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Fétich à clous

PEC 0104-1 Kongo-Yombe ‘nkisi n’kondi’ Nail Power Figure, Dem. Repub. of the Congo. Kongo’s sacred sculpture called ‘nkisi’ (plurl. minkisi) is an unusual indigenous specimen among the most powerful and refined of all Sub-Saharan art forms. Mkisi rank among the iconic genres of African art and belongs to the most ambitious class of this tradition attributed to the studio by … Continue reading Fétich à clous

Baoulé

ACK 0619-3  Baoulé Maternity figurine, Côte d’Ivoire A magnificent and very beautiful, blue colored maternity figurine of the ‘asie usu or blolo bla’ type is of the Baoulé tribe which are part of an Akan people established in the Centre of Ivory Coast, in West Africa. This beautiful shiny blueish patina with voluminous fine grooved … Continue reading Baoulé

Dogon Couple

JLK 1007-17 Dogon “Nommo” Pair, Mali This beautifully balanced ‘Nommo sculpture’ of a harmonious couple. Carved from hardwood in the strict, clear, angular and abstract ‘bombou-toro style’. With round ears, almost arrow-shaped, long noses, slit eyes, wide-mouthed lips, slightly bent knees. The man gently holds his left arm behind the woman’s back and the hand … Continue reading Dogon Couple

Guragé Headrest

BRK 1119-3  Appui-nuque Guragé Sebatbét Headrest, Ethiopia This fine and rare Ethiopian Headrest originates from the Guragé tribe that lives in a semi-mountainous region in southwest Ethiopia, about 125 kilometers southwest of Addis Ababa, bordering the Awash River in the north, the Gibe River (a tributary of the Omo River) to the southwest, and Lake Zway in the east. For Ethiopian … Continue reading Guragé Headrest

Lega Spoon

ANK 1219-3  Lega ’Kalukili’ Ivory Spoon, Dem. Rep. Congo. This antique, elegant and almost gracefully crafted spoon is carved from elephant (loxodonta africana) ivory and evokes the stylized “Kalukili” character. It has a beautiful patina and it shows signs of age, wear, and natural abrasion. This striking ivory spoon, supported by a finely crafted handle … Continue reading Lega Spoon

Body Mask

LUK 1103-21 Makonde Female ‘Ndimu’ Body Mask, Tanzania. This original and authentic body mask originates from the Makonde people of southern Tanzania (then German East Africa) and shows a female body mask, called ‘Ndimu’, which depicts a young, pregnant woman. The dancer uses it to represent a woman’s painful childbirth. The present ‘Ndimu’ body mask … Continue reading Body Mask

Body Mask

MZK 9702-AA Makonde Female ‘Ndimu’ Body Mask, Tanzania. This original and authentic body mask originates from the Makonde people of southern Tanzania and shows a female body mask, called ‘Ndimu’, which depicts a young, pregnant woman. The dancer uses it to represent a woman’s painful childbirth. The present ‘Ndimu’ body mask is carved in dark … Continue reading Body Mask

Adan Fetish

CWK 0219-14B Adan Aklama Ewe Fetishes Figure, Ghana This anthromorphic sculpture is Ewe/Dangme alter fetish voodoo related from Southern part of Ghana, but according of the last owner collected in the North of Ghana close to the Lobi-Wala, Wa region, similar like the PramPram, influenced by the Moba, the migration of ethnic groups, which are well … Continue reading Adan Fetish

Adan Fetish

CWK 0219-14D Adan Aklama Ewe Fetishes Figure, Ghana This anthromorphic sculpture is Ewe/Dangme alter fetish voodoo related from Southern part of Ghana, but according of the last owner collected in the North of Ghana close to the Lobi-Wala, Wa region, similar like the PramPram, influenced by the Moba, the migration of ethnic groups, which are well … Continue reading Adan Fetish

Adan Fetish

CWK 0219-14C Adan Aklama Ewe Fetishes Figure, Ghana This anthromorphic sculpture is Ewe/Dangme alter fetish voodoo related from Southern part of Ghana, but according of the last owner collected in the North of Ghana close to the Lobi-Wala, Wa region, similar like the PramPram, influenced by the Moba, the migration of ethnic groups, which are well … Continue reading Adan Fetish

Adan Fetish

CWK 0219-14A Adan Aklama Ewe Fetishes Figure, Ghana This anthromorphic sculpture is Ewe/Dangme alter fetish voodoo related from Southern part of Ghana, but according of the last owner collected in the North of Ghana close to the Lobi-Wala, Wa region, similar like the PramPram, influenced by the Moba, the migration of ethnic groups, which are well … Continue reading Adan Fetish

