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A scholar specializing in the art of the Lagoons region of Côte d’Ivoire is looking for an African statue that might be in Texas!This unusual female figure arrived in France in the late 19th century.At that time it was labeled “Alangoua”, possibly because it came from an Anyi kingdom of that name, or because it came from one of the Lagoon peoples who lived nearby (such as the Alladian or Akye).A statue by the same artist was in the collection of Karl Kjersmeier, was photographed by Man Ray, and is now in the National Museum of Denmark.The missing figure was in the Trocadéro and in the Musée de l’Homme, but left Paris over fifty years ago.When last seen, it was being offered for sale by Barry Kitnick in Los Angeles (see black and white photograph).While hoping to include this valuable piece in an upcoming exhibition, the scholar promises to keep all responses confidential!If you have any ideas as to its whereabouts, please contact John Buxton.
In addition to this object we are also looking for the Lagoons figure with stool that was also in Texas as of 2001 (see color photo). Please forward this to other internet outlets or to anyone that might be helpful.
John A. Buxton, ISA CAPP6717 Spring Valley Road Dallas, Texas 75254 972-239-4620 – Voice