Saffronart’s first Indian Folk and Tribal Art auction



2015-06-26 10:47:06

Saffronart’s first Indian Folk and Tribal Art auction

20 Aug 2012, 10:23 GMT+01

India’s leading online auction house, Saffronart, have announced that they will hold their first auction of Indian Folk and Tribal Art and Objects on August 21st-22nd, 2012.

This 24-hour sale will 75 lots of paintings, sculptures, masks, jewellery, and crafted functional objects, showcasing the visual culture and artistic practices of some of the many contemporary Indian folk and tribal groups. India’s rich artistic heritage and diverse cultural identity provide a myriad of aesthetic and interesting items for seasoned collectors and first time buyers alike.

A highlight of the auction is a wooden dancer’s headdress, originating from Kerala, intended for the socio-religious performance of Theyyam. This practice is centuries-old in Northern Kerala, and a form of ritual worship. It is said to have more than 400 forms, each with a unique name and story.

Performers telling these stories wear elaborate headgear, masks, breast plates, skirts and arm ornaments. The wooden headdress offered at Saffronart is constructed of several ornate wooden sections joined by cord. It depicts the Goddess Laxmi and her two attendants, surrounded by Tullu script. It is estimated to sell for $3,705-$4,630.

Works by renowned artists working in the Gond tradition are eagerly anticipated. In these paintings, enthralling visions of myth and metamorphosis are presented, copious trees and leaves branching from the bodies of animals, explosions of acrylic colour exploring the stories of the Gond tradition. Two of Ram Singh Urveti’s Gond artworks are expected to fetch $1,485-$1,855 and $1,855-$2,225, while an example by Jangarh Singh Shyam, considered during his lifetime as one of India’s leading tribal artists, who tragically committed suicide in 2001, is set to fetch $12,965-$16,670.

In addition, traditional wooden masks from Kerala and Kanataka, tribal jewellery including Gujarat gilded silver Akota earrings, Gold Pambadam ear clips from Tamil Nadu, and Rajasthani and Madhya Pradesh silver anklets, and functional objects such as a 20th century bell-metal Kendi pouring vessel and a Paan box, and a brass Toddy vessel from Bastar, Chhattisgarh, will be offered.

This first Saffronart auction of Indian Folk and Tribal Art and Objects reflects the tentative estimate prices of a nascent area of interest, a great opportunity to invest in a unique piece from this burgeoning market.

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