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.
Late 19th- early 20th century. This figure has been in my family's possession for about 60 years, and is in the same condition as found: good, old surface with appropriate wear to the high-points, and a short stable split at an ear. 7 1/4" x 1 1/4" 3 oz.
Early 20th century. A well-carved female sits above a stylized pendant crocodile. The original hand-forged iron nails are present, being used to secure the display stand. The condition is very fine, with appropriate wear to the sliding wooden bolt. The key, as usual, is missing. 15 1/2" h x 10 1/2" w. (21" h with stand). 2 1/2 lb. with stand.
Old Ethiopian scroll painted and written on animal skin. Approx 200 x 9.5cm, in 2 part leather container. Evidence of damage on right side throughout. Undeciphered. Date estimated to be early 20th century or earlier.
Strand of Tuareg seed pod prayer beads from the region of Timbuktu, Mali. A talisman is added on with handmade cord and decorated with elephant hairs (from tail) and a single cowrie shell.
The original cord was broken long ago and a few seed pods are missing. The original cord has been left in place and I have added a second strand to keep the strand together.
This is a Moroccan SAFI Polychrome Lidded Pottery BOWL from the 1920's. It measures about 4 1/2" X 4 1/2" X 7 1/2" ( 11.5 cm X 11.5 cm X 19.1 cm ).
A finely carved Songye wood rattle.Ancient patina,hard wood.
Songye,central Africa/congo region
11 3/4 inches H/
A finely carved miniature Songye Kifwebe mask from central Africa/congo region.
Deeply carved with irregular holes and original raffia beard.Great color and shape.
wood mask is 7 1/2 inches H 4 1/4 inches W.
A large and expressionistic bronze pipe bowl from the Bamum tribe of Cameroon ,west Africa.
Cast as an elephant head with 3 human figures
hanging off the outside.Thick,resinous,uncleaned patina.Well used.
6 1/2 inches H 5 1/2 inches W.
An exceptionally well cast pendant of a turtle from the Baule of west Africa.Jewel like in its execution.
19th C. or earlier
2 3/8 inches W.
A very finely carved African female Ibeji figure from the Yoruba of Nigeria.Beautiful deep brown patina with some encrustation.
11 inches H.
An exceptional Baule Janus wood heddle pulley for a loom.Deep blackish/brown patina.
7 7/8 inches H.
An exceptional,animate and rare Ashanti bronze figure of a horseman.The metal is well worn and smooth to the touch.Lovely mellow patina.
19th c. but most likely much earlier
2 1/2 inches L. 3 1/4 inches H.
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.
A very finely cast and ancient Mossi bronze female figure from West Africa.Mounted on a wood base.Deep brown patina.Smooth to the touch.Provenance,Royal Athena Gallery,New York,with sticker on the base and with the original price.
19th C. if not earlier
5 3/4 inches H.
Mounted 7 inches H.
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.
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.
Late 19th/early 20th century.
Height 6.5 inches.
From the Barton Collection.