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.
An old Ethiopian hide shield, impressed with a ribbed design. Diameter: 57 cm.
A Cameroons (Duala) oblong stool carved in openwork with the word KAMERUN and on the reverse with a pair of confronting leopards. Dimensions: 20 ½ in. wide x 12 ¾ in. high x 9 ½ in. deep.
Age cracks. Old repair to back of openwork panel. Early 20th cent.
The stool presumably dates from the period, pre- 1916, when the Cameroons were a German colony.
A very elaborate tobacco pipe bowl of the Ashanti people (present Ghana), knowing tobacco and the habit of smoking since the 17th century. A feline predator is standing on a rectangular base plate. Provenance: old collection from Berne, Switzerland. Condition: few traces of usage. Dimension: 8 cm x 8.5 cm.
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...
Rare small wooden African snuff box decorated with glass beads made by the tribal people of Kenya. This container was used by village elders to keep snuff for medicinal purposes and they would wear it attached to a belt or as a pendant suspended around the neck. The body of the snuff box is carved from a hollowed out piece of wood and is bulbous at one end. The cap is hide decorated with glass beads. In very good antique condition, it measures 3" high x 1.5". Circa 1900
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!
Old Songye mask ca. 1900/20 with all the wear and tear you expect to find on a used and hand made dance mask.
Well made with good symmetry.
Appr. 16" or 40 cm.
More pictures on request.
Ethiopian gourds carved with tradititonal geometric Coptic designs. Used for traditional drinks and spices. Early 20th Century. Fine glossy patina. Photograph is an example only. Please enquire to see photos of pieces in stock.
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.
ANTIQUE STINKWOOD BOWL FROM SOUTH AFRICA; PROB. EDWARDIAN (1901-1910). An old and beautifully turned stinkwood bowl from South Africa. The wood Ocotea bullata is native to South Africa and is also known by its common names: Cape Walnut, Stinkhout, Cape Laurel, Laurel wood and “stinkwood” (because of an odor this wood emits only after it is freshly cut!)...
Igbo or Ibo mask
An Igbo mask used to incarnate a spirit of the death following the outstanding characteristic of the many Igbo masks; painted chalk white, the colour of the spirit.
Nigeria, early 20th century.
Height mask: 48 cm. With base stand: 71 cm.
Huge and chunky tribal Berber ritualistic headgear earrings in chunky lustrous and thick coral branches, copal, assorted trade beads and turquoise.
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 ).
Important feminine Lobi Figure with arms up to pay tribute to death people
H 70 cm, wideness between hands 26 cm
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...
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!
Unusual polychrome African carved colonial mask-was worn in rituals-significance of the fierce serpent ready to strike and bird is unknown-no condition problems-16 inches high-9.5 inches wide and 5 inches deep-color of face has deep blue or purple-a color that connotes passivity of which the mask has none