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Chief’s Chair

SNK 1212-76  Chockwe Chief’s Chair, Zaïre (D.R. Congo) / Angola In many societies of Central Africa, such as the Chokwe and related peoples like the Songo and the Ovimbundu, functional artefacts are transformed into prestige objects that commemorate the power and status of the chief. Chokwe chiefs possess many elaborately carved articles, including ceremonial weapons, … Continue reading Chief’s Chair

Dogon Fetish

IHK 0917-6 a Miniature Dogon wood Fetish figure, Mali This statuette belongs to a group of small figurines called healing fetishes which are thought to give substance to invisible spiritual intermediaries. Carved by Dogon priests these figures can be invoked for aid but will die if neglected. Other intermediaries range from simple officiants at family altars to prophets, sacred … Continue reading Dogon Fetish

Mbete Figure

JLK 1007-7b Mbete Reliquary Standing Male Figure, Gabon or Republic of Congo Culture: Kota peoples, Mbete group Mbete sculptors developed a figurative reliquary form that fully integrated ancestral sacra within the sculpture. In this tradition, a hollowed columnar torso served as an internal receptacle. The core is framed by the gesture of minimally defined arms held … Continue reading Mbete Figure

Bembe Head

JLK 1007-2 Bembe (Babembe) Echawokaba Janus Head Figure, Zaïre (Dem. Rep. Congo), Benin, Nigeria The Bembe people migrated from Congo in the 18th Century and resettled in the eastern part of the forest in the Democratic Republic of Congo, near the border with Tanzania and Burundi. The “cult of the ancestors” is an important part … Continue reading Bembe Head

Mumuye figure

  MCK 1099-28 Mumuye Iagalagana ‘peace figure’, Nigeria This charming Mumuye iagalagana figure also called ‘peace figure’ was used to greet rainmaker’s clients, guard the house, serve as the owner’s confidant, and in trials when men in dispute swear on the statue. It is not unusual for a figure simultaneously to serve two or more … Continue reading Mumuye figure

Boli

NAK 0117-2   Boli, Bamana Tribe, Mali This fine and exceptionally well-preserved Watiriwa or Makongoba, zoomorphic four-legged ritual object, called a Boli (pl. boliw), once played a central role in the ritual life of a Bamana village. Such power objects were owned by male initiation associations whose members progress through induction processes that span decades. … Continue reading Boli

Tutsi Armlet

HCK 0816-3 – SOLD Tutsi Archer Armlet, Rwanda/Burundi This wood archer Armlet (igitembe) help the archer to accurate his shot with bow and arrow and to protect their wrists and arms from the bowstring after it is released. This elegant, abstract object reflects the astonishing ability of African sculptors to make an extraordinary form to … Continue reading Tutsi Armlet

Boli

NAK 0117-1 Boli, Bamana, Mali This fine and exceptionally well-preserved zoomorphic four-legged ritual object, called a Boli (pl. boliw), once played a central role in the ritual life of a Bamana village. Such power objects were owned by male initiation associations whose members progress through induction processes that span decades. Over time, they attain esoteric … Continue reading Boli

Senufo Female

MSK 1216-4 SOLD Senufo Seated Female Figure, Northern Ivory Coast/Mali This little woman is most likely a powerful ancestor figure.  Her hair has been braided into a central crest that enhances her beauty and further reveals her high-ranking status, since such elaborate coiffures often took hours to complete, employing the skills of one or more stylists. … Continue reading Senufo Female

Mende figure

  MSK 1216-3 SOLD Female figure (minsereh) from the Mende culture of Sierra Leone This beautiful, sensually radiating female figure is characterized by its voluptuous breasts and a graceful face with a puzzled facial expression, small twinkling eyes of glass beads and a nice little pearl earring. In the mouth appears a sharp ‘steel tooth’. … Continue reading Mende figure

Boli

HCK 1116-2 Boli Figure, Bamana tribe, Mali Medium: Clay, metal nails and organic materials H: 30 cm (11,8″), L: 35 cm (13,8″), W: 17 cm (6,7″), weight: 3,55 kg. This fine and exceptionally well-preserved zoomorphic four-legged ritual object, called a Boli (pl. boliw), once played a central role in the ritual life of a Bamana village. … Continue reading Boli

Namji Doll

       EDC 0715-7 -SOLD Namji (Doayo, Dowayo, Doyayo, Namchi) Fertility Doll, Cameroon Wood, leather, glass pearls and cowry H: 35 / 39 cm (13,8”/15,3”), W: 12 cm (4,7”), D: 7 cm (2,8”) There are numerous designs of fertility dolls in Cameroon. This fetish has a beautifully shaped head and glass beads as eyes. The … Continue reading Namji Doll

Namji Doll

       EDC 0715-5 Namji (Doyayo, Dowayo, Namchi, Namshi) Fertility Doll, Cameroon Wood, leather, glass pearls and cowry H: 42,5 cm (16,7”)/ 48,5 cm (19,1”), W: 20 cm (7,9”), D: 3,5 cm (1,4”) This is an exceptionally fine and well-kept fetish doll from a family collection since the 1950s. The well-proportioned and classic wooden structure with … Continue reading Namji Doll

N’Gbaka Figure

       CRK 0815-2 N’Gbaka Figure, Zaïre (Democratic Republic of the Congo) H: 45 cm (17,2”), W: 11 cm (4,2”) Dark brown patinated wood This typical N’Gbaka (Ngbaka, Nbaka, Bwaka or Zande) anthropomorphic figure belongs to the Ubangi region (Democratic Republic of the Congo/Central African Republic). The figure has a characteristic cubistic form. Objects from this … Continue reading N’Gbaka Figure

Baule Figure

       EDC 0715-02 – SOLD Baule Female Figure (blolo bla), Ivory Coast Black patinated wood and plant fiber H: 44 cm (17,3″), W: 9 cm (3,5″), D: 9 cm (3,5″) For the Baule, every successful sculpted figure necessarily conveys a sense of individuality, as in the approbation “o fa sran!”–“it resembles a person!” Whether carved … Continue reading Baule Figure

Baule Figure

       EDC 0715-04 SOLD Old Colonial Seated Female, Baule, Ivory Coast Painted wood H: 35 cm (13,8”), W: 10 cm (3,9”), D: 12 cm (4,7”) This finely made seated female figure is an interesting example of a colonial figure, which contains several symbols indicating a community leader: Her upright attitude and her finely arranged hairstyle. … Continue reading Baule Figure

Baule Figure

       GSK 0515-4 Baule, female figure of a ‘spirit spouse’, called ‘blolo bla’, Côte d’Ivoire. This female ‘blolo bla’ figure displays a well-shaped elongated body, it has the characteristic Baule hairstyle, a typical Baule face with high eyebrows over the outlined eyes, a long, flat nose and a beautiful curved mouth, as well as many … Continue reading Baule Figure

Baule Figure

       GSK 0515-2 Baule-figur, Ivory Coast H: 55 cm Baule figures can be among the most elegant and designed pieces in Africa. Many show careful execution of face, coiffure and scarification details, with refined forms but no loss of expressiveness and power. The quiet, dignified figures embody spirits from the other world. They functioned as … Continue reading Baule Figure

