Jack Nelis Antiques
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1960 item #1490795
Jack Nelis Asian and Tribal Art
€850.00
Ancestor figure. Ca. Mid 20th century. Strong posture and very good patina. The lower legs eaten by termites. H. 46 cm (51cm including the stand).
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1940 item #1490794
Jack Nelis Asian and Tribal Art
€375.00
Kuba figure, a workshop piece from ca. 1920-1940. This sculpture is typical for the Ecole de Mushengé. This was a school for crafts in the Kuba capital founded by Belgian missionaries, the Josephite fathers from Ghent. The numbers at the bottom confirm this. It represents a nobleman. H. 27 cm. A great example of early commercial carving. Provenance: a Dutch family by descend from their grandparents who lived in Congo.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Artifacts : Pre 1950 item #1490792
Jack Nelis Asian and Tribal Art
€750.00
Mongo drum, DRC, 1st half of the 20th century. H. 73 cm. Dry patina. Provenance: Robert van der Heijden, Amsterdam, Piet van Boxel (1938-2021),The Hague, collector of ethnic musical instruments.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1960 item #1490787
Jack Nelis Asian and Tribal Art
€475.00
Colon figure, Lobi, Burkina Faso. H. 43 cm. Excellent wear and patina. Mid 20th century. Ex Pierre Taliercio, France.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1960 item #1490784
Jack Nelis Asian and Tribal Art
€225.00
Bochio figure, Fon, Benin H. 42 cm, hardwood. Nice cubist figure with good age wear.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1960 item #1490783
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€650.00
Shrine object, Yoruba, Nigeria/Benin. H. 74 cm, mid 20th century or older. Ex Srdjan Sremac, The Hague.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1960 item #1490780
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€475.00
Gelede mask - Yoruba - Ohori - Benin. H. 25 cm. Mid 20th century. Guy van Rijn archive ao-0110592-001. Ex coll. Ursula Voorhuis (1932-2021).
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1970 item #1490776
Jack Nelis Asian and Tribal Art
€175.00
Fertility doll. H. 16,5 cm. Mid 20th century.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1950 item #1490774
Jack Nelis Asian and Tribal Art
€475.00
Baule maternity, Côte d’Ivoire. Made for sale by a traditional Baule carver in the 1920’s-30’s. According to Guy van Rijn there were two workshops in those days, where traditional Baule carvers produced objects for commercial purposes. H. 44 cm. Left hand missing, right arm repaired. Ex Dutch private collection, ex Srdjan Sremac, The Hague.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Artifacts : Pre 1950 item #1478769
Jack Nelis Asian and Tribal Art
€225.00
These fertility fetishes were placed in the ground to promote the growth of crops. They were named after Legba, a trickster god of Vodun, who was usually pictured as young, virile, horned and phallic. H. 43 cm, first half of the 20th century. Ex coll. Ursula Voorhuis (1932-2021), The Netherlands.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1950 item #1477782
Jack Nelis Asian and Tribal Art
€950.00
Tugubele figures represent helpful bush spirits. The belong to the local ritual expert of the Senufo people, assisting them with their oracles and predictions. This figure dates from the first half of the 20th century and shows good signs of use. Provenance: André Vanhecke, Belgium, Srdjan Sremac, The Hague.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1950 item #1477781
Jack Nelis Asian and Tribal Art
€4,500.00
Anthropomorphic Lega mask from the Kievu & Maniema region in Eastern Congo. H. 22 cm. First half of the 20th century. Provenance: Hans Petereit, Cologne, Germany Fily Keita, Los Angeles, USA Michel Boulanger, Liège, Belgium Goldfield Auctions, Luxembourg, 27 June 2021, Lot 105. Guy van Rijn archive: ao-0186890-001
