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.
a minimalist lengola mask ,ex Rossi collection ex marc Assayag ,9 inches mid 20th century
a sensitive and very elegant ovimbundu staff .these staff are possession of highly initiated men and are symbol of ex alain de monbrison ex jo de buck ex private belgium collection
Feminine figure of the "ekwotame" type, of typical face, with a squarish neck, sitting on a circular stool, her hands on her knees. Scarifications alongside the abdomen. Wood, with black and white pigments. Africa, Nigeria, Benue river region, Idoma ethnic group. Height: 63 cm. Some erosion, small losses, otherwise very good condition.
Large and rare mask with deformed features. Wood, with traces of black and white pigments. This type of mask is called "mbangu" and symbolizes the effects of an epilepsy fit. Epilepsy is considered as a manifestation of the spirits. Africa, Gabon, Pende Peoples. Height: 30 cm. The mask,is nicely mounted on a custom metal stand. Old accidents and insect attacks, local restorations, otherwise good condition.
face mask with strong features and a crest shaped coiffe. The strong expression of the mask is accentuated by red, white and black pigments. Nice age patina. Africa, Nigeria, Idoma Peoples. Height: 42 cm. The mask is nicely mounted on a custom metal stand. Old local restoration on lower side of left cheek, a few losses, otherwise very good condition.
Important mask of the "kiwoyo muyombo" type, of elongated shape, with a protruding forehead and fine features, surmounted by a highly stylized cylindrical coiffe, and a long "beard" decorated in relief with bicolored lozenges and framed by weaved bamboo slices. Fine glossy patina. Africa, Gabon, Pende Peoples. Height: 45 cm. The mask is nicely mounted on a custom metal stand. Small losses, otherwise very good condition.
Face mask with strong features, accentuated not only by the carving itself but also by the red, white and black pigments applied on the forehead, the cheeks and at the back of the face. Wood, with beautiful age patina. Africa, D.R. Congo, Bakongo ethnic group. Height: 28 cm. The mask is nicely mounted on a custom metal stand. Old accidents and chips with no real damage, otherwise very good condition.
Female figure, her face with a strong expression, standing on a square base, holding a cylindrical object in each hand. Wood, with traces of a brown pigment, oxydized iron nails on the coiffe. Africa, D.R. Congo, Yombe ethnic group. Height: 42,5 cm. Some age cracks, old restoration on a corner of the base, otherwise very good condition. Provenance: old European collection.
Probably representing a male, this dynamic example has curvaceous arms and torso which add movement to the otherwise static stance. Originating from the Benue River Region of Nigeria, these abstracted sculptures of males and females are thought to represent ancestors, and are often called upon to be guardians of individuals and villages; they can also function as truth-telling figures employed at village trials...
These are a true matched pair of male and female twins; they are in the style of Igbomina, Ijara type. Both exhibit a wonderful, deep and encrusted patina with faint traces of raw indigo blue on their hairdos. They are 11.75" H(female) and 11.50" H(male). Excellent condition with original glass trade bead adornments, they date to the early 20th C. Provenance: Davis Gallery, New Orleans, LA, 1994.
Fine strand of prewar WWII, glass Venetian trade beads from Africa, L: 58cm/23in. These are strung on a contemporary cotton green string with copper wire fastener. Include on this strand is large “faux” amber old Bakelite center bead attached on a secondary strand of African sand cast beads. The Venetians have shell (ostrich?) spacer disc beads.
The matched pair carved in a masterful, cubist style. Dynamic and monumental. They exhibit very deep, old, darkened, aged patina. Representing a primordial, ancestral male and female, they were placed on or around shrine altars and ritually libated. Some old desiccation and losses of feet from moisture damage, otherwise solid and intact with shiny, varied, faceted surface. Male stands 22.25"H, female stands 21"H. Wonderful, old true pair, rarely seen. Each mounted on a flat steel base...
A fine male Ibeji' figure from the Yoruba peoples of Nigeria, West Africa, ca. 1930's – '40's. This beautifully sculpted example is 10” high and is carved from wood, with deep, old, darkened, shiny surface, as well as light encrustation embedded in the carved headdress. In very good condition with fine patina from extensive handling and minor insect damage on the headdress.
a beautiful ngide doll ,made of palm nuts leather ,goat hooves pendants and a double coat of beaded leather.Ngide means child .ex bernt muhlak collection Kiel this is one of the best exemple of this kind of doll
a fine small akuaba ,asante ghana brought back in the 60ties by lars Olsen from the collection of Peggy appiah from Kumasi .When you see many of these akuaba you can discern some styles certainly made by the same sculptor .This is one of them height 22cm the doll should have some age as one arm is used further then the hole
Nicely carved feminine figurine with a fine coiffe, serene face with lowered lids, elongated neck, holding her breasts with both hands, and showing scarifications around her belly. Wood, with fine dark glossy patina. A piece of old textile of red color is meant to represent a skirt. Africa, D.R. Congo, Luba ethnic group. Height: 9 3/8" (23,7 cm). The figurine is mounted on a custom metal stand. Remnants of old insect infestation, (no danger), otherwise very good condition.