Baule Figure

       GSK 0515-1 Baule Figure, Ivory Coast H: 52 cm (20,5″) Baule figures can be among the most elegant and designed pieces in Africa. Many show careful execution of face, coiffure and scarification details, with refined forms but no loss of expressiveness and power. The quiet, dignified figures embody spirits from the other world. They … Continue reading Baule Figure

Bakota Figure

       HCK 0615-2 Kota (Akota, Bakota, Kuta) Ceremonial Rattle, Zaïre (DR Congo) H: 44 cm (17,3″), W: 11 cm (4,3″) Wood, yellow metal sheeting, basketry, vegetable fiber This fine figure is used by deviners to obtain contact with the spirits, and despite the small size this Kota rattle radiates an intense firmness in its function. … Continue reading Bakota Figure

Vili Figure

       HCK 0615-3 Vili Maternity Figure, Ukongo Region, DR Congo Smooth, dark-brown patina wood H: 35 cm (13,8″), W: 13 cm (5,1″) Maternity figures are among the most renown in African art because of their easily recognizable theme, their classical form and their fine workmanship. This unique and well-preserved standing maternity figurine (pfemba) has been … Continue reading Vili Figure

Fang Pot

       MCK 1102-14 / CRK-L- 0115-4 Fang Reliquary Figure on a Box, Gabon Dark brown/black shiny wood H: 50 cm (20″), W: 15 cm (5,9″) This is a superb and rare Southern Fang male reliquary guardian figure standing on a cylindrical hollowed bark box. The magical function of the reliquary figures was associated with the … Continue reading Fang Pot

Lega Figure

       JLK 1007-7a – SOLD Lega Iginga Armless Figure, DR Congo H: 33 cm (13″), W: 9 cm (3,5″) Dark brown wood with white pigment This is a Lega standing male figure without arms that is known as Iginga figure and used by members of the Bwami Society. The figure shows evidence of use for … Continue reading Lega Figure

Fante Figure

       WAK 0704-02 Fante Female Figure, Ghana H: 29 cm (11,4″), W: 7,5 cm (3″) Wood light brown This is a fine delicate Fante, Ghana shrine figure used to worship a living or a dead person. Age: Est. mid 20th Century Provenance: Dutch collection Literature: Kunstverein Aalen e.V. (Hg.): Kunst der Akan, Ausst.kat., Aalen 1995, … Continue reading Fante Figure

Kwere Figure

       CRK-L 0115-3 Kwere Figure, Mwana Hiti Doll, Kwere, Tanzania H: 20 cm (7,9″), W: 6 cm (2,4″) This fine old mwana hiti figure is from the Paramo people of Tanzania is unusually well carved in a dark brown, shiny surfaced patina. The ‘doll’ itself is special. Not only has she a cute expression but also the fact that … Continue reading Kwere Figure

Nkondi Figure

       VKK 1112-9 Nkondi Fetish Figure, Zaïre (DR Congo) Dark brown patinated  Hippo Tusk Ivory H: 18 cm (7,1″) This visually powerful sculpture, which was once owned by a ritual specialist, who used it as a tool to control and keep spiritual power. The force was added to the figure by using medicine packed in … Continue reading Nkondi Figure

Nkondi Figure

       VKK 1112-8 Nkondi Fetish Figure, Zaïre (DR Congo) Dark brown Hippo Ivory H: 18 cm (7,1″) This visually powerful sculpture, which was once owned by a ritual specialist, who used it as a tool to control and keep spiritual power. The force was added to the figure by using medicine packed in resin and … Continue reading Nkondi Figure

Lwalwa Oracle

       NAK 0613-12 – SOLD Lwalwa (Lualwa) Divination Friction Oracle “kashita”, DR Congo H: 12 cm (4,7″), W: 5 cm (2″) This small U-shaped oracle consists of a masked figure and a separate concave ‘scraping’ bed. This particular oracle conjures the truth and jurisdiction: During questioning of a suspect the figure was rubbed back and … Continue reading Lwalwa Oracle

Dogon Equestrian

       NIK 0106-12 Dogon Equestrian, Mali H: 53 cm (20,9″) Equestrian Figure Dogon figures showing horses and riders depict the prestige and power surrounding an animal that has been associated with these qualities since it was introduced into West Africa more than a thousand years ago. In Dogon society, horses were generally considered a luxury … Continue reading Dogon Equestrian

Lobi Head

       HCK 1207-21 – SOLD Lobi “baa’thil” Head Sculpture, Burkina Faso H: 66/74 cm (26″/29,1”) W: 11 cm (4,3”) Wood, weathered greyish brown patina Old Lobi “baathil” head stakes like this are placed in ‘sacred places’, and are meant as support for “khele”, a terrible power released by a killing. It is thrust into a … Continue reading Lobi Head

Fang Figure

       MCK 1099 SOLD  Bieri-figur, Fang, Gabon H: 26 cm (10,2″), W: 7 cm (2,8″) The ensemble of Fang peoples practice a cult devoted to ancestor lineages, the byeri, whose aim is to both protect themselves from the deceased and to recruit their aid in matters of daily life. This familial cult does not monopolize … Continue reading Fang Figure

Fang Byeri Head

       MCK 1099-3 / CRK-L- 0115-1 Fang Byeri (Nlo-byeri) Head, Gabon H: 42 cm (16,5″)), W: 15 cm (5,9″) The byeri cult, for which all Fang reliquary heads and figures were made, was a family cult that honered ancestral spirits, sought their aid and blessings, and protected the ancestral remains. The word byeri means “ancestor” … Continue reading Fang Byeri Head

Luba Staff

       HCC 0308-6 Luba Figural Staff of Office (Kibango), DR Congo H: 193 cm (76″), W: 10 cm (3,9″) Sculpted staffs of office topped by a sculpted figure are known as kibango among the Luba. They serve not only to indicate a chief’s or titleholder’s rank and social status but equally serve as abstract devices … Continue reading Luba Staff

Chokwe Flute

       SNK 1212-58 Chokwe Flute (Luanda), Angola L: 55 cm (21,7″), Ø: 5 cm (2″) This flute with fine metal fittings works and has a great sound. African musical instruments are used to accompany dancing and singing. Some instruments are only able to make simple sounds and they are used to signal, to invoke spirits … Continue reading Chokwe Flute

Baule Figure

       HCK 1110-1 – SOLD Baule Female Figure, Ivory Coast Dark brown patinated wood H: 60 cm (23,6″), W: 12 cm (4,7″) Baule figures can be among the most elegant and designed pieces in Africa. Many show careful execution of face, coiffure and scarification details, with refined forms but no loss of expressiveness and power. … Continue reading Baule Figure

Dogon Container

       JRK 0703-1 Hogon Ceremonial Container, Dogon, Mali Wood, dark brown encrusted, partly oily patina H: 93 cm (36,6”), W: 19 cm (7,5”) This is an elaborately carved, monumental Dogon ritual vessel with a female figure on the lid and the vessel supported by a horse. The horse is fairly abstract with a large triangular … Continue reading Dogon Container

