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Carved Yellow Poplar Figure of a Frontier Jesuit Priest

Auction:
2509
Lot:
836
Sold for:
$6,518$5,500

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Auction:
American Furniture & Decorative Arts - 2509
Location:
Marlborough
Date / Time :
August 15, 2010 10:00AM

Description:

Carved Yellow Poplar Figure of a Frontier Jesuit Priest, Native American or Canada, late 18th/early 19th century, the figure with articulated arms, removable head, trousers, and feet, the eyes inset with shell, the hair on the figure's head is pegged with bear hair in the tonsure fashion associated with Jesuit priests, mounted on a wooden platform, ht. 21 1/2, wd. 8 1/2 in.

Provenance: Estate of William S. Greenspon.

Literature: This figure is illustrated and discussed in American Primitive, by Roger Ricco and Frank Maresca, p. 46.
Estimate $6,000-8,000

Keywords

head, removable head, William S. Greenspon, Frank Maresca, Roger Ricco, Eastern Orthodoxy, Hairstyles, Historical Christian hairstyles

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