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.
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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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...
A striking Guro mask from The Ivory Coast collected in South Africa in the 1950'S. It measures 24" in height by 6" in width and represents the spirit of Gu, the wife of Zamble, a supernatural being. Gu is often depicted as elegant, graceful, serene and beautiful. Sacred Guro masks, delicately crafted and colorful are used and honored during sacrifical gatherings, funerals, and celebrations...
Lovely Dogon mask with typical lozenge shaped eyes and arrow shaped nose. Very good weathered patina.
H. 33 cm excl. stand, 45 cm incl. stand.
Offered is a Post-World War II Nimba dance mask from the Baga Tribe located in Northwestern Mali (Guinea) in Africa. The mask which rests on the shoulders of the dancer who is disguised by raffia has large pendulous breasts, a pronounced head and nose and stylized hair. In addition to being worn as a mask at celebrations of births and marriage, the mask has four legs allowing it to stand on its own when not in use...
Sold as a Pair Only: West African Bronze Couple of a Man and Woman seated on chairs in the shapes of turtles. Mid 20th Century, Upper Volta (Burkina Faso) Both in excellent condition. Male is 15 3/4" H x 5" W x 7"D. Female is 13" H x 5" W x 7" D. The Republic of Upper Volta (French: République de Haute-Volta) was a landlocked west-African country established on December 11, 1958, as a self-governing colony within the French Community...
Monumental Senufo Wooden Sculpture of a Bird, Northern Ivory Coast / Mali, Early to Mid 20th Century. Some professional repair to beak and some wear due to age. Otherwise in excellent condition. 61" H x 18" W x 16" D. Bird figures are among the many art forms associated with Poro, a society of initiated Senufo men...
Ashanti are a nation and Akan people who live predominantly in, and native to Ashanti, Asanteman, and in Ghana and Ivory Coast. They speak the Akan language and the Asante dialect, and are of Akan origin. Prior to European colonization, the Ashanti people developed a large and influential empire in West Africa. The Ashanti later developed the powerful Ashanti Confederacy or Asanteman and became the dominant presence in the region. The Asantehene is the political and spiritual head of the Asantes...
Kotoko / Chad Bronze Fighting Cock, Africa, Early 20th Century. In fighting stance with flaring tail, long spurs, and incised feathers. The cocks comb was removed before a fight to lessen physical damage to rooster. 11 1/2" high and in excellent condition.