Ethiopian 'magic' scroll, inks/paints on parchment. Undated, estimated to be 19th century or earlier. 180 x 10.5cm.
Complete, good condition for age.
The handle of this important, regal flywhisk shows a lively, young, kneeling female with emphasized breasts and feet, in the manner of
a supplicant devotee of the Shango cult or of a woman who is a messenger of the spirits...
Anye / Cote d'Ivoire Statue of Mother and Children. Akan Group, wood late 19th - early 20th Century, 19" high. The Akan are made up of the Ashanti, the Fante, the Aowin, the Anye and a few other small ethnicities. In very good condition.
Yoruba / Nigeria Village Priest's Shango Carved Altar Piece. Carved by Jagun Family Worikshop, Africa, late 19th - Early 20th Century. 20" high and mounted. Collected in Ede, and made of Iroko wood. In excellent condition. The god of thunder and the ancestor of the Yoruba people of Nigeria. He is the son of Yemaja the mother goddess and protector of birth...
Stunning Benin / Nigeria Bronze Ceremonial Ladle, Africa Early 20th Century. 17" long. Figure with pleasing facial features on the globular ladle. The handle is a standing figure of a male ancestor with attached ring. In excellent condition.
Nine small brass weights originating from the African Gold Coast. The top decorated with different geometric ornaments as spirals, waves, swastika - one in the shape of a pyramid. Used for weighing gold dust which for centuries was the currency of the region. Condition: fine. Dimension: pyramid: 2.7 cm x 2.8 cm x 2 cm.
Nine small brass weights originating from the African Gold Coast. The top decorated with different geometric ornaments as spirals, waves, swastika etc. Used for weighing gold dust which for centuries was the currency of the region. Largest weight adjusted to standard with lead. Condition: fine. Dimension: largest: 3.2 cm x 3.4 cm.
This is a very rare and interesting wooden table or stool from the Bamum tribe, ca. 1890-1900. The kingdom of Bamum or Bamoum, also known as Bamun or Bamoun or Mum (1394–1884) was a pre-colonial West African state in what is now northwest Cameroon. It was founded by the Mbum, a part-Bantu ethnic group from northeast Cameroon. Its capital was the ancient walled city of Fumban.
The table is carved as two men on opposite sides, standing in the base of the table and wach supporting the table top...
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