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Artifacts : Pre 1960 item #1477779
Jack Nelis Asian and Tribal Art
€250.00
H. 20 cm, mid 20th century. The clapper is missing. Ex coll. Ursula Voorhuis (1932-2021), The Netherlands.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1960 item #1477775
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Helmet mask with three faces, Ekoi, Cross River, Nigeria.  Height 62 cm. Mid 20th century. Partly covered with antelope skin. The headdress and the three figures are attached on (partly new) wooden pins and can easily be removed for transport. There is old rodent damage to the figures. Ex Ursula Voorhuis (1932-2021), The Netherlands. A (heavy) stand can be included. More pictures available on request.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1950 item #1477765
Jack Nelis Asian and Tribal Art
€550.00
Lovely small bird fetish from the early to mid 20th century. H. 24 cm. Ex Jean-Marc Desaive, Belgium, Ex Srdjan Sremac, The Hague, The Netherlands, Ex Berry de Bruijn, Hilvarenbeek, The Netherlands.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1960 item #1477762
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€1,450.00
Impressive hardwood figure from the Benue region. H. 57 cm. Mid 20th century. Ex coll. Dr. Harald Simon, Germany.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1950 item #1477754
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€650.00
With a great offering patina. H. 16,5 cm. Mid 20th century or older. Ex Galerie Maine Durieu, Paris
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Artifacts : Pre 1960 item #1477751
Jack Nelis Asian and Tribal Art
€375.00
The gourd container with a hardwood stopper with a head. H. 17 cm. Mid 20th century.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1950 item #1477746
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Hardwood group depicting a horse rider surrounded by a kneeling figure and two drum players. H. 19 cm. First half of the 20th century. Some missing parts on the kneeling figure. Ex coll. Ursula Heijs Voorhuis (1932-2021), The Netherlands. Ex Zemanek-Münster, Würzburg, Germany.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1960 item #1477694
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H. 85 cm.  Mid 20th century. Artist: Tage from Kpwazang (?) Provenance: Norfolk State Museum Marc Assayag, Montreal, Canada Srdjan Sremac, The Hague Auction: Dorotheum Vienna, ‘Tribal Art’, March 2022.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1950 item #1477693
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A very rare group from Ketu, Benin, probably used as a divination tray or as a display piece for an important Babalawo. Diameter 52 cm, H. 30 cm. Mid 20th century. The hand of one figure has been replaced. Ex coll. Ursula Voorhuis (1932-2021), The Netherlands Ex Zemanek-Münster, Würzburg Guy van Rijn archive: ao-0102485-005 with comments from Ursula Voorhuis and Hans Witte. The scene depicts the consultation of the Ifa oracle by a woman. The Babalawo (father of the secret) or oracle priest in charge sits to the right of the woman. He has taken 16 palm nuts from the ‘Agere Ifa’ (cup for palm nuts), that stands beside him and is about throw the nuts from his left to his right hand. If he drops one nut in the process, he will make two marks in the wood dust on the oracle tray before him, if he misses two nuts, he will make one mark. After two sets of four throws, the result on the tray will indicate to him the oracle verses he will have to recite to his client. The third person that seems to supervise the proceedings is also a Babalawo and even an important one, judging from the thick beaded necklace that hangs over his chest, with an attachment from his neck. It seems that his right hand held a staff, probably an Ifa tapper that is used to tick on the tray in order to attract the attention of Eshu, the messenger.
