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Senufo Horse with Removable Rider

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1950   item# 1145321 (stock# TA-4-MD)

Senufo Horse with Removable Rider
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$1200.00 

This unusual Senufo Horse with removable Rider is probably associated with the Poro initiation Ceremonies. It is known that the horse appears at Ngoro Ceremonies where it is symbolically ridden by a "Syonfolo" or Master of the Horse". The fact that a rider was carved , obviously by the same hand and that the rider is removable suggests that it may have some association with initiation instruction. The horse shows holes in the neck for the attachment of straps for the dance, yet th ...click for details


Vintage Senufo Heddle Pulley

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Artifacts: Pre 1960   item# 1106574 (stock# TA-511-BB)

Vintage Senufo Heddle Pulley
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$650.00 

A good example of a Senufo Heddle Pulley. Nice patina with wear to the interior of the legs and spindle holes. The bottom of each leg is somewhat worn and with minor wood losses. Hornbill head is artistically executed and there is a geometric band across the body. Accompanied by a custom metal display stand. Size 6.5" in height, 2,25" in width.


Samba clay elephant initiation figure with reference

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1960   item# 1074600 (stock# TA-612-MD)

Samba clay elephant initiation figure with reference
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$650.00 

A rarely encountered clay initiation figure in the form of an elephant, accompanied by a scarce 1956 reference book titled, African Figurines, Their Ceremonial Use in Puberty Rites in Tanganyika. Authored by H. Cory, Government Sociologist, Tanganyika. This highly stylized figure has an old repair to the trunk and right rear leg . It appears to be grey clay with mica and seems to be colored with a terra cotta colored pigment. The scarce reference book is in very good condition with only slight ...click for details


An Elegant Senufo Kpeliyee Mask, DRC Africa

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1960   item# 1047159 (stock# TA-066-OT)

An Elegant Senufo Kpeliyee Mask, DRC Africa
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$1200.00 

Of the seemingly endless variety of Senufo masks this is one of the most elegant and graceful. The refined hairstyle, down cast eyes and tapered, heart shaped face are characteristic of Senufo masks as are the stylized "legs" extending down on both side of the face, The really unusual feature of this mask is the long graceful interpretation of a hornbill beak. Representations of hornbill are often found in not only among the Senufo, but their neighbors the Ligby and Djimini. In this c ...click for details


Rare Ngindo mask, Tanzania

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Pre 1960   item# 1045689 (stock# TA-6-KD)

Rare Ngindo mask, Tanzania
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$1200.00 

Very similar in style to the mask shown on page 496 of the definitive work on East African art, Tanzania, Master Works of African Art. There is a suggestion of residual pigment in the worn scarification on the cheeks. The surface is rough textured and appears to have been darkened with a mixture of ash and oil. There is an old crack on the left facing cheek and a small rim loss, as shown. In addition, there are two hand carved, rectangular holes for attaching a head band. The interior appears to ...click for details


Zande, Mani Mask, DRC Africa.

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Pre 1960   item# 1044623 (stock# TA-5-kd)

 Zande, Mani Mask, DRC Africa.
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$995.00 

From the Zande People of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Sudan, a desirable mask thought to be used by the Mani Society and perhaps at funeral ceremonies. Thee somewhat round shape with large eyes and mouth along with concave facial plane and C shaped ears conform to Zande tradition. The finish has nice patina with the coloring and traditional spots worn with use and age. The interior reflects adze carving and the holes surrounding the rim are of various sizes. The wood is very dry ...click for details


A Vintage Djimini Mask, DRC Africa

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Artifacts: Pre 1960   item# 1044390 (stock# TA-8-OT)

A Vintage Djimini Mask, DRC Africa
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$1500.00 

From a Santa Fe collection, a fine Djimini mask with traces of pigment coloring and a stylized horn bill extending from the forehead to the chin. The style of the hornbill suggests influence by the neighboring Ligby, Do Society masks rather than the usual Poro hornbill found among the Senufo masks. Our mask is well aged and shows wear from use. Please note the modest damage and cracks from use and age shown in the attached photos. Please see P.117, Art De La Cote-D'Ivoire, Guennegues Collec ...click for details


An Important Krobo Dipo Initiation Figure, Ghana Africa

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1950   item# 1018286 (stock# TA-0052-MD)

An Important Krobo Dipo Initiation Figure, Ghana Africa
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$4500.00 

From the village of Doruma, Sha District, Ghana, this Krobo figure represents the Maiden Spirit that is a part of the initiation practice of "Dipo". Although now waning, the Dipo ceremony was an ancient, three week long initiation of young Krobo maidens into adulthood. This figure, once covered completely in white kaolin represents the Maiden Spirit, which departs from each girl as she becomes a woman as a result of the initiation. This one of a kind figure, is an important reminder of ...click for details


