A very impressive pair of African, or Haitian multifigural sculptures which appear to have considerable age.
Each of the carvings has three figures, and the two carvings relate directly to each other. Ironwood is an especially hard wood that does not float and is exceedingly difficult to work with the hand tools that were used to create these pieces. These sculptures are each carved from a large billet of ironwood, a consideral amount of which had to be chisled and sawn away to reveal the connected figures.
These are not 'Tourist' trinkets. A main figure in one piece seems to represent the Christ Figure. The figure holding an axe also has what appears to be a 'Horn Book' attached to his left arm. Horn books were developed by early missionaries and used in the manner of portable blackboards as teaching devices. We cannot determine if these carvings were created in Africa, or by people of African origin in the New World. The figures are executed with great skill and would have had considerable meaning to the artist who carved them.
Both carvings are in fine condition. The ironwood has nice grain that the carver used to advantage in his work. The wood has good age patina and is dry with with age cracks on the base. We think these quite out-of-the-ordinary carvings display the personality and artistic merit that would appeal to the collector.
Dimensions: carving with axe + horn-book; height 25 1/2", width 9", depth 4" ............carving
with stooping figure; height 19 1/2", width 6 1/4", depth 5"