Rare antique Fang tribal helmet mask-tropical wood-ca 1900-has four masks carved in bas relief facing in different directions-each with slight differences-wear to surface-minor losses at bottom edge-authentic-used in dance rituals-14 inches high-10 inch diameter-piece is stable-untouched
Strand of Tuareg seed pod prayer beads from the region of Timbuktu, Mali. A talisman is added on with handmade cord and decorated with elephant hairs (from tail) and a single cowrie shell.
The original cord was broken long ago and a few seed pods are missing. The original cord has been left in place and I have added a second strand to keep the strand together.
This is a Moroccan SAFI Polychrome Lidded Pottery BOWL from the 1920's. It measures about 4 1/2" X 4 1/2" X 7 1/2" ( 11.5 cm X 11.5 cm X 19.1 cm ).
a 19th century lulua power figure with typical style as described in m.l.felix "110 people of zaire :large head with pointed coiffure,scarified neck showing adam's apple,prominent ombilicus,short legs and separated feet.many scarifications on body and head,17,5cm
deep glossy patina
from an old colonial collection
collected in situ before 1930 by the parents of lady with a document signed by her
A finely carved Songye wood rattle.Ancient patina,hard wood.
Songye,central Africa/congo region
11 3/4 inches H/
A finely carved miniature Songye Kifwebe mask from central Africa/congo region.
Deeply carved with irregular holes and original raffia beard.Great color and shape.
wood mask is 7 1/2 inches H 4 1/4 inches W.
A large and expressionistic bronze pipe bowl from the Bamum tribe of Cameroon ,west Africa.
Cast as an elephant head with 3 human figures
hanging off the outside.Thick,resinous,uncleaned patina.Well used.
6 1/2 inches H 5 1/2 inches W.
An exceptionally well cast pendant of a turtle from the Baule of west Africa.Jewel like in its execution.
19th C. or earlier
2 3/8 inches W.
A very finely carved African female Ibeji figure from the Yoruba of Nigeria.Beautiful deep brown patina with some encrustation.
11 inches H.
An exceptional Baule Janus wood heddle pulley for a loom.Deep blackish/brown patina.
7 7/8 inches H.
An exceptional,animate and rare Ashanti bronze figure of a horseman.The metal is well worn and smooth to the touch.Lovely mellow patina.
19th c. but most likely much earlier
2 1/2 inches L. 3 1/4 inches H.
A very fine and well worn Baule bronze miniature pendant mask from West Africa.The mask is very well cast with multiple bands of raised scarification.Good patina.Mounted on base
19th C. or earlier
2 1/2 inches H.
Mounted 4 1/4 inches H.
A very finely cast and ancient Mossi bronze female figure from West Africa.Mounted on a wood base.Deep brown patina.Smooth to the touch.Provenance,Royal Athena Gallery,New York,with sticker on the base and with the original price.
19th C. if not earlier
5 3/4 inches H.
Mounted 7 inches H.
A deeply impressive Chokwe mask from central Africa.Worn dark patina,thinly carved and very characteristic of this type of mask.Pierced with holes of different sizes and shape.
9 inches H. 6 inches W.
These Edan figures were used as a symbol of membership by the secret Ogboni society of the Yoruba, Nigeria. This particular pair can be found in the book by Hans Witte: 'Earth and the Ancestors, Ogboni Iconography', page 108, picture 1. H. 14,5 cm. Good wear and excellent patina. Ca. 19th/early 20th century.
A fine vintage African Dan mask. a beautiful piece of fine form and carving and patina. Provenance From The Late Phillip Kirkeby Collection. Custom display mount overall 15.5 inches the mask is 9 inches in length in excellent condition a fine addition to any collection.
Late 19th/early 20th century.
Height 6.5 inches.
From the Barton Collection.
This is a Straw PURSE from LIBERIA. It measures about 10 1/2" X 2 3/4" X 9" ( 26.8 cm X 7.0 cm X 23.0 cm ). Beautiful geometric design. The strap measures about 36" ( 91.8 cm ).