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...
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 1940 item #1269377 (stock #T1-91381)
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Probably used as a figurative lid for a ritual calabash, this brooding, bust-type figure exhibits a blackened, shiny, oily patina. Still inserted into the head is a horn tip used for the ceremonial 'feeding' of the elegant figure. The arts of the Tabwa are heavily Lubaized in form but also exhibit strong influence from various Lakes Region peoples to the east and south...
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...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1930 item #1265238 (stock #O420727)
This type of small mask or puppet head, with a movable lower jaw, seems to have developed among the Ogoni people about the turn of the 19th/20th century. Gradually, the form has lost some of its sinister appearance and association with the dead. But, even today when such grotesque masks are worn masquerades have a risky quality. Their authoritarian nature lends them an immunity which permits the dancers to confront anyone...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1930 item #1264597 (stock #C128219)
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This old figure was once fitted with a pointed iron stake which floated it above the ground. It has a somewhat archaic look and is made from a heavy hardwood species; it has a deep, black-brown, shiny patina that highlights the features. These simple ancestral images apparently functioned as guardians for the crops. Measuring 11.75"H x 3"D maximum, it is in excellent condition with a slight bit of weathering and loss on the right side of the figure...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1970 item #1255694
A dark hardwood carving signed G. Simeon. The eyes are notched with a small nails, the mouth is etched and there is light wear. 7-1/2" x 12"
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1940 item #1255552 (stock #D210827)
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A powerful, cubist-like rendition of the face of a monkey-most likely a chimpanzee-and worn by a male dancer who's movements and behavior were wild and instigating to stir the attendant audience. Early 20th century, Ivory Coast, Kran people. Very fine condition with a varied, deep brown, shiny patina, overall. The eye region and top of head with ample remains of a slightly encrusted, sacrificial material. 9"H x 5"W x 6"D. Provenance: Susan Lerer, Los Angeles CA, since the 1980's...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1940 item #1250067 (stock #H31932a)
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This double-figure form, representing a man and woman standing back-to-back, was believed to have protective powers, bring fertility, communicate with deceased ancestors, and to copulate and conceive rather monstrous beings. There is a receptacle at the top of the figure for fetish materials placed there to 'feed' the figure and keep it active. The features on this example are quite naturalistic and developed for the type...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1950 item #1249886 (stock #fertilitydol)
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...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1940 item #1249814 (stock #L370731)
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This small but well-conceived torso sculpture is from a Lubaized people, either Songye or a lesser known group of the northeastern Upper River Region. Its simple features and quietly brooding presence are typical of protective figures found in this transitional zone of the D.R.Congo. Very fine, shiny, medium brown, aged patina with remains of the fiber attachment. Some kaolin type material inside the 'feeding' hole atop the head. Measures 7"H, in fine condition with some loss and fraying of the ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1940 item #1248498 (stock #E58-3-83)
Several different peoples in Eastern Africa partake in the communal bread meal. The Gurage people make large wooden pedestal footed trays for the tradition. This fine, old example shows much use and a beautifully carved underside, which like South African meat trays, is what is exposed to the viewer when the tray is hung up, out of use. The tray measures 22.75"D x 5.50"H. It is in fine condition overall, with a single, hairline crack running across one side. The plain, glowing interior is compli...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1950 item #1245391 (stock #240)
We all know of the monkey figurines and rarely you see, speak or hear of human like examples as the set I have on offer. These three are individualy handcarved and stained, from what I believe is bone. (But they could also be from a boar's tooth or perhaps goat antler, it's a natural material and definitedly not a resin)Possible origin: Africa's "Ivory" West coast. Appr. h. 3"1 or 8 cm.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1940 item #1238303 (stock #B34922)
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These old and well-used zoomorphic masks, each in the form of a bushcow - one possibly a calf, come from the Bwa or Nuna people of Burkina Faso, West Africa. They represent protective bush spirits, and were danced during the dry season, during funerals for elders, or during the initiations of young men - all chaotic and stressful times for the village. Showing wonderful, softened surfaces from many years of service. Organic red, black and white pigments are expertly organized in the typically b...