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Details & Cataloguing

Erotic: Passion & Desire

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Ivory Coast,
Dan Spoon

Provenance

John J. Klejman, New York
Stanley Marcus, Dallas, acquired from the above in 1965
Sotheby's, New York, A Passion for Collecting: the Eye of Stanley Marcus, 16 November 2002, lot 19
Private Collection, acquired at the above auction

Catalogue Note

This sculpture-spoon extols with great elegance the Dan's idealized canons of female beauty. A mark of the dignity of the wunkirle — the most hospitable woman in the village— this ceremonial feast spoon, formed as an abstract female figure, is a symbol of her generosity and her talents (Fischer and Himmelheber in Falgayrettes-Leveau, Cuillers Sculptures, 1991, p. 73-88). The spoon allows the hostess of the feast to communicate with the ancestral spirits. The perfect balance of the pose emphasizes both the firmness of the curves and the elegance of the silhouette and its dynamic lines. The artist has paid particular attention to the connection points, resulting in a beautiful flow of volumes and outlines, both in the treatment of the body and in the transition between the sections of the handle and the grooves of the bowl.

Erotic: Passion & Desire

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London