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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


Price and further provenance upon request 

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


Price and further provenance on request 

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


Further provenance upon request 

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 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


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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


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 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

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