DOGON MATERNITY FIGURE, MALI
Height: 13 ½ in (33 cm)
Good condition overall for an object of this age and type, with restoration of the child's head. Marks, nicks, scratches, and abrasions scattered in places. Some minor old age cracks, including to the mother's head and back. Exceptionally fine, thick, glossy, aged patina. Has base.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
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Gaston de Havenon, New York
Sidney and Bernice Clyman, Scarsdale, acquired from the above on April 5, 1973
Warren M. Robbins, African Art: the de Havenon Collection, Washington, D.C., 1971, n.p., pl. 24
Susan M. Vogel, African Sculpture: the Shape of Surprise, Greenvale, New York, 1980, p. 10, cat. no. 4
Warren M. Robbins and Nancy Ingram Nooter, African Art in American Collections, Survey 1989, Washington, D.C., 1989, p. 61, fig. 22
Jean Borgatti and Richard Brilliant, Likeness and Beyond: Portraits from Africa and the World, New York, 1990, p. 107, cat. no. 27
Mary N. Nooter, Secrecy: African Art that Conceals and Reveals, New York, 1993, p. 211, cat. no. 85
Allen Wardwell, Three African Traditions: the Art of the Dogon, Fang and Songye, Greenwich, Connecticut, 1999, p. 10, cat. no. 9
Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., African Art: the de Havenon Collection, May 30 - October 3, 1971
C.W. Post Art Gallery, Greenvale, New York, African Sculpture: the Shape of Surprise, February 17 - March 30, 1980
Center for African Art, New York, Likeness and Beyond: Portraits from Africa and the World, February 14 - August 12, 1990; and traveling: Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, September 16 - November 11, 1990
Museum for African Art, New York, Secrecy: African Art that Conceals and Reveals, February 13 - August 22, 1993
Bruce Museum, Greenwich, Connecticut, Three African Traditions: the Art of the Dogon, Fang and Songye, January 31 - April 18, 1999