Dogon Bronze

HCK 1217-1 Dogon Bronze Pair, Mali This 19th Century, beautiful Dogon-wedding couple is made of bronze and cast in the extremely time-consuming lost wax process*). The Dogon have a highly sophisticated artisan tradition of art and is primarily mirror-images, aproned figures, and standing sculpture. Dogon art revolves around religious values, ideals, and freedoms. Dogon sculptures … Continue reading Dogon Bronze

Sleeping Beauty

HCK 0518-1 “Sleeping Beauty” Headrest, Tanzania In 2012 the Fowler Museum at UCLA hosted the exhibition Sleeping Beauties: Headrests from many parts of central, western, and southern Africa. Headrests carved by their owners while others were exquisitely crafted by professional carvers. These headrests often supported elaborate coiffures that were far too complex and time consuming … Continue reading Sleeping Beauty

São Bronze

ANK 0517-100  São bronze male figure, Chad This charming bronze male figure derives from the almost forgotten São culture. With his small cap on the head, a thoughtful expression with both hands supporting the cheeks and furious big feet, this little male figure radiates with charm. The figure was found by archaeologists in a funerary … Continue reading São Bronze

São Bronze

ANK 0517-99  São bronze male figure, Chad (Tchad). This little, charming, bronze, male figure is from the almost forgotten Sâo culture.     It was found by archaeologists in a funerary urn together with the deceased’s personal property. During the 20th century, archaeologists found several thousand urns in an area near the Chari River, or Shari River, … Continue reading São Bronze

Ivory Sculpture

NAK 0619-2  Chokwe Ivory Sculpture of a Tshibinda Ilunga, Southwestern Congo/Angola/Zambia This remarkable ivory sculpture designed as a flute and worn as a pendant was made in Angola by the Chokwe group and is in exceptionally good condition. It is a standing male figure with powerful tattoo over abdomen, a very highly patinated surface and … Continue reading Ivory Sculpture

Ivory Mask

NAK 0619-3 Anthropomorphic Ivory Amulet Mask “Ikoko”, Pende, Dem. Rep. of Congo. This fine, old ‘Ikoko’ ivory pendant figure has a beautiful yellowish patina due to age. Stylistically it is cut as a ‘Mbuya’ chief’s mask with traditional hairstyle with three jags, closed eyes with hanging eyelids, ornamented headband and with holes for suspension. Among … Continue reading Ivory Mask

Chief’s Bracelet

JLC 0518-4 Akan Gold-plated Chief’s Bracelet, Ghana Gold was an integral component of Asante art and belief. Considered an earthly counterpart to the sun, it was the physical manifestation of life’s vital force, or “soul” (kra), and was incorporated into the ruler’s regalia to represent his purity and vigor. Length: 23 cm Weight: 80 grams

Igbo Mask

HCK 1204-25 Igbo, Agbogho mmwo helmet mask, Nigeria This exceptional mask has been used by the male Mmwo secret society, agbogho mmwo. Helmet masks (also called agbogho monnwu or ikorodo meaning ‘maiden spirit mask’) are used during annual ‘fame of maidens’ ceremonies to honour ancestors and the ideal characteristics of young women. Found in Northern Igboland (around the cities of … Continue reading Igbo Mask

Igbo Figure

HMC 0818-8   Ibo (Igbo) female ‘Alusi’ figure, Nigeria This fine and characteristic female shrine figure or ‘divine’ being named ‘Alusi’, is carved in the classic ‘round’ style of the Ibo. The figure bears a typical coiffure as well as characteristic scarification marks on her chest and abdomen around the accentuated navel. There are still fine … Continue reading Igbo Figure

Djenne Bronze

NAK 0617-2 Djenne Bronze Anthropomorphic Sculpture of a Seated Woman, Mali The Djenne culture has produced some of the most remarkable and unique pieces of sculpture ever found from this period, and this lady is no exception. Crafted out of beautifully well-molded bronze, she sits before us calmly and peacefully, almost majestic. However, traditionally, she … Continue reading Djenne Bronze

Lega Hunting

CWK 0319-1   Bwami, Lega Hunting Fetish Figure, Dem. Rep. Congo This fine antique multi-headed and multi-faced figure with four times three-faces occurs very infrequently amongst the Lega in eastern Congo. These statues have special meaning as they belong to a ‘hunting charm’ that the priests of the Lega community and its ‘Bwami’ league carried out. … Continue reading Lega Hunting

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

Ancestral figure

ASK 0601-1 Ancestral, protective figure, ‘Yendu tchitcheri’, Moba, Togo The Moba people, who live in northern Togo on the border of Burkina Faso, are known for their highly abstract, human figures. Among the Moba this small iron figure is called ‘Yendu tchitcheri’. There are three varieties of these types of ancestral, protective figures. According to … Continue reading Ancestral figure

