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 importation of tobacco from the Americas into Africa occurred in the late 16th century CE. From that time onward, appropriate to the owner's social station, the art of the pipe flourished. In the Grasslands of Cameroon, where this pipe originates, decoration was regulated by strict codes. Only the highest ranking individuals were allowed to possess pipes with anthropomorphic imagery, as found on this exquisite example...
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...
The pedestal foot vessel carved with guilloche patterns and images of pangolin (manis tricuspis). A deep, blackish brown patina covers the entire vessel, especially the interior, and the surface on the exterior is smooth and shiny from much handling. The contents of such a small container must have been quite potent and special. Early 20th century from D.R.Congo, Central Africa. 5" in height, and in mint condition. Provenance: collection of Peter Pollack, NY and Fl, since the early 1960's.
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
Great Baoule mask in supra condition
Circa Early 20th or earlier
Total Height 39 cm, mask only is 25 cm
More pictures on request a great piece
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...
a rare congo woden bell, brought back before 1914 by charles smets who went to congo from 1909 to 1914,with the mission of the natural history museum of New york .by descent to his grandson .a part of his collection was sold in sotheby's paris ,in june 2012...
a rare congo woden bell, brought back before 1914 by charles smets who went to congo from 1909 to 1914,with mission of the natural history museum of New york .by descent to his grandson .a part of his collection was sold in sotheby's paris ,in june 2012. .These bells were hanging on the dogs neck for the hunting .