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Bamana Gazelle Mask
Item no 6854
Brown patina wood mask of an animal head. The elongated face is emphasized by the snout and the perked up ears of the figure. Either side has been decorated with geometric scarifications. The figure also has piercing holes that run along each ear and through the center of the... [more]
Mask
Item no 9271
From the Ivory Coast near the Bandama river. The mask is two masks in one. It has fine features with long geometrical twisted hornes; the antelope with open mouth revealing teeth. Rust color and other pigment all over. Also fringe of hair between horns. Antelope is the symbol of a spirit. Guro... [more]
Fine Dan Mask
Item no M1036
Of hollowed oval form, and pierced around the rim for attachment, with a fine adzed interior, the pointed chin protruding to the front. Pierced diamond-shaped mouth beneath the triangular nose. Pierced semi-closed eyes; Exceptionally fine and varied blackened patina. African; Dan Tribe Height:... [more]
A Fine Songye Wood Mask
Item no 9244
Of massive rounded form flared at the base, probably used as protective fetish, with tapering quadrangular mouth, triangular nose extending over the long pierced slit eyes and an incised linear pattern overall. The entire perimeter pierced for attachments. Brown patina with traces of white kaolin.... [more]
Lobi Male and Female Figurines
Item no M2356
Pair of fertility male and female wood figures. Each standing with hands at their side, legs straight and facing forward. Both figures with closed mouth, almond shaped eyes and prominent brow. Fitted on contemporary stand. Africa; Lobi tribe, Ghana Height: 9 in. (22.9 cm) (without stand) [more]
BAULE WOOD STATUE
Item no M2893
BAULE WOOD STATUE A Baule male chief figure seated on a miniature throne holding a long staff indicating his authority. Typical stylized hair, the face is delicately carved, long nose, perched mouth, face scarification that matched his back and his chest. His face has a long beard, his right hand... [more]
Eket Sculpture
Item no P1809
Wood, depicting a deity, used in rituals for the spirts for adoration of the ancestors and also for the family well-being. Some reminisce of color on face. Africa; Nigeria Height: 18 in. (46cm) Provenance: Galery Lipel, Montreal, Canada; (Acquired in Brussels prior to 1960). [more]
SONGYE KIFWEBE PASSPORT MASK
Item no M2378
Male passport mask with raffia beard and exaggerated features with protruding mouth, nose and facial striations painted white. Feathers adorn the fiber headdress backing with hair extending from the nostrils. Mounted on a fitted stand. • Zaire Height: 15 in. (38.1 cm) (without stand) [more]
Ibo Ancestral Figure
Item no 5692
Sculpted in wood of columnar form, standing with his handsclasped to the side of the stomach, with raised hatched scarifications to either side of the prominent protruding navel; the slender head with a small triangular face with prominent mouth; the coiffure ridged. With headdress. (The wide neck,... [more]
LOBI WOOD CARVINGS
Item no M2891
A pair of carved wooden figures of standing Male and Female both carvings have a contemporary, black wooden base. Both figures have linear hair, with curved protruding ears, slit eyes and perched mouth. The figures are standing in a rigid typical form. The hands are firmly clasped to the torso... [more]
Lobi Stool
Item no M1044
Raised on tapering cylindrical arms and legs beneath flat rectangular seat, rounded at one end with scarafications and mounted with an elongated neck and head on the other end. Face with recessed features and mounted with a singular crested coiffure. Some old repairs. Bobo Malinke,... [more]
Fine Dan Mask
Item no M1038
Of hollowed oval form, and pierced around the rim for attachment, with a fine adzed interior, the pointed chin protruding to the front. Pierced diamond-shaped mouth beneath the triangular nose. Pierced semi-closed eyes; Exceptionally fine and varied encrusted blackened patina. African; Tribu Dan... [more]
Tabua Totem Staff
Item no M1035