Sao figure

ANK 0517-103 – SOLD Sao Equestrian, bronze figure, Chad This is an extremely rare and special equestrian figure which originates from the almost forgotten Sao culture. It was excavated in Chad by archaeologists who found it in a funerary urn along with fine personal ornaments. During the 20th Century, archaeologists found several thousands of urns … Continue reading Sao 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

Kotoko

HCK 0117-1 – SOLD Kotoko ‘Putchu Guinadji’ Warrior/Equestrian, Chad (Cameroon) This is a relatively ‘slim’ Kotoko rider in full armour on his horse with a dagger in his right hand is a carefully executed ‘Putchu Guinadji’. Modeled casting with elegant curves, tapering legs, and highly detailed tack, bridles, and saddle. Small and therefore portable, these … Continue reading Kotoko

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

Kple Kple mask

NAK 0117-13 – SOLD Kple Kple mask, Baule Tribe, Ivory Coast. This very fine Kple Kple mask of the Baule Tribe derived from Kondeyaokro village in Côte d’Ivoire. It is one of the most popular and distinguishable designs of African masks in the African masking tradition. It is both greatly appreciated by Western art enthusiasts … Continue reading Kple Kple mask

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

Kotoko

  HCK 1116-5  Warrior/Horseman (Putchu Guinadji), Chad (Cameroon) Dimensions: H:5 (2”), L:4 (1,6”), W:1,2 (0,5”) Weight: 65g. Media: Copper/brass/bronze/alloy This Putchu Guinadji equestrian warrior was used as a talisman against madness and witchcraft by the Kotoko people in Cameroon and Chad. These cast equestrian figures, excavated in Chad, was cast by the Kotoko, descendants of the … Continue reading Kotoko

Kotoko

    HCK 1116-4 Kotoko Warrior/Horseman (Putchu Guinadji), Chad (Cameroon) Media: Copper/brass/bronze alloy. Dimensions: H: 5 cm (2”), L: 4 cm (1,6”), W: 1,2 cm (0,5”), Weight 65 gram. This Putchu Guinadji equestrian warrior was used as a talisman against madness and witchcraft by the Kotoko people in Cameroon and Chad. These cast equestrian figures, excavated in … Continue reading Kotoko

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

Janus mask

HCK 0416-4 Janus helmet mask from Ukelle group, Ejagham peoples, Nigeria-Cameroon Dimensions: H: 30 cm (47 cm incl. stand), Ø: 26 cm This unusual stylish and classically shaped Ukelle helmet mask is unique in its detailed carvings. Similar masks often miss these details and are instead covered by antelope skins. This mask is from the Ejagham … Continue reading Janus mask

Teke Mask

       GSK 0216-1 – SOLD Teke Mask, Zaïre (D.R. Congo) Wood, decorated with colored kaolin Ø: 34 cm (13,4”) This is a fine, old and unusually well-preserved mask from the Teke or Kidumu people and it derives from the upper Ogowe region. Many years of use has made its mark in terms of wear and … Continue reading Teke Mask

Kotoko

     NAK 1015-16 Kotoko Warrior/Horseman (Putchu Guinadji), Chad (Cameroon) Copper/brass/bronze alloy. Dimensions: H: 4,5 cm (1,8”), L: 5,3 cm (2,1”), W: 1,7 cm (0,7”), Weight 52 gram This Putchu Guinadji equestrian warrior was used as a talisman against madness and witchcraft by the Kotoko people in Cameroon and Chad. These cast equestrian figures, excavated in … Continue reading Kotoko

Kotoko

     NAK 1015-15 SOLD Kotoko Warrior/Horseman (Putchu Guinadji), Chad (Cameroon) Copper/brass/bronze alloy. Dimensions: H: 3 cm (1,2”), L: 6 cm (2,4”), W: 1,6 cm (0,6”), Weight 50 gram This Putchu Guinadji equestrian warrior was used as a talisman against madness and witchcraft by the Kotoko people in Cameroon and Chad. These cast equestrian figures, excavated … Continue reading Kotoko

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

Kotoko

   NAK 1015-18 Kotoko Warrior/Horseman (Putchu Guinadji), Chad (Cameroon) Copper/brass/bronze alloy. Dimensions: H: 3 cm (1,2”), L: 4.8 cm (1,9”), W: 1,5 cm (0,6”), Weight 50 gram This Putchu Guinadji equestrian warrior was used as a talisman against madness and witchcraft by the Kotoko people in Cameroon and Chad. These cast equestrian figures, excavated in … Continue reading Kotoko

