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
Unusually long finely crafted late 19th Century iron Massai Samboro Elder spear from Southern Kenya. 7ft 10 ½” long, 1 ¾” wide leaf-shaped blade and long shank notched into wooden shaft with long narrow metal butt. Blade length 7 ½”, shank length 26”, butt length 33”. Circa 1890s.
A good, early 20th Century, Manding dagger with leather-covered sheath and hilt. This item originates from the South West Sahara - a region which was, at the time, known as 'Western Sudanic Africa'. Condition - very good. There is some rusting/oxidation to the blade.
12 inches (30cm) Long
Blade - 5 inches (13cm).
An attractive north African Jambiya with intricately decorated brass and white metal (probably silver) sheath. This item was made in the 19th Century during the later years of the Ottoman Empire. A band of metal is missing from the hilt and the metal work is bumped and dented in many places.
15.3 inches (39cm) Long.
Antique 19th century, extremely large circular war shield Gatschena from Abyssinia – Ethiopia. DETAILS: this highly convex shield is made of very thick hide probably from hippopotamus hide with beautifully tooled face in geometrical design and sturdy half round hide handle in the back.
MEASUREMENTS: 59.7 cm( 23½ inches) in diameter.
REFERENCES: “Islamic and Native Weapons of Colonial Africa 1800-1960” by Anthony C. Tirri, page 87...
African short sword of the Kusu tribe from Zaire in its original condition. A very wide leaf shaped blade beautifully hand forged with two ribs on each side of the blade. The handle is made of carved hardwood with a lovely natural patina. Entire length; 22 inches (56cm) and 7 ½ inches (19cm) wide.
Dervish sword Kaskara, 19th century, from period - time of the Mahdi (Mohammed Ahmed 1848-85) revolutionary insurrection against colonial rule in Sudan. The Double-edged blade is engraved on both sides with Arabic calligraphy. The cross guard is made of brass, the wooden hilt with covering from crocodiles hide. The unusual crocodile tail scabbard is with two companion daggers. The sword is in good condition. Overall length; 30 inches.