Exceptional vintage hand carved sculpture - bust portraits of a man and woman. Both beautifully finished smooth wood surface, balanced with areas of attached bark that creates stunning contrast in color and texture.
Fine detailing of hair and sensual lines of the faces, regal portraits of impeccable traditional carving. Each wears a dramatic head piece. Clearly created by a master carver.
Early mid-twentieth century. Made in central Africa. This work was acquired part of an estate collection in San Francisco about thirty years ago.
Dimensions: 8.5 inches high by 2 inches wide by 2.5 inches deep.
The sculptures are in flawless condition and have been cared for with respect.
An excellent addition to a modern interior, eclectic space or to a good collection of African art.
HISTORIQUE: Ebony is a dense black wood, most commonly yielded by several different species in the genus Diospyros. Ebony is heavy enough to sink in water. It is finely-textured and has a very smooth finish when polished, making it valuable as an ornamental wood.
As a result of unsustainable harvesting, many species yielding ebony are now considered threatened. Africa in particular has had most of its indigenous ebony cut down illegally, and for this reason it has become common for traders to blacken lighter woods with shoe polish in an effort to make a sale.
Vintage African Ebony Wood Bust Sculpture Man & Woman Pair