Lot: 555

77th tribal art auction


Tanzania, Mwera

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Fred Jahn, Munich, Germany
Swiss Private Collection
H: 11.4 inch 3000 EUR
plus 23 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

heavy wood, brown patina, pokerwork, of oval form with simplified facial features, beard, brows and coiffure blackened, cheek and forehead scarifications, min. dam., fine cracks, slight traces of abrasion, base; the Mwera are a small ethnical group living in the south-eastern coastal back-country of Tanzania. Their works can only hardly be differentiated from masks and figures of the neighbouring Makonde.

Krieger, Kurt, Ostafrikanische Plastik, Berlin 1990, ill. 330