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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 : 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 : Asian : Chinese : Pre AD 1000 item #1248540 (stock #C347664)
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The long and thin blade form made from a rich grey-green jade that has been altered to a mottled, somewhat pitted, milky white color from long burial. It has been pierced in three areas with hafting holes made of varying sizes. From the coastal area of Jiangsu Province, China. Longshan culture, 2300-2000 BCE. It measures 14.75"L x 3 7/8"W x 3/16" thick, maximum...
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...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pre AD 1000 item #1240927 (stock #M92373)
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Representing the sun in its nighttime guise, this large and graphic head fragment shows a jaguar with bared fangs and teeth, prominent rounded ears, and squared-circle, deity eyes. It is a classic, hollow fragment from a monumental, lidded burial urn of the type found in the Guatemalan highlands of Quiche Department. Dating to the Late Classic period, CE 600-900, the effigy head has extensive remains of post-fire red, yellow and black pigment, and is in very fine, solid condition...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1920 item #1240818 (stock #Y037372)
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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...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : African : Pre 1930 item #1228883 (stock #B49233)
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The sensuous, fluid forms of this figure have been ritually cleaned and rubbed with special oils; the facial plane, especially, appears moist on the surface from numerous, annual applications. The resulting deep and glossy, reddish-black surface of this beautifully composed standing, young female compliments its distinctly slender physique. Possibly a 'jo nyeleni' figure or one owned by the 'jo' society'. It is 19.5"H, and in very fine condition with minimal losses, mainly on the extremities...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #1227712 (stock #P28481)
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Ritually used lithic material is seldom found in Oceanic Art, especially examples originating from Papua New Guinea...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1930 item #1214948 (stock #M52237)
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A small but finely carved example used in mock dance battle, possibly by a young member of a chiefly family line. The phrase "Wahaika" means "mouth of the fish". This Maori object is made from a tight grain wood and has a fine, medium brown to dark brown, aged patina; softened and worn surface, overall. It measures 10"L x 3"W. From New Zealand, and dating to the Early 20th C. Provenance: Old New England collection pre WWII years. Florida private collection, 1998-present
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre AD 1000 item #1211622 (stock #M453029)
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A throne room scene with seated lord resembling the famous 'Fat Cacique' of the IK polity ceramic corpus has been painted across the whole of the interior of this "jawate", or tripod plate. He is seated cross-legged on a large built-in dais, and gestures poetically with his hands to the secondary lord kneeling in front of him. Swagged textile hangs overhead and the stepped platform throne has a backrest. The ahaw wears an oversize headdress in the form of a skeletal, anthropomorphic head with ...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1920 item #1209021 (stock #I88392)
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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 and FL, since t...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1910 item #1208870 (stock #K490238)
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The age of this cult statuette is certainly great and the style of the carving indicates an ancient origin in the rolling, forested hills of East Central D.R.Congo. Known as 'kakudji', these half-figures functioned as protection devices on a personal level rather than for a family or community. The shiny, heavily worn and softened features are accentuated by the deep, rich, varied, brown patina. Hollow through the middle, possibly for ritual purposes, all of its 'charges' which made the figure p...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1950 item #1205277 (stock #G34917p)
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From northeastern Tanzania, this male and female couple has been characteristically covered in a textile which has been applied as if to mummify them. It has been noted such wrapped figures were used during initiation into secret societies or by village healers while performing curing rites. Exhibiting a saturated surface patina, glass bead eyes, and crusty fetish material overall, this pair possibly represents a primordial, creator couple. Large, round ears add to their already surreal appeara...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1492 item #1204528 (stock #M91037)
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Incised with an interlocking, abstract style on the octagonal top of the seat. The deity, a double-headed, anthropomorphic being, has cleft heads and arms upraised, with a tubular body further surrounded by double-line patterns in the field. The mound-building Marajoara culture existed for a period of approximately 1000 years, occupying the Island of Marajo situated at the headwaters of the Amazon River, in Para State, Brazil, CE 600-1600. 10.75 " D x 3.50" H, the un-burnished redware ceramic ...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : African : Pre 1940 item #1204003 (stock #B511962)
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A standing figure once owned by a female leader or diviner of the Yassi society, showing ample evidence of once being placed in a medicine bowl. The surface exhibits a crusty coating of a reddish substance, particularly on the right side of the head and down the torso. This material has begun to whiten in areas. Underneath this layer, the figure shows the typical shiny, black patina associated with objects from this region of Sierra Leone, West Africa. An elaborate coiffure, scarification on the...