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A Hemba jani-form 'kebeja' figure

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1940   item# 1250067 (stock# H31932a)

A Hemba jani-form 'kebeja' figure
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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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. Stylistically, it most resembles figures coming from the northw ...click for details


A Luba Songye wooden fetish figure

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1940   item# 1249814 (stock# L370731)

A Luba Songye wooden fetish figure
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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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. Measures 7"H, in fine condition with some loss and fr ...click for details


A Gurage wooden tray for bread

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1940   item# 1248498 (stock# E58-3-83)

A Gurage wooden tray for bread
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


 

Several different peoples in Eastern Africa partake in the communal bread meal. The Gurage people make large wooden pedestal footed trays for the tradition. This fine, old example shows much use and a beautifully carved underside, which like South African meat trays, is what is exposed to the viewer when the tray is hung up, out of use. The tray measures 22.75"D x 5.50"H. It is in fine condition overall, with a single, hairline crack running across one side. The plain, glowing interior ...click for details


Kenyah Dayak beaded panels and container for betel chew

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Pre 1940   item# 1241017 (stock# D38322)

Kenyah Dayak beaded panels and container for betel chew
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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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 ...click for details


Two fine Bwa or Nuna bush spirit masks

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1940   item# 1238303 (stock# B34922)

Two fine Bwa or Nuna bush spirit masks
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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These old and well-used zoomorphic masks, each in the form of a bushcow - one possibly a calf, come from the Bwa or Nuna people of Burkina Faso, West Africa. They represent protective bush spirits, and were danced during the dry season, during funerals for elders, or during the initiations of young men - all chaotic and stressful times for the village. Showing wonderful, softened surfaces from many years of service. Organic red, black and white pigments are expertly organized in the typically b ...click for details


A fine and rare Cameroon Grassfields drinking horn

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1930   item# 1238201 (stock# C101288)

A fine and rare Cameroon Grassfields drinking horn
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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Masterfully carved and fitted with a lost-wax casted, brass finial in the form of intertwining serpents and amphibians, this royal horn was used by high-ranking males to drink palm wine during ritual and special occasions, alike. Made from a section of bovine horn, the carving shows the ubiquitous spider-like motifs of the Cameroon Grassfields, along with petaloid shapes, various geometric forms, and amphibious creatures, all highlighted with an organic, white pigment. It is in very fine, perfe ...click for details


An excellent Kwere flywhisk

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1950   item# 1238162 (stock# K32903)

An excellent Kwere flywhisk
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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The handle of this well-used flywhisk is in the form of 'Mwana hiti,'or "child of wood", often found in north-central, coastal Tanzania. It dates to the early-mid 20th C, and measures 23"L, including the animal hair attachment. Very fine condition with glowing deep and varied brown patina on the handle. Provenance: Private collection NY and FL, since the 1980's. Custom mounted.


A superb Luba Hemba female 'mboko' figure

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1930   item# 1238065 (stock# L018332)

A superb Luba Hemba female 'mboko' figure
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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This very old and much cared-for kneeling female bowl-bearer (mboko) served as an oracle for a diviner. Its small scale indicates it functioned in an "intimate and personal" manner, according to Mary and Allen Roberts in 'Memory: Luba Art and the Making of History'. It shows damage caused from insects and extensive handling, alike, with evidence of much re-patination over the losses. These female figures acted as effigy receptacles for chalk and various other offerings, and rep ...click for details


A fine Edo (Bini) face mask for Ekpo

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1930   item# 1237956 (stock# B20933)

A fine Edo (Bini) face mask for Ekpo
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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This venerable wooden face mask shows layers of white, chalk-based pigment over top the wooden surface. Raw indigo pigment accentuates the eyes and the inset mirror sections on the forehead. The patina has acquired an encrusted, thickened look, indicating extensive re-use. Measuring 13"H x 8"W. Condition is very fine with some losses to the painted surface. The mask was once part of Ekpo masquerades which, among favorable demonstrations of royal ideals, directly challenged the royal c ...click for details


A Gola wood and metal Sande Society helmet mask

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1940   item# 1229378 (stock# G492322)

A Gola wood and metal Sande Society helmet mask
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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The towering and regal forehead of this 'bundu' indicates a female with intelligence and wisdom. It is a type of anthropomorphic helmet mask found only among members of the women's association. Carved antelope horn tips and cowries are abundant on the backside and front side of this example, symbols which represent helpful medicine and wealth, respectively. The shiny, blackened surface and dark raphia palm and hemp fiber attached to the bottom edge adds mystery and power. Neck rin ...click for details

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