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All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre AD 1000 item #1319670 (stock #E383732)
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This superb, thin-walled, translucent alabaster container has a collared rim, and dates to the Late Period, ca. 715-30 BC. It once would have held some type of cosmetic unguent or oil and was originally capped with a perishable stopper. The root of the alabastron form was possibly derived from the shape of a palm tree. Excellent, well-preserved example showing ample deposits and expected calcified patina on interior. Measures 3.75"H. Provenance: B...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : African : Pre 1930 item #1299037 (stock #Y08237)
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The camwood encrusted twin figure, probably of Oyo, Ifon Yoruba origin, with expressive and stylized facial features. Slight traces of indigo blue under the encrustation on the high coiffure. From Nigeria, early 20th century, in very fine condition. 10.50"H. Provenance: Old New England private collection.
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1960 item #1299015 (stock #T12722)
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The small, convex ceremonial/dance shield decorated with opposing, looped designs. Typical polychrome organic paint colors of red, black and white. From the Burundi and Rwanda border area, eastern Africa. 13.5"L, in very fine condition with a custom steel mount. Private collection, Florida. Mid 20th century.
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1960 item #1287834 (stock #M30971)
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Made from a hardwood, this somewhat heavy, monoxylous drum has been precisely carved with S-scroll patterns and fish imagery typical of the Massim region of Papua New Guinea. Three large cowrie shells are attached to the handle and lend a contrasting, sharp, rattling sound to the deep, growling tone of the drum. Measuring 27 5/8"H x 5 5/8"D, in very fine, still playable condition. Mid-20th century. Provenance: Andrew Tilden, New Orleans, LA.
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pre 1492 item #1286831 (stock #C130863)
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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 : Archives : Regional Art : African : Pre 1930 item #1286829 (stock #D1012827)
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Showing a prominent 'Do'society mask with classic crescent-shaped eyes and towering coiffure. Fine, encrusted, shiny patina. Height of pulley is 6.50". Early 20th century, in excellent condition. From the eastern area of Ivory Coast. Provenance: Private FL collection.
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : African : Pre 1940 item #1274436 (stock #H370322)
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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...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : African : Pre 1930 item #1265238 (stock #O420727)
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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...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1920 item #1257338 (stock #I23-2824)
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Finely carved with a thin and delicate spoon bowl and a standing, nude, muscular, male effigy handle. This ritual hardwood example is notable for its lustrous, wonderful color, the result of much handling and use. In very fine condition with just a slight bit of old roughness along the edges of the spoon bowl, itself. Deep, shiny and varied patina. Measuring 6.50" H x 2 1/8" W, maximum. From Northern Luzon, Philippines, very early 20th century. Custom metal mount...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1492 item #1256779 (stock #C10228)
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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...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : African : Pre 1940 item #1255552 (stock #D210827)
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A powerful, cubist-like rendition of the face of a monkey-most likely a chimpanzee-and worn by a male dancer who's movements and behavior were wild and instigating to stir the attendant audience. Early 20th century, Ivory Coast, Kran people. Very fine condition with a varied, deep brown, shiny patina, overall. The eye region and top of head with ample remains of a slightly encrusted, sacrificial material. 9"H x 5"W x 6"D. Provenance: Susan Lerer, Los Angeles CA, since the 1980's...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pre AD 1000 item #1250096 (stock #M46744)
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A sturdy vessel with an ornately painted interior surface showing a so-called 'Muan' bird (owl) of the Maya underworld. However, the central bird forms depicted on these plates are more likely to represent a Turkey Vulture, a creature equated with Maya lordship/rulership. The profile of an anthropomorphic old god also can be seen as part of its head here - the bird's upper beak representing the elongated chin or jaw of the old deity...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1940 item #1250067 (stock #H31932a)
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This double-figure form, representing a man and woman standing back-to-back, was believed to have protective powers, bring fertility, communicate with deceased ancestors, and to copulate and conceive rather monstrous beings. There is a receptacle at the top of the figure for fetish materials placed there to 'feed' the figure and keep it active. The features on this example are quite naturalistic and developed for the type...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1940 item #1249814 (stock #L370731)
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This small but well-conceived torso sculpture is from a Lubaized people, either Songye or a lesser known group of the northeastern Upper River Region. Its simple features and quietly brooding presence are typical of protective figures found in this transitional zone of the D.R.Congo. Very fine, shiny, medium brown, aged patina with remains of the fiber attachment. Some kaolin type material inside the 'feeding' hole atop the head...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : African : 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...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : 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. The figure has been cleaned/denuded of its once thic...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1910 item #1241124 (stock #N506887)
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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 in the w...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Pre 1940 item #1241017 (stock #D38322)
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These three, finely made, older examples of traditional Kenyah Dayak glass beadwork feature beautifully composed, decorative themes. Each is profusely laden with the spiraled horns, claws, jaws, and tails of the dragon associated with the underworld and fertility. The largest panel example here, a protective decoration for a baby carrier, shows the anthropomorphic face of a godly being surrounded by a complex but perfectly balanced array of dragon spirit symbolism. The smaller panel, once part o...