Itiri Mask for the Okoroshi, Igbo People DRC, Africa

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Pre 1960   item# 1016968 (stock# TA-056-MD)

 Itiri Mask for the Okoroshi, Igbo People DRC, Africa
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$1150.00 

The Itiri mask is a part of the Okoroshi performance that juxtaposes light and dark and plays out over a six week masking season for the Igbo. This somewhat scarce example is well carved and finished with a charcoal or pigment black and red lips with remnants of silver. The edges and surface are muted with wear and the holes which held the concealing hood are hand drilled of several sizes, (as shown) and show wear from the movement of the hood material. The contact surfaces on the back of the ma ...click for details


Ivory Fly Whisk Handle, Vili Kongo People, DRC Africa

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Pre 1960   item# 1016880 (stock# TA-514-KD)

 Ivory Fly Whisk Handle, Vili Kongo People, DRC Africa
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$850.00 

From a Washington D.C. collection, a very good quality carving depicting a Chief seated on a throne, holding the sacred root called, Munkwiza, which bestows supernatural powers. Hollowed to accommodate the whisk of animal tail, with residual in the hollow that held the whisk in place. In excellent condition, with only minor wear on the contact surfaces and one small chip in the rim. Accompanied by a custom metal display stand. Height 8". Mid Century, 1945 - 55.


Baga or Bulunits, A-Tshol shrine figure, Guinea Africa.

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1950   item# 1008878 (stock# TA-0033.ds)

Baga or Bulunits, A-Tshol shrine figure, Guinea Africa.
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$5000.00 

An original, sacred shrine figure of the northern Baga of the Sitemu sub group. These figures were outlawed by the Marxist government of Guinea at the nations independence in 1958. Since the fall of that government a few have come out of hiding. Our figure is very well sculpted, with good symmetry and detail. The oil and medicine of feeding the spirit has congealed and darkened with age and has impregnated the wood in a way that only occurs with age. The A-Tshol is mounted on a seperate cylin ...click for details


Lega, Bwami Society Hat, DRC, Africa

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Pre 1970   item# 1005857 (stock# TA-052sf)

Lega, Bwami Society Hat, DRC, Africa
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$475.00 

The various Bwami hats called Makuba wa Masesa, reflect the status of the member. This hat has a vegetable fiber cap which is covered in cowrie shells with a trade button chin strap. It is crowned with elephant tail and was probably worn by a member who has reached Kendi or the highest rank. The shells were once used as a sort of currency suggesting a wealth of wisdom and the elephant tail is symbolic of the animals great strength and strength of the wearer. Once worn with pride and now a great ...click for details


Bassikassingo chieftains stool. DRC, Africa

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1970   item# 1002786 (stock# TA0001ck)

 Bassikassingo chieftains stool. DRC,  Africa
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$1500.00 

The Bassikassingo are a Bembe clan of semi nomadic forest dwellers. They are spiritually involved with ancestor worship. This stool whose seat is supported on four risers, two of which depict the classic community view of Misi the male ancestor. These stools may also have been for use by senior members of the Bwami Society. The stools foot and seat are bordered with an "eye" motif and the two alternating riser in a well executed geometric. The stool shows wear from use and has some los ...click for details


Bangwa Cylinder drum, Cameroon Grasslands, Africa

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Artifacts: Pre 1960   item# 998490 (stock# TA0001md)

 Bangwa Cylinder drum, Cameroon Grasslands, Africa
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$1500.00 

A very fine example of a cylinder drum from the Bangwa People of the Cameroon Grasslands. The upper band depicts Bangwa ancestor figures and the body of the cylinder is covered with traditional geometrics. Some wear to the foot and minor cracking. the drum head is sound and has a nice patina. Completely original. C1960. Size 41.5" in height and 10" in diameter


Kuyu Staff Head, Republic of the Congo, Africa

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Artifacts: Pre 1960   item# 997412 (stock# TA8md)

Kuyu Staff Head, Republic of the Congo, Africa
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$1250.00 

Kuyu Staff heads are carried during dances to honor the mythological serpent Ebongo, a tutelary spirit of the Kuyu. Our example is unusually artistic. The turban and collar are very detailed and the face refined. The enamel paint, while worn is bright, making this an attractive art object as well as a fine addition to a collection. As is the case with any we have encountered, the staff has been shortened and a removable base added by a former collector. C.1960. H:19.5" x W:7" on b ...click for details

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