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...
Large and early terracotta pipe bowl, BAMILEKE or TIKAR, Cameroon Africa. Gritty terracotta clay with losses as seen. Size 7.75" by 4"
Very subtle and very old Yoruba piece. It is hard to tell if it is ESU or not, but this has been suggested by several colleagues. Perhaps this functioned as an ESU dance staff and is complete - or it might have been the top from a longer staff, as well, modified long ago (possibly in situ). There is a curious niche on the back of the head with what appears to be a 'charge' , that is, a metal staple or similar item. Late 19th/early 20th century...
We like to offer you a very unique and rare Bakongo statue with 4 faces built as a jar.
It is made of high quality wood around 1900. It is part of the van Norten Tribal Art Collection and has been collected by the founder of the Momoyama Gallery in the 1950ies.
The protrusion in the belly is said to contain magical elements, giving the sculpture its power...
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.
An exemplary set of metal cuffs decorated with extra fine design work. They measure 6-7/8" long, nearly 4" wide and are a true matched pair. These early 20th century copper-alloy examples are most likely Senufo (or a smaller related group) from the Mali, Burkina Faso or Ivory Coast area. In excellent condition, showing great age and use.
A figure of a soldier or guardian figure finely cast in bronze (using the lost wax method) and made in Benin, Nigeria, during the 19th or early 20th Century.
Provenance: from an early to mid 20th Century North West of England collection.
Condition: there is a production crack running down his back from the left ear to the top of the left leg and part of the item he is holding in his right hand may be missing...
Ancient African Tribal Nok terracotta head. Circa 500 B.C.–200 A.D. Nigeria. The typical Nok cone like cylindrical head with elongated face. Condition: Joined from 2 pieces with minor restorations, some cracking and fragile condition. Height 19cm. Could do with better stand. Ex UK collection, collected before 1960.
A Fine pair of female Yoruba Ibeji Figures
Finely carved in dense wood.
Ogbomoso region Nigeria.
Period Early 20th century,
A fine Baule Blo Bian male figure with lion cloth and beads on waist Height: 28cm,
Period: early 20th century,
Provenance: Ex Swiss collection
A fine kneeling Yoruba Eshu staff
Eshu is the embodiment of the principle of uncertainty in the Yoruba pantheon
he has the attributes of the magician, the trickster and is divine messenger to the Yoruba Orissa(gods)
Eshu is a male deity but often depicted as both male and female.
This is suberbly carved kneeling female specimen. Nigeria early 20th century,
Provenance: US Collection,
A Antique Kongo metal Jesuit figure...
A Benin mask of a human face, dating back to the 19th. century. Strongly cast, and modelled in high relief, the face encircled by a beard composed of numerous fine details, the face with full protruding lips, a wide nose and prominent expressive eyes.
Impressing headdress with 7 horns.
Fine varied aged patina.
Size: 35 cm height - weight 3,3 kg. Stand not included...
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...
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.