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A monumental pair of West African metal cuffs

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1920   item# 1308041 (stock# A928272)

 A monumental pair of West African metal cuffs
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


 

Excellent examples which have extra fine design work on them and are a true matched pair. They also show great age and use. They are made of a copper-alloy, and, based on the other objects in the collection from which they originated, they are most likely from the Mali, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast area Senufo (or a smaller related group). They measure 6 7/8"L x approx. 4"W, each. Early 20th century. Provenance: Old Austin, TX private collection.


A fine Ovimbundu or Chokwe ancestral face mask

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1950   item# 1306099 (stock# O39163)

A fine Ovimbundu or Chokwe ancestral face mask
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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This masterful example is carved from a light colored wood with a reddened, darkened, slightly encrusted, shiny patina. The filed, jagged teeth have been daubed with an organic, white pigment. It is a type believed to represent an ancestor and possibly used for the regulation of social life among males (Mugonge), though little is documented on mask types from the Chokwe-related, Ovimbundu people of Angola. Early 20th century, the mask measures 8.50"H x 6"W. It is in excellent condition ...click for details


A fine Yaka ritual healing implement

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1940   item# 1303727 (stock# Y307392)

A fine Yaka ritual healing implement
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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The rare sculpture with an unidentifiable finial (possibly a hand with finger pointing or an extremely stylized human head) and, abstracted, segmented stalk. Deep, varied, darkened patina, overall, showing much use and age. Early 20th century. Very fine condition. Provenance: Old private collection, New England.


A Lampung iron effigy tray for tooth blackening paste

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Metalwork: Pre 1910   item# 1302934 (stock# L329811)

A Lampung iron effigy tray for tooth blackening paste
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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The forms of these somewhat rare, wrought iron trays are typically zoomorphic. They are often interpreted as a saurian composite creature. Such vessels held the sooty black paste, known locally as 'sihung', created for ritual tooth-filing and blackening among the Lampung people of the southernmost area of the Island of Sumatra. Length is 12", showing much age and use, and in fine condition with a heavily oxidized, encrusted patina. Most likely 19th/20th century, or earlier.


A North West Coast American Indian wood food bowl

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Americas: Eskimo: Pre 1910   item# 1302361 (stock# NW71063)

A North West Coast American Indian wood food bowl
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


 

A shallow, thick-walled bowl typically used along with a pestle to mash certain parts of seal or whale meat and blubber together. Red pigment has been washed over the various design levels on the interior of the vessel. Showing an extremely greasy, aged patina. Probably southern Alaskan Eskimo. Quite an attractive example with an unforgettable aroma. 9"Diam x 2.5"H. In very fine condition. Possibly late 19th century. Provenance: Old New England private collection.


A rare Punu wooden head figure

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1940   item# 1301781 (stock# M120278)

A rare Punu wooden head figure
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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With classic Punu mask features and expression, this rare 'reliquary bundle' type figure has a schematic, open-work body in counterpoint to the more highly-developed head. The figure is 12.50"H, intact and in fine condition with some losses to the white pigment, overall. Early-mid 20th century. From Gabon, equatorial Africa. Provenance: Susan Lerer, California, 1970's.


A Bete or Ngere wood and textile face mask

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1950   item# 1300192 (stock# N317211)

A Bete or Ngere wood and textile face mask
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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With an expressive and somewhat more naturalistic human face, this Bete or Ngere mask shows influence from the neighboring Dan peoples. It is a type less frequently seen and used by the peoples of this region. Inset metal teeth, thick layers of oil-based paints and trade cloth textile attachments indicate an early-mid 20th century date. Measuring 13.5"H x 7.75"W, from the Ivory Coast. In very good condition, with some loss and degradation of the textile ball attachments along the sides ...click for details


A fine Bono wooden Aku'aba

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1960   item# 1299114 (stock# B390383)

