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.
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
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.
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...
Late 19th-early 20th century. Impressive workmanship and a great old patina. 15 1/2" x 6" , 6 1/2 " across fins. 4 lbs. 10 oz
Late 19th/early 20th century.
Height 6.5 inches.
From the Barton Collection.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Important feminine Lobi Figure with arms up to pay tribute to death people
H 70 cm, wideness between hands 26 cm
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!)...
Huge and chunky tribal Berber ritualistic headgear earrings in chunky lustrous and thick coral branches, copal, assorted trade beads and turquoise.
An old Ethiopian hide shield, impressed with a ribbed design. Diameter: 57 cm.
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 ).
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.
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.
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.