Jack Nelis Asian and Tribal Art
€1,200.00
From West-Nepal comes this spirit figure that served as a protector for villages, bridges and temples. H. 44 cm. Mid 20th century. Ex Jean-Marc Desaive, Belgium.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Artifacts : Pre 1960 item #1477691
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€1,650.00
Mid 20th century. H. 60 cm. ex Robert van der Heijden, Amsterdam. ex Srdjan Sremac, The Hague.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1950 item #1477685
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Colorful altar from the Ketu region in Benin. Carved all around with a maternity figure and 3 other figures. At the back there is an opening with a tin frame. Probably this part was originally covered by a small door. H. 40 cm, D 30 cm. Mid 20th century or older. Ex coll. Ursula Voorhuis (1932-2021), The Netherlands. Guy van Rijn archive: ao-0104491-001. Hans Witte commented about this object: this form is typical for the Oshumare shrines from Ketu. The colors red-white-yellow point to the cultus complex of Nana Buruku.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1960 item #1477684
Jack Nelis Asian and Tribal Art
€350.00
Large door lock from a door of a granary. H. 53 cm.  Mid 20th century. Ex French private collection.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1960 item #1477681
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€1,850.00
This tall figure was made by the Jompre people of Nigeria, although this appears to be an offensive name, probably given by the neighbouring Chamba, and meaning ‘cannibals’. Alternative names for the Jompre include Kutep, Kuteb, Kutev, Mbarike and Zumper. They inhabit the Benue Valley, on the border of Nigeria and Cameroon, an area that is still relatively undocumented. They number approximately 15,000 and are divided into a number of clans, each associated with a particular mountain, and traditionally without a centralised authority. The masks and sculptural forms of this small cultural group resemble those of the neighbouring Jukun and Chamba of western Cameroon. H. 50 cm. Mid 20th century. Ex Klaus Paysan, Stuttgart, Germany, ex Srdjan Sremac, The Hague, The Netherlands.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1950 item #1477680
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A serene mask from the first half of the 20th century. H. 23 cm, L. 26 cm. Light traces of pigment. Ex coll. Ursula Voorhuis (1932-2021), The Netherlands. Guy van Rijn archive: ao-0110538-001.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1940 item #1471196
Jack Nelis Asian and Tribal Art
€1,950.00
First half of the 20th century. H. 56 cm. Ex Lucas Ratton, Paris. Ex Jan Kusters, Eindhoven. Ex Srdjan Sremac, The Hague. Custom made stand included.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1960 item #1468481
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Alusi shrine figure. H. 59 cm. First half of the 20th century. Ex Jacques Kerchache (1942 - 2001), ex Christie’s Paris, 29-10-2008, ex galerie Walu Basel, ex Hammer Auktionen. Guy van Rijn archive ao-0093787-001.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1950 item #1468478
Jack Nelis Asian and Tribal Art
€950.00
Two females from the Egba sub group of the Yoruba’s. H. 23 cm. First half of the 20th century. Ex French private collection. Condition: old insect damage and some old repairs to the ears of one of the figures.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1940 item #1468423
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Ashanti doll, 2nd quarter of the 20th century, by a known carver. See Ron van Doorn - Herbert M. Cole : Akua’Ba Asante Wednesday Child, page 154-155. H. 24,5 cm. Provenance: private collection UK.
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€795.00
A rare piece of early Maroon culture. Surinamese Maroons (Marrons or Businenge, meaning black people of the forest) are the descendants of enslaved Africans that escaped from the plantations and settled in the inland of Suriname (Dutch Guiana) and French Guiana. The Surinamese Maroon culture is one of the best-preserved pieces of cultural heritage outside of Africa. Dimensions: H. 32 cm, W. 42 cm, D 21 cm. Ex Arjan Hollestelle, The Netherlands.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1960 item #1468419
Jack Nelis Asian and Tribal Art
€375.00
Depicting two figures that are tied to one other. H. 22 cm. Ca. mid 20th century. Custom made stand included.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Artifacts : Pre 1960 item #1467855
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Stunning Yoruba stool from the collection of Ursula Voorhuis (1932-2021), The Netherlands. Supported by 6 figures: a family with a nursing mother, a man with a goat, a maternity and a man with a walking stick. H. 30 cm, diameter 33 cm. First half of the 20th century. Condition: age cracks, repair to the goat, some missing parts. Overall in good condition with a lovely patina and remains of Reckitt Blue pigments.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1950 item #1467853
Jack Nelis Asian and Tribal Art
€950.00
Very large doll made by a known carver. H. 40,5 cm. Second quarter of the 20th century. Condition: both arms reattached. Lovely honey brown patina. The style of this Akuaba with its unusual coiffure is described in the book ‘Akua’ba Asante Wednesday Child’ by Ron van Doorn and Herbert M. Cole. Provenance: Robert van der Heijden, Amsterdam. (Vetter at Parcours des Mondes, Paris).
