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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 fine Baule wood and leather whip for Goli (chicotte)

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1940   item# 1288822 (stock# B101733)

A fine Baule wood and leather whip for Goli (chicotte)
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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This Goli dance whip measures approximately 32" when extended. The braided leather portion is completely intact, not at all typical for such an old and well-used object. The hardwood handle is very finely carved with intricate and sure cuts and shows great precision by the hand that made it. The patina is a glowing, shiny, deep, honey-brown from much use and handling. It is from a NYC private collection, since the 1960's. From Ivory Coast, West Africa, early 20th century. A rarely seen ...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 fine Abron wooden female figure

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1940   item# 1287727 (stock# A30137)

A fine Abron wooden female figure
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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From Ghana, West Africa, this early 20th century example is quite naturalistic and has a wonderful presence. It is carved from a tight grained wood with deep, black brown patina; fine glass bead attachments intact. Measuring 12.75"H x 2.75"W. Excellent condition with old and stable check on backside of head and just a small check on chest area. Both feet have been broken away from legs at the ankle area and it appears they were repaired long ago, possibly in the village. Provenance: ...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.


A fine Djimini or Ligbi weavers pulley

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1930   item# 1286829 (stock# D1012827)

A fine Djimini or Ligbi weavers pulley
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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Showing a prominent 'Do'society mask with classic crescent-shaped eyes and towering coiffure. Fine, encrusted, shiny patina. Height of pulley is 6.50". Early 20th century, in excellent condition. From the eastern area of Ivory Coast. Provenance: Private FL collection.


A Lega coronet for a female initiate

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Pre 1950   item# 1286824 (stock# L127127)

A Lega coronet for a female initiate
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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Made of vine, feathers, cowries, buttons and raffia, this minimal crown-like hat was worn by a woman of 'bunyamwa', the highest grade for females of 'bwami.' Measuring 12.50"H, as mounted on a steel base. Very fine condition. From D.R.Congo, mid 20th century. Provenance: Charles Davis, New Orleans, LA, 1980's.


An unusual Yoruba 'egungun' mask

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1940   item# 1286745 (stock# Y082172)

An unusual Yoruba 'egungun' mask
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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This singular wooden mask from the Oyo region of Yorubaland displays a thickly encrusted, heavy patina with highlights of red and white organic pigments layered over-top. Perhaps representing an ancestral spirit or a type of negative force which needed to be dealt with, this 'egungun' mask is both powerful and playful at the same time. There are iron nails and evidence of fiber attachments layered on the surface. It measures 12"H x 9"W, and is in very fine condition with old lo ...click for details


A fine wooden Dan 'Bagle' mask with metal eyes

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1940   item# 1275043 (stock# D1381001)

A fine wooden Dan 'Bagle' mask with metal eyes
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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The cylindrical, metal covered eyes (spent shotgun shells) add a flash of surreal magic to this, otherwise, realistically rendered face mask from the southern Dan areas of Ivory Coast. Such anthropomorphic masks are known as 'bagle' and show a line of carved antelope horn tips along the hairline area, tubular-shaped eyes, and vertical-ridge on the forehead. Its role in Dan masquerades is primarily for entertainment, albeit as an aggressive and somewhat temperamental character. Early-mid ...click for details


An excellent jani-form Hemba power figure

Catalogue: Archives: Regional Art: African: Pre 1940   item# 1274436 (stock# H370322)

An excellent jani-form Hemba power figure
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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This type of figure, known as a 'kabeja,' is thought to ward off malicious, threatening spirits. It shows back-to-back, male and female, figures with wonderfully thin and delicate features. There is a small receptacle atop the head, still plugged with fetish material. It is quite similar in concept to a previous Hemba entry in my catalog, item # 1250067, but differs in that it is much more finely carved and proportioned. The varied surface is a medium to dark brown patina, overall, and i ...click for details


A fine Tabwa wooden female half figure

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1940   item# 1269377 (stock# T1-91381)

A fine Tabwa wooden female half figure
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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Probably used as a figurative lid for a ritual calabash, this brooding, bust-type figure exhibits a blackened, shiny, oily patina. Still inserted into the head is a horn tip used for the ceremonial 'feeding' of the elegant figure. The arts of the Tabwa are heavily Lubaized in form but also exhibit strong influence from various Lakes Region peoples to the east and south. Among Luba peoples, it is believed unseen spirits are attracted to female images, finding them irresistibly charming an ...click for details

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