Malagan Figure, New Ireland height 46 1/2in (118cm)
Lot 83W Y
Malagan Figure, New Ireland height 46 1/2in (118cm)
US$ 20,000 - 30,000
€16,000 - 24,000

Lot Details
Malanggan Figure, New Ireland height 46 1/2in (118cm)
Malagan Figure, New Ireland
Wood, lime, red ochre, black pigment, shells, adhesive putty
height 46 1/2in (118cm)

Provenance:
Norman Hurst Gallery, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Private Collection, Massachusetts

According to Gunn (2006: p. 222), "The human figure is the basic unit of malagan sculpture. However, on Tabar at least, a sculptural image that looks like a human is most probably not a portrait of someone. It is rather an inherited malagan image used to honor a person who has died...
...It is not clear why some animals are depicted in the art of northern New Ireland, and why others are not. Fish, birds, and snakes form a large part of the repertoire, several varieties of lizard are also shown, as is the occasional octopus. But dogs, sharks, and crocodiles are all missing from the iconography, as are images of non-New Irelanders, including Westerners. Flying fish are probably the most commonly depicted animal, for almost every malagan sculpture of a human figure has a flying fish held in front of the body, biting the chin of the main figure. Several malagan specialists told us that the flying fish represents the speech of a leader, traveling far."
Auction information

This auction is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future auctions, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this auction, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

For all Sales categories excluding Arms & Armor, Coins & Medals, Motor Cars, Motorcycles, and Wine & Whisky:

Buyer's Premium Rates
25% on the first $100,000 of the Hammer Price
20% from $100,001 to $2,000,000 of the Hammer Price
12% on the excess over $2,000,000 of the Hammer Price

Payment Notices

Payment for purchases may be made in or by (a) cash, (b) cashier's check or money order, (c) personal check with approved credit drawn on a U.S. bank, (d) wire transfer or other immediate bank transfer, or (e) Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover credit, charge or debit card. A processing fee will be assessed on any returned checks. Please note that the amount of cash notes and cash equivalents that can be accepted from a given purchaser may be limited.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licences please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.

Lot symbols
W Shipping & handling restrictions apply

Objects displayed with a w will be located in the Bonhams Warehouse and will only be available for collection from this location.

Y CITES

Subject to CITES regulations when exporting items outside of the EU, see clause 13.

Contacts
  1. Fredric Backlar
    Specialist - African, Oceanic and Pre-Columbian Art
    Bonhams
    Work
    7601 W. Sunset Boulevard
    Los Angeles, United States 90046
    Work +1 323 436 5416
    FaxFax: +1 323 850 5843
Similar Items