All Items : Archives : Regional Art : African : Pre 1920 item #1310799 (stock #Ch1702)
A group of twenty-seven Ashanti bronze gold weights of animal, bird, fish and geometric subjects together with a spoon for gold dust. 19/20th cent. Dimensions: Largest: 5 cm. square. Smallest: 1.5 cm. square. Spoon: 10.7 cm. long.

Good condition.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : African : Pre 1920 item #1310794 (stock #Ch1700)
An old Zulu wirework snuff gourd. Diameter: 8.5 cm. 20th cent.

No stopper. Some wire loss. Some old staining to one side.

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : African : Pre 1930 item #1299037 (stock #Y08237)
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.
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : African : Pre 1930 item #1286829 (stock #D1012827)
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.
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : African : Pre 1940 item #1274436 (stock #H370322)
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...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : African : Pre 1930 item #1265238 (stock #O420727)
This type of small mask or puppet head, with a movable lower jaw, seems to have developed among the Ogoni people about the turn of the 19th/20th century. Gradually, the form has lost some of its sinister appearance and association with the dead. But, even today when such grotesque masks are worn masquerades have a risky quality. Their authoritarian nature lends them an immunity which permits the dancers to confront anyone...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : African : Pre 1940 item #1255552 (stock #D210827)
A powerful, cubist-like rendition of the face of a monkey-most likely a chimpanzee-and worn by a male dancer who's movements and behavior were wild and instigating to stir the attendant audience. Early 20th century, Ivory Coast, Kran people. Very fine condition with a varied, deep brown, shiny patina, overall. The eye region and top of head with ample remains of a slightly encrusted, sacrificial material. 9"H x 5"W x 6"D. Provenance: Susan Lerer, Los Angeles CA, since the 1980's...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : African : Pre 1920 item #1246868 (stock #D930033)
A classic example of the mask used to announce the funerals and related ceremonies of respected chiefs in the village. There is an overall crackled effect to the darkened, organic material-based surface. The subtle realism and use of non-European pigment indicates the great age of this hard wood mask. From Liberia, West Africa, late 19th century or very early 20th century. 9 5/8"L x 5.50"W x 2.50"D...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : African : Pre 1930 item #1238065 (stock #L018332)
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...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : African : Pre 1920 item #1229939 (stock #W103221)
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...
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 1960 item #1208335 (stock #L892017)
These fragile sculptures consist of six sections: torso, two arms, two legs, and head, and are only visible after the death and funeral of a high-ranking Bukota society member. After ritual sacrifices and requests to the ancestor have been made, these schematic figures are taken apart and stored in the rafters of the communal meeting house. From the northeastern forest region of D.R...
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 #1197431 (stock #W77321)
michael cichon tribal arts
provenance on request
These miniature chairs represent the role of women as mothers and providers of the family, and figure prominently into the initiation rites of young girls with several peoples of Ivory Coast. They typically belonged to the grandfathers or uncles (members of the Poro Society) of the initiation participants. This example is exceptional with phallic form back rail ends. It is finely incised on the legs, side rails and seat, and back rail. Measuring 17" H x approx. the same width. Showing a fine, sm...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : African : Pre 1940 item #1196076 (stock #Z551972)
Showing much use on the natural, undecorated interior of the bowl, this four-footed prestige tray shows a blackened underside with ridges and bumps in typical fashion. This was actually the more visible side seen while the bowl hung awaiting its use during rituals and important feasts. The thin-walled vessel measures 12.75" in length (handle to handle) and is 8.50" wide. Height is 2". The condition is fine but with an old split in one handle (stable), and a small loss to rim from a knife cut etc...
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. The surface of this very old sculpture is deep and dark, shiny and sm...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : African : Pre 1920 item #1155173 (stock #Ch1464)
An old Ethiopian hide shield, impressed with a ribbed design. Diameter: 57 cm.

Good condition.

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, snakeā€¦, 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.