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A rare Shi wooden panel with two faces

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1950   item# 1185500 (stock# S649123)

A rare Shi wooden panel with two faces
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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It is believed the two images staring out from this hollowed, bowl or canoe-like panel represent primordial male and female ancestors closely associated with divination practices. The object comes from the Shi people who live in the area of Lake Kivu in the Maniema region, D.R.Congo. The faces have a vaguely simian character, and a series of holes along the outside apparently once had a string of feathers attached. It is said "the plaques were kept in small huts, where shrines were erected ...click for details


A fine Pende wooden caryatid stool

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Pre 1930   item# 1184914 (stock# P120921)

A fine Pende wooden caryatid stool
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michael cichon tribal arts
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A wonderful, early example of the rarely seen prestige stools used by adult males in Pende territory, a region of D.R.Congo near the Loango and Kasai Rivers. This exceptional example has an openwork, caryatid support in the form of four bearded human faces, closely resembling Pende 'Kiwoyo-Muyombo' face masks. In typical Pende style, the faces show a continuous brow, down-cast eyes with heavy lids, and blunt, triangular noses. The surface of this very old sculpture is deep and dark, shin ...click for details


An exceptional Gurage wooden neckrest

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1940   item# 1184194 (stock# G477291)

An exceptional Gurage wooden neckrest
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


$1,250.00...further provenance on request 

The much darkened surface showing a brilliant, deep, purplish-black sheen from decades of use, and the top further enhanced with bits of aluminum which form an abstracted design. From the Gurage people, southern Ethiopia, this example is from the early 20th c, and measures about 6" in length, the top just about the same in diameter. In very fine condition with original fiber cord. Provenance: Florida private collection, since the 1980's.


Mario Algaze silver gelatin print "Copan"

Catalogue: Fine Art: Prints: Photographs: Pre 1990   item# 1183148 (stock# MA00025c)

Mario Algaze silver gelatin print "Copan"
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941.224.0440


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The somber elegance of the ancient Maya site of Copan, in Honduras, is definitively captured in this 1988 image by Mario Algaze. It shows structure 10L-22 as restored in 1935-1942 by the Carnegie Institution under the guidance of Field Director Gustav Stromsvik.


A fine Khmer stone bust fragment of 'Balarama'

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Sculpture: Pre 1492   item# 1178465 (stock# K108975)

A fine Khmer stone bust fragment of 'Balarama'
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941.224.0440


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This ancient example of Khmer Hindu figurative carving has a wonderfully soft, subtle roundness after eight hundred or so years. The face of the male deity, that is, "Balarama", is very calm and meditative. He is Krishna's older brother, and he is carrying a hoe because he is known as the 'plowman'. Apparently missing the upper right arm since antiquity, the bust fragment is in otherwise very good condition and retains its details very nicely. It appears the nose was damage ...click for details


A superb Songye female Kifwebe

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1940   item# 1159000 (stock# S238871)

A superb Songye female Kifwebe
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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Thin and delicate example with well-proportioned features and strong visual presence. A layered paint surface on front showing several applications of organic pigment. Interior showing good use and wear. Measuring 9.75"H x 5.75"W, in very fine condition. From D.R.Congo, early 20th C. Provenance: Peter Boyd, Seattle WA, 1990


A middle Sepik River spirit mask for a house gable

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Oceanic: Sculpture: Pre 1940   item# 1123014 (stock# AC09.1.28)

A middle Sepik River spirit mask for a house gable
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


$950.00...further provenance on request 

A much weathered but intact example of a larger mask form placed onto the roof line of a sacred house. The main face is that of an ancestor with prominent eyes and open mouth. The chin area is long and pointed and zoomorphic in design, recalling scaly reptilian hide and secretive eyes. A large hornbill crane or waterbird is sprawled across the forehead and ingeniously blends into the fantastic composition. Traces of color are evident yet, but, overall, the original organic pigments (red, black, ...click for details


A Mt. Hagen presentation axe (di kurugu)

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Oceanic: Sculpture: Pre 1960   item# 1117580 (stock# N245221)

A Mt. Hagen presentation axe (di kurugu)
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


$1,000.00....further provenance available 

Of the type used for trade, bride price, and public ceremony, with plaited rattan and yellow orchid binding, and removable greenstone blade. Though found in the Mt.Hagen area, such axes are typically made by the people of the Jimi Valley, Papua New Guinea. This example measures 24"H x 21.50"W, is in very fine condition aside from minor nicks and stains to the original stone blade, and comes from a European private collection, circa 1960's. Custom steel mount.


A Dayak female 'Hampatong' figure

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Sculpture: Pre 1920   item# 1114266 (stock# D54992)

A Dayak female 'Hampatong' figure
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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The slender female image carved in a simple and pure manner, somewhat crude, but very expressive. She stands wide-eyed and naked with right hand by the awkwardly placed breasts, and left hand near her exaggerated genitalia. The wood is heavy and dense (ironwood), very old and weathered with a fine, grayed patina showing patches of lichen moss across the deep crevices caused from decades of rain erosion. Hampatong figures were placed near communal entrances in hopes of driving away malevolent for ...click for details


A superb Konda prestige blade

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: African: Weapons: Pre 1900   item# 1109840 (stock# K267741)

A superb Konda prestige blade
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


$1,250.00 

The Konda of central D.R.Congo made ornate and eccentrically shaped sword blades for non-combative use. They were indications of their owner's social rank, created simply for prestigious qualities. This excellent example is made from copper and has a wooden handle with iron strapping to further accentuate its pinched form. Late 19th century. Very fine condition with aged patina. Provenance: Old Dutch collection since the 1950's

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