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A fine wooden Dan 'Bagle' mask with metal eyes

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1940   item# 1275043 (stock# D1381001)

A fine wooden Dan 'Bagle' mask with metal eyes
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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The cylindrical, metal covered eyes (spent shotgun shells) add a flash of surreal magic to this, otherwise, realistically rendered face mask from the southern Dan areas of Ivory Coast. Such anthropomorphic masks are known as 'bagle' and show a line of carved antelope horn tips along the hairline area, tubular-shaped eyes, and vertical-ridge on the forehead. Its role in Dan masquerades is primarily for entertainment, albeit as an aggressive and somewhat temperamental character. Early-mid ...click for details


A stone Atlantic Watershed masked male figure

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Americas: Pre Columbian: Sculpture: Pre 1492   item# 1274570 (stock# CR23-0873)

A stone Atlantic Watershed masked male figure
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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Though little is known of the exact time period from which these male figures come, it is assumed they post-date the classic age of green stone lapidary work in Costa Rica. The standardized poses these saurian masked figures assume is apparently associated with 'presentation' and includes arms akimbo with the hands on the hips or chest. They are always nude but wear a multi-layered headdress and a necklace with vertically-hanging elements. It also is possible they were associated with fe ...click for details


An excellent jani-form Hemba power figure

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1940   item# 1274436 (stock# H370322)

An excellent jani-form Hemba power figure
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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This type of figure, known as a 'kabeja,' is thought to ward off malicious, threatening spirits. It shows back-to-back, male and female, figures with wonderfully thin and delicate features. There is a small receptacle atop the head, still plugged with fetish material. It is quite similar in concept to a previous Hemba entry in my catalog, item # 1250067, but differs in that it is much more finely carved and proportioned. The varied surface is a medium to dark brown patina, overall, and i ...click for details


"Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico, 1987" by Macduff Everton

Catalogue: Fine Art: Prints: Photographs: Pre 1990   item# 1273335 (stock# ME0005)

"Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico, 1987" by Macduff Everton
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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"An acknowledged master of panoramic photography, he [Macduff Everton]employs the wide views to give a sense of how the ancient Maya sites occupy the terrain but also for intimate interiors of present-day Maya homes and chapels." Carter Wilson, Foreward: Macduff Everton's Yucatan, in "The Modern Maya: Incidents of Travel and Friendship in Yucatan" University Press of Texas, Austin, 2012.


A fine Tabwa wooden female half figure

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1940   item# 1269377 (stock# T1-91381)

A fine Tabwa wooden female half figure
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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Probably used as a figurative lid for a ritual calabash, this brooding, bust-type figure exhibits a blackened, shiny, oily patina. Still inserted into the head is a horn tip used for the ceremonial 'feeding' of the elegant figure. The arts of the Tabwa are heavily Lubaized in form but also exhibit strong influence from various Lakes Region peoples to the east and south. Among Luba peoples, it is believed unseen spirits are attracted to female images, finding them irresistibly charming an ...click for details


A Pataky polychrome earthenware pedestal foot jar

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Americas: Pre Columbian: Pottery: Pre 1492   item# 1267681 (stock# C217791)

A Pataky polychrome earthenware pedestal foot jar
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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This pyriform vessel is a monumental example from the late period Pataky polychrome ceramic tradition (CE 1200-1550), created in what is, today, the Guanacaste-Nicoya Zone of Costa Rica. Hand-formed from a reddish clay with a heavy temper, the hollow pedestal foot contains a clay ball rattle whose growl-like sound is heard through several openings that functioned also as vent holes during firing. Painted bands of glyph-like elements represent jaguars and other tropical flora and fauna in an abst ...click for details


A fine Mun Yao shaman's mask

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Sculpture: Pre 1900   item# 1267123 (stock# Y31-81117)

A fine Mun Yao shaman's mask
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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In many areas of Southeast Asia, shamans still continue to direct the vital spiritual life of the population, bringing them together and helping to order the universe by righting wrongs, communicating with the ancestors, or dealing with the unfriendly forces of nature and the ever-surrounding larger groups of outsiders encroaching on their lives. This highly-expressive and naturalistic mask is the type worn by a shaman during Daoist ritual. It has the countenance of an elder, with wrinkled, high ...click for details


A fine Igbo anthropomorphic wooden headpiece

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1930   item# 1265324 (stock# I13-8317)

A fine Igbo anthropomorphic wooden headpiece
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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Used primarily during the Ekpe Harvest-time festivals, these pedestal-form headdresses come in a variety of styles and configurations such as single-faced, janus-faced, multi-headed etc., depending on the area from which they originate. This particular example shows a strong, well-carved head with prominent, filed front teeth and whitened facial plains. The headpiece shows good use and age with a deep, varied and shiny patina, overall, and is just under 12"in height x 4.75"W. Very fine ...click for details


An Ogoni wooden transformation mask

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1930   item# 1265238 (stock# O420727)

An Ogoni wooden transformation mask
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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This type of small mask or puppet head, with a movable lower jaw, seems to have developed among the Ogoni people about the turn of the 19th/20th century. Gradually, the form has lost some of its sinister appearance and association with the dead. But, even today when such grotesque masks are worn masquerades have a risky quality. Their authoritarian nature lends them an immunity which permits the dancers to confront anyone. This fine, old example is an enigmatic one showing an unusual combinatio ...click for details


A Wurkun wooden ancestor figure

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1930   item# 1264597 (stock# C128219)

A Wurkun wooden ancestor figure
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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This old figure was once fitted with a pointed iron stake which floated it above the ground. It has a somewhat archaic look and is made from a heavy hardwood species; it has a deep, black-brown, shiny patina that highlights the features. These simple ancestral images apparently functioned as guardians for the crops. Measuring 11.75"H x 3"D maximum, it is in excellent condition with a slight bit of weathering and loss on the right side of the figure. Very early 20th C, originating from ...click for details

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