Antique African Wrist Knife with protective leather sheath.
When the sheath is removed from the metal disc, a decorative piece worn on the wrist is turned into a lethal weapon.
The Turkana are a pastoralist people of northern Kenya.
Knowing no boundaries such knives can also be found in southern Ethiopia. Size 4.5" by 4.5"over 2.25" interior diameter very very sharp. Sorry no stand with this piece.
very old shango figure with incredible use patina
it belonged to the sculptor eric grate ,sweden .Here is the who is who in african art article concerning him:
Grate, Eric (The sculptor, 1896-1983)?
Coll. Stockholm-Sweden. Objects in: expo cat. Liljevalchs Konsthall, Before Picasso; African Art in Swedish Collections, 1988-1989
A deeply impressive Chokwe mask from central Africa.Worn dark patina,thinly carved and very characteristic of this type of mask.Pierced with holes of different sizes and shape.
9 inches H. 6 inches W.
Wood with brass tacks for eyes. Nice old surface with some wear. Repair at base, which is an old replacement, the original being lost, probably to insect damage. 10" x 4" 7 oz.
A very fine and well worn Baule bronze miniature pendant mask from West Africa.The mask is very well cast with multiple bands of raised scarification.Good patina.Mounted on base
19th C. or earlier
2 1/2 inches H.
Mounted 4 1/4 inches H.
Impressive African sword of a tribal chief with a handle and a leopard skin sheath from the Benin Kingdom (now in Nigeria). The handle represents the Queen Mother (Iyoba) Idia. She used to fight with a double-edged sword. The blade is very sharp and has a deep blood groove on both sides. Measurements:
blade 43cm; ivory 12,5cm; sword without the leopard skin sheath 66,5 cm;
Rare, Antique late 19th century, unusual Islamic dagger of the lords of the desert, known as Tuareg, Telek or Gozma.
Details: Tapered double edged blade, with bone inlaid beveled hardwood grip, fitted with elaborate profiled brass mounts.
In its original, leather covered, metal scabbard with brass chape and locket engraved in geometrical pattern.
CONDITION: Showing signs of usage and wear, leather casing of the metal scabbard chipped.
MEASUREMENTS: Overall length of the da...
Excellent wear and patina. Congo, first quarter 20th century. H. 21 cm (mask) or 28 cm including stand.
A puzzling stone carving that SC bought in large estate with antiquities.
The stone ´carving is a fragment of a larger structure and with the carving of a beautiful african head and a couple of lizzards. The style and fine patina, does indicate an ancient date of manifacture. Likely Western Africa.
You are welcome to enlighten us, if you have some knowledge about this piece of art.
Size: 47 mm. long and 40 mm wide, heavy made of a hard black stone.
This exquisite casting head is a fine example of one of the most famous metalworking traditions in world history. The details on this head are stunning, from the splendid facial expression, to the detailed rendering of its formal crown. One can only imagine the true splendor of the old court of Ife.
The present head is an early 20th Century copy modeled after the great Yoruba center at Ife dating originally approximately 1100 -1450 A.D...
Early 20th century. This has been in my family's possession for about 60 years, and is in the same condition as found: loss of the pulley wheel, and the beak and rear of the bird head, with a split to the body. Metal pins used to secure base. 5 1/2" x 1 3/4" on 5/8" thick stand. 3 1/2 oz.
Unique ethnographic Berber tribal culture African Coral and Amber treasure necklace. Time of collection unknown. However, it is evident from the wire repair to the main amber bead that this was an adornment of power, status and was cherished for generations in an African tribal context. Usewear is a satin sheen, making this an extraordinary artifact of importance and beauty combined with beautiful and valuable materials.
A Fine South African headrest in good condition .The inscription along the seat reads " KAFFER HEAD REST P.M.BURG NATAL 1904 J.W.R.de la Poer. R.Garrison .Regt". Zulu/Swazi. Length 44.5cm, Height 19cm
Antique early 20th century wooden African mask from Mali painted with black, beige, and brown pigment.
Condition: nice old patina, some visible tiny cracks in wood on the front of the mask and minor loses of polychrome.
Measurements: 9 ½ (24cm) inches tall.
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Male and female figures, sold as a pair because they go well together. Female 15.5" has small damage on foot. Male 16.5" has termite damage to the very top of the head--no termites now. Female is made of light-colored tropical wood. The male's wood is darker. ex-Private collection, estimated to be more than 70 years old. Fine quality carving. Price for pair $975.
Rare antique Dan dance mask-given female figure that surmounts the mask, probably associated with fertility ritual-mask was used-surface shows age and use-complete-striking piece-museum quality-16 inches tall-7 inches wide-4 inches deep
A late 19th or early 20th Century, possibly Ekoi, carved wood stool made in Cameroon, West Africa. Condition: good - minor losses and wear and an age related crack to the top but no repairs or restoration. 42cm (16.25inches) high; 30cm (11.75inches) diameter. For additional pictures please view #0245 on our recently constructed shop website at 69aliverpool.co.uk.
a typical dakakari funeral pottery,39cm ex christies amsterdam
the dakakari from west nigeria have funeral terra cotta potteries that they put on the tumbs
they used to obturate the tumbs with a terra cotta plate For high rank persons they used to put more elaborate sculptures so they could recognised the place .
You can find animals ,human figures naked who are the companions of the deceased person
The tumbs were taken care often ,the figures were generally the top of a jar where people wo...