Beautiful ceremonial staff carved with female and male back to back with bent knees. Tapered end is carved to look like a spiral or twist. Brown patina. Tanzania Length: 23 in. (59 cm) [more]
BAMBARA MALE ANTELOPE HEADDRESS (CI WARA)
Item no 4576
Wood headdress carved in a form of an antelope, with pair of horns, zig-zag motif across head and body, body in a geometric form. Metal detail on face and horns. Mounted on a contemporary wooden base. Used to perform dances to celebrate the hero Chi Wara(agriculture) but also to ensure fertility of... [more]
STANDING BAULE FIGURE
Item no M2909
Female standing wood figure with hands framing the navel, stylized coiffure, straight nose and slit almond eyes with slightly protruding lips. Scarification on back and neck, prominent legs with bent knees on base. • Ivory Coast; Baule Height: 20 in. (50.8 cm) Provenance: Dr. Dwright Heath... [more]
Dan Mask
Item no M1037
Hollowed oval form and pierced around the rim for attachment, with a fine adzed interior. Pierced diamond-shaped mouth with stylized teeth beneath the triangular nose. Pierced semi-closed eyes; Ridges on the forehead. Fine and varied encrusted blackened patina. African, Dan Tribe Height: 9 3/4... [more]
A Cameroon Stool
Item no M1818
Carved with tiers of twenty one flying fox heads. Circular base and top, used for ceremonial purposes. The seat with triangular split on side. General chips and nicks consistent with age and use. Overall good condition and nice patina. African Height;17 in. (43 cm), Diameter: 15 in. (38 cm) [more]
Ceremonial Staff, Gabon
Item no A0130
The cylindrical staff surmounted by a finial above a circular ridge. The finial represent three elongated faces, to which the height is 6 3/4 in., with slit eyes beneath a ridged forehead and a cap-coiffure. The long triangular nose running down the face which ends in an angular shaped chin with... [more]
LEGA MASK
Item no M2414
The face of oval shape with protruding pierced slit eyes, small mouth, elongated nose. Some white pigmentation still visible around eyes. Braided raphia beard. Nice patina. Fitted on a contemporary metal stand. • Democratic Republic of Congo Height: 8 in. (20.3 cm) [more]
Ethiopian Amulet
Item no M1798
Handwritten on a parchment scroll in Kufic writing. Kufic: Characters of the arabic alphabet used in the witting of the original Koran, in the time of Muhammad, (570-632 AD.) Ethiopian Circa 570-632 AD. [more]
Bamlieke Stool
Item no M1805
Wooden stool, eroded with time use and exposure. Stool top is a solid circle with some remanence of coloration all around. Three human like figures which stand on the base, also a solid circle, with a hollowed out center. Each little figure displays a different expression on their... [more]
Wooden Mask
Item no 6851
With brown patina, broad open mouth showing teeth, bulging cheeks and large eyes, surmounted by a circular openwork headdress. Cameroon Height: 18 in. (46 cm) [more]
Passport Mask
Item no M2352
Rounded face with protruding square mouth, square nose set between slit eyes. Incised scarification across entire surface with red and black pigments, holes around the edges for attachment. Fine brown patina. Resting on a fitted contemporary stand. Afrique; Luba Kifwebe, Republic of... [more]
Songye Figurine
Item no M2354
Standing figure of a male fetish with skins to protect the power. Wearing a Kifwebe mask with protruding lips and slit eyes and neck rope. With bent knees and hands clutching belly. Resting on a fitted contemporary stand. Africa; Songye tribe, Republic of Congo Height: 13 in. (33 cm) (without... [more]
ANCESTRY STATUE
Item no M2417
Standing female figure with mouth open, hands to side, straight nose. and triangle ears. Scarification and pigmentation still visible. Hollowed back. Fitted on a wooden stand. • Democratic Republic of Congo Height: 20.5 in. (52.1 cm) [more]
Yaka Initiation Mask
Item no 8459
Wood mask has been inset into a large head of raffia. Prodominent slit shaped eyes have been painted blue. Chin of the mask tapers exposing block teeth. Entire mask has been adorned with a surmounted flat cap with a small textile dressed wooden figure with elongated limbs and torso. The figure... [more]
