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.
Important feminine Lobi Figure with arms up to pay tribute to death people
H 70 cm, wideness between hands 26 cm
Divination tapper of slightly curved shape, nicely carved with geometric designs on its upper part. Ivory, with dark-brown age patina. Africa, Nigeria, Yoruba Peoples, 19th century. Height: 10" (25 cm). The piece is nicely mounted on custom metal stand. Erosion, a few chips, otherwise good condition.
A FINE CAMEROON AFRICAN CARVED WOOD TRIBAL ART DANCE MASK. Probably Bafute. Carved with elongated drooping bulbous cheek bones, protruding eyes, open mouth and carved teeth with white kaolin. The flattened back of head with carved concentric rings. Displayed Height 12 inches (30.5 cm) Wear to mask-no repairs or condition problems
SENUFO AFRICAN CARVED WOOD TRIBAL ART HELMET HEADDRESS. With curved continuous horns above a standing bird figure flanked by male and female forms, the lower rim pierced for raffia. Height 10.5 inches (26.5 cm).Shows wear-complete-no repairs
Super Fine Baoule figure , from 19 to early 20 th
the right arm is lacking , the left one is broken, feet are also wounded. H 39 cm
Ex French Collection (JN) collected in situ around 1950 by JN
Old Dogon figure , H 34cm
a fine songye axe ,very thick blade of simple shape well balanced .This rank ceremonial axe has a thick blade of massively forged iron .it is formed of three branches a semicircle blade,a square section at the base. . a thick copper sheet totally wraps the wooden handle ..This axe brings together all of the techniques used by blacksmiths Nsapo, twisted iron, the characteristic small head and large solid forged...
Old Songye mask ca. 1900/20 with all the wear and tear you expect to find on a used and hand made dance mask.
Well made with good symmetry.
Appr. 16" or 40 cm.
More pictures on request.
Early 20th century. This has been in my family's possession for about 60 years, and is in the same condition as found: loss of the pulley wheel, and the beak and rear of the bird head, with a split to the body. Metal pins used to secure base. 5 1/2" x 1 3/4" on 5/8" thick stand. 3 1/2 oz.
Late 19th- early 20th century. This figure has been in my family's possession for about 60 years, and is in the same condition as found: good, old surface with appropriate wear to the high-points, and a short stable split at an ear. 7 1/4" x 1 1/4" 3 oz.
Early 20th century. A well-carved female sits above a stylized pendant crocodile. The original hand-forged iron nails are present, being used to secure the display stand. The condition is very fine, with appropriate wear to the sliding wooden bolt. The key, as usual, is missing. 15 1/2" h x 10 1/2" w. (21" h with stand). 2 1/2 lb. with stand.
Late 19th-early 20th century. Impressive workmanship and a great old patina. 15 1/2" x 6" , 6 1/2 " across fins. 4 lbs. 10 oz
Wood with brass tacks for eyes. Nice old surface with some wear. Repair at base, which is an old replacement, the original being lost, probably to insect damage. 10" x 4" 7 oz.
Old Ethiopian scroll painted and written on animal skin. Approx 200 x 9.5cm, in 2 part leather container. Evidence of damage on right side throughout. Undeciphered. Date estimated to be early 20th century or earlier.
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 ).