A finely carved female Bembe figure from the Democratic Republic of Congo, dating to the early 20th century.
The figure standing, the feet slightly bent, the arms held forwards, small protruding breasts and typical elaborate scarifications on the abdomen. The ears are crescentic and the coiffure has a tall median ridge. The eyes inlaid with white glassy paste...
A striking African tribal Kifwebe mask from the Songye peoples, early 20th Century.
The wooden mask of powerful abstract form, the median crest on the head becoming a triangular nose, the two eyes of coffee-bean form, the rectangular mouth with typical x-shaped cavity. These so-called Kifwebe masks are amongst the most striking of all African masks, with their thrusting forms and profuse geometric decoration...
Fine coconut basket from Benin dating to the late 19th or early 20th Century. Approximately 4.3" / 11cms long. Very good condition with a few hairlines but no serious damage or repairs.
Rare small wooden African snuff box decorated with glass beads made by the tribal people of Kenya. This container was used by village elders to keep snuff for medicinal purposes and they would wear it attached to a belt or as a pendant suspended around the neck. The body of the snuff box is carved from a hollowed out piece of wood and is bulbous at one end. The cap is hide decorated with glass beads. In very good antique condition, it measures 3" high x 1.5". Circa 1900
A fine Kongo "Nkisi" power figure with mirror eyes and inscription to the underside - "Presented by Josephine Harris a missionary from Congo Africa". Josephine Harris was a missionary from New Jersey who worked in the Congo from 1890 to 1930 and collected artifacts, many of which she later donated to the Newark Museum in New Jersey.
The figure stands approximately 7.6" / 19.2cms tall and is in excellent condition.
A fine small Hemba fetish figure with cavity to the head and pronounced sex. Stylistically, the carving appears to have some Bembe influence. The figure has an old bead necklace and old damage to the base.
It stands about 7.75" / 19.5cms tall. It does stand on a flat surface but would benefit from being mounted which I could have professionally done for the buyer.
A fine small Teke figure raised on a perspex mount. The figure, with scorched detailing, small belly button cavity and typical Teke posture, stands approximately 7" / 18cms tall.
The left foot is a restoration otherwise it is in good condition.
Offered a beautiful antique African mask skilfully carved from a substantial piece of ivory. African origin pre 1920.
The mask is accented with vegetal pigment adding fabulous detailing to the crafting. Very good condition.
It measures from top head to bottom bear: 15 cm. x 7.0 cm. at widest part. It weighs 324 grams.
A sought after art piece to collect and treasure.
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This is a chess set made of faux ivory from the Belgian Congo. The board itself is also made of faux ivory, it measures 10 1/4" x 10 1/4" x 3/4". The pieces are in very good condition and measure from 1 1/2" x 1/2" x 1/2" on the smallest piece to 2 1/2" x 3/4" x 3/4" on the largest piece. Made around 1920 this great chess set is one of a kind!
This is a handmade African chess set made of faux ivory. The board itself is very heavy and measures 13 1/2" x 13 1/2" x 1/2". The pieces are in very good condition and measure from 2" x 3/4" x 3/4" on the smallest piece to 5 1/2" x 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" on the largest piece. Made between 1910-1920 this amazing piece from the Belgian Congo. A very unusual chess set!
This hand carved ancestral African carving, came from a collector who was a professor at UBC and lived in the countryside. It was told to me that it was from Liberia. I have seen similar carvings done by the Dan people. This standing figure with arms on the side, it showing honest age, lots of wear and patina. It appears to be 19th century or older. It does have some cracks, on the side of the head and base, and some filled in cracks. Please look at the photos closely...
Covered with raw indigo blue, this water spirit headdress is but one small reflection of the enigmatic underwater world of the Ijo peoples who live in the Niger Delta, Nigeria, West Africa. These deities of the watery universe are credited with introducing masks and dance masquerades to humans. The spirits can be harmful or benevolent depending on the amount of respect villagers give them, and they are believed to be angered most by a lack of dances being performed...
This pleasantly eroded figure of an ancestor or family chief functioned as a protective sculpture on a household altar, safe-guarding the entire family. A high level of abstraction makes Moba carvings instantly recognizable. The long, thin arms are cut-free and hang straight down alongside the body. A larger diameter chest area is still apparent on the otherwise cylindrical body...
A well crafted short sword from the NgBandi People of Zaire, now the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Located between the Ubangi and Middle Lualaba Rivers, the Ngbandi mainly hunt and farm for subsistence...
A classic example of the mask used to announce the funerals and related ceremonies of respected chiefs in the village. There is an overall crackled effect to the darkened, organic material-based surface. The subtle realism and use of non-European pigment indicates the great age of this hard wood mask. From Liberia, West Africa, late 19th century or very early 20th century. 9 5/8"L x 5.50"W x 2.50"D...
The lesser deities of the Baule pantheon are embodied in zoomorphic or fantastic creatures.
Most popular is this simian creature known to the Baule people as 'gbekre' or 'mbotumbo'. Its main role, set-up outside the village limits, is to protect against evil spirits, but it also figures in some agricultural rituals and in divination ceremonies. A small bowl-shaped receptacle is raised by the arms and ritually held in the hands of this deity...
While this type of shield is often called Abyssinian, it is also widely used in Ethiopia. The everted rim dipping to a shallow
channel and rising to dome is a very efficient design for deflecting spears and arrows.
The motif designs of rings, dots and cross hatch in bands bands are typical for this type of shield and are muted with the effects of use and age...
Ethiopian 'magic' scroll, inks/paints on parchment. Undated, estimated to be 19th century or earlier. 180 x 10.5cm.
Complete, good condition for age.