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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1900 item #1287932 (stock #T-128222)
michael cichon tribal arts
$1,850.00
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Having lost most of its once clearly defined features, this now fragmented Dogon carving is still recognizable as being that of a standing ancestor. The head has retained its original crested shape though stylized facial features are barely discernible. The surface shows an encrusted, fatty patina with areas of dryness, sacrificial matter, and numerous root-like growths attached. This is a centuries old Malian carving made from a hard and heavy wood, and measuring 14"H (not including the mount)...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1286831 (stock #C130863)
michael cichon tribal arts
$1,450.00
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Though the exact function of this large and majestic tripod bowl is not known, such vessels have been associated with the trophy-head cult and high-status burials. From the Central Highlands/Atlantic Watershed region of Costa Rica. Period VI (CE 1000-1550). Intact, very fine original condition, with stabilized stress cracks; two of three supports have the original, ceramic rattle balls. 11.25"W x 6 5/8"H. Provenance: Old private collection, NYC, since the 1970's.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Sculpture : Pre 1492 item #1274570 (stock #CR23-0873)
michael cichon tribal arts
$1,400.00
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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...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1267681 (stock #C217791)
michael cichon tribal arts
$850.00
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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...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1900 item #1267123 (stock #Y31-81117)
michael cichon tribal arts
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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...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1920 item #1249253 (stock #I8023763)
michael cichon tribal arts
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Covered with raw indigo blue, this water spirit headdress is but one small reflection of the enigmatic underwater world of the Ijo peoples who live in the Niger Delta, Nigeria, West Africa. These deities of the watery universe are credited with introducing masks and dance masquerades to humans. The spirits can be harmful or benevolent depending on the amount of respect villagers give them, and they are believed to be angered most by a lack of dances being performed...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1920 item #1249189 (stock #M70533)
michael cichon tribal arts
$1,250.00
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This pleasantly eroded figure of an ancestor or family chief functioned as a protective sculpture on a household altar, safe-guarding the entire family. A high level of abstraction makes Moba carvings instantly recognizable. The long, thin arms are cut-free and hang straight down alongside the body. A larger diameter chest area is still apparent on the otherwise cylindrical body...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1920 item #1246868 (stock #D930033)
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A classic example of the mask used to announce the funerals and related ceremonies of respected chiefs in the village. There is an overall crackled effect to the darkened, organic material-based surface. The subtle realism and use of non-European pigment indicates the great age of this hard wood mask. From Liberia, West Africa, late 19th century or very early 20th century. 9 5/8"L x 5.50"W x 2.50"D...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1920 item #1246618 (stock #B130811)
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The lesser deities of the Baule pantheon are embodied in zoomorphic or fantastic creatures. Most popular is this simian creature known to the Baule people as 'gbekre' or 'mbotumbo'. Its main role, set-up outside the village limits, is to protect against evil spirits, but it also figures in some agricultural rituals and in divination ceremonies. A small bowl-shaped receptacle is raised by the arms and ritually held in the hands of this deity...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Sculpture : Pre AD 1000 item #1238092 (stock #N73130)
michael cichon tribal arts
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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...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1920 item #1229939 (stock #W103221)
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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...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Pre 1920 item #1218599 (stock #F49392)
michael cichon tribal arts
$950.00
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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...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Pre AD 1000 item #1218403 (stock #K674702)
michael cichon tribal arts
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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 by a Seattle d...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #1218117 (stock #M866387)
michael cichon tribal arts
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The property of high status males, such staffs were used in a multitude of ways to illustrate one's rank, emphasize one's view in an oratory situation, spar with in hand to hand combat, and present during rituals and ceremonial gatherings. This example shows the classic anthropomorphic janus-like heads with inlaid haliotis shell eyes and intertwining, symmetrical patterns in contrast to the smooth, plain, spatulate shaft. Made from a tight-grained wood now with a deep, aged, medium brown patina....
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Oceanic : Weapons : Pre 1900 item #1193599 (stock #F77c)
michael cichon tribal arts
$1,650.00
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Classic example carved from shrub root with two sets of radiating lobes on the head. The straight handle is further decorated with incised zig-zag design (tavatava) and has been pierced to accept a carrying cord. 19th century. Measures 16.50" in length. Very fine condition with lustrous, deep, aged patina. Provenance: T.Wilson, Cape Canaveral, FL, since the 1970's.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : African : Weapons : Pre 1900 item #1109840 (stock #K267741)
michael cichon tribal arts
$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
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : African : Weapons : Pre 1900 item #1084896 (stock #T22961)
michael cichon tribal arts
$750.00
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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 old loss t...