The gallery Yann Ferrandin is showing ancient tribal works of art from Africa, Oceania, North America and early selected Japanese masks and sculptures. The gallery is participating in many international events (Tefaf Maastricht; Brafa, Brussels; Parcours des Mondes, Paris…).
Located in a prestigious space in the leading area for amateurs of Tribal Arts, Yann Ferrandin is regularly staging eye-opening thematic exhibitions which often lead to the publication of catalogues that soon become reference works.
The gallery works with private international clients and with some of the largest museums in the world.
An important seatted male ancestor figure
(Adu Sihara Salawa)
Nias Island, Republic of Indonesia
Estimated date: 19th century
Hard wood, pigments
Old very fine encrusted patina
Height: 79,7 cm (31,38“).
Former Rudolf Tonsish collection, USA, before 1945
Then by inheritance in the family collection
This sculpture is part of a corpus of votive carved wooden figures representing male seated ancestors from the island of Nias called Adu Sihara Salawa.
The imposant and very refine ones like ours are very rare and obviously from the northern part of the island. Except for those still present in Indonesia, the large Adu Sihara Salawa sculptures were almost all collected locally in the 19th century from around 1850, whether by sailors, merchants or missions. Many of them are nowadays preserved in museums in Indonesia, Europe and the United States.
This Adu Sihara Salawa masterwork from the island of Nias is even more singular in that it is also one of the rare ones of this importance that is still in private hands.