Possibly of Malinke origin, the features of this wooden figure recall sculptures from both the Dogon and Bamana peoples. Made from a tight-grained wood and exhibiting a varied, medium brown, shiny patina, the figure stands 16" tall. The right arm is missing, and has been gone for quite awhile since the break shows an old surface. Metal eyes have been inserted. Early 20th century. Old private Florida collection since the 1980's.
Finely carved dance crest representing a female bust with an elaborate coiffe. Wood, with glossy dark-brown patina. Africa, Nigeria, Idoma Peoples. Height: 11 1/8" (28,2 cm). The piece is nicely mounted on a custom bronze stand. Old insect infestation (no danger), otherwise very good condition. Ex. old French collection.
Standing in classic pose with voluminous arms held down and hands placed on hip. Tripartite coiffure and large detailed eyes accentuated with metal irises. The figure has a herniated navel surrounded by belly scarification. Measuring 9.50"H, the 'ere ibeji' is in very fine condition with numerous, original glass beads and metal bangles attached. A golden, honey-brown aged patina overall. Collected in Nigeria in the early 1960's by the Rex family, Venice Fl.
The graceful example with backward curving horns in imitation of a hare's ears, and with smaller ear appendages on the sides curling forward. The face is wholly human in typical Ogoni style with prominent, pointed, upturned nose and large almond-shaped eyes, but with the addition of the large horns, a supernatural power was imbued on the mask. From southeastern Nigeria, early-mid 20th century. The mask was whitened with organic pigment and measures 13.50"H...
A standing figure once owned by a female leader or diviner of the Yassi society, showing ample evidence of once being placed in a medicine bowl. The surface exhibits a crusty coating of a reddish substance, particularly on the right side of the head and down the torso. This material has begun to whiten in areas. Underneath this layer, the figure shows the typical shiny, black patina associated with objects from this region of Sierra Leone, West Africa...
This figure is either part of a creast or a scepter ora larger figure
H 30 cm, circa mid XXth
Decorated with ancestors. Mali, ca. mid 20th century. L. 75 cm. Good patina. Comes with a custom made stand.
Interesting Yoruba figure from Eshu cult
Bottom is damaged otherwise the figure is safe
H 62 cm
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From mid to early 20th, H= 59 cm
Typical Figure from Lobi people, mid to early 20th, H 43 cm
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very good condition
These miniature chairs represent the role of women as mothers and providers of the family, and figure prominently into the initiation rites of young girls with several peoples of Ivory Coast. They typically belonged to the grandfathers or uncles (members of the Poro Society) of the initiation participants. This example is exceptional with phallic form back rail ends. It is finely incised on the legs, side rails and seat, and back rail. Measuring 17" H x approx. the same width...
Showing much use on the natural, undecorated interior of the bowl, this four-footed prestige tray shows a blackened underside with ridges and bumps in typical fashion. This was actually the more visible side seen while the bowl hung awaiting its use during rituals and important feasts. The thin-walled vessel measures 12.75" in length (handle to handle) and is 8.50" wide. Height is 2". The condition is fine but with an old split in one handle (stable), and a small loss to rim from a knife cut etc...
Fine female figure, with typical hairdo, hands on breasts, scarifications on face, breasts and abdomen, bent legs, standing on rounded base. Wood, nice dark-brown patina. Africa, Ivory Coast, Baule Peoples. height: 18" (45 cm). Very good condition.
Considered one of the greatest Shona sculptors of contemporary Zimbabwe, Bernard Matemera (1946-2002) created images of animals, spirits, people and the creatures which inhabited his dreams. These beings faithfully provided him with subject matter throughout his career. As can be seen in this classic example, and as described by the respected critic of Zimbabwean stone sculpture, Celia Winter- Irving, “There is in these sculptures an unspent power and reserve of energy...
This type of East African headrest is one of the most common, but in the example here, the larger proportions and horizontal orientation distinguish it from others. A warm, honey-brown tone patina is complimented by a string of various glass and natural beads attached to the braided, leather cord, no doubt linked to its owner's status. From the Kenya/Uganda border region, early-mid 20th century. Very fine condition. Provenance: Fedel collection, 1970's.