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Vintage African Ivory Coast Wood Colonial Figures (pr)
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West Africa, Ivory Coast, Colonial Period, early to mid-20th century CE. A pair of nearly life-sized wooden colonial era statues depicting African people dressed in European clothing to portray "Europeanized" people. These statues are known as Colon statues, the French word for colonist. These eye-catching figures are painted in hues of blue, brown, red, yellow, white and black. The man is wearing a dapper suit and tie complete with a pocket square, with a white pith helmet and cane. The woman is slender and dressed in shorts, sleeveless shirt, and white cap. These figures are often viewed as examples of how African people were considered uncivilized by European colonists, however, these statues may have also arisen as new form of folk art in West Africa as caricatures of the European officials or simply depictions of evolving fashion and social classes in traditional formats. This pair exhibits the integral plinths and arms to the side stance that traditional Senufo and Baule cultures tend to favor. An interesting blend of African and European imagery. Size of woman: 11" W x 60" H (27.9 cm x 152.4 cm); man: 16" W x 66.5" H (40.6 cm x 168.9 cm)

Provenance: ex-Phoenicia Holyland Antiquities, New York, New York, USA, acquired before 2010

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Losses and chips to high pointed areas on both, including woman's nose and hat brim as shown. Losses to woman's base. Surface abrasions and chips to man's arm. Old inactive insect holes. Discoloration of pigments, but vibrantly painted. Both stand freely on stable bases.
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Vintage African Ivory Coast Wood Colonial Figures (pr)

Estimate $3,000 - $4,000
Jun 10, 2021
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0223C: Vintage African Ivory Coast Wood Colonial Figures (pr)

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Est. $3,000 - $4,000Starting Price $1,800
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Jun 10, 2021 10:00 AM EDT
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Lot 0223C Details

Description
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West Africa, Ivory Coast, Colonial Period, early to mid-20th century CE. A pair of nearly life-sized wooden colonial era statues depicting African people dressed in European clothing to portray "Europeanized" people. These statues are known as Colon statues, the French word for colonist. These eye-catching figures are painted in hues of blue, brown, red, yellow, white and black. The man is wearing a dapper suit and tie complete with a pocket square, with a white pith helmet and cane. The woman is slender and dressed in shorts, sleeveless shirt, and white cap. These figures are often viewed as examples of how African people were considered uncivilized by European colonists, however, these statues may have also arisen as new form of folk art in West Africa as caricatures of the European officials or simply depictions of evolving fashion and social classes in traditional formats. This pair exhibits the integral plinths and arms to the side stance that traditional Senufo and Baule cultures tend to favor. An interesting blend of African and European imagery. Size of woman: 11" W x 60" H (27.9 cm x 152.4 cm); man: 16" W x 66.5" H (40.6 cm x 168.9 cm)

Provenance: ex-Phoenicia Holyland Antiquities, New York, New York, USA, acquired before 2010

All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.

A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids.

We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience.

#164906
Condition
...
Losses and chips to high pointed areas on both, including woman's nose and hat brim as shown. Losses to woman's base. Surface abrasions and chips to man's arm. Old inactive insect holes. Discoloration of pigments, but vibrantly painted. Both stand freely on stable bases.

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