RARE LATE 19TH to EARLY 20TH CENTURY AME RI CAN FOLK ART /B L A C K A M E R I C A N A LARGE 20 INCH in HEIGHT, HAND CARVED & HAND PAINTED, POLYCHROME WOODEN HINGED FIGURE, with CARVED NOSE & HANDS, METAL BRAD FASTENER EYES & HAND PAINTED, ABSTRACT P A N -A F R I C A N BRIGHT, ENAMEL PAINT PALLETE. Turn-of-the-century Ame ri can folk art /Black Americana carved whirligigs & primitive, figurative polychrome, hinged, painted wooden figures. 19 1/2 inches in Height x 3 3/4 inches in Width x 3 1/2 inches in Depth 30 1/2 inches (full Height including hanging cord).Offered for your review and consideration, is this exciting and recently discovered on the South Shore of Massachusetts , only miles outside of greater, metropolitan Boston, outstanding, late 19th to early 20th century Ame ri can Folk Art, Black Ame ric ana hand carved and hand painted, with a Black P a n - A f r i c a n color palette, polychrome, hinged wooden figure of a standing man. It features gestural, abstract applied enamel paint, quickly and energetically painted onto the carved wooden figure.
The arms are hinged with metal nail fasteners at the shoulders and the elbows are fixed. The legs are hinged at the hips, as well as the knees, allowing more movement and greater kinetic expression, such as walking and running, of the lower torso than the upper torso. The face is hand carved and the nose is thin and finely realized. Round headed metal brad fasteners are nailed into the face as eyes. Another brad appears nailed into the front of the neck and two more small metal brads appear on the chest.
The torso and head are thick and appear to be hand carved from a single white cedar board. This is not a pedestrian, common or run-of-the-mill piece of wooden sculpture but rather an important, wonderful example of possibly both late 19th to early 20th century Ame ri can Folk Art, as well as Black Ame ric ana. The hands are exquisitely realized and are quite fine, as is the delicate nose. The figure is complete and with all original component parts.The paint, at first seemed possibly later and posthumous to the wood carving but upon further and very close inspection, the enamel paint is consistent with the period and time the wooden figure was originally carved, with enamel paint forming the thin-lipped mouth and decorating the surface of the applied round metal brads used for eyes. The colors are not random or incidental but appear purposefully chosen as the colors often associated with the Black P a n - A f r i c a n movement of national liberation and the struggle for freedom of all Black men and women in A f r i c a and dispersed all over the world, living in the diaspora. The paint is gesturally and very energetically applied. Another clue the paint is original to the piece is how the enamel stops at the cuff of one of the delicately carved hands. This shows artistic intention and demonstrates the paint was absolutely conscious of the wood figure it was decorating.
Kinetic, abstract and seemingly haphazardly applied to the wood surfaces, the paint activates the wooden form and makes it even more immediate and impressive overall. A metal headed nail was inserted into the top of the wooden head so that the figure could be hung from the ceiling or a hook on the wall. Good to Very Good overall antique condition. This item is in the category "Art\Art Sculptures".
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