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A Dan aluminum female prestige figure

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A Dan aluminum female prestige figure
Early in the 20th century, Dan blacksmiths cast small, metal figures to be displayed and flaunted as 'art' objects by their wealthier clients. This old and fine example is made of aluminum, a metal with little intrinsic value in our own culture, but once quite valuable in Sub-Saharan Africa as a prized material obtained from imported goods from Europe. Here, a standing, young female is shown in a pose commonly found among 'favorite spouse' figures, practically nude, but quite confident in attitude. A rare example from the early 20th century. Liberia, West Africa. 6"H. Perfect condition with fine, aged patina. Provenance: Peter Pollack collection, NYC and Florida, since the 1960's. Mounted.

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