An important and original mask from Gouro people , a human face with horns is surrounded by 2 snakes. This mask was handled with the teeth by the dancer.
Collected in situ in the mid 20th century by an old french collector.
Very good condition , H 40 cm
Mossi Biiga Fertility Doll. Mossi tribe of Burkina Faso, early 20th century. Purchased from a collection brought back before WW II. Wooden fertility doll, or biiga, of the Eastern style from Boulsa area- concave face, long cylindrical neck, downward breasts, and pointed belly. It is commonly reported that unpolished examples were used as dolls by children; whereas, polished ones were used by adult women in ritual magic...
A Baule statue of a seated male spirit, "blolo bian" or "asie usu".
Flaky patina from libations, shiny brown patina.
In general very good condition.
Old repair with iron to a crack in the head, old cracks in the base, traces of superficial insect eating under the base.
Large example with a height of 67cm.
Ex.Walter Glassner, Vienna.
The classic Idimu example showing appropriate use and handling, and with the original fiber beard. Such simple but emotive masks functioned in the Bwami Society initiation ceremonies and were part of a graduated series of objects that identified the owner's rank in Bwami. From the Lega peoples, Maniema region, D.R.Congo...
High quality pair of proud standing male and female figures from the Igbo people in Nigeria, made of strong and heavy wood and mounted on custom stands. The figures were made around 1950. Former collection of Dr. Heinz Werner Schmitt, Hamburg, Germany. Good condition with blackened patina and some cracks, no repairs.
Size: 47 cm height x 10 cm width.
A choice Ogboni Society figure from the Yoruba peoples of Nigeria, West Africa, early 20th Century. This finely sculpted bronze figure is 5” high and depicts a kneeling female with hands clasped. She is adorned with a fancy headdress and a necklace with a pendant in the form of a soul disk. Beautifully detailed, nice patina.
Feminine figure of the "ekwotame" type, of typical face, with a squarish neck, sitting on a circular stool, her hands on her knees. Scarifications alongside the abdomen. Wood, with black and white pigments. Africa, Nigeria, Benue river region, Idoma ethnic group. Height: 63 cm. Some erosion, small losses, otherwise very good condition.
Female figure, her face with a strong expression, standing on a square base, holding a cylindrical object in each hand. Wood, with traces of a brown pigment, oxydized iron nails on the coiffe. Africa, D.R. Congo, Yombe ethnic group. Height: 42,5 cm. Some age cracks, old restoration on a corner of the base, otherwise very good condition. Provenance: old European collection.
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Probably representing a male, this dynamic example has curvaceous arms and torso which add movement to the otherwise static stance. Originating from the Benue River Region of Nigeria, these abstracted sculptures of males and females are thought to represent ancestors, and are often called upon to be guardians of individuals and villages; they can also function as truth-telling figures employed at village trials...
The matched pair carved in a masterful, cubist style. Dynamic and monumental. They exhibit very deep, old, darkened, aged patina. Representing a primordial, ancestral male and female, they were placed on or around shrine altars and ritually libated. Some old desiccation and losses of feet from moisture damage, otherwise solid and intact with shiny, varied, faceted surface. Male stands 22.25"H, female stands 21"H. Wonderful, old true pair, rarely seen. Each mounted on a flat steel base...
A fine male Ibeji' figure from the Yoruba peoples of Nigeria, West Africa, ca. 1930's – '40's. This beautifully sculpted example is 10” high and is carved from wood, with deep, old, darkened, shiny surface, as well as light encrustation embedded in the carved headdress. In very good condition with fine patina from extensive handling and minor insect damage on the headdress.
Nicely carved feminine figurine with a fine coiffe, serene face with lowered lids, elongated neck, holding her breasts with both hands, and showing scarifications around her belly. Wood, with fine dark glossy patina. A piece of old textile of red color is meant to represent a skirt. Africa, D.R. Congo, Luba ethnic group. Height: 9 3/8" (23,7 cm). The figurine is mounted on a custom metal stand. Remnants of old insect infestation, (no danger), otherwise very good condition.
Fertility doll, called "akuaba", with its typical cross shape and flat circular head. Wood, with fine glossy patina. Africa, Ghana, Ashanti ethnic group. Height: 10" (26 cm). Old insect infestation at the back lower part (no danger), otherwise very good condition.
Light-weighted wood, made around 1950, brown patina, slightly shining, wide face with elaborate headgear, the eyes inset with glass. This figure presumably was created not as a magical figure ("nkisi"), but as a memorial figure of a female ancestor, who was donated for being the female founder of the lineage. Such sculptures, called "ngudi" (mother of the lineage), used to be kept in a basket, together with further relics belonging to the kinship...
This masterful example is carved from a light colored wood with a reddened, darkened, slightly encrusted, shiny patina. The filed, jagged teeth have been daubed with an organic, white pigment. It is a type believed to represent an ancestor and possibly used for the regulation of social life among males (Mugonge), though little is documented on mask types from the Chokwe-related, Ovimbundu people of Angola. Early 20th century, the mask measures 8.50"H x 6"W...
The rare sculpture with an unidentifiable finial (possibly a hand with finger pointing or an extremely stylized human head) and, abstracted, segmented stalk. Deep, varied, darkened patina, overall, showing much use and age. Early 20th century. Very fine condition. Provenance: Old private collection, New England.
The motif of opposing birds (possibly Calao birds, which are sacred animals in the mythology of many West African peoples) on weaver's heddle pulleys is rare. This old example is visually appealing due to the mirror-image effect of the two birds with beaks touching, also forming a graceful negative space between them. With a varied, black to reddish brown, encrusted and shiny, aged patina. The pulley itself is 7"H, and is mounted on a steel base. Early 20th century...
The northern neighbors of the Asante people, the Bono people, create female Aku'aba dolls for ritual use, such as this excellent example. Only slight differences exist between the features of these people's dolls (primarily seen in the shape of the heads), Bono examples being more triangular in shape rather than round (Asante) or rectangular (Fante). The doll is 14"H x 5.50"W, in very fine condition with a honey-brown, shiny, aged patina with traces of kaolin pigment...