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Jonathan W. Fisher Collection

Jonathan Waters Fisher (June 11, 1948 - October 24, 2022)

Works in Collection

Bronze Ekpwe Society Mask from Cameroon
SKU: AFM-2205

Cameroon Grassfields region.
Face of man surmounted by male and female monkey figures in headdress.  Lost-wax cast bronze w/ mineral & organic patina (14 1/2” h. x 7 1/2” w. x 3 1/2” d.)

Ex. collection of Jonathan W. Fisher
ex. collection of Ralph Fisher
Purchased from Charles D. Miller III Gallery, New Haven. Ct., 1976.  

$3500

Festin
SKU: JGM-0816

José Garcia Montebravo (Cienfuegos, Cuba),
Acrylic, ink and colored pencil on paper
(19 1/2" x 25 1/2"), 2008  framed.

Collection of Jonathan Fisher,
Ex. Indigo Arts Gallery, 2009
Acquired from artist in 2008.

 

$1500 (framed)

Orodugu Baule mask with horns
SKU: AFM2201

Ivory Coast (Orodugu Baule region)
Wood (12 1/4” h. x 8 1/2” w. x 4 1/2” d.)

Ex. collection of Jonathan Fisher
ex. collection of Ralph Fisher
ex. Indigo Arts Gallery

$1500

Dan Poro Mask with blue eyes
SKU: AFM-2202

Poro secret society, Liberia
Wood with glass tube eyes, steel nail in forehead (9" h. x 5 1/4” w. 3 1/2” d.)

Ex. collection of Jonathan Fisher
ex. Charles D. Miler III, 1976.

$1200

Cameroon Grassfields Mask
SKU: AFM-2009

Grassfields region, Cameroon (probably Bamum people), mid-20th century.
Wood w/ organic patina (13" h. x 9" w. x 6 3/4" d.).

Ex. collection of Jonathan W. Fisher
Purchased in Cameroon, c. 1970. 

$850

SKU: WPL-2201

Oil on Canvas (18" x 24"), c. 1970.
Framed
Ex. collection of Jonathan W. Fisher

$750

Shaman's Mask with Mustache
SKU: NPM-036

Nepal,  early 20th cent.
Wood mask with pigment, animal hair.
(11 1/2 h. x 7 1/2” w.  x 3” d)

Ex. collection of Jonathan Fisher
ex. Nusantara gallery

$750

Chokwe Chihongo Mask
SKU: AFM-2207

Angola
Wood w/ mineral & organic pigments (10” h. x 7” w. x 5” d.)

Ex. collection of Jonathan Fisher
ex. collection of Ralph Fisher
Purchased from Herbert F. Rieser gallery, London, 11/3/1965.  

Chihongo represents a male spirit and refers to wealth and power. This mask would have only have been worn by a high-ranking member of society or his sons during festivities, especially during the proceedings of the mukanda, or male initiation. Chihongo is a royal character, and the exuberant arched headpiece with feathers that would have originally have been attached to the mask referenced a type worn by high chiefs. The disk-shaped element protruding from the chin recalls the beard worn by chiefs. Symbolizing the male principles of power, social status, accomplishment, and strength, Chihongo complements Mwana Pwo, or Pwewo, the model for female beauty. (Yale University Art Gallery).

$750

Old Mask with mustache  from Guerrero
SKU: MXM-151

"Negrito Colmilludo" (tusked little black one) mask.  
Artist Unknown.  Probably Coastal Mixtec, Guerrero or Oaxaca, Mexico, mid-20th century.
Carved wood w/ oil paint.
(7 1/2" h. x 7” w. x 4” d.)
Tag on back says "Zorroros"

Ex. collection of Jonathan Fisher

$550

Product Status: 
Sold
Yoruba Mask
SKU: AFM-2208

Yoruba people, Nigeria
wood w/ organic patina (18" h. x 8 1/4" w. x 8" d.)

Ex. collection of Jonathan W. Fisher
Purchased c. 1970s. 

$550

Shaman's Mask with horns
SKU: NPM-037

Nepal,  early 20th cent.
Wood mask with pigment, animal hair.
(12 3/4" h. x 7 3/8” w.  x 3 1/2” d.)

Ex. collection of Jonathan Fisher
ex. Nusantara gallery

$550

Dan Guere mask with animal teeth
SKU: AFM-2203

Liberia, mid-20th century
Wood with cam wood pigment, animal teeth (10 3/4" h. x 7” w. x 4 1/4” d.)

Ex. collection of Jonathan Fisher,
ex. collection of Ralph Fisher
ex. Charles D. Miler III, 1976

$550

Old Yoruba Ère Ìbejì (Twin figure)
SKU: AFS-2202

Early-20th century.
Wood with organic & mineral pigments, glass beads.
(11 1/2" x 3 1/2” x 3 1/4”)

Ex. Jonathan Fisher collection.  Purchased in Nigeria, 1970.

The Yoruba have the highest incidence of twinning in the world. Because twins tend to have a low birth weight, they have a high infant mortality rate. In Yoruba belief deceased twins may try to lure their living twins to the world of the dead. To appease them, carved figured of the dead rendered in adult form were cared for like real children. They were washed, fed, and dressed with beads and taken out to be danced on public occasions. Treated with respect, they bring good fortune to their families: mistreated, they may cause poverty, illness, and even death.  (Yale University Art Gallery)

$450

Sin Titulo (Nude woman and large animal)
SKU: WAY-2201

c.1997
Oil, wax and mixed media on canvas (11" x 20").

Ex. collection of Jonathan Fisher,
purchased from artist 2000.

$450

Lega "Bwami" mask
SKU: AFM-2204

Bwami mask, Lega people, D. R. Congo
wood w/ kaolin, mineral pigments, vegetable fiber (8 3/4” x 5” x 2 1/2”).

Ex. collection of Jonathan Fisher
ex. collection of Ralph Fisher
ex. Indigo Arts Gallery

$300