Adan figurine, Ghana. Wood, height 6 1/4". Soft matte patina with traces of washed, layered kaolin pigments. Crack to back of figure, otherwise fine condition. Ex. Jasmine Albiston/Owen Hargreaves, London.
Bamana Kore mask, Mali. Wood with hammered brass and remains of red wool. Height 14", excellent condition with dark, luminous patina. One area of minor damage to an edge that has been reglued. This repair was well done and doesn't impact the mask's aesthetic at all. Ex. French collection.
A small female fetish, wood with magical substances to the abdomen, traces of resin on the head which probably at one time held a magical charge, leather skirt and copper leg wrappings. Height 7 5/8". Excellent condition with a dark, glossy patina. Lovely gesture of her hands holding her breasts. Ex. James Stephenson African Art. James Stephenson purchased this piece from a trader in Tanzania who informed him that it was from the Democratic Republic of the Congo...
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.