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This remarkable carving is 9 1/2 inches by 5 inches gh. It

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This remarkable carving is 9 1/2 inches long by 5 inches high. It is a hardwood and heavy. There appears to be a thin coat of varnish (?) over earlier brown and black stains. The image is a powerful anthropomorphic leonine figure, perhaps emerging from a Native American context. The face strikes me as totemic and recalls the early Ojibwa faces. Please do not dismiss this as a simple piece of "outsider, folk art." I am attaching 4 pix. Thanks, ***** ***** (Ps. I do not want an evaluation, only a documented identification)
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Diana F. replied 1 year ago.

Hi Abram. Unfortunately, no one where can provide the kind of documented identification you're looking for. That is likely why you question hasn't been responded to before now. For identification and authentication, you'll need to have it physically inspected and evaluated. If you'd like I can try to find an appraiser near you. What you really need is someone who specializes in history or indigenous studies and/or art. That's a pretty specialized field.

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A few you may consider contacting are:

Cynthia J. Hale(###) ###-####(Office)

7122 S. Sheridan, Ste. 2, #474
Tulsa, OK 74133

http://naaainc.com

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Jason Baldwin

(###) ###-####(Office)

1142 West Columbia Ave #3
Chicago, IL 60626,

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Katharine W. Fernstrom(###) ###-####(Office)

PO Box 50185
Baltimore, MD 2121

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Christy R. Christodoulides (Hansen)(###) ###-####(Office)

Seattle, WA 98112

http://www.duwampsartappraisals.com/

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Vanessa M. Elmore(###) ###-####(Mobile)

Camino San Patricio
Santa Fe, NM 87501

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I wish you the best of luck

~Diana