Lot: 36

Large monkey sculpture,1st half 19th century

Indonesia - Borneo, Dayak

Provenance Size Hammer price
Francine Maurer (deceased 2006), Paris, France
Kim Redlich, Düsseldorf, Germany
Lempertz, Brussels, 30 March 2006, Lot 25
Robert Lewitzki, Celle, Germany
H: 22.4 inch 7700 EUR

wood, rest., base

Impressive animal sculpture in elegantly curved reduced forms, whose expressiveness is further enhanced by the surface structure marked by weathering and wind abrasion.

The animal figure shows anthropomorphic facial features and was probably worked on a post. Apparently an animal totem put in a place to frighten off rampant spirits and thus offer protection to humans.

C14 Certificate, ASA, Laboratoires d' Archéométrie, Paris, 26 November 2004
Murray, Thomas, C-14 Dating of Dayak Art, o.O. 2015, cat. 44