Gothamgallery Fine African Art - Togo Batammaliba Tribal Hand Shield
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Superb African Togo Batammaliba Hand Shield
Height: 35.5 Centimeters
Measurements Sculpture Only
Vegetal Material, Hide Handle
Estimated Early 20th Century
Fair - Good
Tribal ceremonial hand shield phallic connotation aged surface
US East Coast - Estimated $15.00
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Surface deterioration, worn areas, lost to vegetal material, overall condition fair to good. Thank you and please view my other items.
Fine rare Buckler (Hand Shield) of the Batammaliba tribe residing in the northern areas of Togo and Benin, just on the borders of Burkina Faso, defense shield used mainly against arrows but now also in use as a ceremonial artifact, used in war dances and other ceremonies of the Batammaliba people, circular shaped made of spiral canes wrapped with thin rattan fibers and reinforced with radial rattan strips, spiral cane cone rises from the center of the shield covered with animal hide, aged surface.
Painter Fred Uhlman words - Most of the artists I admired, Picasso, Modigliani, Deraini, to mention only a few, had collected African art and had been profoundly influenced by it. Shortly afterwards I bought the Baule Fetish and the Baule bobbin which are still two of the finest pieces in my collection. It is easy to see why I bought them and why from that moment I have never stopped collecting. The head of the bobbin or heddle - pulley which is after all only a functional object for the purpose of weaving seemed to me then and today as beautiful as a Greek goddess. The fetish moved me as deeply as the bobbin by its silent tragic dignity and its air of profound meditation.
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