Antique wooden mask or headdress, Nigeria, Yoruba tribe, 18th.-19th. century or earlier.
This mask is huge topped with a bird, that carries a snake on it's back.
This mask is very old, guaranteed pre 1900, but we believe it's rather 18th. century or early 19th. century.
Condition: Intact, but some cracks repaired, that can be spotted from the inside. The wood is dried out due to it's high age.
Ex. Sunde Collection and formerly in other Danish Collections.
Morocco, Berber/Amazigh, ca. 1900 CE. This is a prettily decorated pottery vessel that looks like a large coffee mug with the handle intact. The red designs on it are geometric. Unglazed ceramics from Morocco are usually made in the Rif area of mountainous central Morocco. The production of ceramics is primarily women's industry, and the women who make the pots decorate them with natural paint from plants such as henna...
A fine late 19th Century Lobi stool. This piece would have been used by a Lobi herdsman, the antelope head carved as a handle would indicate his prowess as a hunter. The Stool would also have been used as a headrest for sleeping . The patina on the carrying handle and the seated part are very different indicating years of use . When the owner died the stool would have been ritually blessed and placed in the family shrine ...
Rare antique Dan dance mask-given female figure that surmounts the mask, probably associated with fertility ritual-mask was used-surface shows age and use-complete-striking piece-museum quality-16 inches tall-7 inches wide-4 inches deep
Early antique Beta Tribe tropical hardwood dance mask-ca 19thc-was used in ceremonies --mask surface shows age and wear-mask is heavy from dense wood--11 inches high 7 inches wide- 6 inches deep--remarkable mask-has Dark Vader aspect
A fine early antique carved Tribal Ivory tusk from Loango coast Congo.
Carved with ascending figures in a variety of every day activities.
Custom display stand.
Period Early 19th century.
Fine early example,
Not available to USA.
This extraordinary statue comes from the Kuyu people who live between the Sangha and upper Ogowe Rivers, D.R.Congo.
Very large and heavy terracotta statue, covered with shiny and vivid colors, made around the early 20th century - in our family collection since 1950.
This wonderful figure will hold a prominent place in any Tribal Art collection.
We also have 2 more Kuyu terracotta statues from the same period...
Large and early terracotta pipe bowl, BAMILEKE or TIKAR, Cameroon Africa. Gritty terracotta clay with losses as seen. Size 7.75" by 4"
Very subtle and very old Yoruba piece. It is hard to tell if it is ESU or not, but this has been suggested by several colleagues. Perhaps this functioned as an ESU dance staff and is complete - or it might have been the top from a longer staff, as well, modified long ago (possibly in situ). There is a curious niche on the back of the head with what appears to be a 'charge' , that is, a metal staple or similar item. Late 19th/early 20th century...
We like to offer you a very unique and rare Bakongo statue with 4 faces built as a jar.
It is made of high quality wood around 1900. It is part of the van Norten Tribal Art Collection and has been collected by the founder of the Momoyama Gallery in the 1950ies.
The protrusion in the belly is said to contain magical elements, giving the sculpture its power...
FRENCH SLAVE TRADE BRACELET C.1700-1800 Bronze, 3 1/4" width. Used for the purchase of slaves in West Africa. Value one slave Shipwreck recovery with expected green encrustation.
An exemplary set of metal cuffs decorated with extra fine design work. They measure 6-7/8" long, nearly 4" wide and are a true matched pair. These early 20th century copper-alloy examples are most likely Senufo (or a smaller related group) from the Mali, Burkina Faso or Ivory Coast area. In excellent condition, showing great age and use.
A figure of a soldier or guardian figure finely cast in bronze (using the lost wax method) and made in Benin, Nigeria, during the 19th or early 20th Century.
Provenance: from an early to mid 20th Century North West of England collection.
Condition: there is a production crack running down his back from the left ear to the top of the left leg and part of the item he is holding in his right hand may be missing...
A Fine pair of female Yoruba Ibeji Figures
Finely carved in dense wood.
Ogbomoso region Nigeria.
Period Early 20th century,
A fine kneeling Yoruba Eshu staff
Eshu is the embodiment of the principle of uncertainty in the Yoruba pantheon
he has the attributes of the magician, the trickster and is divine messenger to the Yoruba Orissa(gods)
Eshu is a male deity but often depicted as both male and female.
This is suberbly carved kneeling female specimen. Nigeria early 20th century,
Provenance: US Collection,
A Antique Kongo metal Jesuit figure...
A Benin mask of a human face, dating back to the 19th. century. Strongly cast, and modelled in high relief, the face encircled by a beard composed of numerous fine details, the face with full protruding lips, a wide nose and prominent expressive eyes.
Impressing headdress with 7 horns.
Fine varied aged patina.
Size: 35 cm height - weight 3,3 kg. Stand not included...
This exquisite casting head is a fine example of one of the most famous metalworking traditions in world history. The details on this head are stunning, from the splendid facial expression, to the detailed rendering of its formal crown. One can only imagine the true splendor of the old court of Ife.
The present head is an early 20th Century copy modeled after the great Yoruba center at Ife dating originally approximately 1100 -1450 A.D...