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...
From our family collection of antique and vintage African Art we present you an antique wooden Aghogho mask from the early 20th. century, approx. 90-100 years old. It is 42 cm high and is in great condition with no repairs.
Unique objects from West Africa still have the power to surprise and challenge even the most astute and knowledgeable collector. Its' the case with this wonderful mask...
A group of twenty-seven Ashanti bronze gold weights of animal, bird, fish and geometric subjects together with a spoon for gold dust. 19/20th cent. Dimensions: Largest: 5 cm. square. Smallest: 1.5 cm. square. Spoon: 10.7 cm. long.
Antique 19th century African Horn Trumpet with shiny honey brown patina, cracks through age, and slight traces of abrasion.
MEASUREMENTS: The overall length: 43 cm (17 in).
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Excellent examples which have extra fine design work on them and are a true matched pair. They also show great age and use. They are made of a copper-alloy, and, based on the other objects in the collection from which they originated, they are most likely from the Mali, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast area Senufo (or a smaller related group). They measure 6 7/8"L x approx. 4"W, each. Early 20th century. Provenance: Old Austin, TX private collection.
A large and major studio pottery vase of ovoid form, its base ornately rendered with textile-patterned lappets in gilt, gosu, iron red and green enamels. On the splendid brown-glazed ground, lush white sakura grow asymmetrically across its surface in delicate clusters. Each petal is outlined in gilt, a wonderful luxurious detail contrasting with the simple form of the vase. Ito Tozan (Imperial Court Artist) signature and carved signature mark on the base...
Antique African Wrist Knife with protective leather sheath.
When the sheath is removed from the metal disc, a decorative piece worn on the wrist is turned into a lethal weapon.
The Turkana are a pastoralist people of northern Kenya.
Knowing no boundaries such knives can also be found in southern Ethiopia. Size 4.5" by 4.5"over 2.25" interior diameter very very sharp. Sorry no stand with this piece.
shango" staffs are held during processions and dances in honour of the thunder god...
A rare burnished red earthenware foot rasp, in the form of a stylized crouching crocodile, probably made in Asyut (circa 1850-1920), for use in the Egyptian public bath house. There is a very similar example in the Pitt Rivers Museum (University of Oxford: http://web.prm.ox.ac.uk/bodyarts/index.php/temporary-body-arts/toiletries/50-footcare.html ...
A rare carved ivory figure of a man, wearing a (beaded?) belt with traditional leather apron, made in Sub-Saharan (possibly southern) Africa for sale to European traders or colonists during the late 19th or early 20th Century...
very important ntomo mask ,bamana ,this type of mask belonged to Young boys not yet circumcised The small mouth makes reference to the most important message of that society control of the speech and silence virtues The 8 horns in comb shape srmounting the head are an allusion to the feminine sex .this mask can be situated at the end of 19th century beginning of 20th.Ex andre schoeller ,ex dot beppe berna ,ex private collection belgium
A very old pair of "edan", each in the shape of a cylindrical stem surmounted by a stylized head with features in relief on the upper part, and terminating on the lower part in a long point. The upper part is made of bronze, with a nice reddish-green patina, and the lower part is made of iron. These edan were worn by a member of the Ogboni secret society, which existed among the Yoruba tribes, in Nigeria, Africa...
Age: Late 19th Century.
Origin: Ivory Coast.
Description: This seated female figure from the Ivory Coast is beautifully hand-carved from wood. Carrying a small infant on her back, the small bowl in her hand allows people to bring her offerings. In great condition.
Dimensions: 20.5″h x 9″l x 8.5″w
neolithic quartz beads necklace
7000 to 5000 BC from Mauritania
Long 10"(22cm) larger disc 1.5"(4cm)
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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.
A rare round African Metal Hatchet/Axe with markings and a carved Horn handle. Good condition overall. Size: Length 13 3/4" (35 cm.). For African Art Collectors!
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)...
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...