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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 Igbo whitened female spirit face mask

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1920   item# 1209021 (stock# I88392)

A fine Igbo whitened female spirit face mask
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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The refined and delicate features of this old mask indicate its association with beauty, safety, clarity, and all things female. Showing great age and use, this mask measures 8"H and is in very good condition, though a now stabilized 'check' in the wood comes down along the forehead. There also are some minor, old losses along the sides, especially the right bottom, incurred while the mask was in use. From Nigeria, late 19th/early 20th C. Provenance: Peter Pollack Collection, NYC an ...click for details


A Lobi wooden janus 'Bateba' figure

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1940   item# 1208644 (stock# L97741)

A Lobi wooden janus 'Bateba' figure
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


$1,400.00...further provenance on request 

Standing with both arms upraised in the manner of a 'dangerous' Bateba, this extraordinary example shows a female with second face in a janus position. The facial style is quite like Bateba Yadawara (sad Bateba), and the surface has remains of sacrificial encrustation overall. 9.75"H, in very fine condition with a small, old chip to the bowl-like form atop the head. From Burkina Faso, West Africa, early 20th century. Old private collection, Florida.


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


A fine Mentawai wooden boat paddle

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Oceanic: Pre 1960   item# 1207601 (stock# M332 P)

A fine Mentawai wooden boat paddle
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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The elegant, hardwood example with ridged spade form paddle section. The shaft is finely incised with simple designs and the end handle has the typical, delicate and thin, U-shaped form found on these monoxylous objects. Showing a fine, varied and shiny, medium brown, aged patina. Collected in the 1970's by a Belgian couple. Custom steel mount. Rare item. 65.25"L x 6"W, maximum.


An earthenware Nok head fragment

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre AD 1000   item# 1207229 (stock# N21996b)

An earthenware Nok head fragment
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


$1,950.00...further provenance on request 

The mustachioed male image with classic large, triangular, wide set eyes, high forehead, and tripartite coiffure. This example has maintained its incised details quite well considering the surface has experienced the typical erosion of the burnished surface slip. A coarse sand temper is exposed after 2000 years of weathering. From central Nigeria, 400 BCE to CE 200. This head has been TL tested and comes with the document. It is in very fine condition with no new material, and it measures 8.50& ...click for details


Solomon Islands wooden short club staff with heads

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Oceanic: Sculpture: Pre 1930   item# 1205638 (stock# S24331)

Solomon Islands wooden short club staff with heads
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


$750.00...further provenance available 

Showing two highly similar busts of mythical origin, with a fine deep, reddish brown, shiny patina from much handling. This early 20th century hard wood carving was collected in the 1950's by Arthur Oriel. It measures 31.75" L and is in fine condition except for a very slight, old loss to the tip of the nose of the top head.


A fine Yoruba Oyo type male Ibeji

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1930   item# 1204170 (stock# Y554107)

A fine Yoruba Oyo type male Ibeji
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


$1,450.00...further provenance on request 

Standing in classic pose with voluminous arms held down and hands placed on hip. Tripartite coiffure and large detailed eyes accentuated with metal irises. The figure has a herniated navel surrounded by belly scarification. Measuring 9.50"H, the 'ere ibeji' is in very fine condition with numerous, original glass beads and metal bangles attached. A golden, honey-brown aged patina overall. Collected in Nigeria in the early 1960's by the Rex family, Venice Fl.


A fine Ivory Coast region initiation chair

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1930   item# 1197431 (stock# W77321)

A fine Ivory Coast region initiation chair
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


$1,500.00...provenance on request 

These miniature chairs represent the role of women as mothers and providers of the family, and figure prominently into the initiation rites of young girls with several peoples of Ivory Coast. They typically belonged to the grandfathers or uncles (members of the Poro Society) of the initiation participants. This example is exceptional with phallic form back rail ends. It is finely incised on the legs, side rails and seat, and back rail. Measuring 17" H x approx. the same width. Showing a fin ...click for details


A fine Zulu wooden meat tray

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1940   item# 1196076 (stock# Z551972)

A fine Zulu wooden meat tray
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


$850.00...further provenance on request 

Showing much use on the natural, undecorated interior of the bowl, this four-footed prestige tray shows a blackened underside with ridges and bumps in typical fashion. This was actually the more visible side seen while the bowl hung awaiting its use during rituals and important feasts. The thin-walled vessel measures 12.75" in length (handle to handle) and is 8.50" wide. Height is 2". The condition is fine but with an old split in one handle (stable), and a small loss to rim from ...click for details

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