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All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1940 item #1325477 (stock #L3189907)
michael cichon tribal arts
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The classic Idimu example showing appropriate use and handling, and with the original fiber beard. Such simple but emotive masks functioned in the Bwami Society initiation ceremonies and were part of a graduated series of objects that identified the owner's rank in Bwami. From the Lega peoples, Maniema region, D.R.Congo...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1940 item #1320059 (stock #M39272L)
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Probably representing a male, this dynamic example has curvaceous arms and torso which add movement to the otherwise static stance. Originating from the Benue River Region of Nigeria, these abstracted sculptures of males and females are thought to represent ancestors, and are often called upon to be guardians of individuals and villages; they can also function as truth-telling figures employed at village trials...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1950 item #1317656 (stock #M1329622ab)
michael cichon tribal arts
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The matched pair carved in a masterful, cubist style. Dynamic and monumental. They exhibit very deep, old, darkened, aged patina. Representing a primordial, ancestral male and female, they were placed on or around shrine altars and ritually libated. Some old desiccation and losses of feet from moisture damage, otherwise solid and intact with shiny, varied, faceted surface. Male stands 22.25"H, female stands 21"H. Wonderful, old true pair, rarely seen. Each mounted on a flat steel base...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1950 item #1306099 (stock #O39163)
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This masterful example is carved from a light colored wood with a reddened, darkened, slightly encrusted, shiny patina. The filed, jagged teeth have been daubed with an organic, white pigment. It is a type believed to represent an ancestor and possibly used for the regulation of social life among males (Mugonge), though little is documented on mask types from the Chokwe-related, Ovimbundu people of Angola. Early 20th century, the mask measures 8.50"H x 6"W...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1940 item #1303727 (stock #Y307392)
michael cichon tribal arts
$650.00
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The rare sculpture with an unidentifiable finial (possibly a hand with finger pointing or an extremely stylized human head) and, abstracted, segmented stalk. Deep, varied, darkened patina, overall, showing much use and age. Early 20th century. Very fine condition. Provenance: Old private collection, New England.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Metalwork : Pre 1910 item #1302934 (stock #L329811)
michael cichon tribal arts
$485.00
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The forms of these somewhat rare, wrought iron trays are typically zoomorphic. They are often interpreted as a saurian composite creature. Such vessels held the sooty black paste, known locally as 'sihung', created for ritual tooth-filing and blackening among the Lampung people of the southernmost area of the Island of Sumatra. Length is 12", showing much age and use, and in fine condition with a heavily oxidized, encrusted patina. Most likely 19th/20th century, or earlier.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1930 item #1302076 (stock #B192273)
michael cichon tribal arts
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The motif of opposing birds (possibly Calao birds, which are sacred animals in the mythology of many West African peoples) on weaver's heddle pulleys is rare. This old example is visually appealing due to the mirror-image effect of the two birds with beaks touching, also forming a graceful negative space between them. With a varied, black to reddish brown, encrusted and shiny, aged patina. The pulley itself is 7"H, and is mounted on a steel base. Early 20th century...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Oceanic : Sculpture : Pre 1940 item #1300749 (stock #A92212)
michael cichon tribal arts
$1,100.00
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Known as a 'bapa' mask, this large, woven fiber helmet was worn by members of a secret society prior to male initiation ceremonies taking place. Its role was to frighten the women and children away from the area. Bapa masks were also supposed to allow the participating initiates to do their very best. These rattan creations are marvels of fiber weaving, blending basket-like forms and three-dimensional, openwork elements into surreal abstractions to fit over the head of the wearer...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1960 item #1299114 (stock #B390383)
michael cichon tribal arts
$1,450.00
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The northern neighbors of the Asante people, the Bono people, create female Aku'aba dolls for ritual use, such as this excellent example. Only slight differences exist between the features of these people's dolls (primarily seen in the shape of the heads), Bono examples being more triangular in shape rather than round (Asante) or rectangular (Fante). The doll is 14"H x 5.50"W, in very fine condition with a honey-brown, shiny, aged patina with traces of kaolin pigment...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Oceanic : Sculpture : Pre 1950 item #1299020 (stock #T20282)