Jack Nelis Asian and Tribal Art
€650.00
Zoömorphic stool. The top carved with 2 figures and a pair of fish. The stool has four legs and an animal head. Dimensions: 41 x 20 x 12 cm. Mid 20th century. Ex private collection Italy.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1950 item #1467849
Jack Nelis Asian and Tribal Art
€675.00
Hardwood, first half 20th century. H. 18 cm. Old insect damage. Ex private collection Belgium, collected in Abidjan in 1968.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Artifacts : Pre 1950 item #1466155
Jack Nelis Asian and Tribal Art
€175.00
H. 9 cm. Mid 20th century or a bit older. For a similar spoon see the screenshot of the Van Rijn Archive.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Artifacts : Pre 1950 item #1466151
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Yoruba stool with a dog (?) , Nigeria. Ex Ursula Voorhuis (1932-2021). Mid 20th century or older. H. 28 cm, diameter 22 cm.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1950 item #1466147
Jack Nelis Asian and Tribal Art
€450.00
Bamana Sukun mask First half 20th century. Parts of the ears and a kind of horn on the forehead are missing. Traces of polichromy. Rare mask with great age! Ex Swiss private collection. H. 40 cm Stand included.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1950 item #1461765
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Male and female Ibeji from Iseyin City, Oyo State., adorned with a necklace and bracelets made of glass beads and a belt made of cocunut discs. H. 26,5 cm. First half of the 20th century. Provenance: Dutch private collection, Robert van der Heijden, Amsterdam.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1950 item #1461753
Jack Nelis Asian and Tribal Art
€650.00
Depicting a female spouse figure ‘Blolo Bla’. H. 13 cm. first half of the 20th century. Great age wear and patina. Ex coll. Maine Durieu, Paris. The Baule believe a person is married to both an earthly and a spirit spouse. This sculpture honored its owner’s spirit partner to bring peace, luck, and money. Scarifications on her face and body individualized and enhanced her idealized beauty. The figure stood in the owner’s bedroom where, once a week, he slept alone so they could be together in the dream world. It is rare to find these figures in miniature.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1950 item #1461749
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L. 48 cm.  Good condition with expected age wear, cracks, some insect damage and some damage to the left ear. First half 20th century. Guy van Rijn ao-0083609-001 Provenance: Arnold Newman (1918-2006), New York, until 2006, Robert Schrimpf, Paris, Christie’s Paris, 2006, Zemanek-Münster, Würzburg, 2009.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1960 item #1461746
Jack Nelis Asian and Tribal Art
€300.00
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Wood covered with sheat metal. H. 30 cm. Mid 20th century. One horn repaired. special price: from € 750 for  € 300
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1960 item #1461745
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€1,150.00
Anthropomorpic female figure. Probably used as a headdress. H. 48 cm. Mid 20th century. Provenance: Kathy van der Pas en Steven van de Raadt, 1998, Otto Schaap, Amsterdam, De Zwaan, Amsterdam, 2020.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1950 item #1461742
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€1,650.00
Caryatid stool with a sitting female figure. Hardwood, h. 26 cm, diameter 23 cm. First half of the 20th century. minor repair to one leg. The earrings have been replaced. Provenance: Donald Taitt, Paris, Aponem Auction, 2019, J.M. Desaive, Herve, Belgium
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1950 item #1461740
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Anthropomorphic mask depicting a female. Hardwood with metal earrings. H. 24 cm. First half of the 20th century. A very fine mask with nice scarifications on the cheeks and forehead. Beautiful signs of age and a lovely patina. Ex Roger Bergmans, Belgium. Ex Srdjan Sremac, The Hague. Comes with a beautiful metal stand by Roger Bergmans.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1950 item #1461670
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Small and rare fetish figure. Hardwood with feathers, glass, copper, horn, fabric. First half of the 20th century. H. 13 cm (20 cm with the solid brass stand). Ex. JM Desaive, Herve, Belgium. Ex Srdjan Sremac, The Hague.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1920 item #1461667
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€2,750.00