Bamana Figure

       NIK 0602-50 – SOLD Seated Male Figure with Lance and Knife, Bamana, Mali H: 115 (45,3”) cm Wood Bamana figures such as this were the focal point of celebrations of the Jo and Gwan initiation societies (associations of men and women) in several villages in southern Mali. Female elders among the Jo and Gwan … Continue reading Bamana Figure

Kwere Pole

       NAK 0106-22 Kwere Pole, Tanzania H: 156 cm (61,4″), W: 14 cm (5,5″) This Kweere pole was used as a ‘Stop Sign’ indicating that behind was an initiation ceremony taking place for girls, marking the transition from childhood to womanhood. The process involved various rites including isolating the girls from the surrounding for a … Continue reading Kwere Pole

Lengola

       HCC 1207-11 Lengola, Ancestor Figure, Ubanga Nyama, Zaïre (DR Congo) Wood, pigment H: 230 cm (88″), W: 48 cm (18,5″) There are only few examples of Lengola carvings in western collections. This minimalist large authentic figure called Ubanga Nyama is made of separate pieces of wood that are pegged together. Figures like this are … Continue reading Lengola

Senufo Figure

       JEC 0799-1 Senufo Figure, Ivory Coast H: 15 cm (5,9″), W: 4,5 cm (1,8″) Træ, sortbrun skinnende patina This expressive female figure is from the Senufo people of Ivory Coast, Mali and Burkina Faso. She is very well carved with the hallmarks of classic Senufo sculpture in terms of details and style. The surface … Continue reading Senufo Figure

Kwere Figure

       FL 202/24c – SOLD Kwere Figure, Mwana Hiti Doll, Kwere, Tanzania H: 14 cm (5,5″), W: 5 cm (2″) The Mwana Hiti figures are commonly known for being used in girls initiation ceremonies. If a woman has problems bearing children, she “adopts” the wooden child until she herself has a child.

Fang Figure

       MCK 1099 – SOLD Bieri Figure, Fang, Gabon H: 24 cm (9,4″), W: 7 cm (2,8″) The ensemble of Fang peoples practice a cult devoted to ancestor lineages, the byeri, whose aim is to both protect themselves from the deceased and to recruit their aid in matters of daily life. This familial cult does … Continue reading Fang Figure

Makonde Sceptre

       BLK 1104-02 Ceremonial Sceptre, Makonde, Tanzania Wood H: 48 cm (18,9″) A very beautifully carved scepter in dark-brown, hard wood, depicting a man seated with his hands placed under his knees. A snake twists round the scepter. Probably used as ceremonial staff. Today these are carried by dignitaries as prestigious objects and as symbols … Continue reading Makonde Sceptre

Dan Spoon

       SNK 1212-40 Dan Ceremonial Spoon, Liberia Pregnant woman as handle H: 49 cm (19,3″), W: 10,5 cm (4,1″), D: 7 cm (2,8″) Large ceremonial ladles are carved to honor a particular Dan woman from each village quarter who has distinguished herself among her fellow women by generosity and hospitality. The ladles had spiritual power … Continue reading Dan Spoon

Itombwe oracle

     TMK 1011-1  Itombwe (friction oracle), Kuba people, Zaïre (DR Congo) Patinated wood H: 7 cm (2,8″), L: 29,5 cm (11,6″), W: 4 cm (1,6″) This Itombwe (friction oracle) instrument of divination is distinguished by the striking interpretation of a prominent local person. The dynamic of the stylized forms is accentuated by the tension of … Continue reading Itombwe oracle

Luba Figure

       AHK 0602-17 – SOLD Luba Female Figure, DR Congo Fertility Figure H: 26 cm (10,2″) This young girl figure symbolizes “the desire for a safe birth” and according to Neyt’s superb book, LUBA, “The representation of women is omnipresent in Luba art. It is through the woman that the ancestor reveals himself anew in … Continue reading Luba Figure

Akuba Figure

       LCC 0198 Akuba Figure, Fertility Doll, Asante, Ghana H: 35 cm (13,8″) West Ghana is the home of the Ashanti tribe for whom the fertility doll is very important. This fetish, the Ashanti figure is called an akuaba or akaba. Made of polished wood, and stained black, the head is in the shape of … Continue reading Akuba Figure

Akuba Figure

       HAK 0400-3 Akuba Figure, Fertility Doll, Asante, Ghana H: 35 cm (13,8″), W: 12 cm (4,7″) West Ghana is the home of the Ashanti tribe for whom the fertility doll is very important. This fetish, the Ashanti figure is called an akuaba or akaba. Made of polished wood, and stained black, the head is … Continue reading Akuba Figure

Senufo Figure

       TMK 0710-5 Senufo Figure, Ivory Coast H: 28 cm (11″), W: 7,5 cm (3″) This finely carved figure comes from the Senufo people. Senufo figures vary a great deal, but nevertheless can be identified by their heart-shaped faces, arrowshaped noses and crescent coiffures. Their height varies from 15 to 120 cm. The Senufo produce … Continue reading Senufo Figure

Toma Fetish

       NAK 0106-35 Toma Fetish, Guinea H: 15 cm (5,9″) A fetish is a statue or object with magical power, like an amulet, talisman or good luck charm. In traditional, tribal Africa, especially in Zaire, these beliefs are manifested in some of the most expressive and magical power figures ever created. This exhibit brings together … Continue reading Toma Fetish

Toma Fetish

       NAK 0106-36 – SOLD Toma Fetish, Guinea H: 12,5 cm (4,9″) A fetish is a statue or object with magical power, like an amulet, talisman or good luck charm. In traditional, tribal Africa, especially in Zaire, these beliefs are manifested in some of the most expressive and magical power figures ever created. This exhibit … Continue reading Toma Fetish

Yaka Flute

       NAK 1114-3 Yaka Wooden Flute, Yaka, DR Congo H: 14 cm (5,5″), W: 5 cm (2″) This is a fine, little reddish colored wooden flute by the Yaka people and are among the most important art forms in Africa, used both as a musical instrument and as a work of sculpture significant in many … Continue reading Yaka Flute

Biga Figure

       NAK 0610-3 – SOLD Biga Fertility Doll, Mossi, Burkina Faso H: 36 cm (14,2″), W: 5,5 cm (2,2″) Mossi dolls are typically carved by male blacksmiths and are given to girls for play. The child calls it biiga (“child”), and carries the doll about with her, tucking it into the waistband of her skirt, … Continue reading Biga Figure

Mossi Figure

       NAK 0610-1 Mossi Mother Figure, Burkina Faso H: 44 cm, W: 15 cm This is a very stylized abstract Mossi female figure carved from wood by village smiths and carvers, with heavy breasts and wearing a special and ceremonial coiffure for initiations This one is a rare example of a Mossi ‘mother’ figure quite … Continue reading Mossi Figure

