Nguyen Thanh Le bust: Head of a Laotian Woman.
Signed 'Thanh Le' (on lower neck)
This is an authentic bust by Nguyen Thanh Le (born 1919)
The Bust stands 13 in. (33 cm.) high, bronze on lacquered timber base
The last photo shows how the bust was made.
Nguyen Thanh Le made this sculpture in his atelier near Saigon. Most of his works have been sold from his atelier directly. If sold from the casting studio a studio stamp has been fixed to the lacquered base.
After Vietnam has been divided it was hard for the artist to get access to bronze so he eventually used the metal of the sockets which were found on the battle fields.
Nguyen Thanh Le Bronze Bust of a Lady