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A fine Nepalese Middle Hills region shaman's mask

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Indian Subcontinent: Himalayas: Pre 1910   item# 1241124 (stock# N506887)

A fine Nepalese Middle Hills region shaman's mask
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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The isolated existence of the various ethnic groups living in the Himalayas has created a diversity in beliefs. The masks themselves illustrate the beliefs of Hindu and Buddhist religions and the enigmatic, archaic traditions found in the cults of the shaman. This particular mask falls into the last category, a 'tribal' example, worn by the shaman himself, showing deformed or exaggerated features meant to surprise or convey a disturbing aspect of the ceremony. Like ritualists everywhere ...click for details


Kenyah Dayak beaded panels and container for betel chew

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Pre 1940   item# 1241017 (stock# D38322)

Kenyah Dayak beaded panels and container for betel chew
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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These three, finely made, older examples of traditional Kenyah Dayak glass beadwork feature beautifully composed, decorative themes. Each is profusely laden with the spiraled horns, claws, jaws, and tails of the dragon associated with the underworld and fertility. The largest panel example here, a protective decoration for a baby carrier, shows the anthropomorphic face of a godly being surrounded by a complex but perfectly balanced array of dragon spirit symbolism. The smaller panel, once part o ...click for details


A fine Yoruba flywhisk

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1920   item# 1240818 (stock# Y037372)

A fine Yoruba flywhisk
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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The handle of this important, regal flywhisk shows a lively, young, kneeling female with emphasized breasts and feet, in the manner of a supplicant devotee of the Shango cult or of a woman who is a messenger of the spirits. The hardwood handle has acquired a superb, glossy, honey-brown patina from much use; the long leather strips are elegant and well-preserved, and are attached to the wooden handle by means of braided strapping to add strength and effectiveness to the functionality of the whi ...click for details


Two fine Bwa or Nuna bush spirit masks

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1940   item# 1238303 (stock# B34922)

Two fine Bwa or Nuna bush spirit masks
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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These old and well-used zoomorphic masks, each in the form of a bushcow - one possibly a calf, come from the Bwa or Nuna people of Burkina Faso, West Africa. They represent protective bush spirits, and were danced during the dry season, during funerals for elders, or during the initiations of young men - all chaotic and stressful times for the village. Showing wonderful, softened surfaces from many years of service. Organic red, black and white pigments are expertly organized in the typically b ...click for details


A fine and rare Cameroon Grassfields drinking horn

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1930   item# 1238201 (stock# C101288)

A fine and rare Cameroon Grassfields drinking horn
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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Masterfully carved and fitted with a lost-wax casted, brass finial in the form of intertwining serpents and amphibians, this royal horn was used by high-ranking males to drink palm wine during ritual and special occasions, alike. Made from a section of bovine horn, the carving shows the ubiquitous spider-like motifs of the Cameroon Grassfields, along with petaloid shapes, various geometric forms, and amphibious creatures, all highlighted with an organic, white pigment. It is in very fine, perfe ...click for details


An excellent Kwere flywhisk

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1950   item# 1238162 (stock# K32903)

An excellent Kwere flywhisk
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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The handle of this well-used flywhisk is in the form of 'Mwana hiti,'or "child of wood", often found in north-central, coastal Tanzania. It dates to the early-mid 20th C, and measures 23"L, including the animal hair attachment. Very fine condition with glowing deep and varied brown patina on the handle. Provenance: Private collection NY and FL, since the 1980's. Custom mounted.


A superb Luba Hemba female 'mboko' figure

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1930   item# 1238065 (stock# L018332)

A superb Luba Hemba female 'mboko' figure
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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This very old and much cared-for kneeling female bowl-bearer (mboko) served as an oracle for a diviner. Its small scale indicates it functioned in an "intimate and personal" manner, according to Mary and Allen Roberts in 'Memory: Luba Art and the Making of History'. It shows damage caused from insects and extensive handling, alike, with evidence of much re-patination over the losses. These female figures acted as effigy receptacles for chalk and various other offerings, and rep ...click for details


A fine Edo (Bini) face mask for Ekpo

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1930   item# 1237956 (stock# B20933)

A fine Edo (Bini) face mask for Ekpo
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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This venerable wooden face mask shows layers of white, chalk-based pigment over top the wooden surface. Raw indigo pigment accentuates the eyes and the inset mirror sections on the forehead. The patina has acquired an encrusted, thickened look, indicating extensive re-use. Measuring 13"H x 8"W. Condition is very fine with some losses to the painted surface. The mask was once part of Ekpo masquerades which, among favorable demonstrations of royal ideals, directly challenged the royal c ...click for details


