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
A good Dan mask with a natural even dark brown patination and with fibre attachment.Circa 1920-40. Height 9ins 23cm.
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.
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!)...
A very fine and well patinated African mask from the Yoruba tribe. The mask dates from approximately 1900-1920 and has almost certainly used in tribal dances. It measures 9 1/2" high and is 5 1/4" wide at its widest and 2" thick at the thickest part. Very good condition appropriate its age.
Yoruba masks are worn by a traditional healer to drive evil spirits from the possessed person. The arts of the Yoruba are numerous in form...
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
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.
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.
African carved tropical hardwood fetish figure-early 20thc-nails driven into sculpture and bounded with knotted cotton strips-note mask centered in belly of figure-no condition problems.13 inches by 6 inches-striking piece
Early 20thc Colonial African Yoruba helmet mask-mounted,but easily removed-from special collection provenance furnished on request-mask represents colonial native constabulary-hat is French kepi-well carved with much character-surface wear and shrinkage cracks- left ear has minor damage-figure has tribal scars-helmet was used in dances and shows wear.unmounted 7 inches high-10 inches deep-7 inches wide-mounted 11 inches high -rare sculpture-museum quality-early 20thc
African hardwood stool-Luba tribe-seat supported by caryatids-two male and two females-figures separated by braided fiber dangling palm nuts-so seat rattles when moved-has geometric patters carved into seat-drying cracks-15.25 high-11.5 diameter-sturdy-wear to surface-provenance on request
African carved tropical hardwood Fang dance mask-mask is unusual not only in format as it appears as an abstract newborn or pregnant woman but also as it appears to have been worn on the arm or shoulder-cavity appears too narrow for a helmet mask- it has eyelets for attachment-piece is 1930s made from one piece of bas relief carved wood-small chip on one foot-mask is filthy from dirt-easily cleaned-sold as found directly from native African trader-21 inches by 7 inches--6.5 inches deep-sculptu...
Rare collection of three carved wood Ibo figures--a king and two of his queens-all hold their version of scepters-all three are mounted on the inside side of window of the king's hut-piece shows wear but is stable to hang-has interesting color, but is dirty-easily cleaned-sold as is directly from native African trader--23 inches by 24 inches-seldom found-unique-museum candidate-1920s
Rare collection of three carved wood Ibo figures--a king and two of his queens-all hold their version of scepters-all three are mounted on the inside side of window of the king's hut-piece shows wear but is stable to hang-has interesting color, but is dirty-easily cleaned-sold as is directly from native African trader--23.5 inches by 23.5 inches-seldom found-unique-museum candidate
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.
Bone carving of reclining nude with custom iron stand. Excellent condition. African, early 20th century; 10 1/2 H x 4 1/2" L x 3 1/2" W
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...
Wabembe wooden sculpture of naked man, Congo, Africa.
CONDITION: nice showing its age and usage patina.
MEASUEMENTS: 13 inches tall.
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