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.
a typical dakakari funeral pottery,39cm ex christies amsterdam
the dakakari from west nigeria have funeral terra cotta potteries that they put on the tumbs
they used to obturate the tumbs with a terra cotta plate For high rank persons they used to put more elaborate sculptures so they could recognised the place .
You can find animals ,human figures naked who are the companions of the deceased person
The tumbs were taken care often ,the figures were generally the top of a jar where people wo...
very rare hardwood African table or bench-Angolan Chokwe tribe-pre colonial-highly figural-with carving all over- caryatid legs -top is wood with tack design- sturdy -you could dance on it !--19.5 inches wide-3i.5 inches long-19 inches high -to the top of corner heads 22 inches--pieces normally found in German and Swiss collections with museum exhibitions and scholarship-provenance on request- minor surface nicks-piece was used as furniture by tribe
African hardwood stool-Luba tribe-seat supported by caryatids-two male and two females-figures separated by braided fiber dangling palm nuts-so seat rattles when moved-has geometric patters carved into seat-drying cracks-15.25 high-11.5 diameter-sturdy-wear to surface-provenance on request
Early 20thc Colonial African Yoruba helmet mask-mounted,but easily removed-from special collection provenance furnished on request-mask represents colonial native constabulary-hat is French kepi-well carved with much character-surface wear and shrinkage cracks- left ear has minor damage-figure has tribal scars-helmet was used in dances and shows wear.unmounted 7 inches high-10 inches deep-7 inches wide-mounted 11 inches high -rare sculpture-museum quality-early 20thc
Carved Stone African monkey-stone is multi colored and polished-12 inches high-6 inches deep-marked on bottom-uncertain whether this indicates country of origin or artist-no condition problems-came from African collection
Impressive African sword of a tribal chief with an ivory handle and a leopard skin sheath from the Benin Kingdom (now in Nigeria). The handle represents the Queen Mother (Iyoba) Idia. She used to fight with a double-edged sword. The blade is very sharp and has a deep blood groove on both sides. Measurements:
blade 43cm; ivory 12,5cm; sword without the leopard skin sheath 66,5 cm;
African carved tropical hardwood fetish figure-early 20thc-nails driven into sculpture and bounded with knotted cotton strips-note mask centered in belly of figure-no condition problems.13 inches by 6 inches-striking piece
Monumental Yoruba - Nigeria Gelede Wooden Body Mask of Iya Nla (Great Powerful Mother) Early 20th Century 54 H x 21" wide. Arms are available. Kept inside the Gelede Shrine, not danced but carried on a platform during Gelede, an annual festival honoring “our mothers” (awon iya wa), not so much for their motherhood, but as female elders. It takes place in the dry season (March-May) among the Yoruba people of south-west Nigeria and neighboring southeast Benin. Artifact in excellent condition.
Two carved wood East African Masai shields-appear to carved by same hand-one appears to have female visage while the other is male-one bears carved scars the other has not-pieces are believed to be over 100 years old-there are splits in wood from drying and have been crudely repaired by native binding-minor damage to edge of both shields--despite the ravages of time and use they art sill magnificent-they should be cleaned and waxed-50 inches tall-19 inches wide-wood is curved--doubt you find ot...
A very fine Senufo wood female figure from West Africa.Deep black/brown patina with incised scarification to the body.
19 th C.
8 3/4 inches H. 2 inches W.
10 inches H. on base
A very old and very unusual Ovimbundu four headed female wood figure from Central Africa.Deep brown and black pigment/patina.Both raised and incised scarification.Remains of old leather.
Bowl on head with neat repair to break.
11 inches H. 3 inches W.
A very old and interesting East African female wood figure.The carving is dessicated with a thick dark patina and with traces of red pigment.The doll like figure with wool hair and garment covered in dry seed beads.Glass beads around the neck.
19th C. or older
16 1/2 inches H. 3 1/2 inches W.
An extremely rare, important and well provenanced ancient Greek Athenian Pinakion, or jury service ticket, dating to 378-339 B.C.
The rectangular ticket is inscribed in three lines and reads:
(1) [sec.letter] εξηκεςτος o
(3) [triobol stamp] αλαιεύς [double bodied owl] [gorgoneion]
Exikestos [son of]
Four stamps can be...
Ceremonial ritual drum, pinge, Senufo people, African Ivory Coast (Cote d'Ivoire), Korhogo region. Circa 1890. Wood and hide, carved in the form of a bare breasted tribal woman seated on a stool, supporting the drum with her arms. The drum is adorned with various symbols including an animal mask, lizards, stork, crocodile, axe, and biting beast. The female figure wears stylized amulets on her wrists and has scarified markings on her breasts and stomach...
This is a LIBERIAN Sea Grass Bag from the 1850's - 1870's, from Liberia, Africa. It measures about 7 1/2" X 5 1/2" ( 19.1 cm X 14 cm ).
Igbo or Ibo mask
An Igbo mask used to incarnate a spirit of the death following the outstanding characteristic of the many Igbo masks; painted chalk white, the colour of the spirit.
Nigeria, early 20th century.
Height mask: 48 cm. With base stand: 71 cm.
Pair of African drums-cowskin tops stretched over wood frame-legs even covered with hide-you can beat them if you fancy the sound of the jungle or use them as small tables-pieces are sturdy-each are 14 inches high-one diameter is 12 inches-the other 13 inches