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Title: African carved wood
Post by: David on December 03, 2015, 01:38:20 PM
Hi guys, I was in a charity shop in Dumfries and found two wooden( ebony) African figures on in the shape of a tall, old African man holding a staff and the other is what looks to be some kind of hyena or feline with what looks like a bowl at the bottom, it also has "iastre" carved into the bottom. The third item is a very intricately carved coconut with females with Zoomorphic heads carved into it. Any idea would be greatly appreciated. And as I bought them all for £5 I would be interested to know. Thanks

David
Title: Re: African carved wood
Post by: crepitis on December 03, 2015, 01:48:49 PM
These type of carved wooden figures seem to be fairly common in charity shops David and were in the main originally produced for the tourist trade.

Thats no to say that many of them arent nice items in their own right, and no doubt there may well be some very rare and highly collectible pieces out there just waiting for a keen eyed bargain hunter.  ;)

Did you buy them to display them ?
Title: Re: African carved wood
Post by: crepitis on December 03, 2015, 01:50:40 PM
Theres a useful wee E-Bay buying guide to them here  http://www.ebay.co.uk/gds/How-To-Recognize-Original-Hand-Made-Wood-Sculpture-/10000000001700312/g.html
Title: Re: African carved wood
Post by: David on December 03, 2015, 01:54:39 PM
These type of carved wooden figures seem to be fairly common in charity shops David and were in the main originally produced for the tourist trade.

Thats no to say that many of them arent nice items in their own right, and no doubt there may well be some very rare and highly collectible pieces out there just waiting for a keen eyed bargain hunter.  ;)

Did you buy them to display them ?

Yes I have some other genuine african things brough back from mawawi so I have made an African shelf in my room ;D ;D
Title: Re: African carved wood
Post by: crepitis on December 03, 2015, 02:00:31 PM
You should post a couple of pics of your collection David, let us have a look.  :)
Title: Re: African carved wood
Post by: David on December 03, 2015, 02:06:16 PM
You should post a couple of pics of your collection David, let us have a look.  :)

Yeah, I'll post some pics when I get home, I collect anything lol, stamps, coins,tins, Guinness book of records, taxidermy, typewriters and dust lol ;D ;D
Title: Re: African carved wood
Post by: crepitis on December 03, 2015, 02:16:44 PM
Ive been collecting a lot of dust lately myself  ;D
Title: Re: African carved wood
Post by: whigsvolt on December 03, 2015, 05:40:09 PM
Hi guys, I was in a charity shop in Dumfries and found two wooden( ebony) African figures on in the shape of a tall, old African man holding a staff and the other is what looks to be some kind of hyena or feline with what looks like a bowl at the bottom, it also has "iastre" carved into the bottom. The third item is a very intricately carved coconut with females with Zoomorphic heads carved into it. Any idea would be greatly appreciated. And as I bought them all for £5 I would be interested to know. Thanks

David

Hi David.
Just a Guess.
The Carving of the letters "Iastre" may have originally read Piastre which may have worn off the carving but was a unit of currency used in various countries and may have an Indonesian connection.
Here is a link and see what you think.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piastre

Thanks
Keith
Title: Re: African carved wood
Post by: Grant on December 16, 2015, 11:41:06 AM
Nice thing to collect David!

When alongside in Africa we would get the "looky looky men" come to us in little boats and want to sell or swap their wooden carved items with members of the ships company lol

Tins of food, spare boots and overalls were often traded for some very impressive items which were obviously original and hand carved only trouble is many of them would split when taken to a different climate lol like the UK!
Title: Re: African carved wood
Post by: Northonian on December 16, 2015, 05:24:54 PM
David
Be very careful with these figures as they could be fertility charms.
Wrap them in tinfoil and put them in the shed.
You have been warned.
Title: Re: African carved wood
Post by: Seagoon on December 16, 2015, 05:28:35 PM
Could I borrow them in that case? My vegetable garden could do with a boost!
Title: Re: African carved wood
Post by: Grant on December 28, 2015, 10:29:46 PM
Could I borrow them in that case? My vegetable garden could do with a boost!

 ;D

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