Bete Mask

       HCK 1015-5 Bete Mask, Ivory Coast Dark brown patinated wood H: 32/44 cm (12,6”/17,3”), W: 19 cm (7,5”) This is a fantastic Gre masks from the Bete people in Africa’s Ivory Coast. It shows all the mystery and subtlety that characterizes Bete masks. The well-balanced form and a fine old patina that shows sign … Continue reading Bete Mask

Mende Mask

       HCK 1015-04 Mende “Bundu” or “Sowei” helmet mask, Sande society, Sierra Leone and Liberia Old black and patinated wood H: 37 cm (14,6”), Ø: 22 cm (8,7”) This mask presents an ideal of feminine beauty admired by the Mende: elaborate hairstyle, full forehead and small facial features. The gleaming surface signifies healthy, glowing skin. … Continue reading Mende Mask

Dan-Guere Mask

       HCK 1015-06 Dan-Guere (also Ngere, Kran or Wè), Ivory Coast, Liberia Dark old black patinated wood H: 28/44 cm (11″/17,3″), W: 16 cm (6,3″) This is an interesting, extremely angular, old ‘cubistic’ chimpanzee mask, called ‘kaogle’ or ‘kagle’. It was used with large costumes during important feasts of the Dan-Guere (also Wè or Dan-Kran) … Continue reading Dan-Guere Mask

Lega Mask

       HCK 1015-02 Lega Dance Mask with Handle, Zaïre (Democratic Republic Congo) H: 17,5 cm (6,9″), W: 13,5 cm (5,3″) Wood, with a thick layer of kaolin This is a very rare and unusual Lega dance mask (idimu) with a handle on the back of the mask. The friendly smiling expression indicates that it is … Continue reading Lega Mask

ART DE L’AFRIQUE…

       LCC 0813-4 ART DE L’AFRIQUE NOIRE AU PAYS DU FLEUVE ZAÏRE Author: Joseph Cornet Photos: Willy Kerr Preface by: J.D. Mobutu, Lieutenant-Général, President de la Republique du Congo Publisher: ARCADE, Bruxelles MCMLXXII (1972) H: 6,5 cm (2,6″), B: 25 cm (9,8″), L: 30 cm (11,8″)

Asger Jorn

HMK 1015-1 – SOLD Asger Jorn Untitled from 8 Lithographs, 1945 One from a portfolio of eight lithographs This lithograph is included in the collection of MoMA Click here for more information on MoMA’s website

Asger Jorn

HMK 1015-2 – SOLD Asger Jorn Untitled from 8 Lithographs, 1945 One from a portfolio of eight lithographs This lithograph is included in the collection of MoMA Click here for more information on MoMA’s website

Asger Jorn

HMK 1015-3 – SOLD Asger Jorn Untitled from 8 Lithographs, 1945 One from a portfolio of eight lithographs This lithograph is included in the collection of MoMA Click here for more information on MoMA’s website

Asger Jorn

HMK 1015-4 – SOLD Asger Jorn Untitled from 8 Lithographs, 1945 One from a portfolio of eight lithographs This lithograph is included in the collection of MoMA Click here for more information on MoMA’s website

Asger Jorn

HMK 1015-5 – SOLD Asger Jorn Untitled from 8 Lithographs, 1945 One from a portfolio of eight lithographs This lithograph is included in the collection of MoMA Click here for more information on MoMA’s website

Asger Jorn

HMK 1015-6 – SOLD Asger Jorn Untitled from 8 Lithographs, 1945 One from a portfolio of eight lithographs This lithograph is included in the collection of MoMA Click here for more information on MoMA’s website

Asger Jorn

HMK 1015-7 – SOLD Asger Jorn Untitled from 8 Lithographs, 1945 One from a portfolio of eight lithographs This lithograph is included in the collection of MoMA Click here for more information on MoMA’s website

Asger Jorn

HMK 1015-8 – SOLD Asger Jorn Untitled from 8 Lithographs, 1945 One from a portfolio of eight lithographs This lithograph is included in the collection of MoMA Click here for more information on MoMA’s website

Kafiristan Figure

       KOK 0215-7 Kafiristan Memorial Figure, Kafiristan (now part of Afghanistan). This is a very rare and interesting memorial figure from Kafiristan, a place surrounded by mystery, which not many people know about. It became an independent country in 1896 named after the word ‘kafir’, which means ‘the unbelievers’ – one who does not believe … Continue reading Kafiristan Figure

Kafiristan Figure

       KOK 0215-6 Kafiristan Memorial Figure, Kafiristan (now part of Afghanistan). This is a very rare and interesting memorial figure from Kafiristan, a place surrounded by mystery, which not many people know about. It became an independent country in 1896 named after the word ‘kafir’, which means ‘the unbelievers’ – one who does not believe … Continue reading Kafiristan Figure

