Live Virtual Auction, 17 - 18 May 2021

Sold for

R 147 940
Lot 139
  • Nandipha Mntambo; Minotaurus, maquette
  • Nandipha Mntambo; Minotaurus, maquette
  • Nandipha Mntambo; Minotaurus, maquette
  • Nandipha Mntambo; Minotaurus, maquette
  • Nandipha Mntambo; Minotaurus, maquette
  • Nandipha Mntambo; Minotaurus, maquette
  • Nandipha Mntambo; Minotaurus, maquette

Lot Estimate
R 160 000 - 180 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium and VAT
R 147 940

About this Item

Swazi 1982-
Minotaurus, maquette
signed with the artist's initials and numbered 9/10
bronze on a stone base
height: 65,5cm including base; width: 34cm; depth: 49cm

Notes

The Minotaur is a mythical creature in Greek mythology portrayed as half man and half bull, an often fierce and daunting figure. In this artist’s version of the legendary beast, she inserts herself into the body of the Minotaur, displaying the female body in a warrior stance, yet with the head tilted downwards and the facial expression submissive with a soft downwards gaze. ‘This ambiguous figure expresses a femininity that is fighting to emerge or symbolises the last moments of the life of the Minotaur, relieved to be delivered from a surreal and lonely experience’.1 This lot is the maquette for the larger-than-life bronze sculpture that featured on the 2015 exhibition Metamorphoses at Stevenson, Johannesburg, from 3 September to 3 October 2015.

1. Nandipha Mntambo, 2015, http://archive. stevenson.info/exhibitions/mntambo/ index2015.html


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