A Lobi couple of Pessare Dah, 1949 - 1995, was a carver we identified on 2010 by name ;The eye and nose areas of his statues exhibit a close relationship with the works of Sikire - the eyes are also often burned (or bored) in. As a balafonist he travelled around a lot and could have known Sikire or his works; Thomas Keller, Sikire Kambire, 2015, page 47. Like Sikire Kambire Pessare Dah was born in Gongonbili and lived later in Tankoura, about 8 - 10 km from Loropeni. In contrast to Keller I suppose he wasn´t known personally to SK, because he was a young boy of 14 year when SK died in 1963 in Gaoua and at that time Pessare was still living at Gongonbili, but oviously he was sustainable influenced by the SK scuulpures in his early works. The enclosed sculptures belong to the last creation-phase of Pessare, in which his style became more individual and less influenced by Sikire. A second phase shows a transistion from the first to the third phase and were close to the sculpures, when we identifyed the carvers name in 2010 and saw to small sculptured still in the property of a villager of Tankoura. Although these sculptures have traces of ritual use Pessare worked - similar like SK - also for the Western market, like a a four leg stool, which remains more to well known "Tansania chairs" than the typical Lobi stools we collected.
Lit.: Paul Howlett, Some reflections about Pessare Dah; Wolfgang Jaenicke, Die Identifizierung des Schnitzers Pessare Dah.
1.600 - 1.800,- Euro
Height: 45 cm / 48 cm Weight: 1,2 kg / 1,6 kg
Pessare Dah, 1949 - 1995.
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