Azande Ritual Knife, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Iron, wood and an old brass tack at the end of the wooden handle, height 22 1/4". Good condition, small chip missing to handle. Overall well aged and encrusted patina. The blade is unadorned.
Massim stopper, PNG. Width 5". Excellent condition, with a woven stopper of native fibers and wood attached to the tusk. Beautiful, well handled golden patina. Ex. Marc Assayag, Montréal, ex. John and Marcia Friede, Rye, NY.
Elegantly engraved Massim boar's tusk. Width 4 3/4". Excellent condition with a glossy, deep golden patina. Ex. Marc Assayag, Montreal, ex. John and Marcia Friede, Rye, NY.
Makonde helmet mask, Tanzania. Wood with inlaid metal teeth, height 9 1/2". Excellent condition with a dark, matte patina. Ex. Mort Dimonstein, Los Angeles.
Kayoka female fetish, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Ceramic with magical substances in the head and abdomen. Height 7 1/4". Mixed, encrusted patina with well handled glossy high points. Missing part of the arms and perhaps lower body. Breaks are old and well patinated. Remarkable, organic sculptural presence to this small fetish. Ex. James Stephenson African Art, NYC.
Afo ceremonial stopper with small flute. Wood, cloth and pigments, height 9 3/4". Excellent condition with dried patina and extensive signs of handling and use. There are also thick encrustations on the small flute, which is made of wood.
A small Igbo Shrine figure. Wood, height 8". Some splits and substantial erosion. Ancient, dried and encrusted patina. Piece dates to the 19th century.
Ethiopian, or possibly Samburu (Kenyan), headrest. Wood, 6 1/2"x 19 3/4". Darkened, semi-matte patina with minor scuffs, otherwise good condition and intact.
Himalayan Middle Hills figure, Nepal. Wood, shell beads, mirror fragment and traces of pigment. Height 11 1/2". Excellent condition with deep, black glossy patina. Ex. Dave Deroche, San Francisco. The iconography of this figure is unknown, however the mask-like face is reminiscent of Citipati masks, leading me to think that this figure possibly has some association with the Citipati ceremonies.
Lobi stool of classic form. Wood, 6 1/2" x 14 1/2". Some slight wear and tear, otherwise overall excellent condition with a dryish patina on the body and a glossy, well handled patina on the extended head.
Early Igbo shrine figure, Nigeria. Height 26 1/2". Wood with very thick remnants of indigenous pigments and some beads encased in the accumulated patina. Some loss of pigment encrustation, and some insect erosion, still heavily coated with layers of pigment. 19th century.
Interesting personal shrine couple from the Lobi ethnic group, Burkina Faso/Cote d'Ivoire. Both figures are wood, heights 10 1/4" and 8". The larger figure is missing the end of one arm, otherwise both are in excellent condition with a dry patina and high point gloss from handling. The larger figure has 2 sets of arms, one extended and one hugging the body. The smaller figure has one set of arms hugging the body and a third arm, extended.
Abelam or Middle Sepik Cassowary bone dagger, Papua New Guinea. Bone, height 10 1/2", intact and excellent condition with variegated, darkened glossy patina. Ex. Marc Assayag, Montréal, ex. John and Marcia Friede, Rye, NY.
Lobi couple. Wood, height 13 1/2". Ancient insect damage to the surface in several places, now well patinated with a thick, accumulated sacrificial patina. The iconography of these Lobi couples, joined back to back, comes from a ceremony practiced by the Lobi, Gurunsi, and several neighboring ethnic groups...
Lobi female figure. Height 18 1/2". Heavy, dense hardwood with well handled and accumulated sacrificial patina. Excellent condition. Ex. Dimondstein Tribal Arts, Los Angeles.
Lobi or Fra Fra male figure, wood, height 11 1/4". Some slight insect damage to the back of the head, otherwise excellent condition with fine, well handled glossy patina.
Lovely Lobi animal (possibly feline?). Wood with thick, encrusted patina and slight traces of native pigments. 3 1/4" high by 10" long, excellent condition.
Lobi staff, copulating couple. Wood, height 11 3/8", excellent condition, intact with glossy, sacrificial patina.
Makonde staff top, Tanzania. Wood and metal, height 26" Excellent condition with fine, deep brown glossy and well handled patina. This looks to be the top part of a longer staff that was cut down. Field collected by James Stephenson, James Stephenson African Art, NYC.
Nepali pigment or makeup case. Wood and iron, height 3 3/4". Excellent condition with traces of pigments still in the interior compartments. Fine, glossy and encrusted black patina.
Nepali pigment case, wood and iron, with slight traces of pigments or makeup on the inside compartments. Height 5 1/4". Excellent condition with fine, blackened and encrusted patina.
Yoruba Ibeji pair, Nigeria. wood, beads and metal, height each 11 1/4". Excellent condition, minor chips, with soft, glossy, washed and handled patina.
Zulu Short club, South Africa. Wood, height 24 1/2". Excellent condition with deep, glossy chocolate patina. Ex. James Stephenson African Art, NYC.
