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Sakalava Figural Post Madagascar African Art 48 Inch

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Title Sakalava Figural Post Madagascar African Art 48 Inch
Type of Object Carving, Figure, Statue, Sculpture
Country of Origin Madagascar
People Sakalava
Materials Wood, pigment
Approximate Age 20th Century
Dimensions Height: 48.5 Inches
Width: 7 Inches
Depth: 4.5 Inches
8 inches diameter base
Overall Condition Fair. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair Cracks, chips, general wear, crack through entirety


Provenance: From the collection of Howard Gelb, St. Paul, MN collector of African Art, who was also a businessman, lawyer, and philanthropist. Mr. Gelb died in 2015, at the age of 96

Additional Information:  Sculptures from the large Island of Madagascar were placed over the tombs of royals and elites.  Burials were enclosed within a well defined compound and marked with the large free standing sculptures.  Humans, animals, birds or cattle were motifs found on the carved wood. The surface of this figure shows that it was buried in the ground or exposed to the elements.  This is a well used and uncommon figure showing some age and much use. 


Recommended Reading:



  • Evers, Sandra, et al. Madagascar: The Zebu as Guide Through Past and Present. Exhibition catalogue. Berg en Dal, Netherlands: Afrika Museum, 1998.

  • Green, Rebecca L. Once Is Never Enough: Textiles, Ancestors, and Reburials in Highland Madagascar. Bloomington: Indiana University Art Museum, 1998.