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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 fine Kalabari Ijo wooden water spirit mask

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1920   item# 1249253 (stock# I8023763)

A fine Kalabari Ijo wooden water spirit mask
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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Covered with raw indigo blue, this water spirit headdress is but one small reflection of the enigmatic underwater world of the Ijo peoples who live in the Niger Delta, Nigeria, West Africa. These deities of the watery universe are credited with introducing masks and dance masquerades to humans. The spirits can be harmful or benevolent depending on the amount of respect villagers give them, and they are believed to be angered most by a lack of dances being performed. Death can be the ultimate thr ...click for details


A Moba altar figure (sakwa cicilg)

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1920   item# 1249189 (stock# M70533)

A Moba altar figure (sakwa cicilg)
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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This pleasantly eroded figure of an ancestor or family chief functioned as a protective sculpture on a household altar, safe-guarding the entire family. A high level of abstraction makes Moba carvings instantly recognizable. The long, thin arms are cut-free and hang straight down alongside the body. A larger diameter chest area is still apparent on the otherwise cylindrical body. This figure is 10 7/8" in height x 2.75" in width, and was, most likely, slightly larger before the desicca ...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


A fine Sala'mpasu wooden face mask

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1920   item# 1246969 (stock# S317131)

A fine Sala'mpasu wooden face mask
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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The masks made by the Sala'mpasu people are related to the warrior's society and are used during initiation and circumcision ceremonies held in forest lodges. They are intentionally disquieting images meant to frighten and distract with aggressive, bulging foreheads, blunt, triangular noses, and sharp features. The rectangular mouths, exhibit filed teeth. This excellent example has been painted with red, black, and white pigments. It is notable for its strong, intense expression yet ...click for details


A Dan 'Go Ge' wooden face mask

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1920   item# 1246868 (stock# D930033)

A Dan 'Go Ge' wooden face mask
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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A classic example of the mask used to announce the funerals and related ceremonies of respected chiefs in the village. There is an overall crackled effect to the darkened, organic material-based surface. The subtle realism and use of non-European pigment indicates the great age of this hard wood mask. From Liberia, West Africa, late 19th century or very early 20th century. 9 5/8"L x 5.50"W x 2.50"D. The mask appears to have once had metal enhancements placed ...click for details


Mario Algaze silver gelatin print "Atardecer Guarani"

Catalogue: Fine Art: Prints: Photographs: Pre 2000   item# 1246851 (stock# MA00027c)

Mario Algaze silver gelatin print "Atardecer Guarani"
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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Sunset over the primordial rain forest region of Brazil's interior, home to the linguistically unified indigenous peoples known as Guarani. Photograph taken in 1997 by Mario Algaze.


An important Baule 'Gbekre' figure

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1920   item# 1246618 (stock# B130811)

An important Baule 'Gbekre' figure
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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The lesser deities of the Baule pantheon are embodied in zoomorphic or fantastic creatures. Most popular is this simian creature known to the Baule people as 'gbekre' or 'mbotumbo'. Its main role, set-up outside the village limits, is to protect against evil spirits, but it also figures in some agricultural rituals and in divination ceremonies. A small bowl-shaped receptacle is raised by the arms and ritually held in the hands of this deity. The figure has been cleaned/denuded ...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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