IVIPO’O BONE ORNAMENT REPRESENTING A TIKI...

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IVIPO’O BONE ORNAMENT REPRESENTING A TIKI...

IVIPO’O BONE ORNAMENT REPRESENTING A TIKI FIGURE, MARQUESAS ISLANDS
H. 1.96 in

Provenance:
- Collection Paul Rupalley, Paris
- Vente Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 17 mars 1930
- Collection Charles Ratton, Paris
- Collection Michel Leveau, Paris
- Collection Béatrice et Patrick Caput, Paris

Publication:
- Daniel Réal, La Décoration Primitive
- Océanie, 1922, pl.VIII
- Karl Von den Steinem, Les Marquises et leur art, vol.I, 1925, p.50, Abb. 98
- Karl Von den Steinem, Les Marquises et leur art, vol.II, 1925, p.111, fig.2 et p.163, fig.151
- François Poncetton et André Portier, Les Arts Sauvages d’Océanie, 1930, pl.XLVIII, n°60
- François Poncetton et André Portier, La décoration océanienne, 1940, pl.XLII
- Vincent Bounoure, Vision d’Océanie, 1992, p.46

Exposition:
- Paris, Musée Dapper, Vision d’Océanie, 22 octobre 1992 – 15 mars 1993
An important, passionate collector of African and Oceanian art, Paul Rupalley was one of the emblematic figures of the early 20th century. A schoolteacher, he acquired a large number of masterpieces very early on, which he exhibited in 1923 at the Pavillon Marsan during the Exposition de l’Art Indigène des Colonies Françaises before selling them off at the Hôtel Drouot in March 1930. Amongst these objects, this remarkable piece was purchased by the famous Parisian dealer Charles Ratton. It was then acquired by another major name in primitive art, Michel Leveau, founder of the Musée Dapper. Within the large corpus of Ivipo’o, this object is unquestionably one of the most accomplished works. Reproduced in several reference works, it is unique in the quality of its execution and its subject – a father and his descendant. This theme is highly uncommon. The features of the massive face alternate between roundness – the eyes – and linearity – the mouth. The arms are folded. The carefully detailed hands are placed on either side of the protruding navel. In the back, the small character appears to be holding on tight. The modelling of the arms and bent legs give a lovely dynamism.
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