An early Baule figure of a woman.
Ivory Coast, early 20th century.
H. 33,5 cm (excl. stand)
Condition: several age cracks, beautiful dark patina.
Provenance: ex coll. Van Lier, The Netherlands
Igbo or Ibo mask
An Igbo mask used to incarnate a spirit of the death following the outstanding characteristic of the many Igbo masks; painted chalk white, the colour of the spirit.
Nigeria, early 20th century.
Height mask: 48 cm. With base stand: 71 cm.
Description: This is an antique bronze bracelet from either the Lobi or Dyan cultures of the Western Africa. The piece is from the former French colony of Upper Volta (present day Burkina Faso). The bracelet has three bells on it with incised geometric designs. The bells would have been used to summon protective ancestral spirits to watch over the wearer. The piece dates to the late 19th, early 20th century...
Description: This is a wooden box from the African culture known as the Kuba dating to circa 1900. The box is hand carved from wood and features a face motif on the top of the lid and geometric designs around the outside of the box. Theses boxes were called ngedi mu ntey by the Kuba and would have been used to hold tukula (twool), a red powder made from ground cam wood. The tukula would have been used for painting the face and body during ceremonies as well as anointing the dead...
Pair of African drums-cowskin tops stretched over wood frame-legs even covered with hide-you can beat them if you fancy the sound of the jungle or use them as small tables-pieces are sturdy-each are 14 inches high-one diameter is 12 inches-the other 13 inches
Scarce West African carved hardwood colonial horseman--symbol of European colonialism in Africa--a white man in pith helmet, mounted on a horse and with a gun-doubt these are made now.--this one is ca 1900-good size-22 inches high-17 inches wide-5 inches deep-no condition problems-wear is normal for the period-no repairs-piece is complete -surface dirt-fascinating piece.
A Cameroons (Duala) oblong stool carved in openwork with the word KAMERUN and on the reverse with a pair of confronting leopards. Dimensions: 20 ½ in. wide x 12 ¾ in. high x 9 ½ in. deep.
Age cracks. Old repair to back of openwork panel. Early 20th cent.
The stool presumably dates from the period, pre- 1916, when the Cameroons were a German colony.
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
A Cameroonian Fertility Doll – early 19th century. This is a fertility doll from the Namji (Doyayo, Dowayo, Namchi, Namshi), Cameroon. Notice the amazing power and strength of the doll from its stance – if viewed alone, it could almost look to be six feet tall. This doll measures 11” high x 5 ¾” wide x 3” deep and is decorated with blue and yellow beads.
Namji are the people inhabiting an area in the west of the north Cameroon...
This carved African sculpture is from the Congo-Sogye tribe-it was collected by French Colonialist before WWII and is an estate piece--animal horn, probably goat, embedded in skull of sculpture-piece shows wear on noise where it was ritually rubbed-no condition problems-21 inches high--nice authentic item
A very fine and well patinated African mask from the Yoruba tribe. The mask dates from approximately 1900-1920 and has almost certainly used in tribal dances. It measures 9 1/2" high and is 5 1/4" wide at its widest and 2" thick at the thickest part. Very good condition appropriate its age.
Yoruba masks are worn by a traditional healer to drive evil spirits from the possessed person. The arts of the Yoruba are numerous in form...
ANTIQUE STINKWOOD BOWL FROM SOUTH AFRICA; PROB. EDWARDIAN (1901-1910). An old and beautifully turned stinkwood bowl from South Africa. The wood Ocotea bullata is native to South Africa and is also known by its common names: Cape Walnut, Stinkhout, Cape Laurel, Laurel wood and “stinkwood” (because of an odor this wood emits only after it is freshly cut!)...
Ethiopian gourds carved with tradititonal geometric Coptic designs. Used for traditional drinks and spices. Early 20th Century. Fine glossy patina. Photograph is an example only. Please enquire to see photos of pieces in stock.
A good Dan mask with a natural even dark brown patination and with fibre attachment.Circa 1920-40. Height 9ins 23cm.
Unusual polychrome African carved colonial mask-was worn in rituals-significance of the fierce serpent ready to strike and bird is unknown-no condition problems-16 inches high-9.5 inches wide and 5 inches deep-color of face has deep blue or purple-a color that connotes passivity of which the mask has none