Ethiopian 'magic' scroll, inks/paints on parchment. Undated, estimated to be 19th century or earlier. 180 x 10.5cm.
Complete, good condition for age.
A Fine South African headrest in good condition .The inscription along the seat reads " KAFFER HEAD REST P.M.BURG NATAL 1904 J.W.R.de la Poer. R.Garrison .Regt". Zulu/Swazi. Length 44.5cm, Height 19cm
Ethiopian Harari Basket, coil built of reeds and woven natural dyed grasses as the design, leather bound foot and rim with four straps decorated with three applied cowrie shells each. A shallow bowl form with footed base having a decorative geometric pattern in tones of red, maize and sienna. Interior with signs of sun bleaching in comparison to the vivid underside, Minor signs of wear and use, overall fine condition. 15-1/2” in diameter x 3-1/2” high. Circa 1920.
Antique African Wrist Knife with protective leather sheath.
When the sheath is removed from the metal disc, a decorative piece worn on the wrist is turned into a lethal weapon.
The Turkana are a pastoralist people of northern Kenya.
Knowing no boundaries such knives can also be found in southern Ethiopia. Size 4.5" by 4.5"over 2.25" interior diameter very very sharp. Sorry no stand with this piece.
A rare round African Metal Hatchet/Axe with markings and a carved Horn handle. Good condition overall. Size: Length 13 3/4" (35 cm.). For African Art Collectors!
Strand of Tuareg seed pod prayer beads from the region of Timbuktu, Mali. A talisman is added on with handmade cord and decorated with elephant hairs (from tail) and a single cowrie shell.
The original cord was broken long ago and a few seed pods are missing. The original cord has been left in place and I have added a second strand to keep the strand together.
a superb heddle pulley with a deep use patina
beautiful face with elaborate headdress
traditionnal scarification on the neck
tribal restauration with metal
end of 19th beginning 20th
ex edward klejman in the 80ties
ex beppe berna
ex private belgium
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.
Early 20thc Colonial African Yoruba helmet mask-mounted,but easily removed-from special collection provenance furnished on request-mask represents colonial native constabulary-hat is French kepi-well carved with much character-surface wear and shrinkage cracks- left ear has minor damage-figure has tribal scars-helmet was used in dances and shows wear.unmounted 7 inches high-10 inches deep-7 inches wide-mounted 11 inches high -rare sculpture-museum quality-early 20thc
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!
Extremely rare funerary spool-shaped terracotta vessel created by the Akan people of Ghana, 19th-20th century, with incised simple geometric decoration. A very large example of this rare pottery form (15" in diameter, 7" high) believed to have been created to honor the dead in "places of pots" or asensie.
Old Ethiopian scroll painted and written on animal skin. Approx 200 x 9.5cm, in 2 part leather container. Evidence of damage on right side throughout. Undeciphered. Date estimated to be early 20th century or earlier.
African hardwood divining stool-Luba tribe-seat supported by caryatids-two male and two females-figures separated by braided fiber dangling palm nuts-so seat rattles when moved-has geometric patters carved into seat-drying cracks-15.25 high-11.5 diameter-sturdy-wear to surface-provenance on request--this stool was used in conjuction throwing shells that divined the future
collection of 4 west African 'Gris gris' leather bound talismans containing protective amulets largest 13cm excluding neck cord. undated, estimated to be early to mid 20th cent. can be viewed in central London.
Antique Benin cast Bronze Royal Couple Sculpture, good condition other than heavy natural looking bronze rot from what appears to burial causing the surface metal to chip away easily . Size H 6" W 3.5" Old French collection
A Cameroons (Duala) oblong stool carved in openwork with the word KAMERUN and on the reverse with a pair of confronting leopards. Dimensions: 20 ½ in. wide x 12 ¾ in. high x 9 ½ in. deep.
Age cracks. Old repair to back of openwork panel. Early 20th cent.
The stool presumably dates from the period, pre- 1916, when the Cameroons were a German colony.
Extremely fine Antique 19th century African wooden mask Chokwe peoples, Lunda Sul province, Angola, Angola...
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.