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The Dan cast brass jewelry and other objects where made in vast quantities during the 19th century, and Dan people were known for wearing large amounts of jewelry " especially large anklets " until the Liberian government banned the practice in the 1920-30s. This may partially account for metal being redirected into the making of small figures, which were highly desirable in the eyes of new chiefs with tax collecting powers, who wanted conspicuous prestige objects. Foreigners and government officials added to the market for metal figures. Despite their popularity only a few makers are known, of which Ldamie is the most renowned.Ldamie lived in the town of Gaple and was most prolific in the 1920s and 30s during which time he enjoyed government support and considerable success. His attention to detail and surface is striking, as can be seen in the slightly faceted surface and the hairstyle and baby of this figure. Most known figures by this artist are in important museums like the Smithsonian, given the rarity of specific authorship in African art. H= 15cm

Condition

Fine Vintage condition and metal oxidation

Dimensions

5.9 x 14.9 x 4 cm

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Dan maternity Bronze by artist Ldamie of Gaple

Estimate €6,000 - €8,000Sep 22