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 #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. 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...
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...
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...
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...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1930 item #1238201 (stock #C101288)
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Masterfully carved and fitted with a lost-wax casted, brass finial in the form of intertwining serpents and amphibians, this royal horn was used by high-ranking males to drink palm wine during ritual and special occasions, alike. Made from a section of bovine horn, the carving shows the ubiquitous spider-like motifs of the Cameroon Grassfields, along with petaloid shapes, various geometric forms, and amphibious creatures, all highlighted with an organic, white pigment...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1950 item #1238162 (stock #K32903)
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The handle of this well-used flywhisk is in the form of 'Mwana hiti,'or "child of wood", often found in north-central, coastal Tanzania. It dates to the early-mid 20th C, and measures 23"L, including the animal hair attachment. Very fine condition with glowing deep and varied brown patina on the handle. Provenance: Private collection NY and FL, since the 1980's. Custom mounted.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1930 item #1238065 (stock #L018332)
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This very old and much cared-for kneeling female bowl-bearer (mboko) served as an oracle for a diviner. Its small scale indicates it functioned in an "intimate and personal" manner, according to Mary and Allen Roberts in 'Memory: Luba Art and the Making of History'. It shows damage caused from insects and extensive handling, alike, with evidence of much re-patination over the losses...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1950 item #1235817 (stock #3042)
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.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1960 item #1232006 (stock #1-0827)
Female figure standing on a rectangular base, quadruple coiffe,typical face, protruding breasts, scarifications on abdomen, both hands holding a gourd, bent legs, large feet. Wood, fine semi-glossy brown patina. Africa, Gabon, Punu Peoples. Height: 19" (47,5 cm). Good condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1940 item #1229378 (stock #G492322)
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The towering and regal forehead of this 'bundu' indicates a female with intelligence and wisdom. It is a type of anthropomorphic helmet mask found only among members of the women's association. Carved antelope horn tips and cowries are abundant on the backside and front side of this example, symbols which represent helpful medicine and wealth, respectively. The shiny, blackened surface and dark raphia palm and hemp fiber attached to the bottom edge adds mystery and power...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1950 item #1228740 (stock #L39327)
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This is a rare example of private, hidden, ritual 'bilumbu' material. It is a peek into a world few ever witness, except for the diviner himself. The wooden, female figure is placed perfectly into a hardened substance set into this wicker work basket, and is surrounded by a phallic form seed pod rattle and a bevy of bones, shells, and other magical items. It is from the D.R.Congo, probably from a Lubaized group if not the Luba themselves...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1950 item #1228427 (stock #T44023)
The large, hollow, lamellaphone with an ancestral face image placed on the lower section. This example originates from the D.R. Congo, Zambia, Angola border region. The 10 metal keys have metal resonator tabs added, and the sealed inside of this example contains hard, loose objects - likely stones, metal or glass sections, which rattle when the instrument is shaken or moved. A sound hole on the backside is placed to allow a finger to add a vibrato effect to the notes played...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1950 item #1228024 (stock #F10029)
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"Fipa sculpture reflects the cultural crossroads Fipa inhabit," (Shangaa: Art of Tanzania, chapter 7 by Allen F...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1940 item #1227279 (stock #L19237)
Known as "Kashinakaji", or "old woman", this mask is stylized with a flattened face and cubist features. The character represented is that of "an accomplished, fulfilled, mature woman - a female role model for all to respect and admire" (Chokwe! Editor Manuel Jordan, ill.67). Measures 8 7/8", and is in fine condition with only a small loss to the right side edge of the coiffure area. Otherwise, it has an excellent, medium brown, aged patina. Early-mid 20th C, from Zambia, South-central Africa. ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1950 item #1226801 (stock #N90238)
An expressive and detailed surrogate child example with multiple strands of glass beads attached. The deeply patinated surface shows good age and handling. 9"H x 4.50"W, the figure is somewhat poorly mounted on an old acrylic base. Early-mid 20th C, from Cameroon, West Africa. Pure abstraction of the human form. Provenance: A. Finard collection, Paris, 1980's.