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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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.