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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
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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


A fine Nepalese Middle Hills region shaman's mask

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Indian Subcontinent: Himalayas: Pre 1910   item# 1241124 (stock# N506887)

A fine Nepalese Middle Hills region shaman's mask
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The isolated existence of the various ethnic groups living in the Himalayas has created a diversity in beliefs. The masks themselves illustrate the beliefs of Hindu and Buddhist religions and the enigmatic, archaic traditions found in the cults of the shaman. This particular mask falls into the last category, a 'tribal' example, worn by the shaman himself, showing deformed or exaggerated features meant to surprise or convey a disturbing aspect of the ceremony. Like ritualists everywhere ...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
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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


A fine Yoruba flywhisk

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1920   item# 1240818 (stock# Y037372)

A fine Yoruba flywhisk
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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The handle of this important, regal flywhisk shows a lively, young, kneeling female with emphasized breasts and feet, in the manner of a supplicant devotee of the Shango cult or of a woman who is a messenger of the spirits. The hardwood handle has acquired a superb, glossy, honey-brown patina from much use; the long leather strips are elegant and well-preserved, and are attached to the wooden handle by means of braided strapping to add strength and effectiveness to the functionality of the whi ...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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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.


An unusual and fine Nayarit earthenware male figure

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Americas: Pre Columbian: Sculpture: Pre AD 1000   item# 1238092 (stock# N73130)

An unusual and fine Nayarit earthenware male figure
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michael cichon tribal arts
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The highly developed, hood-like coiffure with single pigtail braid down the back creates an interesting textural compliment against the plain, smooth body. The face shows a unique manner of modeling the cheek areas where they overlap the ears; it lends an individuality to the figure, making it appear almost portrait-like for the type. Regal and calm, his distinctive pose is a study in the plastic manipulation of the arms. This gesture might relate to transformation, or some type of hallucinogeni ...click for details


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


"Fernando Uicab Pech, Potter, 1971" by Macduff Everton

Catalogue: Fine Art: Prints: Photographs: Pre 1980   item# 1231908 (stock# ME0004)

"Fernando Uicab Pech, Potter, 1971" by Macduff Everton
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Fernando Uicab Pech, a potter who uses the ancient coil technique to produce earthenware vessels. Ticul, Yucatan, Mexico, 1971. This original black and white photograph is part of the publication by Macduff Everton entitled "The Modern Maya: Incidents of Travel and Friendship in the Yucatan," University of Texas Press, 2012.

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