Kafiristan Figure

       KOK 0215-5 Kafiristan Memorial Figure, Kafiristan (now part of Afghanistan). This is a very rare and interesting memorial figure from Kafiristan, a place surrounded by mystery, which not many people know about. It became an independent country in 1896 named after the word ‘kafir’, which means ‘the unbelievers’ – one who does not believe … Continue reading Kafiristan Figure

Madagascar

     PKC 0915-1 Madagascar Textile L: 370 cm (146″), W: 60 cm (24″) Textiles woven from raffia fibers were produced by Sakalava women along the east coast of Madagascar. Rougher fabrics were created for utilitarian purposes, the largest serving as mosquito netting, while finer weaves were reserved for clothing. Both men and women used a … Continue reading Madagascar

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

Punu Mask

       PKK 0515-1 Punu Mask ”mukudji” Mask, Gabon H: 29,5 cm (11,6″) An exceptional beautiful and charming mask. It has a friendly expression with its whitened face with pierced slit eyes, unturned mouth, a black horizontal band in relief across the cheeks and nose, blackened brows and band of scarification to the forehead and tall … Continue reading Punu Mask

Nok Head

       EJC 0615-01 Nok Terracotta Head, Jos Plateau region of Nigeria Terracotta head mounted on pedestal H. 22 cm (8,7″)/32 cm (12,6″), W: 16 cm (6,3″), Weight: 2,45 kg This unusually well protected head was probably attached to a full figure like most Nok Antiques. Now only the head remains, as it was discovered in … Continue reading Nok Head

Urhobo Mask

       EJC 0615-02 – SOLD Urhobo Mask, Nigeria H: 26 cm (10,2″)/ 31 cm (12,2″), W: 12,5 cm (4,9″) This extraordinary mask is sculpted in wood, and it has a fine old patina on the face that makes it looks like a stone sculpture, with traces of polychromy (white on the closed eyes and the … Continue reading Urhobo Mask

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

Chi Wara

       GSK 0515-3 Chi Wara with Baby Headdress, Bambara, Mali H: 120 cm (47,2″) Bambara carvers have established a reputation for the zoomorphic headdresses worn by Tji-Wara society members. Although they are all different, they often incorporating a zig-zag motif, which represents the sun’s course from east to west, and a head with two large … Continue reading Chi Wara

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

Makonde Mask

       HCK 0615-1 SOLD Small Horned Makonde (Midimu) Mask, Tanzania Painted wood H: 29 cm (11,4″), W: 16 cm (6,3″) This fine small midimu (spirit) mask from Makonde, Tanzania appeared at the end of circumcision rites, when the young boys and girls returned from the bush camps. The masquerades fulfilled ritual as well as educational … Continue reading Makonde Mask

Mossi Whistle

       HCK 0615-4 Mossi Whistle, Burkina Faso Metal H: 42 cm (16,5″), W: 10 cm (3,9″) Mossi Whistles normally only produce three or four notes and are used by musical groups and by hunters for signaling. This whistle is made of black metal, it has finger holes in each “elbow” and has a shape that … Continue reading Mossi Whistle

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

Bwa Mask

     CAK 0199-5 Bwa Plank Mask, Burkina Faso H: 200 cm (79″), W: 31 cm (12,2″) Painted wood This tall engraved and painted headdress called Bwa Plank Mask was used by the Do society at dances to promote fertility of the fields and at funerals of Do members. The geometric designs all have meanings. The … Continue reading Bwa Mask

Nyamwezi Figure

       Nyamwezi Stick Figure, Tanzania – SOLD H: 190 cm (75”), W: 17,5 cm (6,9”) Bronze Nyamwezi carvers are famous for their “stick” figures carved from a dark hard wood. They tend to be very thin of stature and have elongated features with the face divided into two planes and most times, eyes inset with … Continue reading Nyamwezi Figure

Lega Mask

       BBK 0310-3 Lega Mask, DR Congo H: 32 cm (12,6″), W: 15 cm (5,9″) A fine flat oval facial plane, almond-shaped protruding eyes divided by profiled nose, high curved brows with incisions. Lega masks are used as “bwami” initiation objects. There are five different types: “lukwakongo”, “kayamba”, “idimu”, “muminia”, and “lukungu”. They serve as … Continue reading Lega Mask

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

Mbangu Mask

       CMK 0307-05 Mbangu Mask, Central Pende, Bandundu, Zaïre (Congo) H: 26 cm (10,2″) W: 14 cm (5,5″) Wood, reed/white pigments A fine old sickness Pende mask. Although his face shows signs of nerve paralysis, features characteristic of the Katundu style in the Pende are still apparent. This mask comes from the Central Pende region … Continue reading Mbangu Mask