A fine Bono wooden Aku'aba
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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The northern neighbors of the Asante people, the Bono people, create female Aku'aba dolls for ritual use, such as this excellent example. Only slight differences exist between the features of these people's dolls (primarily seen in the shape of the heads), Bono examples being more triangular in shape rather than round (Asante) or rectangular (Fante). The doll is 14"H x 5.50"W, in very fine condition with a honey-brown, shiny, aged patina with traces of kaolin pigment. Glass bea ...click for details


A Warka wood and metal face mask

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1950   item# 1299050 (stock# W309372)

A Warka wood and metal face mask
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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As is typical for this type of mask, brass and copper sheet has been cut, punched and nailed to the surface to add not only dramatic effect but also, as is believed in many African cultures, to reinforce the ritual effectiveness of the object. These distinctively elongated and severe face masks are donned for ceremonies related to fishing and farming, as well as initiations. Made of heavy, hard wood, this example shows good use and age. Early-mid 20th century, Mali, 14"H x 7"W, in very ...click for details


A fine Yoruba wooden female twin figure 'ere Ibeji'

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1930   item# 1299037 (stock# Y08237)

A fine Yoruba wooden female twin figure 'ere Ibeji'
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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The camwood encrusted twin figure, probably of Oyo, Ifon Yoruba origin, with expressive and stylized facial features. Slight traces of indigo blue under the encrustation on the high coiffure. From Nigeria, early 20th century, in very fine condition. 10.50"H. Provenance: Old New England private collection.


A Tutsi wooden dance shield

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1960   item# 1299015 (stock# T12722)

A Tutsi  wooden dance shield
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


 

The small, convex ceremonial/dance shield decorated with opposing, looped designs. Typical polychrome organic paint colors of red, black and white. From the Burundi and Rwanda border area, eastern Africa. 13.5"L, in very fine condition with a custom steel mount. Private collection, Florida. Mid 20th century.


A rare Bamum iron and brass ring with buffalo heads

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1930   item# 1289077 (stock# B19291)

A rare Bamum iron and brass ring with buffalo heads
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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At one time in the Bamum kingdom, this type of metal collar ornament decorated with water buffalo heads was worn by the most respected dignitaries who gathered at council meetings. At the turn of the 20th century these distinctive metal rings mainly became the property of women who used them as neck and girdle area ornaments. The example here was most likely used in that manner. It is in very fine condition, and measures 13" in diameter. Early 20th century. Provenance: Mr. and Mrs. Ed Lasky ...click for details


A Dan wooden figurative trophy spoon (wunkirmian)

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1960   item# 1288406 (stock# D128011)

A Dan wooden figurative trophy spoon (wunkirmian)
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


 

A true portrait head tops the handle of this Dan/Mano trophy spoon or ladle; it is carved to actually portray the woman who received the 'wunkirmian' as the coveted gift for her unfailing generosity and cordiality in the village. Made from a hardwood and richly patinated with an organic black stain derived from various local materials such as river mud, plant saps, and charred wood. From Liberia, West Africa, dating to the Mid 20th century. In addition to the deep black organic stain, m ...click for details


A monumental Songye male kifwebe

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1950   item# 1288157 (stock# S120772)

A monumental Songye male kifwebe
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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Of large size with exaggerated features, these crested male kifwebe versions come from the southeastern area of Songye territory, close to the neighboring Luba peoples. The striated surface is polychromed with black, white and red organic pigments. Measuring 20"H x 12.50"D x 10.50"W, this mask is in very good condition, overall. There have been losses to the edges and a softening of the surface with equal fading of the coloration. An old split in the wood exists at the middle of t ...click for details


An early Dogon ancestor figure fragment

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1900   item# 1287932 (stock# T-128222)

An early Dogon ancestor figure fragment
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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Having lost most of its once clearly defined features, this now fragmented Dogon carving is still recognizable as being that of a standing ancestor. The head has retained its original crested shape though stylized facial features are barely discernible. The surface shows an encrusted, fatty patina with areas of dryness, sacrificial matter, and numerous root-like growths attached. This is a centuries old Malian carving made from a hard and heavy wood, and measuring 14"H (not including the mo ...click for details

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