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 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 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 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...
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.