Auction of the Week: Wooley & Wallis Tribal Art and Antiquities Sale February 21, 2018



2018-02-05 16:56:17

This week's featured auction is the Wooley & Wallis Tribal Art and Antiquities sale, which takes place on February 21. Here are 10 of our favorite lots on offer...

A Roman marble left foot fragment

Estimate: £200 - £300

This fragment of a left foot wearing a sandal originates from an Ancient Roman statue, and dates from the 2nd century AD.

A Colima standing dog vessel

Estimate: £600 - £800

This terracotta dog vessel was made in the region of Colima in Western Mexico, during the Protoclassic period, circa 50 BC – 250 AD.

Colima culture is renowned for its sculptures of short, hairless dogs, which were native to the region and amongst the society's only domesticated animals.

A Cycladic marble female idol

Estimate: £1,000 - £1,500

This marble female idol was carved circa 3200 - 2300 BC during the Cycladic civilization, an early Bronze Age culture of the Greek Cyclades islands in the Aegean Sea.

Today the ancient culture is renowned for its female idols, carved from the islands' pure white marble, which were used in traditional burial rituals.

19th century religious icons

Estimate: £400 - £600

This collection of four Russian religious icons dates from the 19th century, and depicts Elijah and the Angel with the fiery winged horses, St Nicolas, and the Virgin Mary and child.

A Yoruba gelede helmet mask

Estimate: £300 - £400

This wooden helmet mask was crafted by the Yoruba people of Nigeria and Benin, to be worn in a colourful ritual known as a Gelede.

The Gelede ceremony celebrates mothers, female ancestors, deities and the elderly women of the community. It features public displays of music and dance, with highly elaborate and often humorous costumes, and is intended to promote ideas of peace and harmony in society.

A Romano Egyptian limestone torso of Harpocrates

Estimate: £8,000 - £12,000

This limestone torso dates from the 1st - 2nd century AD, and originates from Egypt after the kingdom was conquered by the Romans in 30 BC.

When Alexander the Great invaded Egypt in 332 BC, the Egyptian child god Horus was adapted by the Ancient Greeks to become Harpocrates, the Hellenistic god the god of silence, secrets and confidentiality.

An Amlash bronze zebu bull

Estimate: £400 - £600

This bronze statue depicts a Zebu, a large humped bull with scrolled horns which originates from South Asia.

The statue is dated circa 1000 - 800 BC and was discovered in Amlash, a region in Northern Iran which gives its name to the large number of ancient artifacts discovered during archaeological excavations.

A Greek marble female head

Estimate: £8,000 - £12,000

This female marble head dates back to the 4th century BC, and depicts a woman wearing a veil with folds to the back.

Veils were often worn by women in Ancient Greek society, particularly wealthy married women, which suggests the woman featured in the statue was of high social status.

A Bamileke 'atwonzen' trophy head

Estimate: £4,000 - £5,000

This trophy head, known as an 'Atwonzen', was crafted using beads, shells and cloth by the Bemileke people of Cameroon in Central Africa.

Atwozen trophy heads were traditionally created to represent the heads of enemies defeated in battle. They originally featured human skulls beneath the beading, whereas modern-day examples are constructed over a wooden base.

A Yup'ik walrus mask

Estimate: £6,000 - £8,000

This walrus mask was crafted from wood and feathers by the indigenous Yup'ik Eskimo people of Alaska, for use in Shamanic rituals and traditional storytelling.

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