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.
Pair of African carved ivory figures depicting a family with the woman carrying a jar on her head and holding it with the left hand and with the right
hand carrying another vessel. The man holding a cane by left hand and his child by his right side. The man figure has a height if 11 inches and woman
is 10.25 inches tall standing on a .75 inch wooden base. Both item bear very nice dark patina, in good condition with losses to woman's necklace and
Powerful and wonderfully carved elephant ivory tusk. Hollow, carved 3/4 around with two crocodiles on opposite ends with open, hollow jaws having pointed teeth, and facing each other with a diminutive elephant between. The whole surface covered with amber brown color; some crocodile teeth, front of upper jaw of one crocodile, tip of elephant trunk lost, and nick at opening. Signed on the bottom, “J.T. Kasongo” Custom base. 29-1/2" L
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
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.
Kotoko / Chad Bronze Fighting Cock, Africa, Early 20th Century. In fighting stance with flaring tail, long spurs, and incised feathers. The cocks comb was removed before a fight to lessen physical damage to rooster. 11 1/2" high and in excellent condition.
A deeply impressive Chokwe mask from central Africa.Worn dark patina,thinly carved and very characteristic of this type of mask.Pierced with holes of different sizes and shape.
9 inches H. 6 inches W.
An exceptional Baule Janus wood heddle pulley for a loom.Deep blackish/brown patina.
7 7/8 inches H.
African stool, Senofue. 17.5" x 8" Circa 1950. $400.
Male and female figures of high density, heavy tropical wood. Female 21" tall, male 22" tall.
Ethiopian 'magic' scroll, inks/paints on parchment. Undated, estimated to be 19th century or earlier. 180 x 10.5cm.
Complete, good condition for age.
Male and female figures, sold as a pair because they go well together. Female 15.5" has small damage on foot. Male 16.5" has termite damage to the very top of the head--no termites now. Female is made of light-colored tropical wood. The male's wood is darker. ex-Private collection, estimated to be more than 70 years old. Fine quality carving. Price for pair $975.
Carved Stone African monkey-stone is multi colored and polished-12 inches high-6 inches deep-marked on bottom-uncertain whether this indicates country of origin or artist-no condition problems-came from African collection
An exceptional,animate and rare Ashanti bronze figure of a horseman.The metal is well worn and smooth to the touch.Lovely mellow patina.
19th c. but most likely much earlier
2 1/2 inches L. 3 1/4 inches H.
A late 19th or early 20th Century, possibly Ekoi, carved wood stool made in Cameroon, West Africa. Condition: good - minor losses and wear and an age related crack to the top but no repairs or restoration. 42cm (16.25inches) high; 30cm (11.75inches) diameter. For additional pictures please view #0245 on our recently constructed shop website at 69aliverpool.co.uk.
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.
An old Ethiopian hide shield, impressed with a ribbed design. Diameter: 57 cm.
The refined and delicate features of this old mask indicate its association with beauty, safety, clarity, and all things female. Showing great age and use, this mask measures 8"H and is in very good condition, though a now stabilized 'check' in the wood comes down along the forehead. There also are some minor, old losses along the sides, especially the right bottom, incurred while the mask was in use. From Nigeria, late 19th/early 20th C...