Afikpo Mask

       NNNK 0150-01 Afikpo Face Mask, Igbo, Nigeria H: 39 cm (15,4″), W: 20 cm (7,9″) Click here for more information about the Igbo people

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

Chi Wara

       NAK 0106-4 Chi Wara, Bambana, Mali H: 30 cm (11,8″), W: 11,5 cm (4,5″) Bamana Chi Wara from Mali, represent and honour the mythological half man / half antelope hero who taught man how to cultivate the soil. They were danced in pairs and celebrate the union of male (sun), female (earth) and fibre … Continue reading Chi Wara

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

Kpelivee Mask

       CAK 1197-268 Senufo ’kpelivee’ Mask, Ivory Coast H: 34 cm (13,4″), W: 18 cm (7,1″) Dark brown patinated wood This face mask would have been worn during elaborate funeral ceremonies. Called ‘kpeliyee’, anthropomorphic masks such as this one were used to coerce the spirit of the deceased to leave his home. The narrow nose … Continue reading Kpelivee Mask

Warka Mask

       CRK-L 0115-2 Warka (Marka) Mask, Mali H: 27 cm (10,6″), W: 17 cm (6,7″) Wood, red fabric and brass fittings. This is one of the finest examples of Marka masks made in wood and covered by red cloth with brass fittings and a strong and sculptural expression. The Warka people are also known as … Continue reading Warka Mask

Guro Mask

       HLK 0415-1 Guro “Kweni “ Mask, Ivory Coast H: 50 cm (19″) W: 20 cm (7,3“) Painted Wood This beautifully carved and painted Guro mask represents the spirit of Gu, the wife of Zamble; a supernatural being. Gu is often depicted as elegant, graceful, serene and beautiful. An important characteristic in Guro art is … Continue reading Guro Mask

Chi Wara

       LRK 1010-1 Chi Wara Headdress, Bambara, Mali This is a simple, robust and almost ‘modern’ variation of a male Chi Wara. To the Bamana people, farming is the most important and noblest profession. At times of sowing, men of the Chi Wara association of farmers dance with headdresses like these in the fields to … Continue reading Chi Wara

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

Bura Head

       CAK 9901-59A Bura Head, Siera Leone H: 14,5 cm (5,7″), W: 7,5 cm (3″) Little is known of the Bura civilization (ca. 3rd – 11th centuries), first discovered in 1975, excavations began in 1983. Most of the archaeological sites are in what is now Sierra Leone. Most of the objects dug up are terracotta … Continue reading Bura Head

Bura Head

       CAK 9901-59B Bura Head, Sierra Leone H: 18 cm (7,1″), W: 5,5 cm (2,2″) Little is known of the Bura civilization (ca. 3rd – 11th centuries), first discovered in 1975, excavations began in 1983. Most of the archaeological sites are in what is now Sierra Leone. Most of the objects dug up are terracotta … Continue reading Bura Head

Yoruba Pipe

       SNK 1212-59 Antique Yoruba Snake Skin Ritualistic Pipe, Nigeria Metal, wood and snake skin. L: 55 cm (21,7″) Provenance: Private Danish collection. It was either acquired directly from Lau (Laurence) Sunde’s collection in Copenhagen, which dates back to the 1940s, or Lau (Laurence) Sunde was an adviser to the collector. Sunde had a “Etnografica” … Continue reading Yoruba Pipe

Asante Stool

     Asante Stool, Ghana H: 30 cm (11,8″), W: 46 cm (18,1″) Stools indicate status, power and succession of chiefs and kings. Carved from single blocks, Asante (or Ashanti) stools traditionally have crescent-shaped seats, flat bases and complex support structures, which exist in many designs with symbolic meaning. Most had specific names and designated users. … Continue reading Asante Stool

Berber Necklace

CRK 1113-2 Moroccan Berber Amber Necklace, Atlas Mountains, Marocco 50 beads – 700 gram Vintage item from the 1950s Jewelry is important to the whole Berber family. It is the husband who buys the jewelry for his wife, and it serves as a social emblem identifying prestige and class. In times of financial trouble, the … Continue reading Berber Necklace

Berber Necklace

CRK 1113-1 Moroccan Berber Amber Necklace, Atlas Mountains, Marocco 33 beads– 725 gram Vintage item from the 1950s Jewelry is important to the whole Berber family. It is the husband who buys the jewelry for his wife, and it serves as a social emblem identifying prestige and class. In times of financial trouble, the husband … Continue reading Berber Necklace

