This type of Wongo effigy head cup was used for ritually drinking palm wine. The crisply carved facial features are characteristic of the neighboring Western Pende, but the overall vessel form is typical of yet another neighboring people, the Lele. Early 20th C, from D.R.Congo. Approximately 4.75"H, and in fine condition with small, old losses along the right and left edges of the pedestal foot base. Deep, rich, shiny, dark, aged patina...
This wonderful antique has stone or iron beads enclosed in three places so it rings as you walk or move almost like a babies rattle. Its 5 ¾ inches at the widest point and 2 ¼ across. This is an authentic piece dating to the 19th century or before. This is one of two African bracelets I bought years ago from an historic Alabama Estate.
NOTE: Subject to prior sale (item is also in an retail store)
Also Michigan residents must pay state sales tax.
Striking West African carved wood polychrome Baule Dance mask-ca 1900-has drying cracks and surface wear-piece is complete-16 inch diameter-13 inches high--unique piece from old collection
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...
A late 19th or early 20th Century, possibly Ekoi, carved wood stool made in Cameroon, West Africa. Condition: good - minor losses and wear and an age related crack to the top but no repairs or restoration. 42cm (16.25inches) high; 30cm (11.75inches) diameter. For additional pictures please view #0245 on our recently constructed shop website at 69aliverpool.co.uk.
The refined and delicate features of this old mask indicate its association with beauty, safety, clarity, and all things female. Showing great age and use, this mask measures 8"H and is in very good condition, though a now stabilized 'check' in the wood comes down along the forehead. There also are some minor, old losses along the sides, especially the right bottom, incurred while the mask was in use. From Nigeria, late 19th/early 20th C...
The mustachioed male image with classic large, triangular, wide set eyes, high forehead, and tripartite coiffure. This example has maintained its incised details quite well considering the surface has experienced the typical erosion of the burnished surface slip. A coarse sand temper is exposed after 2000 years of weathering. From central Nigeria, 400 BCE to CE 200. This head has been TL tested and comes with the document...
Divination tapper of slightly curved shape, nicely carved with geometric designs on its upper part. Ivory, with honey-colored age patina. Africa, Nigeria, Yoruba Peoples, 19th century. Height: 10 1/8" (25,6 cm). Erosion, age cracks (no danger), a few chips, otherwise very good condition.
In the form of a royal gong, this pendant would have been displayed at funerals. This piece is beautifully and finely carved with a nice worn patina indicating decades of use. See African Art Western Eyes by Susan Vogel 1997 pg 194 for reference. The surfaces are curved and concave or convex, a very difficult technique.
5 3/4" by 2 1/2". From Taylor A. Dale and an old Belgian collection.
A great Dan mask , supra condition
at least circa early 20th
H 23 cm wide 16 cm
A super fine Kiwebe mask, light wood but supra condition
Age circa early XXth or earlier
H 41 cm, Wide 17.5 cm
A great mask
Important feminine Lobi Figure with arms up to pay tribute to death people
H 70 cm, wideness between hands 26 cm
Divination tapper of slightly curved shape, nicely carved with geometric designs on its upper part. Ivory, with dark-brown age patina. Africa, Nigeria, Yoruba Peoples, 19th century. Height: 10" (25 cm). The piece is nicely mounted on custom metal stand. Erosion, a few chips, otherwise good condition.
A FINE CAMEROON AFRICAN CARVED WOOD TRIBAL ART DANCE MASK. Probably Bafute. Carved with elongated drooping bulbous cheek bones, protruding eyes, open mouth and carved teeth with white kaolin. The flattened back of head with carved concentric rings. Displayed Height 12 inches (30.5 cm) Wear to mask-no repairs or condition problems
SENUFO AFRICAN CARVED WOOD TRIBAL ART HELMET HEADDRESS. With curved continuous horns above a standing bird figure flanked by male and female forms, the lower rim pierced for raffia. Height 10.5 inches (26.5 cm).Shows wear-complete-no repairs
Super Fine Baoule figure , from 19 to early 20 th
the right arm is lacking , the left one is broken, feet are also wounded. H 39 cm
Ex French Collection (JN) collected in situ around 1950 by JN
Old Dogon figure , H 34cm
a fine songye axe ,very thick blade of simple shape well balanced .This rank ceremonial axe has a thick blade of massively forged iron .it is formed of three branches a semicircle blade,a square section at the base. . a thick copper sheet totally wraps the wooden handle ..This axe brings together all of the techniques used by blacksmiths Nsapo, twisted iron, the characteristic small head and large solid forged...