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A fine Wongo cephalomorphic wooden cup

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1920   item# 1229939 (stock# W103221)

A fine Wongo cephalomorphic wooden cup
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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This type of Wongo effigy head cup was used for ritually drinking palm wine. The crisply carved facial features are characteristic of the neighboring Western Pende, but the overall vessel form is typical of yet another neighboring people, the Lele. Early 20th C, from D.R.Congo. Approximately 4.75"H, and in fine condition with small, old losses along the right and left edges of the pedestal foot base. Deep, rich, shiny, dark, aged patina. Provenance: Peter Pollack, NYC and FL, collected bef ...click for details


"Christmas Day Devil Masker" by Macduff Everton

Catalogue: Fine Art: Prints: Photographs: Pre 1980   item# 1229380 (stock# ME 0001)

"Christmas Day Devil Masker" by Macduff Everton
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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Photographed in the village of Dzitnup, Yucatan State, Mexico, 1975. Christmas Day as celebrated in the Maya village of Dzitnup. The devil sweeps through the village, stealing something from every household. The dancer is followed and the loot is eventually recovered and given to the church. Small boys play the masked roles, which helps assure that the villagers control the amount the devil takes. Tribute is usually paid in corn. From the book "The Modern Maya: Incidents of Travel and Frien ...click for details


A Gola wood and metal Sande Society helmet mask

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1940   item# 1229378 (stock# G492322)

A Gola wood and metal Sande Society helmet mask
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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The towering and regal forehead of this 'bundu' indicates a female with intelligence and wisdom. It is a type of anthropomorphic helmet mask found only among members of the women's association. Carved antelope horn tips and cowries are abundant on the backside and front side of this example, symbols which represent helpful medicine and wealth, respectively. The shiny, blackened surface and dark raphia palm and hemp fiber attached to the bottom edge adds mystery and power. Neck rin ...click for details


A superb Zairian diviner's basket with female figure

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1950   item# 1228740 (stock# L39327)

A superb Zairian diviner's basket with female figure
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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This is a rare example of private, hidden, ritual 'bilumbu' material. It is a peek into a world few ever witness, except for the diviner himself. The wooden, female figure is placed perfectly into a hardened substance set into this wicker work basket, and is surrounded by a phallic form seed pod rattle and a bevy of bones, shells, and other magical items. It is from the D.R.Congo, probably from a Lubaized group if not the Luba themselves. It comes from the Jean Pierre Hallet collection, ...click for details


A Maya mold-made earthenware avian whistle

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Americas: Pre Columbian: Pottery: Pre AD 1000   item# 1228663 (stock# M29733)

A Maya mold-made earthenware avian whistle
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


$900.00 

This perfectly preserved, somewhat whimsical effigy whistle is a fine example of the molded ceramics made for funerary use on Jaina Island or the coastal Campeche area of Mexico. The effigy whistle represents an anthropomorphic harpy eagle, the greatest of the avian, sky predators found in the tropical lowlands of Mesoamerica. Anthropomorphic traits include the standing posture, eyes placed on the front of the face, and the use of a loincloth. The wings are personified and represent saurian hea ...click for details


A fine Central African wood and metal 'mbira'

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1950   item# 1228427 (stock# T44023)

A fine Central African wood and metal 'mbira'
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


$1,250.00 

The large, hollow, lamellaphone with an ancestral face image placed on the lower section. This example originates from the D.R. Congo, Zambia, Angola border region. The 10 metal keys have metal resonator tabs added, and the sealed inside of this example contains hard, loose objects - likely stones, metal or glass sections, which rattle when the instrument is shaken or moved. A sound hole on the backside is placed to allow a finger to add a vibrato effect to the notes played. 13 5/8" H., in ...click for details


A fine Fipa wooden female figure from Western Tanzania

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1950   item# 1228024 (stock# F10029)

A fine Fipa wooden female figure from Western Tanzania
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


$1,750.00...further provenance on request 

"Fipa sculpture reflects the cultural crossroads Fipa inhabit," (Shangaa: Art of Tanzania, chapter 7 by Allen F. Roberts). This pregnant female with a herniated navel shows much influence from the neighboring Nyamwezi peoples of central Tanzania. Standing 8" H, the figure is finely patinated with a deep, varied, medium to dark brown, shiny surface. It was purportedly collected in Tabora, Tanzania, 1990's. In excellent condition, right foot deficient and with custom steel bas ...click for details


A fine wooden Luvale female ancestor mask

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1940   item# 1227279 (stock# L19237)

A fine wooden Luvale female ancestor mask
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


 

Known as "Kashinakaji", or "old woman", this mask is stylized with a flattened face and cubist features. The character represented is that of "an accomplished, fulfilled, mature woman - a female role model for all to respect and admire" (Chokwe! Editor Manuel Jordan, ill.67). Measures 8 7/8", and is in fine condition with only a small loss to the right side edge of the coiffure area. Otherwise, it has an excellent, medium brown, aged patina. Early-mid 20th C, ...click for details


A fine wooden Namji doll

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1950   item# 1226801 (stock# N90238)

A fine wooden Namji doll
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


$1,300.00....further provenance available 

An expressive and detailed surrogate child example with multiple strands of glass beads attached. The deeply patinated surface shows good age and handling. 9"H x 4.50"W, the figure is somewhat poorly mounted on an old acrylic base. Early-mid 20th C, from Cameroon, West Africa. Pure abstraction of the human form. Provenance: A. Finard collection, Paris, 1980's.


A Lengola wooden face mask for Bukota Society

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1950   item# 1226679 (stock# L93782)

A Lengola wooden face mask for Bukota Society
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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Soft, rounded features distinguish this example from the group of masks made for the second highest level of members of the Bukota Society. This society acts as the major social, religious, and legal institution in the Lualaba River region. From D.R.Congo, early-mid 20th century. Showing the typical elongated, concave shape with kaolin whitened facial plane and a blackened surround. 9"L x 4.5"W, in fine condition and aged patina. Custom steel base. Provenance: Peter M. Boyd, Seattle WA ...click for details

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