A late 19th to early 20th century Montol figure with a great provenance. This hardwood female figure stands 35,5 cm tall. A very strong figure with possible influence from the Goemai, Chamba or Mumuye. Provenance: Collected in 1967-68 by Daniel Mato, former curator at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Professor Emeritus at the University of Calgary, department of art history. Amyas Naegele, New York, ca. 2002. Robert Beckman, Henderson, Nevada. Srdjan Sremac, The Hague. Exhibited twice in Canada at the University of Manitoba and the University of Calgary. This figure comes with a letter from Mato to Beckman dated Nov. 9, 2002, explaining about the history and identification of the piece.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1950 item #1461666
Jack Nelis Asian and Tribal Art
€1,650.00
Benue Plateau, mid 20th century. H. 40 cm. Ex Robert van der Heijden, Amsterdam. Ex Zemanek-Münster, Würzburg, March 2014. The Djompre are a small ethnic group with their homeland in the Benue Plateau State in northern Nigeria. They call themselves Kutep or Kutev, the denomination Djombre - which means cannibals - has probably been given to them by the neighbouring Chamba.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1940 item #1461548
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Early 20th century male mask with scarifications. H. 31 cm. Ex David Utzon Frank, Denmark. Ex Srdjan Sremac, The Hague.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Artifacts : Pre 1950 item #1439736
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Hardwood stool decorated with four carved figures. First half 20th century.One side shows two Yoruba women; the right one is feeding her baby, the left one is holding an unknown object. The other side shows to Yoruba men dressed in European clothing. The top and bottom of the stool are decorated with a geometric band. H. 29,5 cm, diameter 24 cm. Condition: age cracks, the right man is missing his hands. The stool shows good signs of use and has a great patina. Provenance: Ursula Voorhuis, The Netherlands. She owns one of the biggest Yoruba collections in the world and did a lot of field research and collecting in the 60’s and 70’s. Van Rijn Archive nr. ao-0105625-001
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Artifacts : Pre 1960 item #1433418
Jack Nelis Asian and Tribal Art
€450.00
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Anthropomorphic heddle pulley. Mid 20th century. H. 25 cm. The ears and nose with cotton ornaments.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Oceanic : Sculpture : Pre 1950 item #1433411
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From the collection of Desmond Morris comes this exceptional protective figure. The face and body have fine carvings and red and white pigments. H. 75 cm, W. 68 cm. Provenance: Bonhams London 2004, Mallams Auctioneers Abingdon, 2015, Collection Desmond Morris, Mallams Auctioneers Oxford 2019.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1930 item #1433403
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Elegant figure with great age. H. 30 cm. Condition: old worm holes. Early 20th century. Provenance: Christophe Rolley, Paris, Srdjan Sremac, Den Haag.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1950 item #1433402
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Hardwood and iron. H. 38 cm. Provenance: Robert van der Heijden, Amsterdam, Srdjan Sremac, The Hague.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1950 item #1433398
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Wood, animal teeth and hair, human hair, iron.H. 23 cm (without the beard). Van Rijn: ao-0161468-002 Provenance: William Siegmann, curator emeritus, Brooklyn Museum, New York.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1950 item #1433396
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H. 23 cm. (Excluding the beard. Very good complete condition. The mask is covered with red fabric, the eyes are made of aluminium. Provenance: Klaus Paysan (1930-2011), Stuttgart, Germany. Robert van der Heijden, Amsterdam. Exhibited: Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Schloss Rosenstein, Stuttgart - ‘Afrika, Tiere, Maske und Magie’.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1930 item #1433390
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Anthropomorpic cup, depicting a standing female. H. 21,5 cm. Rare and early piece. Repair to the rim of the cup. Provenance: Dutch private collection.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1960 item #1433386
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Bateba Phuwe, made by the ‘carver of the long neck’. Mid 20th century. H. 29 cm. Good condition. Literature: Katsouros/Herkenhoff - Anonyme Schnitzer der Lobi.