Berber Necklace

CRK 1113-3 – SOLD Antique Berber Necklace, Atlas Mountains, Morocco 43 beads – 1.300 gram Vintage item from the 1950s This beautiful Berber amber necklage bears clear traces of frequent use. The careful and well executed shaped repairs give the right authentic touch. Jewelry is important to the whole Berber family. It is the husband … Continue reading Berber Necklace

Chi Wara

       NIK 0106-14b Chi Wara, Bambara, Mali H: 40 cm (15,7″), W: 59 cm (23,2″) This Chiwara Kun dance-crest is of unusual form, the classical antelope body presenting a second head with human features appearing from the middle of the throat, yet complementing and indeed balancing the composition as a whole. Native restorations in leather … Continue reading Chi Wara

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

Benin Plaque

       CMK 0406-02 Bronze Plaque, Benin, Nigeria H: 35 cm (13,8″), W: 29 cm (11,4″) This extraordinary bronze plaque of the Benin kingdom in what is now Nigeria exhibit tree worriers in a virtuosity and sophistication of style that has astonished the Western world since they were visited in the 15th Century. Their work was … Continue reading Benin Plaque

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

Ituri Mask

       HCK 1207-8 Ituri Mask with raffia, Congo H: 33 cm (13″), W: 19,5 cm (7,7″) Etori also called Ituri or Uituri is the name of a rainforest in DR Congo. The area is inhabited by many ethnic groups, that each make masks in different styles. In the northern part of the rainforest masks are … Continue reading Ituri Mask

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

Kafiristan Figure

       KOK 0215-4 Kafiristan Memorial Figure, Kafiristan (now part of Afghanistan). This is a very rare and interesting memorial figure from Kafiristan, a place surrounded by mystery, which not many people know about. It became an independent country in 1896 named after the word ‘kafir’, which means ‘the unbelievers’ – one who does not believe … Continue reading Kafiristan Figure

Kafiristan Figure

       KOK 0215-3 – SOLD Kafiristan Memorial Figure, Afghanistan H: 124 cm (49″) Kafiristan is situated in the northeast corner of Afghanistan on the southern slope of the Hindu Kush Mountains, and bounded on the south by the Kabul River. Provenance: Collected in situ in the 1950s and sold to a Danish private collector

Kafiristan Figure

       KOK 0215-2 – SOLD Kafiristan Memorial Figure, Afghanistan H: 161 cm (63″) Kafiristan is situated in the northeast corner of Afghanistan on the southern slope of the Hindu Kush Mountains, and bounded on the south by the Kabul River. Provenance: Collected in situ in the 1950s and sold to a Danish private collector

Kafiristan Figure

       KOK 0215-1 Kafiristan Memorial Figure, Kafiristan (now part of Afghanistan). This is a very rare and interesting memorial figure from Kafiristan, a place surrounded by mystery, which not many people know about. It became an independent country in 1896 named after the word ‘kafir’, which means ‘the unbelievers’ – one who does not believe … Continue reading Kafiristan Figure

Kafiristan Figure

       SNK 1212-64 Kafiristan Memorial Figure, Kafiristan (now part of Afghanistan). This is a very rare and interesting memorial figure from Kafiristan, a place surrounded by mystery, which not many people know about. It became an independent country in 1896 named after the word ‘kafir’, which means ‘the unbelievers’ – one who does not believe … Continue reading Kafiristan Figure

Kafiristan Figure

       SNK 1212-63 Kafiristan Memorial Figure, Kafiristan (now part of Afghanistan). This is a very rare and interesting memorial figure from Kafiristan, a place surrounded by mystery, which not many people know about. It became an independent country in 1896 named after the word ‘kafir’, which means ‘the unbelievers’ – one who does not believe … Continue reading Kafiristan Figure

Kafiristan Figure

       SNK 1212-24 Kafiristan Memorial Figure, Kafiristan (now part of Afghanistan). This is a very rare and interesting memorial figure from Kafiristan, a place surrounded by mystery, which not many people know about. It became an independent country in 1896 named after the word ‘kafir’, which means ‘the unbelievers’ – one who does not believe … Continue reading Kafiristan 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

Corneille

   GIK 1014-2 – SOLD Corneille (Guillaume Cornelis van Beverloo) Chat jaune Terragraphy on metal H: 55 cm (21,7″)x 68 cm (26,8″) ED: 34/199

Corneille

   CRK 0215-1 – SOLD Corneille (Guillaume Cornelis van Beverloo) Chat géométrique rouge et vert Terragraphy on metal H: 56 cm (22″), W: 71 cm (28″), D: 0,2 cm (0,1″) ED: 80/199

