavy patina 749046E3-CF6F-4610-A0E4-63282C43A544.jpeg 567DC551-9301-45CB-8A96-500F1A29B6F5.jpeg D32615D9-F75F-4C4C-AC22-09B87BEC190E.jpeg D6216A7B-BAD4-40FA-9226-334D3B4521AC.jpeg
  4. Firemandk

    Firemandk BOY: Trains is cool Daddy ME: No more RR Spikes!

    Things that come to mind are filipino ( bontoc, kalinga, igorot ) , New Guinea , Indonesia , Malaysia .... I searched online for about 30 minutes, could not come up with that form ....african ? Hopefully someone will be able to help

    @Any Jewelry ?
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  5. Firemandk

    Firemandk BOY: Trains is cool Daddy ME: No more RR Spikes!

    Is it Balsa wood ? "Balsa can be found from southern Mexico to Bolivia and is a common plant throughout much of its range"
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  6. 2manybooks

    2manybooks Well-Known Member

    My impression is similar to @Firemandk's - Melanesian/Indonesian area. But I can't find comparables either. As it is small, and apparently designed to stand on a flat surface, I suspect it may be made for sale. The hole in the bottom may indicate that it was previously mounted onto an additional stand. It is sometimes harder to ID such pieces because they don't necessarily follow traditional forms.

    Your best bet to narrow it down may be trying to identify the wood. From what I can see in your photos, it looks like there are large pores on the surface. And I don't see growth rings on the bottom - thought they just may not be visible in the photo. Species of palm wood would be light weight, large pored, and without growth rings.
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  7. Crim000

    Crim000 Active Member

    Thank you for the comments......I do believe it has some considerable age the one part of the frogs leg has been chipped off at some point but it still retains the dark patina on the wood. So it would have to be done long ago. I also believe the hole on the bottom is not original to the piece and done at some other time. Thinking of drift wood as being the wood. But not sure
  8. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    The shape of the frogs points to Sasak carvings from Lombok, Indonesia. It reminds me of the carved wooden lids to bamboo medicine containers, but those have a round base.
    Whatever it is, it is nice.
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  9. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    Considerable age means different things to different people.;)
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  10. Malcolm

    Malcolm Active Member

    Hello Crim000, I must say you have a very good eye.
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    Crim000 Active Member

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