Lot: 137

93. Tribal Art Auktion

Figurenpaar "lü me"

Côte d'Ivoire, Dan

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Harvey R. ("Bud") Frantz (died 1963), Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA
Colleen (Frantz) Compton-Deater, Danielsville, Pennsylvania, USA

Late in 1936 H. R. Frantz was sent to Liberia, West Africa, to manage a 3,000-acre estate and oversee the work of 500 natives for the Firestone Plantation Company. His work included development of new rubber plantations from the jungle as well as the production of liquid latex. When his job was finished, he and a few friends struck out northward through the jungle, travelling by whatever means they happened to come across, mostly by canoe or foot, until they finally reached the legendary town of Timbuktu. When he returned to his country two years later, Frantz brought the Dan couple to Pennsylvania, where it remained in family estate up to now. The above is confirmed by Colleen (Frantz) Compton-Deater, the granddaughter of H. R. Frantz.
H: 74,5 cm & 77 cm 10000 EUR
plus 23 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

Holz, Metall, Stoff, Sockel Holzfiguren der Dan werden "lü mä", "Person aus Holz" genannt. Sie repräsentieren in der Regel Frauen, manchmal sind auch Männer dargestellt, dann meist in Form eines männlich-weiblichen Paares. Trotz traditionell stilisierter Darstellungsweise können die Figuren gewisse porträthafte Züge zeigen, etwa bestimmte Skarifikationsmale, eine besondere Frisur oder andere individuelle Merkmale. Sie porträtieren zumeist noch lebende Personen. Die Dan scheinen diese Figuren, deren Besitz als Statussymbol galt, vor allem wegen ihrer Seltenheit geschätzt zu haben.