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72nd tribal art auction

by Zemanek Münster Auctioneers


498 lots with images

March 9, 2013

Hörleingasse 3-5

Würzburg, 97070 Germany

Phone: 00 49 931 17721

Fax: 00 49 931 17736

Email: info@tribal-art-auktion.de

Rice deity

Lot 1: Rice deity "bulul" Rice deity "bulul", Philippines

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Description: Rice deity "bulul" Rice deity "bulul", Philippines - Ifugao add to watchlist Philippines - Ifugao wood, dull dark brown patina, earring, traditional loincloth, sacrificial traces, animal hair replaced, slightly dam., minor missing parts (nose), cracks, minor chips at the socle; the ritual sequence associated with the production of "bulul" images is long, elaborate, and requires considerable expenditure of resources. During activation ceremonies the "bulul" figures are bathed in the blood of a sacrificed pig, and at the conclusion of the ritual the figures are placed in the granary. They are associated with the production of bountiful harvests, capable of miraculously increasing the rice before and after it is stored in the granary. They are usually made in pairs, one male and one female. They are inherited by the first child of the family, along with associated rice fields. H: 55 cm H: 21.7 inch Provenance Rudolf Kratochwill, Graz, Austria Literature Kohnen, Norbert, Igorot, Düsseldorf 1986, p. 81 Casino, Eric S., The people and art of the Philippines, Los Angeles 1981, p. 195 f.

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Sword

Lot 2: Sword "mandau" Sword "mandau", Indonesia - Borneo,

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Description: Sword "mandau" Sword "mandau", Indonesia - Borneo, Dayak add to watchlist Indonesia - Borneo, Dayak elaborately carved hilt of bone, partly wrapped with plant fibre and decorated with animal hair, iron blade with brass inlay and skewed endings, a two-parted wooden scabbard decorated with fine incised ornaments, a second scabbard on the back, containing a knife with a long wooden handle, strap for support, min. dam., slight traces of abrasion; used for head hunting and as a machete in daily life. According to a number of sources the small knife was used, among other things, to remove the soft parts of the enemies cut-off heads. The "mandau" is used by many peoples of Kalimantan and is widely spread. L: 73 cm L: 28.7 inch Provenance Wolfgang Nerlich, Munich, Germany Literature van Zonneveld, A.G., Traditional weapons of the Indonesian Archipelago, Leiden 2001, p. 88

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Two anthropomorphic figures Two anthropomorphic

Lot 3: Two anthropomorphic figures Two anthropomorphic

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Description: Two anthropomorphic figures Two anthropomorphic figures, Indonesia - Lesser Sundas, West Sumba, Kodi District add to watchlist Indonesia - Lesser Sundas, West Sumba, Kodi District wood, blotched greyish brown patina, small remains of black paint, each rising from a wooden peg, both figures seated, one of them with the legs and hands ornamentally interwined in front of the body, the second figure as typical female provided with a more exuberant round body, triangular faces with tapering chin and flat round ears, the surface extremely marked by cracks and traces of weathering, small traces of insect caused damage, missing parts (headcrests), socle; presumably representing the ancestors of the founding lineage of the community. H: 39 cm (without plug) H: 15.4 inch (without plug) Provenance Reinhold Mittersakschmöller, Vienna, Austria

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Head sculpture Head sculpture, Gabon, Fang /

Lot 4: Head sculpture Head sculpture, Gabon, Fang /

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Description: Head sculpture Head sculpture, Gabon, Fang / Tshogo add to watchlist Gabon, Fang / Tshogo grained wood, blotched brown patina, encrusted in some areas, min. traces of red and white pigment, brows and nose forming a strictly T-shaped zone, eyes and mouth incised, originally accentuated with black paint, slightly dam., missing parts (nose tip), rep. (cheek right hand side), hairline cracks, acrylic socle; presumably coming from a figural post. On Leti and its neighbouring islands in Southeast Moluccas, seated images called "iene" were carved shortly after a person's death to serve as a receptacle for the departed spirit. Honoured with offerings of food and prayers, "iene", like "korwar", bridged the spirit world and the realm of the living. H: 21 cm H: 8.3 inch Provenance Ludwig Bretschneider, Munich, Germany Literature Capistrano-Baker, Florina, Art of Island Southeast Asia, New York 1994, p. 180 ff.

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Mask of

Lot 5: Mask of "hanuman" ("King of the apes") Mask of

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Description: Mask of "hanuman" ("King of the apes") Mask of "hanuman" ("King of the apes"), Nepal add to watchlist Nepal heavy wood, partly encrusted patina, remains of paint, of broad form with protruding snout, visible teeth and tongue, clear traces of the carving tool backside, dam., missing parts (chin), traces of abrasion; "hanuman" is a Hindu deity, who is an ardent devotee of "rama", a central character in the Indian epic Ramayana. A general among the "vanaras", an ape-like race of forest-dwellers, "hanuman" is an incarnation of the divine, whose fate it is to aid the hero "rama" in the struggle against the demon king "ravana". H: 30 cm H: 11.8 inch

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