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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


Price and further provenance on request 

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


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 fine Igbo whitened female spirit face mask

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1920   item# 1209021 (stock# I88392)

A fine Igbo whitened female spirit face mask
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


$1,400.00...further provenance on request 

The refined and delicate features of this old mask indicate its association with beauty, safety, clarity, and all things female. Showing great age and use, this mask measures 8"H and is in very good condition, though a now stabilized 'check' in the wood comes down along the forehead. There also are some minor, old losses along the sides, especially the right bottom, incurred while the mask was in use. From Nigeria, late 19th/early 20th C. Provenance: Peter Pollack Collection, NYC an ...click for details


A superb Bamum anthropomorphic chief's pipe

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1920   item# 1209005 (stock# B267712)

A superb Bamum anthropomorphic chief's pipe
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


$2,400.00...further provenance on request 

The importation of tobacco from the Americas into Africa occurred in the late 16th century CE. From that time onward, appropriate to the owner's social station, the art of the pipe flourished. In the Grasslands of Cameroon, where this pipe originates, decoration was regulated by strict codes. Only the highest ranking individuals were allowed to possess pipes with anthropomorphic imagery, as found on this exquisite example. Measuring 15"L x 5"H at the bowl, this ivory, terracotta, a ...click for details


An earthenware Nok head fragment

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre AD 1000   item# 1207229 (stock# N21996b)

An earthenware Nok head fragment
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


$1,950.00...further provenance on request 

The mustachioed male image with classic large, triangular, wide set eyes, high forehead, and tripartite coiffure. This example has maintained its incised details quite well considering the surface has experienced the typical erosion of the burnished surface slip. A coarse sand temper is exposed after 2000 years of weathering. From central Nigeria, 400 BCE to CE 200. This head has been TL tested and comes with the document. It is in very fine condition with no new material, and it measures 8.50& ...click for details


A superb wooden Kuba ritual mortar

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1920   item# 1203928 (stock# K26257)

A superb wooden Kuba ritual mortar
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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The pedestal foot vessel carved with guilloche patterns and images of pangolin (manis tricuspis). A deep, blackish brown patina covers the entire vessel, especially the interior, and the surface on the exterior is smooth and shiny from much handling. The contents of such a small container must have been quite potent and special. Early 20th century from D.R.Congo, Central Africa. 5" in height, and in mint condition. Provenance: collection of Peter Pollack, NY and Fl, since the early 1960' ...click for details


A large Afo iron currency

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1920   item# 1193587 (stock# A21877c)

A large Afo iron currency
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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Thin, slightly concave, monumental example with excellent patina from much age and use. From the Afo people of northern Nigeria, West Africa. 26"H x 17"W. In very fine condition and custom mounted on a steel base. Provenance: Peter Pollack, prior to 1975


A superb Konda prestige blade

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: African: Weapons: Pre 1900   item# 1109840 (stock# K267741)

A superb Konda prestige blade
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


$1,250.00 

The Konda of central D.R.Congo made ornate and eccentrically shaped sword blades for non-combative use. They were indications of their owner's social rank, created simply for prestigious qualities. This excellent example is made from copper and has a wooden handle with iron strapping to further accentuate its pinched form. Late 19th century. Very fine condition with aged patina. Provenance: Old Dutch collection since the 1950's


A fine Tetela dagger

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: African: Weapons: Pre 1900   item# 1084896 (stock# T22961)

A fine Tetela dagger
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


$750.00 .....provenance on request 

A heavy knob of iron has been added to the pommel of this elegant blade. The owner of this particular weapon was prestigious enough to have copper added to the handle grip. Hand-held weapons are found in all regions of Africa, but their possession was regulated by strict codes, allowing only tribal and military chiefs the right to carry them or dispense them. A wonderfully refined example. D.R.Congo, late 19th century, measuring 15"L x 4.75"W, maximum. In very fine condition with some ...click for details

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