The Konda of central D.R.Congo made ornate and eccentrically shaped sword blades for non-combative use. They were indications of their owner's social rank, created simply for prestigious qualities. This excellent example is made from copper and has a wooden handle with iron strapping to further accentuate its pinched form. Late 19th century. Very fine condition with aged patina. Provenance: Old Dutch collection since the 1950's
Bone carving of reclining nude with custom iron stand. Excellent condition. African, early 20th century; 10 1/2 H x 4 1/2" L x 3 1/2" W
A very elaborate tobacco pipe bowl of the Ashanti people (present Ghana), knowing tobacco and the habit of smoking since the 17th century. A feline predator is standing on a rectangular base plate. Provenance: old collection from Berne, Switzerland. Condition: few traces of usage. Dimension: 8 cm x 8.5 cm.
Pair of outstanding carved tropical wood helmet masks-polychrome and decorated on top with bent nails and feathers-12 inches long-8 inches wide and deep-masks have woven rattan and hand loomed textile to form cap for helmet-these are soiled and worn-thin, hairline shrinkage cracks on both masks-masks are sold as is, directly from native African trader--most certainly used in dance rituals-1930s or older-sold as pair-unusual masks-probably male and female
Rare pair of carved tropical wood African Ibo helmet masks-have hand woven textile caps and woven rattan to hold masks on head-wear to surfaces and soiling and holes to textiles-these were certainly worn in dance rituals-13 inches long-8 inches wide and deep-ca 1930 or earlier-sold as received from native trader-pieces are striking and sold as pair
Rare collection of three carved wood Ibo figures--a king and two of his queens-all hold their version of scepters-all three are mounted on the inside side of window of the king's hut-piece shows wear but is stable to hang-has interesting color, but is dirty-easily cleaned-sold as is directly from native African trader--23.5 inches by 23.5 inches-seldom found-unique-museum candidate
Rare collection of three carved wood Ibo figures--a king and two of his queens-all hold their version of scepters-all three are mounted on the inside side of window of the king's hut-piece shows wear but is stable to hang-has interesting color, but is dirty-easily cleaned-sold as is directly from native African trader--23 inches by 24 inches-seldom found-unique-museum candidate-1920s
African carved tropical hardwood Fang dance mask-mask is unusual not only in format as it appears as an abstract newborn or pregnant woman but also as it appears to have been worn on the arm or shoulder-cavity appears too narrow for a helmet mask- it has eyelets for attachment-piece is 1930s made from one piece of bas relief carved wood-small chip on one foot-mask is filthy from dirt-easily cleaned-sold as found directly from native African trader-21 inches by 7 inches--6.5 inches deep-sculptu...
Beautiful African carved tropical wood Chokwe mask-fine patina-ca 1920s-good condition -detailed carving on mask surface-raffia appears to in good shape-pieces shows age and appears to have been used ceremonially-12 inches by 8 inches--helmet mask
A heavy knob of iron has been added to the pommel of this elegant blade. The owner of this particular weapon was prestigious enough to have copper added to the handle grip. Hand-held weapons are found in all regions of Africa, but their possession was regulated by strict codes, allowing only tribal and military chiefs the right to carry them or dispense them. A wonderfully refined example. D.R.Congo, late 19th century, measuring 15"L x 4.75"W, maximum...
Pair of African carved ivory figures depicting a family with the woman carrying a jar on her head and holding it with the left hand and with the right
hand carrying another vessel. The man holding a cane by left hand and his child by his right side. The man figure has a height if 11 inches and woman
is 10.25 inches tall standing on a .75 inch wooden base. Both item bear very nice dark patina, in good condition with losses to woman's necklace and
The grip carved of a single section of ebony, with disk pommel and flared guard mounted in engraved silver. The straight, double-edged blade with engraved borders and later incised Latin characters. The paneled sheath covered in leather with mounts of white crocodile skin. Mid-19th century. Overall length 31 cm. Condition Report: Good condition.
A Baule female wood statue with considerable age.A classical figure,very beautiful, with raised scarification.
Deep dark patina.Stable cracks.
Baule,Ivory Coast,West Africa
17 inches H.
An ancient and very intense and animate wood figure of a hermaphrodite most likely carved by one of the tribes of Cameroun.
Large sexual features and a deep dark patina.Some cracks in wood.
14 Inches H.
A very old wood stool from the Bamana tribe of Mali,West Africa.Desiccated patina.
15 inches H.
An extremely old and large Dan mask from West Africa.Either from Liberia or Ivory Coast.Deep dark patina,much wear on the inside.
11 inches H.
An extremely old carved wood vessel for storing camwood powder.Finely carved pattern and raised symbols.
Worn and cracked with remains of red camwood.
8 inches H.
A rare curiosity - an early nineteenth, late 18th Century stuffed specimen of a North African Nile Crocodile, Crocodylus Niloticus.
An extremely fine and striking piece of antique taxidermy art from a bygone era. The crocodile mounted in a position of attack, his mouth wide open to reveal his deep mouth and sharp teeth. His legs flexed ready to pounce and his tail curled to the side. The whole piece expertly conserved, mounted and painted.
Length: 41 inches.