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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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michael cichon tribal arts
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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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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.


"Dario in his Milpa, 1974" by Macduff Everton

Catalogue: Fine Art: Prints: Photographs: Pre 1980   item# 1231905 (stock# ME0003)

"Dario in his Milpa, 1974" by Macduff Everton
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Dario Tuz Caamal planting his milpa with the repetitive moves of a practiced dancer. Taken in 1974 in Chichimila, Yucatan, Mexico. 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. Available as individual prints or as a triptych.


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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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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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
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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
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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

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