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Dancing Balinese woman Werkstatte Hagenauer ca. 1935

Rare figurine of Dancing Balinese woman, Werkstatte Hagenauer Vienna, circa 1935, hardwood and brass, marked

Dating: 1935
Technique: hardwood, carved and polished; brass, cast and patinated
Provenance: Fraumann collection, Australia
marked with "MADE IN/AUSTRIA", "wHw" in the circle, "HAGENAUER/WIEN"
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With their artistic objects, Karl and Franz Hagenauer also served longings that were unrealizable for many Europeans. This very rare statuette of a dancing Balinese woman perfectly embodies this dream of exoticism. Traditionally dressed in a floor-length wrapped robe, the woman performs a (perhaps religious) dance. Her carefully coiffed hairstyle with an elaborate headdress emphasizes her festive character. The train of the robe is a particularly beautiful detail in this composition. The figurine is executed in a combination of finely carved wood and cast metal. One can find strongly stylized features combined with excellently executed details which is very typical for Werkstatte Hagenauer.

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