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All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1930 item #1289077 (stock #B19291)
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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 1940 item #1288822 (stock #B101733)
michael cichon tribal arts
$995.00
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This Goli dance whip measures approximately 32" when extended. The braided leather portion is completely intact, not at all typical for such an old and well-used object. The hardwood handle is very finely carved with intricate and sure cuts and shows great precision by the hand that made it. The patina is a glowing, shiny, deep, honey-brown from much use and handling. It is from a NYC private collection, since the 1960's. From Ivory Coast, West Africa, early 20th century...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1960 item #1288406 (stock #D128011)
michael cichon tribal arts
$1,850.00
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. Measuring 20"H x 12.50"D x 10.50"W, this mask is in very good condition, overall. There have been losses to the edges and a softening of the surface with equal fading of the coloration...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1940 item #1287930 (stock #O137933)
michael cichon tribal arts
$895.00
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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...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1940 item #1287727 (stock #A30137)
michael cichon tribal arts
$1,600.00
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From Ghana, West Africa, this early 20th century example is quite naturalistic and has a wonderful presence. It is carved from a tight grained wood with deep, black brown patina; fine glass bead attachments intact. Measuring 12.75"H x 2.75"W. Excellent condition with old and stable check on backside of head and just a small check on chest area...
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
$995.00
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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 : Sculpture : 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 : 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 #1286745 (stock #Y082172)
michael cichon tribal arts
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This singular wooden mask from the Oyo region of Yorubaland displays a thickly encrusted, heavy patina with highlights of red and white organic pigments layered over-top. Perhaps representing an ancestral spirit or a type of negative force which needed to be dealt with, this 'egungun' mask is both powerful and playful at the same time. There are iron nails and evidence of fiber attachments layered on the surface...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1940 item #1275043 (stock #D1381001)
michael cichon tribal arts
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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...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1940 item #1269377 (stock #T1-91381)
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Probably used as a figurative lid for a ritual calabash, this brooding, bust-type figure exhibits a blackened, shiny, oily patina. Still inserted into the head is a horn tip used for the ceremonial 'feeding' of the elegant figure. The arts of the Tabwa are heavily Lubaized in form but also exhibit strong influence from various Lakes Region peoples to the east and south...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1930 item #1265324 (stock #I13-8317)
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Used primarily during the Ekpe Harvest-time festivals, these pedestal-form headdresses come in a variety of styles and configurations such as single-faced, janus-faced, multi-headed etc., depending on the area from which they originate. This particular example shows a strong, well-carved head with prominent, filed front teeth and whitened facial plains. The headpiece shows good use and age with a deep, varied and shiny patina, overall, and is just under 12"in height x 4.75"W...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1930 item #1264597 (stock #C128219)
michael cichon tribal arts
$1,250.00
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This old figure was once fitted with a pointed iron stake which floated it above the ground. It has a somewhat archaic look and is made from a heavy hardwood species; it has a deep, black-brown, shiny patina that highlights the features. These simple ancestral images apparently functioned as guardians for the crops. Measuring 11.75"H x 3"D maximum, it is in excellent condition with a slight bit of weathering and loss on the right side of the figure. Very early 20th C, originating from the Benue ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : 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. Custom steel m...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1940 item #1250067 (stock #H31932a)
michael cichon tribal arts
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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 northwestern H...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1940 item #1249814 (stock #L370731)
michael cichon tribal arts
$1,500.00
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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 fraying of the ...