Live Auction, 7 October 2019

Sold for

ZAR 68 280
Lot 571
  • Walter Battiss; Tane Tahiti, two

Lot Estimate
ZAR 25 000 - 35 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium and VAT
ZAR 68 280

About this Item

South African 1906-1982
Tane Tahiti, two
circa 1978
signed and inscribed with the title and a dedication "for John" and "for Marie" on the underside of each base
carved and painted wood with fabric
height: 19,5cm and 17,5cm


In a letter to Dacre Punt from Moorea, Tahiti, in September 1978, Battiss uses the word TANE to describe the "men, boys, males" he encounters there.1 In the dictionary, the word Tane [Tah-ney], refers to a Polynesian god of fertility.

1. Ibid, page 200.


A gift from the artist to the current owner's grandmother Marie Rautenbach, University of Pretoria librarian from 1973-1980.


cf. Warren Siebrits (2016) Walter Battiss: I Invented Myself: The Jack Ginsberg Collection, Johannesburg: The Ampersand Foundation. A similar example illustrated on page 201.

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