Makonde Figure

       FLK 0702-383 Makonde Figure, Tanzania Modern Maconde Carving Makonde woodcarvings symbolizes African traditional culture. Among the major representatives of Tanzanian figurative art are the Makonde people, who are renowned throughout East Africa for their original and often highly fanciful carvings. Authentic Makonde carvings are made from ebony wood. The Makonde are one of the … Continue reading Makonde Figure

Boli

       NAK 0614-14 Boli Figure, Bamana, Mali Medium: Clay and organic materials H: 54 cm (21,3″), W: 20 cm (7,9″), D: 18 cm (7,1″) This object, called a boli (pl. boliw), once played as a central role in the ritual life of a Bamana village in Mali. Such power objects are owned by male initiation … Continue reading Boli

Bamileke Bowl

        BHK 0106-11 -SOLD Bamileke Bowl, Cameroon 54 cm (21,3″) Provenance: Private collection. A bowl with carved handle and incised motifs on the sides. This bowl has its origin among the Bamikele people in Cameroon. The Bamikele are the largest tribal group in Cameroon. Art from Cameroon is diverse in its many forms, materials … Continue reading Bamileke Bowl

Zulu Spoon

     PKK 0607-1 Zulu Spoon, South Africa L: 31,5 cm (12,4″) Provenance: From a Danish collection. In Zulu custom, a little food or drink was spilled or “fed” to the ancestors. Because of this religious significance, utensils and containers were not spiritually neutral. Zulu spoons are subtly figurative. The bowl of the spoon is like … Continue reading Zulu Spoon

Zulu Spoon

       HCK 9509/4 Zulu Spoon Like many other African domestic objects, some spoons are aesthetically enhanced and exceed the function that is commonly assigned to them. In the south-eastern regions of Africa such elaboration is generally non-figurative and integrated into the form of the object. Spoons embody many complex associations relating to ownership and are … Continue reading Zulu Spoon

Makonde Bust

       JLK 1007-11 Makonde Male Bust, Tanzania H: 24 cm (9,4″), W: 13 cm (5,1″) Age: Early to mid 20th Century. This marvelously carved male head is probably done by a Makonde artist in Tanzania with the purpose of selling it to the white people.  Later it was purchased at a Paris gallery in the … Continue reading Makonde Bust

Zulu Spoon

       CAK 9901 Zulu Ladle Spoon, South Africa Age: Early 20th century. Like many other African domestic objects, some spoons are aesthetically enhanced and exceed the function that is commonly assigned to them. In the south-eastern regions of Africa such elaboration is generally non-figurative and integrated into the form of the object. Spoons embody many complex … Continue reading Zulu Spoon

Kissi Figure

     BHK 0106-17 Pomdo Figure, Kissi, Guinea H: 15 cm (5,9″) Age: Ca. 15th-16th century. Soapstone “Pomdo” figure, with large head and characteristic bulging eyes and distended nostrils. Sculpture standing in an upright and elevated position with arms down the side. The “Pomdo” figures originate from previous inhabitants, are unearthed by the Kissi, worshiped as … Continue reading Kissi Figure

Baule Figure

        EBC 0113-1 – SOLD Standing Female Figure “blolo bla”, Baule, Ivory Coast Wood H: 27 cm (10,6”), W: 6,5 cm (2,6”) Age: Est. 70-90 years old. Provenance: Private Danish collector and bought from a well-known gallery in the 1950-60s. This beautiful shiny reddish brown patina with voluminous fine grooved coiffure, raised scarification marks, … Continue reading Baule Figure

Tellem Figures

       NIK 0106-24 – SOLD Tellem Figures, Dogon, Mali H: 25 cm (9,8″) Probably the most mysterious figures today are those of the Tellem. While the Dogon have never considered these ancestor figures, they do regard them as powerful things which the priest use with their own objects to make rain magic. The Dogon, who … Continue reading Tellem Figures

Koma Figure

       KSJK 0809-2 Koma Figure, Ghana H: 15 cm (5,9″) Teracotta Komaland figures like this have been dated to between approximately 500 and 1300 AD. Using computed tomography scanning techniques they may have had a medicinal function, used for liquid ritual offerings. Provenance: From a famous old Danish collection. Literature: Anquandah, James and Laurent van … Continue reading Koma Figure

Mossi Figure

       SNK 1212-3 – SOLD Mossi Female Figure, Burkina Faso H: 27 cm (10,6″), W: 3 cm (1,2″) Mossi fertility dolls like these, with abstract flattened faces, were given to newly circumcised girls. The swollen belly and breasts depict the accomplishment of motherhood. Handling the doll carefully brings fertility and survival of the newborn. The … Continue reading Mossi Figure

Baule Figure

        SNK 1212-7 Baule Female Figure, Ivory Coast Female figure with beads on neck and feet H: 26,5 cm (10,4″), W: 5,5 cm (2,2″) This elegantly carved female figure originates from the Baule people of Ivory Coast well known for the quality and detail of their carving. The Baule believe that spirits from the other … Continue reading Baule Figure

Senufo Figure

       SNK 1212-16 Senufo Female Figure, Ivory Coast H: 23 cm (9,1″), W: 6 cm (2,4″) This finely carved figure comes from the Senufo people. The shape and detailing of the body, shoulders, hairstyle, facial, and body markings identified this piece with earlier or “primitive” Senufo styles of sculpture.The Senufo were among the first tribal … Continue reading Senufo Figure

Senufo Figure

       SNK 1212-18 – SOLD Senufo Figure, Ivory Coast H: 21,5 cm (8,5″), W: 5 cm (2″), D: 5 cm (2″) This finely carved figure comes from the Senufo people. Senufo figures vary a great deal, but nevertheless can be identified by their heart-shaped faces, arrowshaped noses and crescent coiffures. Their height varies from 15 … Continue reading Senufo Figure

Chokwe Figure

        SNK 1212-20 Chokwe Female Figure, Angola H: 18 cm (7,1″), W: 6 cm (2,4″), D: 6 cm (2,4″) This finely carved female figure comes from the Chokwe. Figures from the Chokwe reflect a high aesthetic sensibility in the care that the sculptor gives to the complete figure. Chokwe figurative art includes a considerable … Continue reading Chokwe Figure

Ibeji Twin

       ROS 1102-1a Ibeji-tvilling (single), Yoruba, Nigeria Provenance: Private collection 1950s. The Yoruba, a people of around 2.5 million individuals, live mainly in the southwest of Nigeria and the south of Benin. The Yoruba are known for having an extraordinarily high rate of multiple births. The rate of twin births is one of the highest … Continue reading Ibeji Twin

Ibeji Twin

       ROS 1102-1b Ibeji-tvilling (single), Yoruba, Nigeria Provenance: Private collection 1950s. The Yoruba, a people of around 2.5 million individuals, live mainly in the southwest of Nigeria and the south of Benin. The Yoruba are known for having an extraordinarily high rate of multiple births. The rate of twin births is one of the highest … Continue reading Ibeji Twin

