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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: 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: 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: 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 Trobriand Islands wooden fishing net float

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Pre 1950   item# 1299020 (stock# T20282)

A Trobriand Islands wooden fishing net float
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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Showing saurian-type features, the light weight wooden carving has a simulated chain-link opening on one end. Patina is well-worn, bleached and varied, yet was obviously cared for, attesting to its actual use. Early-mid 20th century. Of Melanesian origin, this is a larger example measuring 17 1/8"L x 3.25" W. Very fine condition. Provenance: Marc Lissauer, 1970's.


A Tutsi wooden dance shield

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: 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


An Ogoni wooden mask with articulated jaw

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1940   item# 1287930 (stock# O137933)

An Ogoni wooden mask with articulated jaw
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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From the Niger River Delta of Nigeria come these peculiar and somewhat macabre articulated face masks. Used during funerals and Christmastime festivals, the masks are typically smaller than life size and show stylized features-particularly a sharp, upturned nose, as seen on this classic example. Dating to the mid-early 20th century, it measures 7.50"h x 5.25"W x 4.25"D and is in excellent condition with only a few missing inset wooden teeth. Provenance: Arts D'Afrique Noir, Pa ...click for details


A superb Eket circular wooden mask

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1930   item# 1286859 (stock# E467373)

A superb Eket circular wooden mask
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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The moon in its fullest phase appears to have been the inspiration for these round mask panels used during Ekpo secret society ceremonies. This very fine and large example has a whitened, deeply-layered, thick patina. It is made from a medium heavy wood and measures 15" in height, 12.50" at its widest point and 4"in depth. From coastal Nigeria, early 20th century. Provenance: old private collection, FL; this mask was authenticated and appraised by James M. Silberman, Alexandria VA ...click for details


A Suku wooden drinking cup (koopa)

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1930   item# 1286835 (stock# S120962)

A Suku wooden drinking cup (koopa)
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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This double-mouthed palm wine cup is a type which was associated with leadership among the Suku people of D.R.Congo. They were typically presented upon taking office and were passed onto a successor. No one else beside the owner was allowed to drink from or wash these cups with symbolic "figure-eight"openings. 4 5/8"W x 3"H, in very fine condition with smooth, rich brown, deep patina. Early 20th C. Provenance: Dr. Peter Horvath, MA, 1970's.

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