Yoruba, Nigeria Africa, wooden Shrine Panel, 19th Century. While the meaning of all of the carvings is not known, many images allude to two Yoruba gods, Eshu & Ogun, though they are never depicted. Eshu & Ogun are gods who cross boundaries. Other carved images also refer to the doors' function. For example, snakes & crocodiles are boundary-crossing creatures that inhabit two worlds: above & below the ground, and wet & dry areas. Panel is 61" x 25" with wear appropriate to age, in good condition...
Stunning antique Ndaaka mask, of oval form painted with white and red spots, the edge with cord holes. The mask measures approximately 28 cm high by 15.5 cm wide. As can be seen in the photographs the border holes are slightly worn from where the mask has been worn, see detail photographs where I have indicated this with arrows. The mask has a chip to the chin and a few stable cracks. This is an old mask and not a modern reproduction, this I guarantee, see my returns policy...
Late 19th-early 20th century. Impressive workmanship and a great old patina. 15 1/2" x 6" , 6 1/2 " across fins. 4 lbs. 10 oz
Wood with brass tacks for eyes. Nice old surface with some wear. Repair at base, which is an old replacement, the original being lost, probably to insect damage. 10" x 4" 7 oz.
An Extraordinary Artifact of Cultural Importance Combined with Beautiful and Valuable Materials.
Unique ethnographic artifact of the Berber tribal culture consist of fossilized resin amber, lustrous and thick coral branches, turquoise, trade beads, copal, shell and silver.
Amber has been treasured in North Africa, the Sahara, and the Sahel for centuries due to the protective properties with which it is associated and is considered an important talisman...
Huge and chunky tribal Berber ritualistic headgear earrings in chunky lustrous and thick coral branches, copal, assorted trade beads and turquoise.
An old Ethiopian hide shield, impressed with a ribbed design. Diameter: 57 cm.
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
Excellent wear and patina. Congo, first quarter 20th century. H. 21 cm (mask) or 28 cm including stand.
Rare Moroccan (Morocco) wedding sash or belt, dating from the second half of the 19th Century, in excellent condition (end tassels missing). 6" by 64". Hand woven with silk, metal thread, and cotton. This type of sash is known to have been worn by Jewish brides over the ceremonial wedding dress. Rare and beautiful.
Unique ethnographic Berber tribal culture African Coral and Amber treasure necklace. Time of collection unknown. However, it is evident from the wire repair to the main amber bead that this was an adornment of power, status and was cherished for generations in an African tribal context. Usewear is a satin sheen, making this an extraordinary artifact of importance and beauty combined with beautiful and valuable materials.
A beautiful African carved ivory figure of a nursing mother west Africa with beautiful patina measuring approx. 13 inches in length. A fine investment quality antique.
very old shango figure with incredible use patina
it belonged to the sculptor eric grate ,sweden .Here is the who is who in african art article concerning him:
Grate, Eric (The sculptor, 1896-1983)?
Coll. Stockholm-Sweden. Objects in: expo cat. Liljevalchs Konsthall, Before Picasso; African Art in Swedish Collections, 1988-1989