a nice lobi figure from the beginng of 20th century collected in the sixties by Beno haffner ,first ambassador sent by the common market for african durable development,wood, encrusted greyish brown patina, rising from bulky legs, supporting a stocky body with bulging abdomen, a strong neck supporting a big head with cap-like headgear,
eroded legs ,42,5cm
While the construction and decorative design suggests that this unusual shield may be from the southern Sudan, Somalia or even Ethiopia the shape and handle do not.
The sturdy, cured hide, rolled rim and geometric designs are all reminiscent of the region yet the long, contoured oval is a shape we shave not previously encountered. The surface is very worn from use and age, obscuring much of the traditional design on the face and is dark from rubbing with oil or fat...
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.
Made using hid with shell decoration this girls pubic protector would have been worn by a young girl of the African pygmy Kalahari Bushman tribe...an interesting ethnographic artifact and can easily be framed for display
a nice mossi biga from an old german collection
a fine mossi doll from an old german collection 31cm
the wood is natural on the body
a nice mossi biga from an old german collection
nice glossy patina
a charming mossi doll from an old german collection
nice deep patina 23cm
a mossi biga from an old german collection
collected during the sixties
good use patina
the left ear is worn out by use till the earring hole
a small charming mossi biga
collected in the sixties by a german
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...
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...
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.
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...
This venerable wooden face mask shows layers of white, chalk-based pigment over top the wooden surface. Raw indigo pigment accentuates the eyes and the inset mirror sections on the forehead. The patina has acquired an encrusted, thickened look, indicating extensive re-use.
Measuring 13"H x 8"W. Condition is very fine with some losses to the painted surface...
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.
Lamellophone --- a musical instrument --- comprising of a flat board carved in the shape of an hourglass on which five thin plates or "tongues" are affixed with metal wires. The board itself is nicely decorated with incised geometric designs on its lower part. Beautiful age patina. Africa, D.R. Congo (ex Zaire), Kuba Peoples. Height: 8" (20,2 cm). A few chips, otherwise very good condition.
an ngombe short sword,wooden handle ,48cm
small chip in the handle's corner
Provenance: Old collection Charles Smets 1881-1941. The collection Charles Smets was incorporated during the expedition organized by the Museum of the natural history of the Congo between 1909 and 1915. In July 1909, Charles Smets began this expedition which was aimed to study and collect specimens of fauna and flora of North Eastern Congo as well as ethnographic objects...