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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


Price and further provenance on request 

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


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


Further provenance available 

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


An excellent Lele face mask with beard

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Pre 1950   item# 1218260 (stock# L19292)

An excellent Lele face mask with beard
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


Price and further provenance on request 

The relatively undocumented area of the Kasai-Sankuru region of D.R. Congo has been overshadowed by the royal Kuba stylistic group located further to the east. Consequently, the Lele, who live in this area between the Kasai and Loange Rivers, have a strong Kuba influence in their arts, including the somewhat flattened mask forms. This example is of the more convex type and shows the classic emphasis on the eyes by use of multiple lines following the eyelids, further heightened in white pigment. ...click for details


A Yoruba wooden janiform dance staff

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Pre 1950   item# 1218173 (stock# Y425829)

A Yoruba wooden janiform dance staff
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


$1,400.00...further provenance on request 

This 'Oshe Shango' has a janus head configuration recalling the fact that both men and women partake in the celebration to the god of thunder, lightning and life giving rains. A bipartite axe form is suggested by its overall shape - a symbol of the fertilizing powers associated with Shango as he possessed both male and female participants alike. Encrusted with a varied black-brown surface, this example is in fine condition showing minimal losses due to small moisture issues along severa ...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


A Western Pende Kiwoyo-Muyombo mask

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Pre 1960   item# 1217730 (stock# WP88431)

A Western Pende Kiwoyo-Muyombo mask
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


$2,200.00...further provenance on request 

Worn atop the head (not over the face) during initiation dance masquerades, this type of 'Mbuya' category mask represented a long-bearded male known as 'Kiwoyo-Muyombo'. Showing the heavy-lidded, half closed eyes under a continuous brow, an upturned nose, downward mouth, and bulging forehead, it is typical of the type. Raffia fiber attachments are fairly intact and would have partially obscured the dancer's head while being worn. The wooden mask has remains of light reddish b ...click for details


A fine wooden Dogon ancestral figure

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Pre 1800   item# 1217664 (stock# D710332)

A fine wooden Dogon ancestral figure
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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This fragment shows great age and a thick, oily, quite shiny, encrustation which has darkened it everywhere except for the eyes. This was a purposeful act by its owner. It is carved in the style of Tomo-Ka region sculpture, sharing much Bamana influence. Expressive and ancient, the sculpture is ex-Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA, 1970's. It measures 8.75"H x 1.75"W x 2.75"D (head). The lower legs and feet are deficient and the front of the face has been glued back into pla ...click for details

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