Monumental Yoruba - Nigeria Gelede Wooden Body Mask of Iya Nla (Great Powerful Mother) Early 20th Century 54 H x 21" wide. Arms are available. Kept inside the Gelede Shrine, not danced but carried on a platform during Gelede, an annual festival honoring “our mothers” (awon iya wa), not so much for their motherhood, but as female elders. It takes place in the dry season (March-May) among the Yoruba people of south-west Nigeria and neighboring southeast Benin. Artifact in excellent condition.
A finely carved Songye wood rattle.Ancient patina,hard wood.
Songye,central Africa/congo region
11 3/4 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;
Carved upright carved shaped like cricket bats and lashed onto crossed elements at either end serve as legs on this rack, which could be placed on the camel to load him up even more. Then, at safari's destination, the rig was placed in the tent, a top placed on top, to become a service table. Very practical! (For everyone but the poor camel...) Madagascar, circa 1900. Ex coll.: James Willis Tribal Art, San Francisco, CA. Top approximmately 37 inches by 67 inches, 35-1/2 high.
This is a handmade African chess set made of faux ivory. The board itself is very heavy and measures 13 1/2" x 13 1/2" x 1/2". The pieces are in very good condition and measure from 2" x 3/4" x 3/4" on the smallest piece to 5 1/2" x 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" on the largest piece. Made between 1910-1920 this amazing piece from the Belgian Congo. A very unusual chess set!
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.
This is a Straw PURSE from LIBERIA. It measures about 10 1/2" X 2 3/4" X 9" ( 26.8 cm X 7.0 cm X 23.0 cm ). Beautiful geometric design. The strap measures about 36" ( 91.8 cm ).
Senofue male figure, circa 1920. 13" Excellent condition. Ex-private collection. $695.
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.
collection of 4 west African 'Gris gris' leather bound talismans containing protective amulets largest 13cm excluding neck cord. undated, estimated to be early to mid 20th cent. can be viewed in central London.
These Edan figures were used as a symbol of membership by the secret Ogboni society of the Yoruba, Nigeria. This particular pair can be found in the book by Hans Witte: 'Earth and the Ancestors, Ogboni Iconography', page 108, picture 1. H. 14,5 cm. Good wear and excellent patina. Ca. 19th/early 20th century.
A good Dan mask with a natural even dark brown patination and with fibre attachment.Circa 1920-40. Height 9ins 23cm.
Old Dogon figure , H 34cm
baboon master maternity figure ,zulu staff final ,late 19th century,ex john Hewitt collection(UK) ex Merton Simpson ,ex private coll NY ,ex Jacaranda gallery ex private coll belgium .This maternity was once on the top of a staff .the figure wears the classical pointed cooiffure ;it has been worn to a deep Brown hue and darkened further with the addition of pokerwork detailing the skirt and hair ,14inches
Important feminine Lobi Figure with arms up to pay tribute to death people
H 70 cm, wideness between hands 26 cm
The Konda of central D.R.Congo made ornate and eccentrically shaped sword blades for non-combative use. They were indications of their owner's social rank, created simply for prestigious qualities. This excellent example is made from copper and has a wooden handle with iron strapping to further accentuate its pinched form. Late 19th century. Very fine condition with aged patina. Provenance: Old Dutch collection since the 1950's
Super Fine Baoule figure , from 19 to early 20 th
the right arm is lacking , the left one is broken, feet are also wounded. H 39 cm
Ex French Collection (JN) collected in situ around 1950 by JN
An exemplary set of metal cuffs decorated with extra fine design work. They measure 6-7/8" long, nearly 4" wide and are a true matched pair. These early 20th century copper-alloy examples are most likely Senufo (or a smaller related group) from the Mali, Burkina Faso or Ivory Coast area. In excellent condition, showing great age and use.