Ibeji Twin

       ROS 1102-4-2 Ibeji Twin(single), Yoruba, Nigeria Provenance: Private collection 1950s. The Yoruba, a people of around 2.5 million individuals, live mainly in the southwest of Nigeria and the south of Benin. The Yoruba are known for having an extraordinarily high rate of multiple births. The rate of twin births is one of the highest … Continue reading Ibeji Twin

Ibeji Pair

       ROS 1102-6a og 6b Ibeji Twins (Pair), Yoruba, Nigeria Provenance: Private collection 1950s. The Yoruba, a people of around 2.5 million individuals, live mainly in the southwest of Nigeria and the south of Benin. The Yoruba are known for having an extraordinarily high rate of multiple births. The rate of twin births is one … Continue reading Ibeji Pair

Ibeji Twin

       ROS 1102-7b Ibeji Twin (single), Yoruba, Nigeria Age: Est. 1950s. The Yoruba, a people of around 2.5 million individuals, live mainly in the southwest of Nigeria and the south of Benin. The Yoruba are known for having an extraordinarily high rate of multiple births. The rate of twin births is one of the highest … Continue reading Ibeji Twin

Dogon Lock

       SNK 1212-61 Dogon Door Lock, Mali H: 37 cm (14,6″), W: 9,5/30 cm (3,7″/11,8″), D: 4,5 cm (1,8″) Used to protect houses and granaries, Dogon door locks range from the abstract and symbolic representations of myths, ancestors and scenes of life. Placing an image of an ancestor on the door lock offered additional protection … Continue reading Dogon Lock

Shango Staff

       SNK 1212-35 Yoruba Shango Staff, Nigeria H: 36 cm (14,2″), W: 8 cm (3,1″), D: 3,5 cm (1,4″) The axe motif on the head of this figure symbolizes thunder and lightening. It is made by the Yoruba people in Nigeria. In the Yoruba culture, the thunder God, Shango, has a strong following. Cult members … Continue reading Shango Staff

Shango Staff

       SNK 1212-52 Yoruba Shango Staff, Nigeria H: 26 cm (10,2″), W: 6,5 cm (2,6″), D: 3,5 cm (1,4″) The axe motif on the head of this figure symbolizes thunder and lightening. It is made by the Yoruba people in Nigeria. In the Yoruba culture, the thunder God, Shango, has a strong following. Cult members … Continue reading Shango Staff

Dogon Lock

       SNK 1212-60 Dogon Door Lock, Mali H: 26, 5 cm (10,4″), W: 8/25 cm (3,1″/9,8″), D: 5,5 cm (2,2″) Used to protect houses and granaries, Dogon door locks range from the abstract and symbolic representations of myths, ancestors and scenes of life. Placing an image of an ancestor on the door lock offered additional … Continue reading Dogon Lock

Shango Staff

       SNK 1212-39 Yoruba Shango (Shonga) Staff, Nigeria H: 28 cm (11″), W: 10 cm (3,9″), D: 2,5 cm (1″) Staffs are carried and danced with by priestesses and priest in the Shango cult, dedicated to Shango, the Yoruba deity of thunder and lighting. The femalee devotee kneels in worship while balancing the axe on her … Continue reading Shango Staff

Kamba Spoon

       SNK 1212-36 Kamba (Kampa) spoon, Kenya H: 38 cm (15″), W: 5,5 cm (2,2″) Light brown wood This fine and well carved spoon is from the Kamba tribe, also called the Akamba, which is a Bantu ethnic group residing in the semi – arid Eastern Province of Kenya. Their homeland stretches east from Nairobi … Continue reading Kamba Spoon

Baule Comb

     NAK 0614-11 Baule Comb, Ivory Coast and Ghana H: 13,5 cm (5,3″), W: 8 cm (3,1″) This comb with five tines beneath the decorative ‘top’ with carved geometric, zigzag motif is an old well used Baule (Baoule) comb the carvings indicating the owners status. Often are these combs to elaborate distinctive coiffures to indicate … Continue reading Baule Comb

Yanda Figure

       AHJ 0705-3 Yanda Figure, Zande, Zaire Sculptures like these are made by the Zande people and represent ancestors connected to the mani association. The mani association celebrates the importance of women and uses statuette called yanda. These statues protect society members from the dangers of illness, hunting, evil spirits, etc. They venerate women in … Continue reading Yanda Figure

Yanda Figure

       AHJ 0805-1 Yanda Figure, Zande, Zaire H: 17,5 CM (9,9″) Sculptures like these are made by the Zande people and represent ancestors connected to the mani association. The mani association celebrates the importance of women and uses statuette called yanda. These statues protect society members from the dangers of illness, hunting, evil spirits, etc. … Continue reading Yanda Figure

Yanda Figure

       AHJ 0805-2 Yanda Figure, Zande, Zaire H: 23 cm (9,1″) Sculptures like these are made by the Zande people and represent ancestors connected to the mani association. The mani association celebrates the importance of women and uses statuette called yanda. These statues protect society members from the dangers of illness, hunting, evil spirits, etc. … Continue reading Yanda Figure

Namji/Dowayo

       HCK 1099-22b Namji/Dowayo, Cameroon H: 50 cm (9,7″), W: 17 cm (6,7″) The Dowayo/Namji people/tribe is famous for their wooden dolls. They are carved from solid hardwood by specialists. Most have a head that is small, tiny relative to the body. Some are carved with geometric features and adorned with cowry shells, coins, metal … Continue reading Namji/Dowayo

Luba Axe

       AHK 0602-18 Luba Ceremonial Adze, Zaïre (DR Congo) Dark patina hard wood, wrought iron H: 39 cm (15,4″), W: 24 cm (9,5”) (blade 17 cm (6,6”), D: 5 cm (2,3”) Age: Est. 45-60 years old. This beautiful Luba Adze with a wood handle terminating in a well-proportioned female figurine with typical Luba hairstyle and … Continue reading Luba Axe

Tellem Figure

       JEK 0799-3 Tellem Figure, Dogon, Mali H: 55 cm (21,6″) Age: Est. early to mid. 20th Century Standing Tellem anthropomorphic figure with raised arms. Probably the most mysterious figures today are those of the Tellem. While the Dogon have never considered these ancestor figures, they do regard them as powerful things which the priest use … Continue reading Tellem Figure

Sapo-Sapo

       MZK 0702-1 Sapo-Sapo (Nsapo) Staff with Seated Female, Zaïre, Congo H: 49 cm ( 19,3″) This Sapo-Sapo (Nsapo) Staff belongs to the Ngbandi. They rarely create anthropomorphic figures, but sometimes ones like this are used by magicians (wa kokoro) who neutralize witchcraft and by diviners (wa bendo) who try to determine the course of … Continue reading Sapo-Sapo

Bakota Figure

        CMK 0307-045 Bakota or Kota-Obamba ‘Mbulu ngulu’ Reliquary Guardian, Gabon H: 57 cm (22,4″), W: 30 cm (11,8″) Figures like these were mounted on containers holding relics of important clan ancestors, serving as guardians. Two-dimensional and sheathed in metal (brass or copper), the figures include projecting shapes around the face that refer to elaborate … Continue reading Bakota Figure

