Previous Exhibition - Gallery Views |
03 Dec 2005
chase contemporary & tribal arts
chase contemporary & tribal arts offers select high end authentic Oceanic and
South East Asian tribal artifacts created by the unknown master carvers and artists of the "first people".
The gallery also offers Burmese Shan period papier mache and lacquer, wooden and some Buddha images cast in bronze from the late C16th until the early C20th, and Bangkok period bronze Buddha images from the late C18th until the early C20th, from Thailand.
Orators Stool from the Iatmul people,
Upper Sepik, Papua New Guinea.
Provenance: the estate of Emerson
Woelffer, Los Angeles, CA. USA.
Exhibited and illustrated in "The Artist As
Collector"; published by the Newport Harbour
Art Museum, CA (illustrated frontispiece
(page 3), and page 73, catalog #64, 1975).
This expressive piece dates from the late
1950's, or early 1960's.
Dayak House Door
Dayak House Door, Borneo. Provenance:
The Xandu Gallery, San Francisco,
and later, the estate of Jonathan Paul
Cobb, San Francisco, CA. USA.
Deeply and powerfully carved, it shows
great age. Carved from very heavy
wood, the convolutions of the
dragon like serpent images
communicate perfect balance.
An example of a wedding chaplet from the
Humong or Miao people. By tradition, it is
a symbol of wealth in the community.
Made from a mixture of silver and base
metal, this three ringed necklace has a silver
content of between 30% to 70%, augmented
with tin and other base metals.
One of some 59 ethnic "minority groups"
in China, the Miao continue to thrive with a
population of some 5 to 7 million people.
During the cultural revolution, government
authorities supplied low grade silver ingots
which encouraged the survival of tribal traditions.
Dora Busby's Bed
This extaordinary piece was crafted
for the Busby family in rural New Zealand
in the early C20th, by a master Maori
carver commissioned to carve another
four pieces for the household over the
next 13 years. Titled "Dora Busby's
first bed", it is heavily carved front and backwith typically traditional images.
Later on it was converted into a bench
once it's owner dispensed with it.
Chimbu Battle Shield
This mid to late 1950's Chimbu
battle shield has been repainted
many times in preparation for
warfare. A number of embedded
arrow heads and other evidence
of conflict have served the
bearer of this shield well.
Bronze Bangkok period Buddha
This large, well patinated bronze
Buddha was cast in the late C19th
or early C20th in Thailand, and
found it's way into an American
Shan period Buddha
This very rare silver alloy Buddha
was cast in the late C16th in Burma.
The contenance and form are
masterfully resolved. The patination
indicates real age.
Shan period Lacquer Head
This ornate papier mache and lacquer
Shan period Burmese head was made
in the late C19th. Note the crown and
earrings studded with coloured glass.
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