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A Bamana standing female figure

Catalogue: Archives: Regional Art: African: Pre 1930   item# 1228883 (stock# B49233)

A Bamana standing female figure
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The sensuous, fluid forms of this figure have been ritually cleaned and rubbed with special oils; the facial plane, especially, appears moist on the surface from numerous, annual applications. The resulting deep and glossy, reddish-black surface of this beautifully composed standing, young female compliments its distinctly slender physique. Possibly a 'jo nyeleni' figure or one owned by the 'jo' society'. It is 19.5"H, and in very fine condition with minimal losses, main ...click for details


An important and fine Maya earthenware tripod plate

Catalogue: Archives: Regional Art: Pre AD 1000   item# 1211622 (stock# M453029)

An important and fine Maya earthenware tripod plate
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A throne room scene with seated lord resembling the famous 'Fat Cacique' of the IK polity ceramic corpus has been painted across the whole of the interior of this "jawate", or tripod plate. He is seated cross-legged on a large built-in dais, and gestures poetically with his hands to the secondary lord kneeling in front of him. Swagged textile hangs overhead and the stepped platform throne has a backrest. The ahaw wears an oversize headdress in the form of a skeletal, anthropo ...click for details


An archaic Kusu or Kasongo wooden 'kakudji' figure

Catalogue: Archives: Regional Art: Pre 1910   item# 1208870 (stock# K490238)

An archaic Kusu or Kasongo wooden 'kakudji'  figure
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The age of this cult statuette is certainly great and the style of the carving indicates an ancient origin in the rolling, forested hills of East Central D.R.Congo. Known as 'kakudji', these half-figures functioned as protection devices on a personal level rather than for a family or community. The shiny, heavily worn and softened features are accentuated by the deep, rich, varied, brown patina. Hollow through the middle, possibly for ritual purposes, all of its 'charges' which m ...click for details


A fine Gidkoi wrapped primordial pair

Catalogue: Archives: Regional Art: Pre 1950   item# 1205277 (stock# G34917p)

A fine Gidkoi wrapped primordial pair
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From northeastern Tanzania, this male and female couple has been characteristically covered in a textile which has been applied as if to mummify them. It has been noted such wrapped figures were used during initiation into secret societies or by village healers while performing curing rites. Exhibiting a saturated surface patina, glass bead eyes, and crusty fetish material overall, this pair possibly represents a primordial, creator couple. Large, round ears add to their already surreal appeara ...click for details


Marajoara earthenware seat of power

Catalogue: Archives: Regional Art: Pre 1492   item# 1204528 (stock# M91037)

Marajoara earthenware seat of power
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Incised with an interlocking, abstract style on the octagonal top of the seat. The deity, a double-headed, anthropomorphic being, has cleft heads and arms upraised, with a tubular body further surrounded by double-line patterns in the field. The mound-building Marajoara culture existed for a period of approximately 1000 years, occupying the Island of Marajo situated at the headwaters of the Amazon River, in Para State, Brazil, CE 600-1600. 10.75 " D x 3.50" H, the un-burnished redwar ...click for details


A fine Zigua or Pare medicinal horn

Catalogue: Archives: Regional Art: Pre 1960   item# 1193971 (stock# T33071)

A fine Zigua or Pare medicinal horn
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Some scholars of African art have suggested the use of such animal horns to hold magical, medicinal substances shows East African contact with Indonesia, possibly as early as the first millennium CE. This prime example shows an anthropomorphic wooden stopper with beaded eyes. The wood used to make these stoppers comes from the medicinal tree whose leaves, bark or roots are typically part of the contents of the horn. From northeastern Tanzania, Zigua or Pare peoples, mid 20th century. 21" in ...click for details


A fine Ibibio wooden face mask with articulated jaw

Catalogue: Archives: Regional Art: Pre 1950   item# 1193879 (stock# I29589)

A fine Ibibio wooden face mask with articulated jaw
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Powerful, aggressive and fierce describe such blackened face masks representing evil and immoral people who were turned into apparitions at their death. The open mouth is threatening, and made all the more so by its articulated lower jaw. Part of the men's Ekpo Society centered on ghostly beings. From southeastern Nigeria, the mask dates to the early-mid 20th century. Dimensions are 10.5"H x 7.25"W, and its condition is excellent with some old loss and decay mainly to the underside ...click for details


A Maya Jaina type earthenware figurative whistle

Catalogue: Archives: Regional Art: Pre AD 1000   item# 1185239 (stock# M88529)

A Maya Jaina type earthenware figurative whistle
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This enigmatic figure, possibly a male or female, has a howler monkey face and a fully human body. Whether it portrays a masked individual or an envisioned concept of ritual transformation is unclear. A thick, twisted cloth is seen hanging from around the neck, ending in a tassel and overlays a bib-like garment painted in 'Maya blue' pigment applied to the ceramic after firing. Post-fire yellow pigment is strong and well-preserved, as well. The figure holds a rattle in its right hand, su ...click for details


An unusual Northern Dan(?) zoomorphic mask

Catalogue: Archives: Regional Art: Pre 1910   item# 1185195 (stock# T551007)

An unusual Northern Dan(?) zoomorphic mask
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The bush pig, found in the forested regions of West Africa, most likely spawned the use of this type of zoomorphic face mask among the Northern Dan peoples. This animal was the preferred food source at one time in areas free of Muslim influence. However, this mask might have been part of Islamized peoples who used it during masquerades celebrating the end of ramadan, much like the 'do' society warthog masks made by the Ligbi in Ivory Coast. Originally tagged as 'Toma tribe, Guinea, A ...click for details


A Maya mold-made earthenware vase with lords

Catalogue: Archives: Regional Art: Pre AD 1000   item# 1184415 (stock# M54729)

A Maya mold-made earthenware vase with lords
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Three mold-impressed panels decorate the sides of this small and delicate, but important vase from the Terminal Late Classic period, circa CE early 9th century. Each shows the repeated image of the Vision Serpent, 'Och Chan', with mouth agape, snout curled back, surrounded by feathers and small circular designs symbolizing sacredness and precious liquid. A prominent mirror or 'Nen' sign glyph can be seen above the eye of the serpent, indicating not only is this a god-like deity, ...click for details

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