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.
This is a very rare and interesting wooden table or stool from the Bamum tribe, ca. 1890-1900. The kingdom of Bamum or Bamoum, also known as Bamun or Bamoun or Mum (1394–1884) was a pre-colonial West African state in what is now northwest Cameroon. It was founded by the Mbum, a part-Bantu ethnic group from northeast Cameroon. Its capital was the ancient walled city of Fumban.
The table is carved as two men on opposite sides, standing in the base of the table and wach supporting the table top...
Late 19th/early 20th century.
Height 6.5 inches.
From the Barton Collection.
A finely carved female Bembe figure from the Democratic Republic of Congo, dating to the early 20th century.
The figure standing, the feet slightly bent, the arms held forwards, small protruding breasts and typical elaborate scarifications on the abdomen. The ears are crescentic and the coiffure has a tall median ridge. The eyes inlaid with white glassy paste...
A striking African tribal Kifwebe mask from the Songye peoples, early 20th Century.
The wooden mask of powerful abstract form, the median crest on the head becoming a triangular nose, the two eyes of coffee-bean form, the rectangular mouth with typical x-shaped cavity. These so-called Kifwebe masks are amongst the most striking of all African masks, with their thrusting forms and profuse geometric decoration...
Yoruba, Nigeria Africa, wooden Shrine Panel, 19th Century. While the meaning of all of the carvings is not known, many images allude to two Yoruba gods, Eshu & Ogun, though they are never depicted. Eshu & Ogun are gods who cross boundaries. Other carved images also refer to the doors' function. For example, snakes & crocodiles are boundary-crossing creatures that inhabit two worlds: above & below the ground, and wet & dry areas. Panel is 61" x 25" with wear appropriate to age, in good condition...
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.
Ceremonial ritual drum, pinge, Senufo people, African Ivory Coast (Cote d'Ivoire), Korhogo region. Circa 1890. Wood and hide, carved in the form of a bare breasted tribal woman seated on a stool, supporting the drum with her arms. The drum is adorned with various symbols including an animal mask, lizards, stork, crocodile, axe, and biting beast. The female figure wears stylized amulets on her wrists and has scarified markings on her breasts and stomach...
A very old wood stool from the Bamana tribe of Mali,West Africa.Desiccated patina.
15 inches H.
An ancient and very intense and animate wood figure of a hermaphrodite most likely carved by one of the tribes of Cameroun.
Large sexual features and a deep dark patina.Some cracks in wood.
14 Inches H.
Anye / Cote d'Ivoire Statue of Mother and Children. Akan Group, wood late 19th - early 20th Century, 19" high. The Akan are made up of the Ashanti, the Fante, the Aowin, the Anye and a few other small ethnicities. In very good condition.
Stunning Benin / Nigeria Bronze Ceremonial Ladle, Africa Early 20th Century. 17" long. Figure with pleasing facial features on the globular ladle. The handle is a standing figure of a male ancestor with attached ring. In excellent condition.
Rare large pair of African carved tropical hardwood dance masks-surface untouched-some purple blue polychrome--probably male and female-note difference of five pips on one and six on the other each 46 inches high-20 inches wide and 5 inches deep-from private collector-Nigerian tribe, but misplaced tribe name-46 inches high-20 inches wide and 5 inches deep-about 75 years old-minor wear-no condition problems-stable, heavy and dramatic
Fine African carved ivory beauty; standing in a long dress with tall grasses around her feet, and using one hand to steady a tall vessel balanced
atop her head. Size: Height of this incredible carving, including 1.5 inches wood stand, is 17 inches. Condition Report: Good condition.
This is a chess set made of faux ivory from the Belgian Congo. The board itself is also made of faux ivory, it measures 10 1/4" x 10 1/4" x 3/4". The pieces are in very good condition and measure from 1 1/2" x 1/2" x 1/2" on the smallest piece to 2 1/2" x 3/4" x 3/4" on the largest piece. Made around 1920 this great chess set is one of a kind!
An extremely old and large Dan mask from West Africa.Either from Liberia or Ivory Coast.Deep dark patina,much wear on the inside.
11 inches H.
An extremely old carved wood vessel for storing camwood powder.Finely carved pattern and raised symbols.
Worn and cracked with remains of red camwood.
8 inches H.
African 5 string bowed harp, probably from Zaire or Congo. Pegs and strings are missing. The spoon shaped hollowed wood sound box is covered with skin and the arm is a carved female figure with a topknot coiffure. Middle 20th century. Excellent condition, beautiful patina. The instrument is 30" long end to end, and 5" wide. It stands 30" high on a custom museum stand. Shipping extra. Connecticut residents and buyers picking up in Connecticut add 6.35% state sales tax...