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.
very rare hardwood African table or bench-Angolan Chokwe tribe-pre colonial-highly figural-with carving all over- caryatid legs -top is wood with tack design- sturdy -you could dance on it !--19.5 inches wide-3i.5 inches long-19 inches high -to the top of corner heads 22 inches--pieces normally found in German and Swiss collections with museum exhibitions and scholarship-provenance on request- minor surface nicks-piece was used as furniture by tribe
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...
Dervish sword Kaskara, 19th century, from period - time of the Mahdi (Mohammed Ahmed 1848-85) revolutionary insurrection against colonial rule in Sudan. The Double-edged blade is engraved on both sides with Arabic calligraphy. The cross guard is made of brass, the wooden hilt with covering from crocodiles hide. The unusual crocodile tail scabbard is with two companion daggers. The sword is in good condition. Overall length; 30 inches.
A very fine Senufo wood female figure from West Africa.Deep black/brown patina with incised scarification to the body.
19 th C.
8 3/4 inches H. 2 inches W.
10 inches H. on base
A large and expressionistic bronze pipe bowl from the Bamum tribe of Cameroon ,west Africa.
Cast as an elephant head with 3 human figures
hanging off the outside.Thick,resinous,uncleaned patina.Well used.
6 1/2 inches H 5 1/2 inches W.
West African doll from Mossi people. Wood base covered entirely in intricately interlaced thin strips of leather, 33 cm tall. Good condition, no later restoration or polishing.Ex old German collection. Undated, estimated to be early 20th century. Can be viewed in central London.
Chinese Export Nanking Pattern Blue And White Tureen With Under Tray. The tureen and cover trimmed In gold, with traces of gold remaining on the under tray. Circa 1800. Size: 13.5" L (handle to handle) x 9.5" W x 11" H (top of finial).
Old Dogon figure , H 34cm
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...
This pleasantly eroded figure of an ancestor or family chief functioned as a protective sculpture on a household altar, safe-guarding the entire family. A high level of abstraction makes Moba carvings instantly recognizable. The long, thin arms are cut-free and hang straight down alongside the body. A larger diameter chest area is still apparent on the otherwise cylindrical body...
Punu style mask, originals are from Gabon. This is either a early copy or tourist piece. 45cm x 25cm Mask early 20th Century. w/ Oriental influence. Provenance: The Sumner Tribal Art Collection. Aquired 1.7.2013
Divination tapper of slightly curved shape, nicely carved with geometric designs on its upper part. Ivory, with dark-brown age patina. Africa, Nigeria, Yoruba Peoples, 19th century. Height: 10" (25 cm). The piece is nicely mounted on custom metal stand. Erosion, a few chips, otherwise good condition.
Kolango figure from Ivory Coast, circa 1920. 10.5" Excellent condition. Ex-private collection. $525.
The Konda of central D.R.Congo made ornate and eccentrically shaped sword blades for non-combative use. They were indications of their owner's social rank, created simply for prestigious qualities. This excellent example is made from copper and has a wooden handle with iron strapping to further accentuate its pinched form. Late 19th century. Very fine condition with aged patina. Provenance: Old Dutch collection since the 1950's
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
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.
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.