michael cichon tribal arts
$1,250.00
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Showing saurian-type features, the light weight wooden carving has a simulated chain-link opening on one end. Patina is well-worn, bleached and varied, yet was obviously cared for, attesting to its actual use. Early-mid 20th century. Of Melanesian origin, this is a larger example measuring 17 1/8"L x 3.25" W. Very fine condition. Provenance: Marc Lissauer, 1970's.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1930 item #1289077 (stock #B19291)
michael cichon tribal arts
$1,550.00
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At one time in the Bamum kingdom, this type of metal collar ornament decorated with water buffalo heads was worn by the most respected dignitaries who gathered at council meetings. At the turn of the 20th century these distinctive metal rings mainly became the property of women who used them as neck and girdle area ornaments. The example here was most likely used in that manner. It is in very fine condition, and measures 13" in diameter. Early 20th century. Provenance: Mr. and Mrs...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1960 item #1288406 (stock #D128011)
michael cichon tribal arts
$1,550.00
A true portrait head tops the handle of this Dan/Mano trophy spoon or ladle; it is carved to actually portray the woman who received the 'wunkirmian' as the coveted gift for her unfailing generosity and cordiality in the village. Made from a hardwood and richly patinated with an organic black stain derived from various local materials such as river mud, plant saps, and charred wood...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1950 item #1288157 (stock #S120772)
michael cichon tribal arts
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Of large size with exaggerated features, these crested male kifwebe versions come from the southeastern area of Songye territory, close to the neighboring Luba peoples. The striated surface is polychromed with black, white and red organic pigments...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1940 item #1287930 (stock #O137933)
michael cichon tribal arts
$745.00
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From the Niger River Delta of Nigeria come these peculiar and somewhat macabre articulated face masks. Used during funerals and Christmastime festivals, the masks are typically smaller than life size and show stylized features-particularly a sharp, upturned nose, as seen on this classic example. Dating to the mid-early 20th century, it measures 7.50"h x 5.25"W x 4.25"D and is in excellent condition with only a few missing inset wooden teeth. Provenance: Arts D'Afrique Noir, Paris, France, 1980's...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1930 item #1286859 (stock #E467373)
michael cichon tribal arts
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The moon in its fullest phase appears to have been the inspiration for these round mask panels used during Ekpo secret society ceremonies. This very fine and large example has a whitened, deeply-layered, thick patina. It is made from a medium heavy wood and measures 15" in height, 12.50" at its widest point and 4"in depth. From coastal Nigeria, early 20th century. Provenance: old private collection, FL; this mask was authenticated and appraised by James M. Silberman, Alexandria VA, 1986.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1930 item #1286835 (stock #S120962)
michael cichon tribal arts
$895.00
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This double-mouthed palm wine cup is a type which was associated with leadership among the Suku people of D.R.Congo. They were typically presented upon taking office and were passed onto a successor. No one else beside the owner was allowed to drink from or wash these cups with symbolic "figure-eight"openings. 4 5/8"W x 3"H, in very fine condition with smooth, rich brown, deep patina. Early 20th C. Provenance: Dr. Peter Horvath, MA, 1970's.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Pre 1950 item #1286824 (stock #L127127)
michael cichon tribal arts
$995.00
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Made of vine, feathers, cowries, buttons and raffia, this minimal crown-like hat was worn by a woman of 'bunyamwa', the highest grade for females of 'bwami.' Measuring 12.50"H, as mounted on a steel base. Very fine condition. From D.R.Congo, mid 20th century. Provenance: Charles Davis, New Orleans, LA, 1980's.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1940 item #1275043 (stock #D1381001)
michael cichon tribal arts
$950.00
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The cylindrical, metal covered eyes (spent shotgun shells) add a flash of surreal magic to this, otherwise, realistically rendered face mask from the southern Dan areas of Ivory Coast. Such anthropomorphic masks are known as 'bagle' and show a line of carved antelope horn tips along the hairline area, tubular-shaped eyes, and vertical-ridge on the forehead. Its role in Dan masquerades is primarily for entertainment, albeit as an aggressive and somewhat temperamental character. Early-mid 20th C.,...