Chokwe ritual staff top, Angola. Wood with lovely, well handled chocolate brown patina, excellent condition. Height 9 5/8". This was probably cut off the top of a longer staff. Very finely carved scarification on the face. Ex. James Stephenson African Art, NYC.
Kambatta or Arussi headrest, Ethiopia. Wood with beautiful, rich, well handled patina. Height 7 7/8". Excellent condition, missing one small piece from when it was carved (probably a knot in the wood). Very fine overall engraving, and a particularly sensual sculptural form.
Kambatta or Arussi headrest, Ethiopia. Wood, height 7 3/4". Rich, luminous, well handled patina, excellent condition. Very finely executed and detailed engraving.
Massim snuff mortar. Wood, height 5 1/4". Dates to the nineteenth century. Incredibly well handled, worn and glossy patina. One crack near top edge, otherwise excellent condition. Ex. Greg Hamson, Los Angeles; ex. John and Marcia Friede, Rye, NY. Remains of overall abstract incising on the mortar, and the raised circular areas are flowers.
Massim snuff mortar. Wood, height 5 3/8". Excellent condition with a semi-glossy, well handled patina. Dates to the early twentieth century. Ex. Marc Assayag, Montreal; ex. John and Marcia Friede, Rye, NY. Beautiful, abstracted fish design finely engraved on this mortar.
Nomad drum, Papua New Guinea (Nomad Basin is part of the coastal Middle Fly River District, Western Province, PNG). Wood with native pigments, height 42". Excellent condition with well handled patina. Field collected by Michael Hamson.
Songye ceremonial axe, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Iron blade with a copper overlaid wood handle, copper nails. Height 17". Early twentieth century. Excellent overall condition. Ex. Marc Assayag, Montréal.
Collingwood Bay lime spatula. Wood, height 14", 19th century. Some slight ancient losses, with a beautiful, glossy patina and traces of lime. Field collected by Michael Hamson. Illustrated in Hamson and Aldridge, "Art of the Massim and Collingwood Bay" pp. 230.
Mossi doll, Biiga, Burkina Faso. Wood, height 12 3/8". Excellent condition with fine, rich and well handled patina.
Massim Sorcerer's staff, Papua new Guinea. Wood with kaolin, Height 40". Excellent condition with fine, glossy patina. Ex. Michael Hamson, Los Angeles.
Igbo mask fragments, Nigeria. Wood and pigments, height 22". Thick accumulated patina of native pigments. The two figures were part of the superstructure of an Igbo mask. Some erosion to the figures themselves. Very heavy accumulation of layers of native pigments.
Ibibio figure, Nigeria. Wood, metal, traces of pigment. Dark, encrusted patina. Height 13 1/2". Overall excellent condition. Ex. Dimondstein African Art, Los Angeles
Lobi head, Lobi culture, Burkina Faso/Cote d'Ivoire.
Wood, height 14". Excellent condition with fine, dark variegated glossy patina. Ex. French collection.
Lobi "Ti Puo". Lobi culture, Burkina Faso/Cote d'Ivoire. Wood, height 20". Fragmentary statue with substantial erosion at the base. Remains of ancient dry, sacrificial patina. Ex. Paul Hargreaves (brother of Tribal art dealer Owen Hargreaves), London.
Lobi "Ti Puo". Lobi culture, Burkina Faso/Cote d'Ivoire. Wood, height 14". Excellent condition, dry patina with traces of handling. Ex. Marc Assayag, Montreal.
Lobi "Bateba Ordinaire", Lobi Culture, Burkina Faso/Cote d'Ivoire. Wood, height 16 1/8". Overall good condition with some surface insect damage to legs. This figure was carved by the "Sculptor of the
Long Necks," identified as "Carver 14" in Katsouros and Herkenhoff "Anonyme Schnitzer der Lobi" ("Anonymous Lobi Carvers), Ethnographica, Germany, 2006.
Lobi "Bateba Ordinaire". Lobi culture, Burkina Faso/Cote d'Ivoire. Wood, height 17 3/4". Excellent condition, encrusted sacrificial patina. Ex. Dimondstein Tribal arts, Los Angeles.
Infants Jesus and St. John the Baptist, a plaster of Paris / chalkware group, French, mid-19th century. The small Baptist with a cross and lamb is leaning towards Jesus who makes a gesture of benediction and is holding a scroll with the words “Agnus Dei” (God’s Lamb). Behind Jesus is a vine with grapes. The two little friends measure "5/ 12.5 cm in height and have a beautiful patina. Condition: fine.
A plaster of Paris sculpture of St. John the Baptist as a child, sleeping. The boy dressed in camel skin is leaning on a rock, cross in hand and a lamb at his feet. France, mid-19th century, with nice patina and traces of a light blue colouring. Plaster of Paris was a gypsum or chalk mixture used for architectural and art purposes from the beginning of the 19th century and small sculptures, especially with religious themes, were widely exported. Height "3 ½/ 9 cm and width "3 1/3 / 8.5 cm...
