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
Benin Bronze Man with Horse. Nigeria. 19th Century. High copper alloy. Masterfully modeled and cast in lost-wax. Two small void areas in base, which is ornamented with typical Benin incised leaf patterns and ropework along the edges. Remarkable detail throughout. Fine, untouched patina. 10 1/2" tall x 11" x 9". 11 lb.
This is a Straw PURSE from LIBERIA. It measures about 10 1/2" X 2 3/4" X 9" ( 26.8 cm X 7.0 cm X 23.0 cm ). Beautiful geometric design. The strap measures about 36" ( 91.8 cm ).
A puzzling stone carving that SC bought in large estate with antiquities.
The stone ´carving is a fragment of a larger structure and with the carving of a beautiful african head and a couple of lizzards. The style and fine patina, does indicate an ancient date of manifacture. Likely Western Africa.
You are welcome to enlighten us, if you have some knowledge about this piece of art.
Size: 47 mm. long and 40 mm wide, heavy made of a hard black stone.
ca 1940. Male and female. Male has damage on one foot. Spectacular colonial African pieces. ex-private collection. Male 15.75" high, female 17" high. This African art will not exist again; colonial period is over. There is a limited amount of pieces from the colonial period--if like it buy it--it is getting scarcer and scarcer
This extraordinary statue comes from the Kuyu people who live between the Sangha and upper Ogowe Rivers, D.R.Congo.
Very large and heavy terracotta statue, covered with shiny and vivid colors, made around the early 20th century - in our family collection since 1950.
This wonderful figure will hold a prominent place in any Tribal Art collection.
We also have 2 more Kuyu terracotta statues from the same period...
This is a Moroccan BERBER Headdress from about 1980's or Earlier. It is made of silver / sterling silver and several stones. It measures about 7 1/2" X 7 1/2" X 10 1/2" ( 19.1 cm X 19.1 cm X 26.8 cm ).
* Statue not for sale.
A Shona Knife. With well carved sheath bound with wire.
S. E. Africa L19thC. Length: 13" (33.3 cm). Condition: wire loose at top of sheath, blade with some rust.
Important feminine Lobi Figure with arms up to pay tribute to death people
H 70 cm, wideness between hands 26 cm
Pair of African drums-cowskin tops stretched over wood frame-legs even covered with hide-you can beat them if you fancy the sound of the jungle or use them as small tables-pieces are sturdy-each are 14 inches high-one diameter is 12 inches-the other 13 inches
An exceptionally well cast pendant of a turtle from the Baule of west Africa.Jewel like in its execution.
19th C. or earlier
2 3/8 inches W.
We like to offer you a very unique and rare Bakongo statue with 4 faces built as a jar.
It is made of high quality wood around 1900. It is part of the van Norten Tribal Art Collection and has been collected by the founder of the Momoyama Gallery in the 1950ies.
The protrusion in the belly is said to contain magical elements, giving the sculpture its power...
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.
Senofue male figure, circa 1920. 13" Excellent condition. Ex-private collection. $695.
Rare antique Dan dance mask-given female figure that surmounts the mask, probably associated with fertility ritual-mask was used-surface shows age and use-complete-striking piece-museum quality-16 inches tall-7 inches wide-4 inches deep
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.
Mossi Burkino Faso figure from Upper Volta, circa 1935. 21" Good condition. Ex-private collection. $650.
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