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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


An excellent jani-form Hemba power figure

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1940   item# 1274436 (stock# H370322)

An excellent jani-form Hemba power figure
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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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. The varied surface is a medium to dark brown patina, overall, and i ...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


An Ogoni wooden transformation mask

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1930   item# 1265238 (stock# O420727)

An Ogoni wooden transformation mask
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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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. This fine, old example is an enigmatic one showing an unusual combinatio ...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

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