Early plaster of Paris group of Saint Anne and her daughter Mary. Saint Anne is seen teaching Mary how to read the Holy Scripture. When dating the little sculpture, the hairstyle of Saint Anne and the narrow waist of Mary’s dress points at a time around 1830 or the reign of Charles X in France. Pedestal and sculpture are separable, the pedestal with traces of an address, Middleton Street in London – probably the address of the original retailer...
Léon Pilet (French 1840-1916 )
Gilt Bronze, signed
Pilet was known for his beautifully detailed sculptures in bronze of allegorical, historical and classical figures, as well as busts of his contemporaries. He studied with A. Toussaint in Paris and exhibited at the Paris Salon from 1861-1914 where he garnered numerous awards...
DRIFTWOOD LIKE AN ANGEL
Driftwood with such bulging knot as a figure of angel, attached with metal fittings on the backside for display. approx...
Signed studio original hand hammered brass bold kinetic ethnographic like pendant necklace sculpture with four major segments which include an added bold carved carnelian ear of corn dangle.
Looks equally well in a shadow box on your wall, window hanging art piece or around your neck...
A pair of small Dogon shrine ladders. Wood, heights 8 3/8" and 8 3/4". Both show signs of extensive use. Some minor chips and cracks. The ladder to the right is totally intact, the ladder to the left may be fragmentary. These ladders were placed on a personal shrine commemorating a departed loved one, as devices to help their soul ascent to the spirit village. Both come mounted on custom bases. Price is for the pair.
A Dan/Mano minature mask. Wood, aluminum and cloth with iron nails, height 4". Excellent condition, rich, deep patina. Ex. Craig Delora, NJ. Fine miniature mask, this would be carried in a small pouch by a member of the secret society that the mask belonged to, attracting the power and protection of the great mask itself. Comes mounted on a custom base.
A Lobi Bateba Ordinaire. Wood, height 17 3/4". In excellent condition with a slightly encrusted patina with some glossy high points. Ex, Marc Assayag, Montreal. Comes mounted on a custom base.
Beautiful ancient Kore, or hyena, mask from the Bamana people of Mali. Wood, height 13 3/4". Some wood loss and abrasion, extensive signs of use. Ex. Dave Deroche, San Francisco. This mask was collected prior to 1964. The Kore was a male initiation society, whose rites of passage insured that an adolescent male member of the Bamana was symbolically killed as a child so he could be reborn as a male adult...
Dogon Walu mask, Mali. Wood with traces of native pigments, height 14 1/2". Some minor chips, otherwise in excellent condition. From a French collection. Walu dancers are admired by the Dogon for their beauty and the strength of their performance. The face of the Walu mask is usually a rectangular box, which also mirrors specific elements of Dogon architecture. The costume worn with the antelope mask consists of fiber hood, skirts, armbands, and fiber bandoliers crossed over the chest...
Small Chewa mask resembling a Cheetah. Wood with native pigments, length 7". Excellent condition. Ex. Dave Deroche, San Francisco. The Chewa are a Bantu people, and the largest ethnic group in Malawi. Their first kingdom was established somewhere around 1500. They had very early trade contact with the Portuguese. Primarily an agricultural peoples, they are matrilineal and known for their extensive masquerades and numerous secret societies. Mask comes mounted on a custom base.
Beautiful Dogon Walu, or antelope, mask. Wood with several layers of native pigments, height 25". Some chips and insect damage, otherwise fine condition. The Walu dancers are admired by the Dogon for their beauty and the strength of their performance. The face of the Walu mask is usually a rectangular box, which also mirrors specific elements of Dogon architecture...
Antique Grand Tour Bronze Urn with a figural circular lid, tapering body with mythological relief figures of day and night, mask form handles and and a slate and red marble stepped circular base, Late 19th Century.
Unmarked. - 12 1/4 tall (small chips to base).
Small Yam mask from PNG, probably Sepik River region. Very old example, in excellent condition. Wood, raffia and traces of indigenous pigments. Height 13 3/4". Ex. Marc Assayag, Montreal. Comes mounted on a custom base.
Small Yoruba charm. Wood, cowries and leather, height 9" with base. Excellent condition, with fine, blackened patina. Ex. Dimondstein Tribal Arts, Los Angeles. Comes mounted on a custom base.
Keris handle, or Hulu, from Indonesia. Wood, height 4 1/8". Excellent, unrestored condition with an amazing, almost glass-like patina. Ex. Dave Deroche, San Francisco. Comes mounted on a custom base.
Zulu war axe, South Africa. Wood, copper and iron, height 32 1/2". Excellent, unrestored condition with fine, glossy patina. Ex. James Stephenson African Art, NY. Comes mounted on a custom base.
Powerful Ijaw mask from Nigeria. Wood with traces of indigenous pigments, height 23". Ex. Dave Deroche. Missing some minor chips, otherwise fine condition and no restorations. The mask was meant to be worn on the top of the head, thus making the face visible to the spirit world above. Comes mounted on a custom base.
Baule Heddle Pulley, Cote d'Ivoire. ex. Dave Deroche. Wood, height 5 5/8". Excellent, unrestored condition with fine, glossy patina from much handling and good signs of long use. Represents a Bonu Amuin mask. Comes mounted on a custom base.