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A fine wooden Dan 'Bagle' mask with metal eyes

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1940   item# 1275043 (stock# D1381001)

A fine wooden Dan 'Bagle' mask with metal eyes
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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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 ...click for details


A fine Tabwa wooden female half figure

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1940   item# 1269377 (stock# T1-91381)

A fine Tabwa wooden female half figure
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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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. Among Luba peoples, it is believed unseen spirits are attracted to female images, finding them irresistibly charming an ...click for details


A fine Igbo anthropomorphic wooden headpiece

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1930   item# 1265324 (stock# I13-8317)

A fine Igbo anthropomorphic wooden headpiece
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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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. Very fine ...click for details


A Wurkun wooden ancestor figure

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1930   item# 1264597 (stock# C128219)

A Wurkun wooden ancestor figure
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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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 ...click for details


A fine Kran 'kagle' mask

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1940   item# 1255552 (stock# D210827)

A fine Kran 'kagle' mask
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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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 198 ...click for details


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

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