Lobi Figure

       HCK 0106-23 Lobi (Thila) Figure, Burkina Faso Wood H: 36 cm (14,2″), W: 21,5 cm (8,5″) Ever since the colonial occupation, the term “Lobi country” or even the “Lobi,” has been used to designate the geographic area occupied by these different populations. It is a misuse of language that continues to this day, even … Continue reading Lobi Figure

Boyo Figure

       EBC 0113-2 Boyo Figure, Congo Wood H: 31 cm (12,2″), W: 10 cm (3,9″) Boyo communities within the Democratic Republic of Congo are renowned for their series of majestic royal ancestral representations. This figure is said to memorialize Akessa, grandson of a chief who migrated north to the current location of the Boyo peoples. … Continue reading Boyo Figure

Senufo Figure

       EBK 0314-1 – SOLD Senufo Standing Male Figure on Stand, Ivory Coast H: 28 cm (11″) This is a marvelously carved male figure from the Senufo people ‘Poro Society’ in Ivory Coast in wood. It has black patina, schematized forms of body and face, carved with bracelets and necklace and a striking hat of … Continue reading Senufo Figure

Mbala Figure

        KSJ 0809-1 Mbala Figure, Congo Red coloured Wood H: 20 cm (7,9″) MBALA (BAMPEEN, BAMBALA, BABABALA, MBAL) in Zaïre (Democratic Republic of the Congo) belongs to the 60,000 Mbala people migrated from Angola during the 17th century. They settled in the Kwango-Kwilu region in the southwest of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The … Continue reading Mbala Figure

Yanda Figure

       AHJ 0705-02 Yanda Figure, Zande, Congo H: 20 cm (7,9″), W: 7 cm (2,8″) Sculptures like these are made by the Zande people and represent ancestors connected to the mani association. The mani association celebrates the importance of women and uses statuette called yanda. These statues protect society members from the dangers of illness, … Continue reading Yanda Figure

Yanda Figure

       AHJ 0805-3 – SOLD Yanda Figure, Zande, Zaire H: 23 cm (9,1″) Sculptures like these are made by the Zande people and represent ancestors connected to the mani association. The mani association celebrates the importance of women and uses statuette called yanda. These statues protect society members from the dangers of illness, hunting, evil … Continue reading Yanda Figure

Ashanti Figure

       SNK 1212-4 Ashanti Female Figure, Akan, Ghana H: 30 cm (11,8″), W: 7 cm (2,8″) This is an exceptionally beautiful and well-preserved Akan-Ashanti female figure with a shiny brown surface. Her straight and serious attitude with both hands placed on her stomach and the fine stylized loincloth testify a role in connection with her … Continue reading Ashanti Figure

Senufo Figure

       SNK 1212-17 – SOLD Senufo Male Figur, Ivory Coast/Burkina Faso H: 18,5 cm (7,3″), W: 7 cm (2,8″), D: 5,5 cm (2,2″) This extraordinary figure carved in black patina wood has schematized forms of body and face. It is carved with bracelets and necklace and a striking hat of Sudanic origin. The broad hat … Continue reading Senufo Figure

Blolo Bian Figure

        SNK 1212-6 Blolo Bian Male Figure with Coin Amulet ‘Queen Elisabeth I’, Baule, Ivory Coast  H: 34 cm (13,4″), W: 6 cm (2,4″) This elegantly carved male figure comes from the Baule people of Ivory Coast well known for the quality and detail of their carving. The Baule make two general types of carved figures: … Continue reading Blolo Bian Figure

Kamba Figure

       SNK 1212-54 Kamba Figure, Kenya H: 29 cm (11,4″), W: 7 cm (2,8″), D: 9 cm (3,5″) Woman with baby on back This beautifully carved mother figure is made by the Kamba people in Kenya also called Akamba. The Kamba are skilled craftsmen and make both practical tools and beautiful artwork. They are well-known … Continue reading Kamba Figure

Ibeji Twin

       ROS 1102-7a Ibeji Twin (single), Yoruba, Nigeria H: 22 cm (8,7″), W: 7,5 cm (3″) The Yoruba, a people of around 2.5 million individuals, live mainly in the southwest of Nigeria and the south of Benin. The Yoruba are known for having an extraordinarily high rate of multiple births. The rate of twin births … Continue reading Ibeji Twin

Ibeji Twin

       SNK 1212-10 – SOLD Ibeji Twin (single), Yoruba, Nigeria H: 27 cm (10,6″), W: 8 cm (3,1″) The Yoruba, a people of around 2.5 million individuals, live mainly in the southwest of Nigeria and the south of Benin. The Yoruba are known for having an extraordinarily high rate of multiple births. The rate of … Continue reading Ibeji Twin

Chamba Figure

       PKK 0911-1 Chamba Ancestral Figure, Cameroon, Nigeria H: 21 cm (8,3″), W: 7 cm (2,8″) Provenance: Private Danish collection – est. before mid-late 19th Century. First seen on auction in 1940s. The Chamba people live south of the Benue River, near the Jukun people. They are socially divided into small kingdoms, each headed by … Continue reading Chamba Figure

Baule Figure

       CBK 1107-1 – SOLD Baule Figure, Ivory Coast H: 49 cm (19,3″), W: 10 cm (3,9″) Provenance: Danish private collection The Baule are one of the Akan peoples. They moved west to the Ivory Coast more than 200 years ago and adopted sculptural and masking traditions from their neighbors, the Guro, Senufo and Yaure … Continue reading Baule Figure

Tellem Figure

       PUK 0805-03 Old Tellem Figure, Dogon, Mali H: 13,5 cm (5,3″) (incl. base) Densely eroded wood with gray tonality This small, fine, old Dogon Tellem represents a male standing figure and originates from the village Tireli built on rocky escarpment of Bandiagara in Mali. Dogon sculpture is intimately linked with spiritual beliefs related to … Continue reading Tellem Figure

Dogon Figure

       KSJK 0809-9 Dogon Figure, Mali H: 30 cm (11,8″) Brown patina, wood Dogon Standing Male Figure This statue represents a male standing figure. One notices the pride of the oval head with almond shaped eyes and with a arrow-shaped nose, long neck and U-shaped ears. The long and fine body, and the very ancient … Continue reading Dogon Figure

Dogon Figure

       KSJK 0809-7 Dogon Male Figure, Mali Hardwood H: 22 cm (8,7″) Age: Approximate mid 20th Century or earlier. Provenance: From a well-known private Danish collection. This is a standing Dogon male figure with narrow rectangular facial plane, closed eyes and remains of a beard causing a calm, nearly majestic expression. The symmetrical body … Continue reading Dogon Figure

Dan Spoon

       NIK 0106-08 Dan Spoon, Ivory Coast H: 54 cm (21,3″) W: 12 cm (4,7″) The Dan is famous for their beautiful sculpted large wooden spoons, a genre unknown in other style regions of Africa. The spoons are about 40 – 75 cm long, having one or rarely two parallel bowls, and a handle with … Continue reading Dan Spoon

