All Items : Archives : Regional Art : African : Pre 1930 item #1228883 (stock #B49233)
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, mainly on the extremities...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : African : Pre 1940 item #1204003 (stock #B511962)
A standing figure once owned by a female leader or diviner of the Yassi society, showing ample evidence of once being placed in a medicine bowl. The surface exhibits a crusty coating of a reddish substance, particularly on the right side of the head and down the torso. This material has begun to whiten in areas. Underneath this layer, the figure shows the typical shiny, black patina associated with objects from this region of Sierra Leone, West Africa...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : African : Pre 1930 item #1184914 (stock #P120921)
A wonderful, early example of the rarely seen prestige stools used by adult males in Pende territory, a region of D.R.Congo near the Loango and Kasai Rivers. This exceptional example has an openwork, caryatid support in the form of four bearded human faces, closely resembling Pende 'Kiwoyo-Muyombo' face masks. In typical Pende style, the faces show a continuous brow, down-cast eyes with heavy lids, and blunt, triangular noses...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : African : Pre 1920 item #1153244 (stock #Ch1463)
A collection of thirty bronze Ashanti gold weights of various forms, chiefly animals and power objects incl. mudfish, a key, drum, pipes, hatchets, bird, crab claw, knot, shield, snake…, the largest 6 cm. long. Also included: 2 thin embossed brass boxes for weights, one oval, the other cylindrical and embossed with a repeated design of locomotives and paddle steamers. Length: 6.5 cm. and 8 7 cm.

As with the other weights listed, all these appear to be genuinely old.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : African : Pre 1920 item #1153243 (stock #Ch1462)
A collection of 24 Ashanti bronze geometric gold weights in a matching box, the box with native lead repair to the side (probably casting flaw). Dimensions of box: 7.s x 4.0 x 2.8 cm. Size of largest weight: approx. 2 cm. square.
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : African : Pre 1920 item #1153242 (stock #Ch1461)
A group of seven Ashanti gold dust spoons, three white metal, four embossed brass, ranging in size from 16.5 cm. to 4.5 cm. Probably first half 20th cent.

One of the brass spoons is perforated; one of the white metal (probably low grade silver) spoons has a tear to the bowl (see detail). No other faults.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : African : Pre 1900 item #1065486 (stock #Ch1329)
A group of sixteen bronze Ashanti gold weights consisting of animals, birds and men involved in various activities, a small box (for geometric weights) and a pair of sandals. Max. height: 5.5 cm.

Mostly these are genuinely old and worn, though you’ll have to make up your own mind about a few. Some are surprisingly intricate such as the man sharpening a spear and the sandals. Two antelopes have only got three legs, otherwise they are all in good condition.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : African : Pre 1920 item #1058131 (stock #Ch1312)
An African beadwork panel decorated with parallel bands of white, blue, turquoise and green glass beads suspended from a loop of lustrous pearl-coloured beads. 20th cent., but not modern. Dimensions: 23 x 22.5 cm. square (excl. loop).

It is probable that the loop was once broken as it is tied in the middle. No other damage.

I assume this is South African, though the lack of triangular motifs seems a bit unusual.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : African : Pre 1920 item #977364 (stock #Ch1203)
An interesting small Akan stool of conventional form with a pierced central pillar and four side supports, the curved seat and base decorated with repousse geometric brass plaques and brass upholsterers' tacks. 10 1/4 x 16 in. Smoothly worn patina.
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : African : Pre 1920 item #960973 (stock #Ch1196)
A Southern African loom-beaded sash with triangular designs in green and blue beadwork on a white ground. Length: 32 ¼ in. Probably 20th cent.

Superb condition. From a private collection, acquired in the 1970s.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : African : Pre 1920 item #960971 (stock #Ch1195)
A Southern African loom-beaded sash with triangular designs in red, blue and green beadwork on a white ground. Length: 33 in. Probably 20th cent.

Superb condition. From a private collection, acquired in the 1970s.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : African : Pre 1920 item #913879 (stock #P1265-3)
Anthropomorphic and zoomorphic caryatid stools showing three figures were widely used among the local chiefs and male elders in Western Pende villages...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : African : Pre 1920 item #865441 (stock #Ch1097)
A three-legged African tribal stool, the legs carved in fretwork. Height: approx 7 ¾ in. 20th cent.

A neat little stool, poss. Ethiopian. Old native repair to the seat as indicated. No other damage.

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All Items : Archives : Regional Art : African : Pre 1910 item #753031 (stock #Ch0964)
A small Congolese Loango ivory tusk, carved with a band of processional figures. Length: 7 ½ in. Late 19th/early 20th cent.

Attractive patina. Unfortunately the pregnant seated woman who surmounts the tusk has lost her head. No other damage.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : African : Pre 1900 item #579229

This is a pair of Yoruba bronze figures; each one sitting on a separate bronze stool. They were created by the old lost wax casting method.

These bronze figures are 11.5" and 10.5" in height. They are also both about 3 ½ inches in width and 3 ½ inches in depth...

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : African : Pre 1970 item #301563 (stock #AFC36)
An exceptional male fetish figure from the Songye tribe of the Congo region 16" tall. This superb old "Kelebwe" statue has a hollowed abdomen for "Bish Imba", to ward off evil spirits. A bundle of magic material is tied to his chest, he is adorned with a simple metal necklace and a nicely woven loincloth. A bronze bell is tied to his left arm and a horn is attache to the top of the head. In excellent condition, with strong deposits and patina developed from extensive use.
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : African : Pre 1970 item #299955 (stock #AFC33)
A superb mask from the Nyndi tribe of the Congo region, 9-1/2" high. This nicely carved triangular mask is layered with a chalky white pigment and has three protruding teeth inset into its mouth. In excellent condition, with good patine and signs of long usage.
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : African : Pre 1970 item #299935 (stock #AFC35)
A lovely initiation ceremony mask from the Ibo tribe of Nigeria, 8-3/4" high. The skillfully executed face appears regal and serene and is surrounded by a headdress. The paint is strong and still vivid, despite showing evidence of extensive wear. A fine old mask, with great patina and just minor surface loss.

Collected in the 1950's or '60's.