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Lot 266

South African 1912-2001
The Dream II
signed and dated 85; inscribed with the artist's name, the title and medium on labels adhered to the reverse
oil on board
44 by 61.5cm excluding frame

Sold for R 250 000
Including Buyer's Premium and VAT R 284 500

Estimate R 250 000 - 300 000


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Inscribed on a label adhered to the reverse: "This painting is one of a series of works by Pemba illustrating the story of Nonquase, the Xhosa woman whose prophecy resulted in the virtual suicide of the Xhosa Nation. This was painted sometime after Pemba wrote the musical play which was undoubtedly inspired by HE Dhlomo's play 'The Girl who Killed to Save' (quoted from Against All Odds, Sarah Hudleston, page 44). Another work from this series is taken up in the National Gallery, Cape Town collection."


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