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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 fine Luba Songye janus form fetish figure

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Pre 1950   item# 1218874 (stock# L23916)

A fine Luba Songye janus form fetish figure
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


Price and further provenance on request 

An elegant example of the transitional Luba and Songye style found in the Upper River region of D.R.Congo. This intermediate zone has produced a variety of objects, such as this large 'kabeja', or janus form, figure, as well as stools and whitened masks. The figures of this sculpture are subtle and mild, but hold the viewers attention with their calm demeanor. Most likely, these back-to-back images represent a male and female, each sharing highly similar features and notable, concave pro ...click for details


A Fon female Bochio figure

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Pre 1920   item# 1218599 (stock# F49392)

A Fon female Bochio figure
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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A powerful image of a mature, squatting woman, most likely once placed atop a steel spike to be inserted into the ground as a protective figure. Much of the thick, encrusted, sacrificial patina which covered the figure has fallen off or been removed, but there is still ample evidence of the heavily libated surface, now seen as a fatty, somewhat oily appearance. Possible insertion holes are present and other ritual attachments, long removed, surely once adorned this sculpture. The carving is real ...click for details


A superb Khmer stone cornice or balustrade end

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Pre AD 1000   item# 1218403 (stock# K674702)

A superb Khmer stone cornice or balustrade end
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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A large cornice or balustrade end with a Seven-Headed Naga, in Angkor Thom style, Angkor period, possibly early (Banteay Srei, ca. 10th C CE). Made of a pink sandstone, 23" H x 16" D x 10" W. Condition is very fine with some small ancient losses; expected deposits and weathering present. Provenance: The carving was sent from Thailand, ca. 1967, and exhibited in the Seattle Art Museum. The cornice end, along with several other stone carvings, was then purchased about a decade later ...click for details


A fine Maori wood and shell chief's staff (taiaha)

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Pre 1900   item# 1218117 (stock# M866387)

A fine Maori wood and shell chief's staff (taiaha)
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


$2,000.00...further provenance on request 

The property of high status males, such staffs were used in a multitude of ways to illustrate one's rank, emphasize one's view in an oratory situation, spar with in hand to hand combat, and present during rituals and ceremonial gatherings. This example shows the classic anthropomorphic janus-like heads with inlaid haliotis shell eyes and intertwining, symmetrical patterns in contrast to the smooth, plain, spatulate shaft. Made from a tight-grained wood now with a deep, aged, medium brown ...click for details


Mario Algaze silver gelatin print "Encuentro"

Catalogue: Fine Art: Prints: Photographs: Contemporary   item# 1209417 (stock# MA00026c)

Mario Algaze silver gelatin print "Encuentro"
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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On an ancient street in the ancient city of Cuzco, Peru. A classic single frame narrative, taken by the artist in 2002.


A fine Lengola Ubanga Nyama articulated figure

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1960   item# 1208335 (stock# L892017)

A fine Lengola Ubanga Nyama articulated figure
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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These fragile sculptures consist of six sections: torso, two arms, two legs, and head, and are only visible after the death and funeral of a high-ranking Bukota society member. After ritual sacrifices and requests to the ancestor have been made, these schematic figures are taken apart and stored in the rafters of the communal meeting house. From the northeastern forest region of D.R. Congo, this used example, dating to the early-mid 20th century, is painted with characteristic white spots over a ...click for details

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