The Metro Show will feature a number of exhibitors with outstanding examples of Ethnographic and Tribal art. This post is devoted to pieces that were chosen by each of the dealers in this genre as a highlight of their display this year.
This vibrantly colored Huari Trophy Head Tunic (500–800) on display at William Siegal Gallery (Booth #104) will rival any Modern painting.
This intricately woven piece remains in exquisite condition — despite being over a millennium old.
Jacaranda Tribal (Booth #302) specializes in the traditional arts of Africa, Oceania, Asia and the Americas, and will present a rare trio of 19th-century greenstone pipe bowls. Masterpieces of South African carving, they evoke the essential purity of form found in this country’s sculptural tradition.
Closer to our own shores, John Molloy Gallery (Booth #405) celebrates the American Indian culture with a classic Third Phase Navajo Chief’s Blanket (circa 1865), which was woven by hand using spun wool in indigo, natural colors, and cochineal-dyed bayeta.
At Joel Cooner Gallery (Booth #507), an eye-catching mask made of animal hide and natural green pigment used in the late 17th century to depict female gods during the Navajo’s Nightway Chant ceremony.
And Marcy Burns American Indian Arts LLC (Booth #107) reveals a Haida model entry post, featuring totem-stylized head carvings (1880–90). Chiseled from cedar and rising 40 inches, this post is an exceptionally tall example of its type.