A Himalayan wooden simian face mask

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Indian Subcontinent: Himalayas: Pre 1920   item# 1230003 (stock# H10713)

A Himalayan wooden simian face mask
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941.224.0440


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Having aspects of both human and simian, this wide-eyed monkey mask comes from an area somewhere between Tibet and Bhutan. Animals are believed to have souls by the various tribal communities in this region of the world, and many images are made and worn to animate their spirit. It is pierced in three areas for attachment to the wearer's head for dancing - at the sides by each ear, along the top ridge of the head, and at the bottom, under the chin. The front surface has been repeat ...click for details


A fine Wongo cephalomorphic wooden cup

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1920   item# 1229939 (stock# W103221)

A fine Wongo cephalomorphic wooden cup
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941.224.0440


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This type of Wongo effigy head cup was used for ritually drinking palm wine. The crisply carved facial features are characteristic of the neighboring Western Pende, but the overall vessel form is typical of yet another neighboring people, the Lele. Early 20th C, from D.R.Congo. Approximately 4.75"H, and in fine condition with small, old losses along the right and left edges of the pedestal foot base. Deep, rich, shiny, dark, aged patina. Provenance: Peter Pollack, NYC and FL, collected bef ...click for details


A Gola wood and metal Sande Society helmet mask

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1940   item# 1229378 (stock# G492322)

A Gola wood and metal Sande Society helmet mask
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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The towering and regal forehead of this 'bundu' indicates a female with intelligence and wisdom. It is a type of anthropomorphic helmet mask found only among members of the women's association. Carved antelope horn tips and cowries are abundant on the backside and front side of this example, symbols which represent helpful medicine and wealth, respectively. The shiny, blackened surface and dark raphia palm and hemp fiber attached to the bottom edge adds mystery and power. Neck rin ...click for details


A Bamana standing female figure

Catalogue: Archives: Regional Art: African: Pre 1930   item# 1228883 (stock# B49233)

A Bamana standing female figure
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941.224.0440


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The sensuous, fluid forms of this figure have been ritually cleaned and rubbed with special oils; the facial plane, especially, appears moist on the surface from numerous, annual applications. The resulting deep and glossy, reddish-black surface of this beautifully composed standing, young female compliments its distinctly slender physique. Possibly a 'jo nyeleni' figure or one owned by the 'jo' society'. It is 19.5"H, and in very fine condition with minimal losses, main ...click for details


A superb Zairian diviner's basket with female figure

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1950   item# 1228740 (stock# L39327)

A superb Zairian diviner's basket with female figure
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michael cichon tribal arts
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This is a rare example of private, hidden, ritual 'bilumbu' material. It is a peek into a world few ever witness, except for the diviner himself. The wooden, female figure is placed perfectly into a hardened substance set into this wicker work basket, and is surrounded by a phallic form seed pod rattle and a bevy of bones, shells, and other magical items. It is from the D.R.Congo, probably from a Lubaized group if not the Luba themselves. It comes from the Jean Pierre Hallet collection, ...click for details


A fine Central African wood and metal 'mbira'

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1950   item# 1228427 (stock# T44023)

A fine Central African wood and metal 'mbira'
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


$1,250.00 

The large, hollow, lamellaphone with an ancestral face image placed on the lower section. This example originates from the D.R. Congo, Zambia, Angola border region. The 10 metal keys have metal resonator tabs added, and the sealed inside of this example contains hard, loose objects - likely stones, metal or glass sections, which rattle when the instrument is shaken or moved. A sound hole on the backside is placed to allow a finger to add a vibrato effect to the notes played. 13 5/8" H., in ...click for details


A fine Fipa wooden female figure from Western Tanzania

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1950   item# 1228024 (stock# F10029)

A fine Fipa wooden female figure from Western Tanzania
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


$1,750.00...further provenance on request 

"Fipa sculpture reflects the cultural crossroads Fipa inhabit," (Shangaa: Art of Tanzania, chapter 7 by Allen F. Roberts). This pregnant female with a herniated navel shows much influence from the neighboring Nyamwezi peoples of central Tanzania. Standing 8" H, the figure is finely patinated with a deep, varied, medium to dark brown, shiny surface. It was purportedly collected in Tabora, Tanzania, 1990's. In excellent condition, right foot deficient and with custom steel bas ...click for details

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