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
baboon master maternity figure ,zulu staff final ,late 19th century,ex john Hewitt collection(UK) ex Merton Simpson ,ex private coll NY ,ex Jacaranda gallery ex private coll belgium .This maternity was once on the top of a staff .the figure wears the classical pointed cooiffure ;it has been worn to a deep Brown hue and darkened further with the addition of pokerwork detailing the skirt and hair ,14inches
A Shona neckrest. Late 19th Century. Height 15 cm.
Extremely rare funerary spool-shaped terracotta vessel created by the Akan people of Ghana, 19th-20th century, with incised simple geometric decoration. A very large example of this rare pottery form (15" in diameter, 7" high) believed to have been created to honor the dead in "places of pots" or asensie.
Old Dogon figure , H 34cm
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.
This exquisite casting head is a fine example of one of the most famous metalworking traditions in world history. The details on this head are stunning, from the splendid facial expression, to the detailed rendering of its formal crown. One can only imagine the true splendor of the old court of Ife.
The present head is an early 20th Century copy modeled after the great Yoruba center at Ife dating originally approximately 1100 -1450 A.D...
a songye miniature figure ,beginning of 20th century ,straight body ,strong expression of the face with copper pieces ,square chin .The top of the head has a hole supposed to get magical substances This kind of fetish piece used to protect its owner from diseases and from being bewitched .with a didier claes certificate ,ex private belgian collection ,12,5cm
Covered with raw indigo blue, this water spirit headdress is but one small reflection of the enigmatic underwater world of the Ijo peoples who live in the Niger Delta, Nigeria, West Africa. These deities of the watery universe are credited with introducing masks and dance masquerades to humans. The spirits can be harmful or benevolent depending on the amount of respect villagers give them, and they are believed to be angered most by a lack of dances being performed...
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.
This extraordinary statue comes from the Kuyu people who live between the Sangha and upper Ogowe Rivers, D.R.Congo.
Very large and heavy terracotta statue, covered with shiny and vivid colors, made around the early 20th century - in our family collection since 1950.
This wonderful figure will hold a prominent place in any Tribal Art collection.
We also have 2 more Kuyu terracotta statues from the same period...
FRENCH SLAVE TRADE BRACELET C.1700-1800 Bronze, 3 1/4" width. Used for the purchase of slaves in West Africa. Value one slave Shipwreck recovery with expected green encrustation.
Fine African carved ivory beauty; standing in a long dress with tall grasses around her feet, and using one hand to steady a tall vessel balanced
atop her head. Size: Height of this incredible carving, including 1.5 inches wood stand, is 17 inches. Condition Report: Good condition.
Benin Bronze Man with Horse. Nigeria. 19th Century. High copper alloy. Masterfully modeled and cast in lost-wax. Two small void areas in base, which is ornamented with typical Benin incised leaf patterns and ropework along the edges. Remarkable detail throughout. Fine, untouched patina. 10 1/2" tall x 11" x 9". 11 lb.
Senofue male figure, circa 1920. 13" Excellent condition. Ex-private collection. $695.
Antique wooden mask or headdress, Nigeria, Yoruba tribe, 18th.-19th. century or earlier.
This mask is huge topped with a bird, that carries a snake on it's back.
This mask is very old, guaranteed pre 1900, but we believe it's rather 18th. century or early 19th. century.
Condition: Intact, but some cracks repaired, that can be spotted from the inside. The wood is dried out due to it's high age.
Ex. Sunde Collection and formerly in other Danish Collections.
Having lost most of its once clearly defined features, this now fragmented Dogon carving is still recognizable as being that of a standing ancestor. The head has retained its original crested shape though stylized facial features are barely discernible. The surface shows an encrusted, fatty patina with areas of dryness, sacrificial matter, and numerous root-like growths attached. This is a centuries old Malian carving made from a hard and heavy wood, and measuring 14"H (not including the mount)...
Impressive African sword of a tribal chief with a handle and a leopard skin sheath from the Benin Kingdom (now in Nigeria). The handle represents the Queen Mother (Iyoba) Idia. She used to fight with a double-edged sword. The blade is very sharp and has a deep blood groove on both sides. Measurements:
blade 43cm; ivory 12,5cm; sword without the leopard skin sheath 66,5 cm;