All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1950 item #1306099 (stock #O39163)
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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...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1940 item #1303727 (stock #Y307392)
michael cichon tribal arts
$750.00
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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.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1930 item #1302076 (stock #B192273)
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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...
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 #1299114 (stock #B390383)
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$1,850.00
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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...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1950 item #1299050 (stock #W309372)
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$1,750.00
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As is typical for this type of mask, brass and copper sheet has been cut, punched and nailed to the surface to add not only dramatic effect but also, as is believed in many African cultures, to reinforce the ritual effectiveness of the object. These distinctively elongated and severe face masks are donned for ceremonies related to fishing and farming, as well as initiations. Made of heavy, hard wood, this example shows good use and age...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1930 item #1299037 (stock #Y08237)
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$1,650.00
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The camwood encrusted twin figure, probably of Oyo, Ifon Yoruba origin, with expressive and stylized facial features. Slight traces of indigo blue under the encrustation on the high coiffure. From Nigeria, early 20th century, in very fine condition. 10.50"H. Provenance: Old New England private collection.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1960 item #1299015 (stock #T12722)
The small, convex ceremonial/dance shield decorated with opposing, looped designs. Typical polychrome organic paint colors of red, black and white. From the Burundi and Rwanda border area, eastern Africa. 13.5"L, in very fine condition with a custom steel mount. Private collection, Florida. Mid 20th century.
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)
Modern 2.0
$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...
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. Provenance: Arts D'Afrique Noir, Paris, France, 1980's...
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.