SONGYE MASK
Item no M2412
With large bulging eyes, long projecting rectangular mouth and wide flange to center of forehead, carved all over with parallel grooves painted alternately black and white. Fitted on a metal stand. • Democratic Republic of Congo Height: 19 in. (48.3 cm) [more]
Bangwa Male Memorial Figure
Item no M0779
Finely sculpted figure, standing on tall feet and muscular legs supporting a voluminous abdomen holding a pipe and a rattle. Oval head, with an open mouth, almond shaped eyes and a triangular nose. Nice coiffure, wearing stacked necklaces with encircling pendants, rich dark brown... [more]
Bangwa Female Memorial Figure
Item no M0778
Finely sculpted figure, standing in a dramatic posture on long feet and muscular legs supporting a voluminous abdomen and breast, holding two dance rattles. Oval head, with an open mouth, almond shaped eyes and a triangular nose. Grooved coiffure, wearing stacked anklets and bracelets, with... [more]
DOGON DOOR LOCK
Item no M2911
The flat rectangular panel is decorated with geometric designs, surmounted by stylized head. Metal inserts for the sliding lock at the back. • Afrique, Africa; Ivory Coast #M2911 [more]
STANDING FANG FIGURE
Item no M2908
Standing reliquary wood figure which would be placed on top of a Byeri box. Carved with scarification in front with circular metal tacks as eyes. Nice patina throughout. Fitted on a black contemporary wooden base. Encompasses Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea. • Afrique, Africa... [more]
A CHOKWE MASK
Item no M2405
The reddened face with pierced slit eyes, small nose, scarification on forehead, the grooved coiffure with ridges, fiber hair sewn to the woven fiber head covering. Fitted on a contemporary stand. • Central Africa (Angola, Zambia, Congo) Height: 11 in. (27.9 cm) [more]
Dan Face Mask
Item no M0776
Of tapering oval form, with projected mouth, partly covered with red colored cloth, matching the banded cloth covering the eyes. The circular eyes have metal disks, nail on the forehead piercing the perimeter, of the hairline. The beard has blackened pigment. Africa, West Africa, Dan... [more]
DAN MASK
Item no M2434
Wood mask carved concave with slit metal eyes, reminisce of material still visible, protruding triangular mouth with metal chiseled teeth. Coiffure runs the entire rim of the mask consisting of mud straw and cowrie shells. Topped with red pigment cloth. Fitted on contemporary stand. • Ivory... [more]
SONGYE PRESTIGE AXE
Item no M2342
Ceremonial axe with snakeskin handle. Openwork blade in semi-C form connected to handle with wrought iron, twisted on top and decorated in the center with carved ceremonial faces. CONGO Hauteur/Height: 15 in. (38.1 cm) [more]
SONGYE PRESTIGE AXE
Item no M2343
Ceremonial axe with snakeskin handle with a copper wire end. Openwork blade has pointed edges and decorated with pastoral incision on both sides. The center framework is carved with ceremonial faces throughout. Congo Hauteur/Height: 15 3/4 inches (40 cm) [more]
Large Metoco Mask
Item no M2351
Scarification across entire surface with round protruding eyes, small slit mouth, and long narrow nose with plain band underneath. Rounded ears and flattened chin. Blue pigment still visible throughout. Resting on a fitted contemporary stand. Africa; from the Metoco tribe, Congo Height: 15 in.... [more]
A FINE BAULE MASK (IVORY COAST)
Item no M2344
of hollowed oval form,plane facial form,diminutive mouth and ears has a flat nose leading to arching brows and plain incised scarification marks below slit eyes. All beneath single crested staraited coiffure; fine black/brown patina. Straw binding woven around the face,the back has wax like... [more]
African Ceremonial Weapon
Item no M1769
In a serpent style like form arriving to a point on top and a closed loop at bottom. The handle wrapped in leather. Running the length of the blade are geometrical incisions. [more]
Ceremonial Knife
Item no 8237
Metal 19th Century [more]