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.
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
Impressive African sword of a tribal chief with a 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;
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.