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...
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.