All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1940 item #1301781 (stock #M120278)
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With classic Punu mask features and expression, this rare 'reliquary bundle' type figure has a schematic, open-work body in counterpoint to the more highly-developed head. The figure is 12.50"H, intact and in fine condition with some losses to the white pigment, overall. Early-mid 20th century. From Gabon, equatorial Africa. Provenance: Susan Lerer, California, 1970's.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1950 item #1300192 (stock #N317211)
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With an expressive and somewhat more naturalistic human face, this Bete or Ngere mask shows influence from the neighboring Dan peoples. It is a type less frequently seen and used by the peoples of this region. Inset metal teeth, thick layers of oil-based paints and trade cloth textile attachments indicate an early-mid 20th century date. Measuring 13.5"H x 7.75"W, from the Ivory Coast. In very good condition, with some loss and degradation of the textile ball attachments along the sides...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1960 item #1298306 (stock #GM)
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...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1970 item #1291495
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.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1960 item #1289286 (stock #pmpc7)
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$5,000.00
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...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1930 item #1289077 (stock #B19291)
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$1,550.00
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At one time in the Bamum kingdom, this type of metal collar ornament decorated with water buffalo heads was worn by the most respected dignitaries who gathered at council meetings. At the turn of the 20th century these distinctive metal rings mainly became the property of women who used them as neck and girdle area ornaments. The example here was most likely used in that manner. It is in very fine condition, and measures 13" in diameter. Early 20th century. Provenance: Mr. and Mrs...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1960 item #1288406 (stock #D128011)
A true portrait head tops the handle of this Dan/Mano trophy spoon or ladle; it is carved to actually portray the woman who received the 'wunkirmian' as the coveted gift for her unfailing generosity and cordiality in the village. Made from a hardwood and richly patinated with an organic black stain derived from various local materials such as river mud, plant saps, and charred wood...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1950 item #1288157 (stock #S120772)
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Of large size with exaggerated features, these crested male kifwebe versions come from the southeastern area of Songye territory, close to the neighboring Luba peoples. The striated surface is polychromed with black, white and red organic pigments. Measuring 20"H x 12.50"D x 10.50"W, this mask is in very good condition, overall. There have been losses to the edges and a softening of the surface with equal fading of the coloration...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1940 item #1287930 (stock #O137933)
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$895.00
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From the Niger River Delta of Nigeria come these peculiar and somewhat macabre articulated face masks. Used during funerals and Christmastime festivals, the masks are typically smaller than life size and show stylized features-particularly a sharp, upturned nose, as seen on this classic example. Dating to the mid-early 20th century, it measures 7.50"h x 5.25"W x 4.25"D and is in excellent condition with only a few missing inset wooden teeth...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1930 item #1286859 (stock #E467373)
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The moon in its fullest phase appears to have been the inspiration for these round mask panels used during Ekpo secret society ceremonies. This very fine and large example has a whitened, deeply-layered, thick patina. It is made from a medium heavy wood and measures 15" in height, 12.50" at its widest point and 4"in depth. From coastal Nigeria, early 20th century. Provenance: old private collection, FL; this mask was authenticated and appraised by James M. Silberman, Alexandria VA, 1986.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1930 item #1286835 (stock #S120962)
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$995.00
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This double-mouthed palm wine cup is a type which was associated with leadership among the Suku people of D.R.Congo. They were typically presented upon taking office and were passed onto a successor. No one else beside the owner was allowed to drink from or wash these cups with symbolic "figure-eight"openings. 4 5/8"W x 3"H, in very fine condition with smooth, rich brown, deep patina. Early 20th C. Provenance: Dr. Peter Horvath, MA, 1970's.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1950 item #1276255 (stock #3079)
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...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1950 item #1276250 (stock #3078)
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...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1940 item #1275043 (stock #D1381001)
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The cylindrical, metal covered eyes (spent shotgun shells) add a flash of surreal magic to this, otherwise, realistically rendered face mask from the southern Dan areas of Ivory Coast. Such anthropomorphic masks are known as 'bagle' and show a line of carved antelope horn tips along the hairline area, tubular-shaped eyes, and vertical-ridge on the forehead. Its role in Dan masquerades is primarily for entertainment, albeit as an aggressive and somewhat temperamental character. Early-mid 20th C.,...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1930 item #1270109
A serene and finely painted Ibibio mask, from around the 1920s. There is some surface wear and one or two slight chips (e.g. to the back of one ear) but nothing too serious. It measures about 13.75" / 35cms long.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1940 item #1269731
An early to mid 20th C Kuba palm wine cup with refined classical features. It stands about 4.75" / 12cms tall.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1960 item #1267774 (stock #1-0881)
Feminine figurine with typical coiffe and truncated legs, hands holding abdomen, protruding genitalia. Wood, with traces of polychrome pigments. Africa, D.R. Congo, Kuba ethnic group, Dengese sub-group. Height: 14 3/4" (37 cm). Erosion, old accident on left side of face, otherwise good condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1930 item #1265324 (stock #I13-8317)
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Used primarily during the Ekpe Harvest-time festivals, these pedestal-form headdresses come in a variety of styles and configurations such as single-faced, janus-faced, multi-headed etc., depending on the area from which they originate. This particular example shows a strong, well-carved head with prominent, filed front teeth and whitened facial plains. The headpiece shows good use and age with a deep, varied and shiny patina, overall, and is just under 12"in height x 4.75"W. Very fine condition...