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Mid 20th C. Timor Wooden Four-String Lute or Mandolin

Southeast Asia, West Sumba, Timor, Indonesia, ca. 1950s CE. A pretty, dark wood lute or mandolin with an anthropomorphic figure forming the handle. Four holes for attaching strings are in the upper chest of the figure, who stands in a slight crouch, seemingly nude with visible genitalia. The upper part of the body is carved with interesting geometric motifs, while the sides are carved with four-leafed flowers. Size: 4" W x 17.25" H (10.2 cm x 43.8 cm); 18.5" H (47 cm) on included custom stand.

Condition: Strings are missing; however, this could be remedied at a lutherie. Minute chips and nicks commensurate with age; otherwise in excellent condition.

Provenance: private Newport Beach, California, USA collection; ex-Rick Bennet collection, Australia

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