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

Ijo Headdress

       HEK 0107-5 SOLD Water Spirit Headdress, Ijo, Yoruba, Nigeria Wood, polychrome painting H: 92 cm (36,2″), L: 125 cm (49,2″), W: 23 cm (9,1″) It is rare to experience such an imaginative head adornment like this Ijo (Ijaw) Water Spirit Headdress. The whole setup with mirror, birds, marine and a horse rider shows the … Continue reading Ijo Headdress

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

Ijo Headdress

       JLK 1007-11 Ijo (Ijaw)Fetish Headdress, Nigeria Wood, Kaolin H: 36 cm (14,2”), W: 17 cm (6,7”) This fetish-like object is an assemblage of wood objects painted with kaolin. A fetish is a statue or object with magical power, like an amulet, talisman or good luck charm. Common to many tribes was the belief that … Continue reading Ijo Headdress

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

Tetela Mask

       HCC – SOLD Tetela Mask, Zaïre (DR Congo) H: 54 cm (21,3″) + raffia This rare Tetela mask is an exceptionally beautiful and well-preserved piece of mask art from the Batetela tribe in Zaïre (D.R. Congo). The Batetela live in the region between Lusambo and the Upper Congo River, in the provinces of Sankuru … Continue reading Tetela Mask

Kifwebe Mask

       HCK 0805-09 Kifwebe Mask, Songye, Congo H: 73 cm (28,7″), W: 22 cm (8,7″) This extraordinary, almost abstract, male Kifwebe mask with cockscomb is painted with different shades of brown pigment paint. A square, protruding pout is typical for the masks of the Songye tribe. These are very powerful masks, the most powerful for this particular … Continue reading Kifwebe Mask

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

Asante Kuduo

       NAK 0607-3 Asante Brass Container, Kuduo, Ghana H: 30 cm (11,8″), W: 16 cm (6,3″) Kuduo were used in many ways by the Asante and Akan peoples. They held gold dust, cowrie shells, and other valuables; but could also be found in important political and ritual contexts. Some kuduo were buried with their owners, … Continue reading Asante Kuduo

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

Lega Mask

       NAK – SOLD  Lega Passport Mask, Congo H: 16 cm (6,3″), W: 7 cm (2,8″) The Lega passport mask with face painted in white is used by the Lega people living near the northern end of Lake Tanganyika on the banks of the Lualaba River in the DR Congo. They are also known as … Continue reading Lega Mask

Lega Mask

       NAK 0607-8c – SOLD Lega Passport Mask, Congo H: 14,5 cm (5,7″), W: 9 cm (3,5″) The Lega passport mask with face painted in white is used by the Lega people living near the northern end of Lake Tanganyika on the banks of the Lualaba River in the DR Congo. They are also known … Continue reading Lega Mask

Chi Wara

       CIK 0608-1 Chi Wara, Bambara, Mali H: 35 cm (13,8″) Bamana Chi Wara (Ci Wara, Tyi Wara) from Mali, represent and honor the mythological half man / half antelope hero who taught man how to cultivate the soil. They were danced in pairs and celebrate the union of male (sun), female (earth) and fibre … Continue reading Chi Wara

Ituri Mask

       HCK 0607-3 Ituri Mask, Congo H: 37 cm (14,6″), W: 17 cm (6,7″) Etori also called Ituri or Uituri is the name of a rainforest in DR Congo. The area is inhabited by many ethnic groups, that each make masks in different styles. In the northern part of the rainforest masks are made in … Continue reading Ituri Mask

Lega Mask

       SNK1212-28 Lega “Idimu” Mask, Congo H: 25 cm (9,5”), W: 18 cm (7”) Wood, white kaolin Mask like this called ’idimu’ are used in several different ceremonies related to the initiation into the the five progressive levels of the Bwami Society. In the kanyamwa ritual, two women dressed in bark cloth and seated behind … Continue reading Lega Mask

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

Dogon Equestrian

       NAK 1114-1 – SOLD Dogon Equestrian Figure, Mali Bronze H: 12,5 cm (4,9″), L: 10,5 cm (4,1″), W: 3,5 cm (1,4″) Weight: 300 g This cast equestrian figure expresses status, prestige and power. It would bring honor to the ancestors, the current leadership and the owner of the sculpture. Although rare, horsemen as icon … Continue reading Dogon Equestrian

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

Kple Kple Mask

       NAK 0613-13 – SOLD Baule, Goli/Kple Kple Mask, Ivory Coast, Africa H: 51 cm (20,1″), W: 27 cm (10,6″) This is a very nicely carved mask, called kple kple, a specific type of mask from the Baule people. Common features of the kple kple disc shaped facemasks include antelope shaped horns, round eyes, rectangular … Continue reading Kple Kple Mask

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 car