Bidjogo Power Figure, Bissagos Islands, Guinea-Bissau
- Height: 15 1/2 in (39.4 cm)
Vittorio and Marina Mangiò, Monza
Fredric Mueller (1935-1990), New York
Christie's, New York, Property from the Estate of Fredric Mueller, June 5, 1990, lot 116
John Giltsoff, London, acquired at the above auction
Allan Stone, New York, acquired from the above
Only ten other figures of this exceedingly rare type are known: one in the Brooklyn Museum (inv. no. "71.176.4"); a second and a third in the Museu Nacional de Etnologia, Lisbon (formerly Museu d'Etnologia do Ultramar, inv. nos. "AK 937" and "AD 948); a fourth in the Robert T. Wall Family Collection, San Francisco; and several others published in the literature and offered at auction (Schädler 1973: 16, no. 1; Helmholtz 1972: 55; Ader-Picard-Tajan, Paris, December 18, 1990, lot 99; Sotheby's, New York, May 16, 1985, lot 109 - two figures; Zemanek-Münster, September 22, 2007, lot 179). Within this already extremely small corpus, three figures are stylistically so similar that they can be attributed to the same artist. These figures are the Brooklyn Museum figure, the Wall figure, and the present lot from the Allan Stone Collection.