nique to sub-Saharan African tribes is the fact that among the Lobi; all males carve. This explains the fact that there is such variation in quality and abundance of Lobi material. This figure is called a Bateba; this example was carved by a confident skilled craftsman. The face possesses great emotion; the slight asymmetry to the features is what gives this figure its personality. The tripartite coiffure is nicely rendered and the sides of the face have unique scarification marks...
a superb chokwe comb with a janus face very expressive surounded by two arches the front line has triangle incision the back some square motive .from a belgium collection reputadly from Arman collection i have to check this information ,the piecee is a real beauty 17,5/10,5cm
this is one of the best mossi biiga that i had it comes back to me after two collectors pieces travel how nice that i get it back
with its protuding breast ,its deep dark patina with chevron type of incisions at the back nice construction An excellent example of mossi doll .ex marceau rivière ,ex ole Christensen ex private belgium
A superbly carved Hemba fly whisk from the D.R. Congo region, ca. early 20th century. Overall length is 13”, with the hollowed out head designed to hold another object. Lovely patina from extensive usage.
A choice Nyamwezi fly whisk from Tanzania, early 20th century. The overall length of this beautiful example is 32” and it has a nicely sculpted head, inlaid with shell eyes, topping the handle. Would make a stunning exhibit on a tall stand. Rare find in this condition.
Helmet mask of Janus shape, showing two busts surmounted by fierce looking faces, each one very different from the other one. The mask is made of wood covered with animal skin, with a rattan base allowing fixation to the top of the dancer's head. Beautiful dark brown glossy patina. Africa, Nigeria, Ekoi ethnic group. Height: 21 cm. Very good condition. Provenance: old European collection.
A key shaped veil counterweight for a Touareg woman made of iron with brass and copper embellishment. Condition: old repairs, losses. Dimension: 21.5 cm long, 4.8 cm wide.
a very fine figurative flywisk,glossy patinaNraoul lehuard in art bakongo sarcelles 1989vol2 p 602/603 describes the sundi style :ovoid head ,eyebrows figured by an horizontal line,straight nose , the arms fold at 45 degrees to join the torso
Mossi Biiga Fertility Doll. Mossi tribe of Burkina Faso, early 20th century. Purchased from a collection brought back before WW II. Wooden fertility doll, or biiga, of the Eastern style from Boulsa area- concave face, long cylindrical neck, downward breasts, and pointed belly. It is commonly reported that unpolished examples were used as dolls by children; whereas, polished ones were used by adult women in ritual magic...
A Baule statue of a seated male spirit, "blolo bian" or "asie usu".
Flaky patina from libations, shiny brown patina.
In general very good condition.
Old repair with iron to a crack in the head, old cracks in the base, traces of superficial insect eating under the base.
Large example with a height of 67cm.
Ex.Walter Glassner, Vienna.
Burkina Faso, West Africa, ca. 20th century CE. This is a large wooden carved with with triangular scale details and alternating colors of paint, particularly on the tail. There is a wooden stand with woven rope handles projecting from the back. Burkina Faso, located in a tropical climate and a harshly-controlled French colony for much of the 20th century, is home to the large ethnic group, the Mossi. Much of their art consists of wood carvings and it often has a political message...
a superb small east pende mask
ex john dintenfass
nice glossy patina extremely sweet expression
An exceedingly creepy Vodun ritual vessel from the Fon peoples of Benin. This rare fetish is 5-1/2” high, 5” in diameter and consists of a conglomerate of numerous carved wood figures and bundles with unknown contents, all bound together with cloth, interwoven cord and ritual material. These surround an old fluted glass mounted atop. An old ritual object with a deeply disturbing presence.
The classic Idimu example showing appropriate use and handling, and with the original fiber beard. Such simple but emotive masks functioned in the Bwami Society initiation ceremonies and were part of a graduated series of objects that identified the owner's rank in Bwami. From the Lega peoples, Maniema region, D.R.Congo...
High quality pair of proud standing male and female figures from the Igbo people in Nigeria, made of strong and heavy wood and mounted on custom stands. The figures were made around 1950. Former collection of Dr. Heinz Werner Schmitt, Hamburg, Germany. Good condition with blackened patina and some cracks, no repairs.
Size: 47 cm height x 10 cm width.
Dance mask,of the "zakpai" type, with typical red textile around the eyes and lips. Wood, fine dark semi-glossy patina. Eyes circled with white metal. Hair arranged in braids made of weaved rope, likewise the long beard. Teeth made of animal claws. Africa, Ivory Coast/Liberia, Dan ethnic group. Total height: 44 cm. Height of mask: 24 cm. The mask is nicely mounted on a metal custom stand. Obvious signs of long use and wear, otherwise very good condition. Provenance: old French collection...
A choice Ogboni Society figure from the Yoruba peoples of Nigeria, West Africa, early 20th Century. This finely sculpted bronze figure is 5” high and depicts a kneeling female with hands clasped. She is adorned with a fancy headdress and a necklace with a pendant in the form of a soul disk. Beautifully detailed, nice patina.
African Figural Basket Mat. Hansa people of Eastern Nigeria. 15" diameter. 11 oz.