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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


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 Caddo Friendship type earthenware bottle

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Americas: American Indian: Pottery: Pre 1492   item# 1256779 (stock# C10228)

A fine Caddo Friendship type earthenware bottle
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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This type of grayware pottery was made by Caddo Indian women for special use in life and often accompanied deceased loved ones into burial tombs within earthen mounds. It is hand-made without the use of a wheel and was appliqued and incised using simple means - like fingernails, then all was further embellished with white pigment which is still somewhat visible. It dates to the Mid-Mississippian period, CE 1000-1300, and was found in Clark County, Arkansas. 7 5/8"H x 6"Diam, in very fi ...click for details


A fine Kalabari Ijo wooden water spirit mask

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1920   item# 1249253 (stock# I8023763)

A fine Kalabari Ijo wooden water spirit mask
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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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. Death can be the ultimate thr ...click for details


A Moba altar figure (sakwa cicilg)

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1920   item# 1249189 (stock# M70533)

A Moba altar figure (sakwa cicilg)
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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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. This figure is 10 7/8" in height x 2.75" in width, and was, most likely, slightly larger before the desicca ...click for details


A fine Sala'mpasu wooden face mask

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1920   item# 1246969 (stock# S317131)

A fine Sala'mpasu wooden face mask
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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The masks made by the Sala'mpasu people are related to the warrior's society and are used during initiation and circumcision ceremonies held in forest lodges. They are intentionally disquieting images meant to frighten and distract with aggressive, bulging foreheads, blunt, triangular noses, and sharp features. The rectangular mouths, exhibit filed teeth. This excellent example has been painted with red, black, and white pigments. It is notable for its strong, intense expression yet ...click for details


A Dan 'Go Ge' wooden face mask

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1920   item# 1246868 (stock# D930033)

A Dan 'Go Ge' wooden face mask
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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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. The mask appears to have once had metal enhancements placed ...click for details


An important Baule 'Gbekre' figure

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1920   item# 1246618 (stock# B130811)

An important Baule 'Gbekre' figure
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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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. The figure has been cleaned/denuded ...click for details


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

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