An extremely rare, important and well provenanced ancient Greek Athenian Pinakion, or jury service ticket, dating to 378-339 B.C.
The rectangular ticket is inscribed in three lines and reads:
(1) [sec.letter] εξηκεςτος o
(3) [triobol stamp] αλαιεύς [double bodied owl] [gorgoneion]
Exikestos [son of]
Four stamps can be...
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...
Yoruba / Nigeria Village Priest's Shango Carved Altar Piece. Carved by Jagun Family Worikshop, Africa, late 19th - Early 20th Century. 20" high and mounted. Collected in Ede, and made of Iroko wood. In excellent condition. The god of thunder and the ancestor of the Yoruba people of Nigeria. He is the son of Yemaja the mother goddess and protector of birth...
Exceptional quality pair tribal African Bapende Hand carved ivory masks.
Bapende Peoples, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Worn as a badge of honor and protection against illness and hardship.
83 grams and measure approximately 2 1/2 inches in length.
Late 19th/early 20th century.
Height 6.5 inches.
From the Barton Collection.
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.
A Baule female wood statue with considerable age.A classical figure,very beautiful, with raised scarification.
Deep dark patina.Stable cracks.
Baule,Ivory Coast,West Africa
17 inches H.
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.
Scarce West African carved hardwood colonial horseman--symbol of European colonialism in Africa--a white man in pith helmet, mounted on a horse and with a gun-doubt these are made now.--this one is ca 1900-good size-22 inches high-17 inches wide-5 inches deep-no condition problems-wear is normal for the period-no repairs-piece is complete -surface dirt-fascinating piece.
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.