Ibeji Twin

       SNK 1212-8 Ibeji Twin (single), Yoruba, Nigeria Patinated dark wood, cowrie shells and cord H: 23 cm (9,1″), W: 7,5 cm (3″) The Yoruba, a people of around 2.5 million individuals, live mainly in the southwest of Nigeria and the south of Benin. The Yoruba are known for having an extraordinarily high rate of multiple … Continue reading Ibeji Twin

Ibeji Twin

       SNK 1212-9 Ibeji twin (single), Yoruba, Nigeria H: 28,5 cm (11,2″), W: 8 cm (3,1″) Patinated wood and beads. The Yoruba, a people of around 2.5 million individuals, live mainly in the southwest of Nigeria and the south of Benin. The Yoruba are known for having an extraordinarily high rate of multiple births. The rate … Continue reading Ibeji Twin

Ibeji Twin

       SNK 1212-11 – SOLD Ibeji Twin (single), Yoruba, Nigeria Painted blue hair, wood, glass, ceramic beads and cowrie shells. H: 27 cm (10,6″), W: 8 cm (3,1″) The Yoruba, a people of around 2.5 million individuals, live mainly in the southwest of Nigeria and the south of Benin. The Yoruba are known for having an extraordinarily … Continue reading Ibeji Twin

Ibeji Pair

       SNK 1212-12 og SNK 1212-13 Ibeji Twin Pair, Yoruba, Nigeria H: 27 cm (10,6″), W: 6,5 cm (2,6″) The Yoruba, a people of around 2.5 million individuals, live mainly in the southwest of Nigeria and the south of Benin. The Yoruba are known for having an extraordinarily high rate of multiple births. The rate of twin … Continue reading Ibeji Pair

Sejen Bird

     SNK 1212-83 – SOLD Senufo “Sejen” Bird, Senufo, Ivory Coast H: 18 cm (7,1″), W: 46 cm (18,1″). This Senufo “Sejen” bird staff finial has been collected in the 1960th by a Danish collector and is authentic with significant signs of use and age. Single, double or triple birds were used in hoe competitions and … Continue reading Sejen Bird

Kuba Cup

       SNK 1212-55 -SOLD Kuba Palm Wine Cup, Kuba, Congo H: 15 cm (5,9″), W: 12 cm (4,7″), Ø: 9,5 cm (3,7″) This palm wine drinking cup is a perfect example of the masterful artistry of the Kuba woodcarvers. The sculptor has delicately balanced abstract and naturalistic forms. The art of the Kuba is one of the … Continue reading Kuba Cup

Teke Figure

       SNK 1212-5 – SOLD Teke (biteke) Fetish Figure, Congo H: 34 cm (13,4″), W: 4,5 cm (1,8″) Figures like these are meant to have apotropaic functions and they are carved for several reasons ranging from protection of women to assist a healer during a performance of divination in instances of illness or death. The hollow … Continue reading Teke Figure

Dagari Figure

       HCC 0106-14 Dagari, Male Figure “bangala”, Lobi, Burkina Faso Wood, encrusted greyish brown patina H: 50 cm (19,7″),  W:10 cm (3,9″) Age: Est. 60 – 70 years old. Provenance: From a private Dutch collection through a Brussel Art Dealer. Dagari figures like this one are among the most abstract and symbolic of Lobi Figures. … Continue reading Dagari Figure

Yoruba Figure

       SNK 1212-81 Yoruba Female Figure with Bowl and Baby on the Back, Yoruba, Nigeria H: 40,5 cm (15,9″), W: 17 cm (6,7″) Age: Early to mid 20th century. Such images of the female represent a manifestation of Yoruba ideals of beauty and the gods’ power to bequeath fertility. The carver has carefully executed the … Continue reading Yoruba Figure

Luba Figure

       VKK 1112-13 Luba Kneeling Bowl Bearer Divination, Zaïre (DR Congo) Wood H: 29 cm (11,4″), W: 13 cm (5,1″) Provenance: Private Danish collection. This Kneeling female figure holding a bowl comes from the Luba people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Elements that identify this figure with the Luba include characteristic carving structures … Continue reading Luba Figure

Dogon Door

   NIK 0602-51 – SOLD Granary Doors of the Dogon, Mali H: 165 cm (65″) W: 70 cm (27,6″), D: 13 cm (5,1″) Wood, shows traces of the weather This is a fine ancient Dogon door with extremely simple almost abstract sculptured decorations. The Dogon in Mali live along the Bandiagara escarpment a range of … Continue reading Dogon Door

Punu Bellows

       NAK 0106-19 Bellows, Punu, Gabon H: 67 cm (26,4″), W: 40 cm (15,7″) The forge bellows had considerable cultural importance, since it was both a tool of trade and a symbolic figurative sculpture. The sculpted head decorating the end of the bellows is in the Punu style, with the characteristic coiffure, a domed forehead ornamented with … Continue reading Punu Bellows

Baule Figure

        SNK 1212-23 – SOLD Baule Male Figure with Loincloth, Ivory Coast H: 55 cm (21,7″), W:12,5 cm (4,9″) This very fine old figure comes from the Baule people of Ivory Coast well known for the quality and detail of their carving. Traditional Baule figures in use were always clothed with real loincloths and never … Continue reading Baule Figure

Shango Figure

       SNK 1212-14 Shango Male Figure, Yoruba, Nigeria H: 41 cm (16,1″), W: 11,5 cm (4,5″) This multifaced figure is most likely an image of the thunder God, Shango, a legendary king whose reign is said to have come to an end because of misuse of his magical powers, which brought great storms down upon … Continue reading Shango Figure

Mossi Figure

       HCK 0609-2 – SOLD Nyonyosi or Nioiossi Stone Sculpture (Mossi Mother and Child Figure), Burkina Faso Carved in a Fossilized Termitary H: 57 cm (22,4″) W: 42 cm (16,5″) This impressive Nyonyosi or Nioiossi Stone Sculpture depicts a mother carrying her baby on the right arm. She stands straight and her lifted chin demonstrates … Continue reading Mossi Figure

Kusu Figure

       JLK 1007-7 Kusu Hermaphrodite Figure, DR Congo H: 34 cm (13,4″), W: 5 cm (2″) This imposing hermaphrodite figure with hands resting on the abdomen is a masterful example of Luba artistry. In the rendering of different parts of its composition it suggests stylistic influence from neighbouring Luba-related or Luba-ized groups who honored ancestral spirits … Continue reading Kusu Figure

Bakota Figure

       HCK 1112-1 Reliquary Figure, Bakota, Gabon. H:41 cm (16,1″), W: 22 cm (8,7″) Provenance: Private Belgian collection. This figure was mounted on a container holding relics of important clan ancestors, serving as guardian. Two-dimensional and sheathed in metal (brass or copper), the figure include projecting shapes around the face that refer to elaborate coiffure, and a diamond … Continue reading Bakota Figure

Mumuye Figure

        NIK 0602-2 Mumuye Figure, Nigeria H: 92 cm (36,2″), W: 17 cm (6,7″) The Mumuye in Nigeria are probably amalgam of seven originally separate peoples who retreated under pressure to the rocky hills south of the Benue River. The Mumuye figures tend to be elongated ranging in size from 20 to 160 cm. The legs … Continue reading Mumuye Figure

