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A fine Nepalese Middle Hills region shaman's mask

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Indian Subcontinent: Himalayas: Pre 1910   item# 1241124 (stock# N506887)

A fine Nepalese Middle Hills region shaman's mask
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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The isolated existence of the various ethnic groups living in the Himalayas has created a diversity in beliefs. The masks themselves illustrate the beliefs of Hindu and Buddhist religions and the enigmatic, archaic traditions found in the cults of the shaman. This particular mask falls into the last category, a 'tribal' example, worn by the shaman himself, showing deformed or exaggerated features meant to surprise or convey a disturbing aspect of the ceremony. Like ritualists everywhere ...click for details


A K'iche Maya earthenware jaguar head fragment

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Americas: Pre Columbian: Sculpture: Pre AD 1000   item# 1240927 (stock# M92373)

A K'iche Maya earthenware jaguar head fragment
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


$850.00 

Representing the sun in its nighttime guise, this large and graphic head fragment shows a jaguar with bared fangs and teeth, prominent rounded ears, and squared-circle, deity eyes. It is a classic, hollow fragment from a monumental, lidded burial urn of the type found in the Guatemalan highlands of Quiche Department. Dating to the Late Classic period, CE 600-900, the effigy head has extensive remains of post-fire red, yellow and black pigment, and is in very fine, solid condition. Dimensions are ...click for details


A fine Yoruba flywhisk

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1920   item# 1240818 (stock# Y037372)

A fine Yoruba flywhisk
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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The handle of this important, regal flywhisk shows a lively, young, kneeling female with emphasized breasts and feet, in the manner of a supplicant devotee of the Shango cult or of a woman who is a messenger of the spirits. The hardwood handle has acquired a superb, glossy, honey-brown patina from much use; the long leather strips are elegant and well-preserved, and are attached to the wooden handle by means of braided strapping to add strength and effectiveness to the functionality of the whi ...click for details


An unusual and fine Nayarit earthenware male figure

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Americas: Pre Columbian: Sculpture: Pre AD 1000   item# 1238092 (stock# N73130)

An unusual and fine Nayarit earthenware male figure
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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The highly developed, hood-like coiffure with single pigtail braid down the back creates an interesting textural compliment against the plain, smooth body. The face shows a unique manner of modeling the cheek areas where they overlap the ears; it lends an individuality to the figure, making it appear almost portrait-like for the type. Regal and calm, his distinctive pose is a study in the plastic manipulation of the arms. This gesture might relate to transformation, or some type of hallucinogeni ...click for details


A Himalayan wooden simian face mask

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Indian Subcontinent: Himalayas: Pre 1920   item# 1230003 (stock# H10713)

A Himalayan wooden simian face mask
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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Having aspects of both human and simian, this wide-eyed monkey mask comes from an area somewhere between Tibet and Bhutan. Animals are believed to have souls by the various tribal communities in this region of the world, and many images are made and worn to animate their spirit. It is pierced in three areas for attachment to the wearer's head for dancing - at the sides by each ear, along the top ridge of the head, and at the bottom, under the chin. The front surface has been repeat ...click for details


A fine Wongo cephalomorphic wooden cup

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1920   item# 1229939 (stock# W103221)

A fine Wongo cephalomorphic wooden cup
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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This type of Wongo effigy head cup was used for ritually drinking palm wine. The crisply carved facial features are characteristic of the neighboring Western Pende, but the overall vessel form is typical of yet another neighboring people, the Lele. Early 20th C, from D.R.Congo. Approximately 4.75"H, and in fine condition with small, old losses along the right and left edges of the pedestal foot base. Deep, rich, shiny, dark, aged patina. Provenance: Peter Pollack, NYC and FL, collected bef ...click for details


A Maya mold-made earthenware avian whistle

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Americas: Pre Columbian: Pottery: Pre AD 1000   item# 1228663 (stock# M29733)

A Maya mold-made earthenware avian whistle
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


$900.00 

This perfectly preserved, somewhat whimsical effigy whistle is a fine example of the molded ceramics made for funerary use on Jaina Island or the coastal Campeche area of Mexico. The effigy whistle represents an anthropomorphic harpy eagle, the greatest of the avian, sky predators found in the tropical lowlands of Mesoamerica. Anthropomorphic traits include the standing posture, eyes placed on the front of the face, and the use of a loincloth. The wings are personified and represent saurian hea ...click for details


An important Sepik River region votive stone sculpture

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Oceanic: Sculpture: Pre 1900   item# 1227712 (stock# P28481)

An important Sepik River region votive stone sculpture
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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Ritually used lithic material is seldom found in Oceanic Art, especially examples originating from Papua New Guinea. This stone object is highly patinated and weathered, showing an orangish undertone layered on top with a deep black-brown, somewhat shiny surface. It was carefully carved on each side with profile, janus images of two anthropomorphic beings. It seems to have been extensively handled as if in ceremony or divination. The sculpture has an aura of antiquity. Conservatively, I will sa ...click for details


A Fon female Bochio figure

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Pre 1920   item# 1218599 (stock# F49392)

A Fon female Bochio figure
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


$1,250.00 

A powerful image of a mature, squatting woman, most likely once placed atop a steel spike to be inserted into the ground as a protective figure. Much of the thick, encrusted, sacrificial patina which covered the figure has fallen off or been removed, but there is still ample evidence of the heavily libated surface, now seen as a fatty, somewhat oily appearance. Possible insertion holes are present and other ritual attachments, long removed, surely once adorned this sculpture. The carving is real ...click for details


A superb Khmer stone cornice or balustrade end

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Pre AD 1000   item# 1218403 (stock# K674702)

A superb Khmer stone cornice or balustrade end
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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A large cornice or balustrade end with a Seven-Headed Naga, in Angkor Thom style, Angkor period, possibly early (Banteay Srei, ca. 10th C CE). Made of a pink sandstone, 23" H x 16" D x 10" W. Condition is very fine with some small ancient losses; expected deposits and weathering present. Provenance: The carving was sent from Thailand, ca. 1967, and exhibited in the Seattle Art Museum. The cornice end, along with several other stone carvings, was then purchased about a decade later ...click for details

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