very important ntomo mask ,bamana ,this type of mask belonged to Young boys not yet circumcised The small mouth makes reference to the most important message of that society control of the speech and silence virtues The 8 horns in comb shape srmounting the head are an allusion to the feminine sex .this mask can be situated at the end of 19th century beginning of 20th.Ex andre schoeller ,ex dot beppe berna ,ex private collection belgium
shango" staffs are held during processions and dances in honour of the thunder god...
Late 19th/early 20th century.
Height 6.5 inches.
From the Barton Collection.
Stunning Benin / Nigeria Bronze Ceremonial Ladle, Africa Early 20th Century. 17" long. Figure with pleasing facial features on the globular ladle. The handle is a standing figure of a male ancestor with attached ring. In excellent condition.
Ethiopian Geometric High Back Chair, made and served by the Jimma people of Southern Ethiopia, carved from a single piece of wood having a circular, slightly concave seat on tripod base supported by three slender round rods, rectangular backrest with geometrical openwork carving, varied dark brown glossy patina. Signs of age and use, otherwise fine condition. 31” high x 16” in diameter. Seat height 14-1/2”. 19th century.
This is a chess set made of faux ivory from the Belgian Congo. The board itself is also made of faux ivory, it measures 10 1/4" x 10 1/4" x 3/4". The pieces are in very good condition and measure from 1 1/2" x 1/2" x 1/2" on the smallest piece to 2 1/2" x 3/4" x 3/4" on the largest piece. Made around 1920 this great chess set is one of a kind!
A very old wood stool from the Bamana tribe of Mali,West Africa.Desiccated patina.
15 inches H.
An extremely old carved wood vessel for storing camwood powder.Finely carved pattern and raised symbols.
Worn and cracked with remains of red camwood.
8 inches H.
Antique, late 19th century, African Mangbetu or Zande, bow harp, Kundi.
The sound box (Resonator) of the harp is made of wood and covered with snake skin, with one round opening on the anterior surface, and small holes for the strings.
There are no holes in the neck for the tuning pegs since the strings were fastened to the neck by the loops...
An extremely old and large Dan mask from West Africa.Either from Liberia or Ivory Coast.Deep dark patina,much wear on the inside.
11 inches H.
An ancient and very intense and animate wood figure of a hermaphrodite most likely carved by one of the tribes of Cameroun.
Large sexual features and a deep dark patina.Some cracks in wood.
14 Inches H.
A Baule female wood statue with considerable age.A classical figure,very beautiful, with raised scarification.
Deep dark patina.Stable cracks.
Baule,Ivory Coast,West Africa
17 inches H.
This is a handmade African chess set made of faux ivory. The board itself is very heavy and measures 13 1/2" x 13 1/2" x 1/2". The pieces are in very good condition and measure from 2" x 3/4" x 3/4" on the smallest piece to 5 1/2" x 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" on the largest piece. Made between 1910-1920 this amazing piece from the Belgian Congo. A very unusual chess set!
These Edan figures were used as a symbol of membership by the secret Ogboni society of the Yoruba, Nigeria. This particular pair can be found in the book by Hans Witte: 'Earth and the Ancestors, Ogboni Iconography', page 108, picture 1. H. 14,5 cm. Good wear and excellent patina. Ca. 19th/early 20th century.
Ife Benin Oba Copper Bronze Portrait Head. Well sculpted near life size with very nice natural old patina and liberal amounts of its black paint remaining. Size 11" by 7" by 8"
a typical dakakari funeral pottery,39cm ex christies amsterdam
the dakakari from west nigeria have funeral terra cotta potteries that they put on the tumbs
they used to obturate the tumbs with a terra cotta plate For high rank persons they used to put more elaborate sculptures so they could recognised the place .
You can find animals ,human figures naked who are the companions of the deceased person
The tumbs were taken care often ,the figures were generally the top of a jar where people wo...
African ibeji twin carved wooden figures, Yoruba people, Nigeria. Both with striated upswept coiffures and beaded embellishments. These are a pair with the same tatoos on their bellies, male and female.
Superb rich patina. The Yoruba figures on the market are normally never old. Here we have a set of twins, very old, likely from the 19th. century.
Size: 27,6 and 30 cm.
Ex. Collection of Mr. Sunde.
Probably the work of a master carver of the Abeokuta region.
African Ceremonial ritual wooden drum (Pinge), Senufo people, African Ivory Coast (Cote d'Ivoire), Korhogo region. Circa 1920-1950.
Entirely carved from one piece of wood, the sculpted figure depicting a bare breasted regal woman, seated on a stool, with upraised arms, an arched back, and a strong neck, gracefully supporting and balancing a drum on her head.
The drum is carved in low relief with symbols representing various animals, including crocodiles...