Unusual Stone Statue

Discussion in 'Tribal Art' started by cc89, Jun 24, 2021.

  1. cc89

    cc89 Member

    Hi everyone, id love to here your opinions on this stone statue that I recently picked up. I got it at an auction and unfortunately don't know anything about it at all.

    I've found similar pieces attributed to he Sapi people..

    Thanks a lot, Calum
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  2. KikoBlueEyes

    KikoBlueEyes Well-Known Member

    Are you sure it's stone? I'm no expert, but the white section of the broken breast doesn't look right. Stone is usually a uniform color all the way through. It could be an applied patina though.
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  3. cc89

    cc89 Member

    It appears to be soapstone
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  4. J Dagger

    J Dagger Well-Known Member

    It could be pottery as well. I have an old African pottery figure. I don’t recall the tribe that made it but I’ll dig around. It was definitely a “crude” material used to make mine.
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  5. LauraGarnet02

    LauraGarnet02 Well-Known Member

    I don't know anything about your little tribal figure, but I have to ask, what is the house plant on the left? The one with the purple leaves and little pale purple blossoms? I think I have to have one of those now! It's beautiful.
  6. cc89

    cc89 Member

    Thanks J, Its hard to tell on the photo but I am pretty sure it is soapstone.
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  7. cc89

    cc89 Member

    Its Oxalis :) they're beautiful ay. I haven't tried but i believe that you can grow them from seed. They like lots of light so only do well next to a window, in Scotland at least
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  8. 2manybooks

    2manybooks Well-Known Member

    It might be a nomoli (a stone carving attributed to the Sapi culture), but so little is known about these that, without provenance, it may not be possible to be sure.
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  9. cc89

    cc89 Member

    Thanks 2manybooks. I've done some more reading, quite a mysterious people
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