Thursday, April 27, 2017

Roman Mosaics of Tunisia

Tunisia. Roman civilisation. Mosaics dated from 2nd century AD to 4th century AD.

1. Bulla Regia. Detail. The produce of the sea: brightly coloured fishes, shells and shell-fish which were even brighter when fountain waters played over them. 4th century AD.

2. Bulla Regia. Detail. Love riding a dolphin carrying a jewel-case to Venus. Undisplaced.  4th century AD.

3. Sousse: Against the background of a geometric mosaic, a rush basket is depicted on its side and pouring out fish across the floor - a cornucopia of the abundant produce of the sea. Sousse Museum. 3rd century AD. 

4. A small panel depicting a long-legged wading-bird. Sfax Museum (unknown provenance).

5. A small mosaic depicting a cane basket containing grapes at which two birds are pecking. Sousse Museum (unknown provenance).

6. Moknine. Threshold of a house, decorated with prophylactic symbols. The eye of the envious, the caster of spells, is being attaked by snakes and by a fish - the beneficent and watchful guardians of the house against "evil eye". Sousse Museum.

7. Sousse Region. Medusa head. The pavement design consists of radiating scales in the middle of which is a Medusa head; we are reminded of the Aegis, Athene's invisible shield. Two little wings spring from Medusa's forehead and her face is surrounded by thick hair from which rise hissing snakes. Those who looked at her were turned to stone. Sousse Museum. 2nd-3rd century AD.

8. El Jem. A semi-circular painting which had been used as flooring for an apse. A geometric composition made of triangles rising towards the periphery across a net of intersecting curves. El Jem Museum.

9. Gafsa. Race in the circus - Quadriga driver (Detail of a large scene). Bardo Museum. 3rd century AD.

10. El Jem. Venus is coming up out of the water and is wringing out her wet hair. Two attendant cherubs hold for her the things she will be needing, such as a mirror and hair bands.

11. La Chebba. A ludicrous scene which belongs to the repertoire of Bacchic cults. Old, fat and drunk Silenus rides on the back of a donkey which a satyr and a faun are teasing. These figures usually accompany bacchus. Sfax Museum.

12. Oudna. Interwined floral motifs. The vertical stems of millet rise from vases and from a group of acanthus leaves; round these twine vines loaded with bunches of grapes. Bardo Museum. 3rd century AD.

13. Uzitta. Peacock feathers arranged to form a geometric pattern. Sousse Museum. 4th century A.D.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Africa - Adorning the body

1. Cameroon. Bamileke night society members. 20s - 30s of the XX century.

2. Bandjoun, West Region of Cameroon - Bamiléké mask decorated with pearls, this dancer wearing a colobus monkey hairs headdress and carries in his hands a ceremonial flyswatter.

3. Mali. Boys with Bamana Ntomo Masks which are worn at the circumcision ritual.

4. West of Ivory Coast. A young Manon girl painted for initiation ritual.

5. Democratic Republic of Congo - Hamba man of the forest dressed for the "Loukoutou dance" which strengthens matrimonial alliances between kinship groups (Photo: Luc de Heusch). 

6. Gabonese forest, Ngi dance mask painted in white (clay) and red (pounded earth). It is probably a mask carved after a dream where the form was revealed to the sleeper.

7. Gabon. Bakota people. 20s - 30s of the XX century.

8. Batéké Plateau (French Congo) - Big Chief Teke. 30s of the XX century.

9. Batéké dancer who has become a spirit of the air, a bird man, during the time of the feast. 

10. Neighborhood of Ewo. Group of teke men in feast dress with hairstyles in hornbill feathers, the bodies are painted with kaolin and dressed with skirts of fibers.

The Teke or Bateke and the Bakota are Bantu ethnic groups that live in the present-day area of the Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Gabon.

11. Northern Benin. An old Somba woman with wild boar teeth inserted in her nose and lower lip. 

12. Benin. Young Dompago hunters in feast dress.

13. Toma People, Guinea. Ouenilegagui, the Bird Man (Photo: Jean Fichter).

14. Toma People, Guinea. The Guelembaï in front of the forest of initiation (Photo: Jean Fichter).

Sunday, January 8, 2017

The revenge of the raven and other animal dramas - Lithographs by Roger Reboussin

1, 2, 3. The revenge of the raven.
4. The rubble wall of the war.
5, 6. A terrible night.
7, 8 The execution of the traitor.
9, 10, 11. Maupattu the pariah.
12. The punishment of the plunderer.
13. Table of contents.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Bram van Velde - Derriere Le Miroir (Behind the Mirror) and other lithographs

The color, virgin expression, new, without cage,
without routine, without limitless, sunbath, lightbath.
Bram Van Velde (Zoeterwoude, 1895 - Grimaud, 1981)

1. Cover of the french art magazine "Derrière le miroir" (Behind the Mirror) N°240, published by Maeght in October 1980.

2. La Jeune Fille (The Girl) (Derrière le miroir 240) - 83,5 x 60, 5 cm. 1980.

3. Cover of the french art magazine "Derrière le miroir" (Behind the Mirror) N°216, published by Maeght in November 1975.

4. Vif (Derrière le miroir 216) - 51 x 38,5 cm. 1975.

5. Paysage (Landscape) (Derrière le miroir 216) - 46,5 x 66 cm. 1975.

6. Souvenir Duthuit (Derrière le miroir 216) - 46,5 x 66 cm. 1975.

7. Cover of the french art magazine "Derrière le miroir" (Behind the Mirror) N°43, published by Maeght in February 1952.

8. Fond Blanc (White Background) - 68 x 64,5 cm. 1974.

9. Affiche avant N°150 (Poster before No. 150) - 73,5 x 62,7 cm. 1975.

10. Ensemble - 64 x 79,5 cm. 1978.

11. Attrait (Attraction) - 77,5 x 55 cm. 1978.

12. Sans Mot (Without Word) - 35 x 29,5 cm. 1980.

13. Pénombre (Penumbra) - 35 x 30 cm. 1980.

14. Greffe (Graft) - 35,5 x 29 cm. 1980.

15. En Dedans (Inside) - 74,5 x 54,5 cm. 1978.

16. La Chose (The Thing) - 47,5 x 60 cm. 1978.

17. Hantise (Haunt) - 48 x 63 cm. 1978.

18. Le Feu (the Fire) - 42,5 x 57 cm. 1980.

19. Partage - 42,5 x 57 cm. 1980.

20. Grise Nuit (Gray Night) - 47,5 x 65,5 cm. 1975.

21. Inquiétude (Anxiety) - 34 x 50 cm. 1978.

22. Centrée (Centered) - 49 x 45,5 cm. 1975.