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Carved Wood Monkey Figure Sumba Island Indonesia


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Collection No. T-3269
Size Height 29cm
Carved Wood Monkey Figure Sumba Island Indonesia
Carved Wood Monkey Figure Sumba Island Indonesia
Carved Wood Monkey Figure Sumba Island Indonesia
Carved Wood Monkey Figure Sumba Island Indonesia
Carved Wood Monkey Figure Sumba Island Indonesia
Carved Wood Monkey Figure Sumba Island Indonesia
Carved Wood Monkey Figure Sumba Island Indonesia

This very finely carved old figure of a monkey was recorded as being from Kodi Village West Sumba Island in Indonesia, carved in realistic style of a monkey sitting on a round base all carved from a single piece of wood.  The face has incised designs that make the face look animated like folds of skin in the facial features of a real animal. The monkey in holding in his hand what looks like a cup but I cant be sure its not a piece of food or something else.  The whole figure has a dark crusty patina that looks like from genuine handling over time.  I don’t know how this figure was used & I also saw a very similar carved monkey the owner said came from Bhutan in the Himalayas. If you know something about this type figure ? I would be very grateful to hear from you .

Provenance: The Late Dr Peter Elliot Collection Sydney Australia (1927-2014)

Dr. Peter Elliott Collector of fine Australian Art, Asian Arts, Oceanic Art and Artefacts and European Decorative Arts is one of extraordinary quality, depth and diversity, acquired over seventy years by a dedicated and passionate collector.

Dr. Peter Elliott AM was born in 1927 in New South Wales to a country doctor and his wife. He went on to follow in the footsteps of his father both in his career choice, and as a collector of art.

Peter often joked that collecting was an ‘inherited condition’ in his family and as a child he grew up surrounded by art – his father collected and was a friend and patron to artists including Arthur Streeton, Elioth Gruner, Norman Lindsay and many others – and Peter and his siblings were encouraged to offer their opinion on art and on what should next be acquired for the collection.

However, it was as an art collector and patron that he became most well-known. Peter often said that one of his greatest pleasures as a collector was the opportunity to meet, and become friends with – just as his father had done – some of the greatest artists of his day. He was passionate about Australian art, and trailed galleries to uncover works by emerging artists who interested and inspired him, providing vital support not only to artists, but to many independent galleries.

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