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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


Price and further provenance on request 

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


Price and further provenance on request 

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


A Sa'dan Toraja door panel

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Sculpture: Pre 1940   item# 1109017 (stock# T258099)

A Sa'dan Toraja door panel
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


$2,800.00 

A mid-size example probably used as a house or granary door, but could have been a shrine vault door, as well. The image of a buffalo head, as seen on this example, signified the high rank and wealth of the respected villager. The central column form possibly refers to the world tree. Carved from the wood of a nangka (jackfruit) tree. Very fine, brown-black, weathered patina. Door panel itself (excluding hinges) measures 26"H x 22.50"W. A fine, old monoxylous carving from Central Sulaw ...click for details


"Yame" by Malcolm Kirk

Catalogue: Fine Art: Prints: Photographs: Pre 1990   item# 1093771 (stock# K0003)

"Yame" by Malcolm Kirk
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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A Chimbu Province man named "Yame" is wearing a circular forehead ornament made from the base of a conus shell. Strands of nassarius shells hang down on either side of his red painted nose. The red and black feathers of a Pesquet's Parrot and the green feathers of a lorikeet are positioned in a whisker-like manner. Part of the "Man as Art" series taken in highland Papua New Guinea between the years of 1967-1980.


A fine Tetela dagger

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: African: Weapons: Pre 1900   item# 1084896 (stock# T22961)

A fine Tetela dagger
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


$750.00 .....provenance on request 

A heavy knob of iron has been added to the pommel of this elegant blade. The owner of this particular weapon was prestigious enough to have copper added to the handle grip. Hand-held weapons are found in all regions of Africa, but their possession was regulated by strict codes, allowing only tribal and military chiefs the right to carry them or dispense them. A wonderfully refined example. D.R.Congo, late 19th century, measuring 15"L x 4.75"W, maximum. In very fine condition with some ...click for details


A rare Nazca or Siguas region tapestry panel

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Americas: Pre Columbian: Pre AD 1000   item# 1061716 (stock# P256274)

A rare Nazca or Siguas region tapestry panel
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


Price on request 

These abstract textiles are singular in the history of pre-Columbian weaving from South America. Attribution is Early Nazca or Siguas (Sihuas)region, southern Peru, ca. 3rd century CE. A true painterly expression done with organic dyed camelid fiber wefts and cotton warps. The textile panel itself measures 26"L x 16.50"W, excluding the long tassels folded for presentation. Condition is fine and original; the tapestry has been 'couched' in several areas due to the loose nature ...click for details


A Western Pende 'Mbuya' dance mask

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Pre 1930   item# 1061400 (stock# P9120032w)

A Western Pende 'Mbuya' dance mask
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


$2,800.00...further provenance available 

An excellent example of the smaller, wooden mask representing a diviner (Nganga, Ngombo) with typical heavy-lidded, half-shut eyes, continuous brow line, a small, toothy, down-turned mouth, blunted nose, and cheek and forehead scarification. This was one character in a series of more than 15 masks associated with male circumcision, collectively known as 'Mbuya.' From D.R.Congo, early 20th century. 8.75"H x 6.75"W. Very old and with fine darkened, varied patina overall. Provena ...click for details

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