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
Fine coconut basket from Benin dating to the late 19th or early 20th Century. Approximately 4.3" / 11cms long. Very good condition with a few hairlines but no serious damage or repairs.
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...
a 19th century lulua power figure with typical style as described in m.l.felix "110 people of zaire :large head with pointed coiffure,scarified neck showing adam's apple,prominent ombilicus,short legs and separated feet.many scarifications on body and head,17,5cm
deep glossy patina
from an old colonial collection
collected in situ before 1930 by the parents of lady with a document signed by her
Late 19th- early 20th century. This figure has been in my family's possession for about 60 years, and is in the same condition as found: good, old surface with appropriate wear to the high-points, and a short stable split at an ear. 7 1/4" x 1 1/4" 3 oz.
A Fine South African headrest in good condition .The inscription along the seat reads " KAFFER HEAD REST P.M.BURG NATAL 1904 J.W.R.de la Poer. R.Garrison .Regt". Zulu/Swazi. Length 44.5cm, Height 19cm
A very old and very unusual Ovimbundu four headed female wood figure from Central Africa.Deep brown and black pigment/patina.Both raised and incised scarification.Remains of old leather.
Bowl on head with neat repair to break.
11 inches H. 3 inches W.
A very old wood stool from the Bamana tribe of Mali,West Africa.Desiccated patina.
15 inches H.
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;
A very fine and well worn Baule bronze miniature pendant mask from West Africa.The mask is very well cast with multiple bands of raised scarification.Good patina.Mounted on base
19th C. or earlier
2 1/2 inches H.
Mounted 4 1/4 inches H.
Stunning Benin / Nigeria Bronze Ceremonial Ladle, Africa Early 20th Century. 17" long. Figure with pleasing facial features on the globular ladle. The handle is a standing figure of a male ancestor with attached ring. In excellent condition.
Antique, late 19th century, African Mangbetu or Zande, bow harp, Kundi.
The sound box (Resonator) of the harp is made of wood and covered with snake skin, with one round opening on the anterior surface, and small holes for the strings.
There are no holes in the neck for the tuning pegs since the strings were fastened to the neck by the loops...
This is a very rare and interesting wooden table or stool from the Bamum tribe, ca. 1890-1900. The kingdom of Bamum or Bamoum, also known as Bamun or Bamoun or Mum (1394–1884) was a pre-colonial West African state in what is now northwest Cameroon. It was founded by the Mbum, a part-Bantu ethnic group from northeast Cameroon. Its capital was the ancient walled city of Fumban.
The table is carved as two men on opposite sides, standing in the base of the table and wach supporting the table top...
African, Senofu stool, circa 1920. 11" x 8.25" x 7". Very heavy dense wood. Ex-private collection. Quality piece-sturdy actually used as furniture in huts
Old African wooden mask from Ivory Coast.
Condition: nice old patina, some visible cracks in the wood.
Measurements: 31 inches high.
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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.
A rare curiosity - an early nineteenth, late 18th Century stuffed specimen of a North African Nile Crocodile, Crocodylus Niloticus.
An extremely fine and striking piece of antique taxidermy art from a bygone era. The crocodile mounted in a position of attack, his mouth wide open to reveal his deep mouth and sharp teeth. His legs flexed ready to pounce and his tail curled to the side. The whole piece expertly conserved, mounted and painted.
Length: 41 inches.