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Andre Mahieu (1904 - 1979)

Lot 18: Andr Mahieu (20th century)

Christie's

June 22, 1999
Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Portrait of a Congolese warrior Portrait de guerrier congolais signed lower right A. Mahieu oil on canvas 70.5 x 60.5 cm NOTES Artists were astounded and fascinated by the extraordinary inventiveness and, to their eyes, the strangeness, of the body adornment of Africans. Here, leopard skin, animals' claws, feathers and bracelets contribute to the warrior's assertions of belonging to a certain ethnic group, to denote his position in the hierarchy, to frighten enemies and to make a shower of power.

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Christie's
June 22, 1999, 12:00 AM EST

Amsterdam, Netherlands