Mahongwe Figure

      CMK 1099-23 Mahongwe Figure (Ossyeba) Bakota, Gabon Reliquary Guard H: 44 cm (17,3″), W: 21 cm (8,3″) This figure was mounted on a container holding relics of important clan ancestors, serving as guardians. The Mahongwe are a subgroup of the BaKota, who, like the nearby Fang, also make reliquary guardians dedicated to Bwitti, the spirit … Continue reading Mahongwe Figure

Bétise Figure

     NAK 0106-16 Bétise figure, Lobi, Burkina Faso H: 26 cm (10,2″) Age: Early 20th century Provenance: Gallery in Paris 1996 Lobi figures are primarily cult art created for individual, family or village use. They are placed on or next to alters in houses or sanctuaries. Some types of Lobi carvings represent protection against evil, others … Continue reading Bétise Figure

Lobi Figure

     HCC 1207-25 Lobi Maternity Figure, Burkina Faso H: 45 cm (17,7″), W: 21 cm (8,3″) This outstanding and beautifully-rendered sculpture is a very rare variant of a bateba thil figure from the Lobi group. Lobi Bateba figures are believed to be able to act in behalf of their owner, they are considered a living being … Continue reading Lobi Figure

Metoko Figure

       HCK 0808-4 Mituku (Metoko) Figure, Zaïre (D.R. Congo) H: 32 cm (12,6″), W: 8 cm (3,1″) This standing statue is adorned with croissants and linear patterns are arranged vertically. The shapes are typical to figures similar to figures from the Lega tribe. The Lega also claim historic ties with Metoko , formerly known as Baleka … Continue reading Metoko Figure

Dan Spoon

       HCK 0106-6 – SOLD Anthropomorphic Dan Spoon (“Wunkirle Feast Ladle”), Ivory Coast H: 68 cm (26,8″), W: 15,5 cm (6,1″) This superbly rendered spoon shows signs of great age with its patina, dark brown and layered blackened surface and rounded forms. This level of sophistication as a work of great abstract sculpture is rare in … Continue reading Dan Spoon

Mumuye Figure

       HCC 1207-4 Mumuye Figure, Nigeria/Cameroon H: 96 cm (37,8″), W 15 cm (5,9″) Provenance: Private collection.  Collected more than 30 years ago. The Mumuye in Nigeria are probably amalgam of seven originally separate peoples who retreated under pressure to the rocky hills south of the Benue River. The Mumuye figures tend to be elongated ranging … Continue reading Mumuye Figure

Baule Figures

       TMK 0710-4 – SOLD Baule Ancestor Couple Figures from Tagana, Ivory Cost H:38 cm (15″), W: 6,5 cm (2,6″) H:34 cm (13,4″), W: 5 cm (2″) Golden brown wood This charming ancestor couple originates from the collection of the lord mayor of Tagana near Yamoussoukro in Central Ivory Coast and is collected in situ in the … Continue reading Baule Figures

Chamba Figure

       TMK 0710-1 Chamba Figure, Nigeria H: 37,5 cm (14,8″), W: 10 cm (3,9″) Wood, brownish patina Chamba Ancestral Figure Chamba figures are rare, and this exceptional Chamba figure in particular with high hairstyle and a cubistic face. Its arms and hands are simple and descend from stylized shoulders. The surface is exceptionally smooth. The Chamba … Continue reading Chamba Figure

Mumuye Figure

        TMK 0710-3 Mumuye Figure, Nigeria H: 47,5 cm (18,7″), W: 10,5 cm (4,1″). Provenance: French collection. The Mumuye in Nigeria are probably amalgam of seven originally separate peoples who retreated under pressure to the rocky hills south of the Benue River. The Mumuye figures tend to be elongated ranging in size from 20 to 160 … Continue reading Mumuye Figure

Mangbetu Figure

        HCC 0613-2 Medje Mangbetu Male Figure, Democratic Republic of Congo. Wood, honey brown, slightly shining patina, black paint H: 32 cm (12,6″), W: 9 cm ( 3,5″) A perfect standing male figure in a classic Medie Mangbetu style of sculpture with beautiful chignon and body decorated with typical Medie Mangbetu markings. The lines on the … Continue reading Mangbetu Figure

Zande Figure

       HCK 0613-3 Zande Figure, Democratic Republic of Congo. H: 25 cm (9,8″), W: 9 cm (3,5″) Provenance: Dutch collection Sculptures like these are made by the Zande people and represent ancestors connected to the mani association. The mani association celebrates the importance of women and uses statuette called yanda. These statues protect society members … Continue reading Zande Figure

Senufo Figure

     HCK 0613-2 -SOLD Senufo Equestrian Figure, Ivory Coast H: 23 cm (9″),  W: 20 cm (7,9″). As emblems of professional success acquired by diviners at the height of their careers, equestrian figures such as this one are synonymous with spiritual efficacy. Referred to as “lord of the horse” (syonfolo), this image of martial strength … Continue reading Senufo Figure

Bwa Flute

     HCK 0612-7 – SOLD Bwa, Musical Instrument, Flute, Bwa, Burkina Faso. Wood H: 37 cm (14,6″), W: 13,5 cm (5,3″) In Burkina Faso, flutes from the Mossi, Lobi and Bwa people are played to accompany blazons and drums during ceremonies and mask performances. They can be played singly or in groups. A flute plays a … Continue reading Bwa Flute

Mambila Figure

        HCK 1113-3a – SOLD Mambila Tadep Figure, Cameroon/Nigeria, Africa H:50 cm (19,7″), W: 15 cm (5,9″) The Mambila are famous for the originality of their sculpture, especially the so-called tadep figures, characterized by a heart-shaped face. They are thought to embody ancestors who are responsible for the clan’s wealth. The tadep figures were used in healing rites and to deter … Continue reading Mambila Figure

Zande Figure

       HCK 1011-01 – SOLD Zande (also called Azande), Male Figure, DR Congo Materials: Wood, seashell eyes, read pigment. H: 30 cm (11,8″) Small statuettes like this expressive one are used by the Mani secret society, which helps to balance out the power of the ruling family among the Zande people in DR Congo. Though … Continue reading Zande Figure

Lega Judge

     HCK 0610-6 SOLD  Lega Judge, Iginga Katanda, DR Congo, Africa H: 38 cm (15″),  W: 11 cm (4,3″) This standing figure with his right arm raised is a figure used for trial. When the conviction is handed down, then this figure is shown as a symbol of ‘the judge has spoken’. Masks and figures from … Continue reading Lega Judge

Bakota

       HCK 1113-7 Bakota, Gabon H: 56 cm (22″), W: 29 cm (11,4″) This rare figure elegantly made in wood and brass was mounted on a container holding relics of important clan ancestors, serving as guardian. Statues like this were also meant to confer protection, fertility, prosperity and would have been displayed during dance ceremonies … Continue reading Bakota