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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

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 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

Dinka

   HCK 1114-2 Dinka Headrest, Sudan H: 17,5 cm (6,9″), L: 20 cm (7,9″), W: 14 cm (5,5″) Headrests are used as pillows to help someone to have good sleep. They also used as a comfort to help protect ceremonial coiffure. In some occasions headrests are used as stool. As a personal object, the headrest … Continue reading Dinka

Hunde Mask

       HCK 1114-1 Hunde Mask, DR Congo H: 35 cm (13,8″), W: 15 cm (5,9″) The Hunde are a small tribe established in the east part of the Condo, just above the Lake Kivu. The capital of ther region is Maisi. The are very close to the Lega, the Kanu and the Havu.

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

Body Mask

       LUK 702-10 – SOLD Pregnant Woman Mask, Makonde, Tanzania H: 61 cm (24″), W: 31 cm (12,2″) Age: Very old This special body mask, carved from wood with breasts and swollen stomach and adorned with Makonde scarification bars which are symbols of tribal pride and beauty. The body mask along with a matching female … Continue reading Body Mask

Lega Mask

       LCK 702-13 Lega (Bwami) Mask, DR Congo Wood, white pigments H: 17,5 cm (6,9″), W: 14 cm (5,5″) Lega mask (lukwakongo or idimu) like this one are used as initiation objects in the Bwami society. The Lega masks are divided into five types according to material, size, and form: lukwakongo, kayam-ba, idimu, muminia, and … Continue reading Lega Mask

Fang Mask

       NAK 1011-3 Fang Mask, Gabon H: 52 cm (29,5″), W: 18 cm (7,1″) A vast majority of the Fang tribe, inhabit the equatorial rain forest in Gabon. A Fang mask is worn by spiritual leaders during rituals, to drive away evil spirits, or as symbols depicting wealth and prosperity. The Fang people used masks … Continue reading Fang Mask

Dogon Casket

       SCK 0704-5 Turtle Casket, Dogon, Mali This fine, small bronze container, which is shaped like a turtle has been used by a distinguished lady to contain her make up. The scent of perfume is still in the container. Dogon art is extremely versatile, although common stylistic characteristics – such as a tendency towards stylization … Continue reading Dogon Casket

Helmet Mask

       CRK 0115-10 Senufo Deguele Helmet Mask, Senufo, Ivory Coast Wood, ritual patination with blue markings H: 38 cm (15), W: 22 cm (8,7″) This is a very fine Senufo Deguele helmet mask of hollowed domed shape perforated around the edges for attachments and it has a raised curved top with two finely shaped ears … Continue reading Helmet Mask

Zande Ceramic

       HCK 1113-1 Zande/Mangbetu Ceramic, Congo. H: 50 (19,7″), Ø: 36 (14,2″) This clay vessel decorated with a female bust comes from the Azande/Zande people or the Mangbetu who lived in the Northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo in the region of savanna and forest. Pots like this were either made for daily use for … Continue reading Zande Ceramic

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

Benin Plaque

     SOLD Plaque, Benin Bronze H: 18 cm (7,1″), W: 13 cm (5,1″), D: 3,5 cm (1,4″) The plaques were mounted on the walls of the Oba’s Palace and record the history of the Benin kingdom. Most depict the king or warrior chiefs

Pendant

       AKK 0610-1 Benin Court Official Edo Pendant, Nigeria Copper alloy H: 15 cm (5,9”), W: 6 cm (2,4”) This pendant or ornament were worn by Benin court officials, who have worn a variety of brass ornaments as part of their elaborate regalia for ceremonial occasions. The ornament portrays a person as a royal Edo … Continue reading Pendant

Bronze Head

       CMK 0406-8 Benin Bronze Oba Head, South Central Nigeria King/queen H: 52 cm (20,5″), W: 15 cm (5,9″) Bronze (kobber legering) This exceptional bronze royal head from Ife (Ile-Ife) acted as effective symbolic expressions of a concept central to Benin life: man’s activities on earth are subject to ancestral will. The living king, or … Continue reading Bronze Head

Bronze Head

        CMK 0503-3 Benin Bronze Oba Head, South Central Nigeria H: 47 cm (18,5″), W: 18 cm (7,1″) Bronze (copper alloy) This exceptional bronze royal head from Ife (Ile-Ife) acted as effective symbolic expressions of a concept central to Benin life: man’s activities on earth are subject to ancestral will. The living king, or Oba, … Continue reading Bronze Head

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

Songye Ceramic

     HCC 0805-12 – SOLD Songye Ceramic Container, Congo H: 18 cm (7,1″) Writing in 1905 and 1906, the German ethnographer Leo Frobenius praised Songye pottery, attributing to it a “plainly astonishing beauty and a copious but measurable abundance of forms.” Indeed Frobenius recorded over two hundred different types of Songye pots, many of which … Continue reading Songye Ceramic

Songye Ceramic

     HCC 0805-11 Songye Ceramic Container, Congo H: 25 cm (9,8″) Writing in 1905 and 1906, the German ethnographer Leo Frobenius praised Songye pottery, attributing to it a “plainly astonishing beauty and a copious but measurable abundance of forms.” Indeed Frobenius recorded over two hundred different types of Songye pots, many of which were variations … Continue reading Songye Ceramic

Hairpin

       CMK 0797- SOLD Kwere or Zaramo Figural Hairpin, Tanzania Bronze figure mounted on acrylic base H: 22 cm (8,7″), weight: 200 g This Kwere or Zaramo Figural Hairpin is from the central and northern coastal region in Tanzania. Refined skill and care has gone into the carving of this unusually elegant, elongated abstract female … Continue reading Hairpin

Onile Figures

       NAK 0613-7 Kneeling pair of Onile Figures of “Ogboni society”, Yoruba, Nigeria H: 13,5 cm (5,3″) & 15 cm (5,9″) Lead alloy, encrusted patina. A male and a female figure, the arms angled, with both hands showing the “ogboni gesture” (= both fists on top of each other in front of the breast), wide … Continue reading Onile Figures

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

Shilluk

     RNK 0614 – SOLD Shilluk headrest, Sudan Headrests are used as pillows to help someone to have good sleep. They also used as a comfort to help protect ceremonial coiffure. In some occasions headrests are used as stool. As a personal object, the headrest has become part of the individual. Usually, when the person … Continue reading Shilluk

Dan/Geh Mask

       SNK 1212-27 Dan/Geh Mask, Liberia H: 30 cm (11,8″), W: 14 cm (5,5″) This stylized mask with abstract geometric features may come from the Dan/Geh of Liberia. Among the Geh, similar masks are used as agents of social control and may play the role of judges, gods or protectors of young initiates in Poro … Continue reading Dan/Geh Mask

Lega Mask

       HCK 0612-8 Lega Mask, Congo H: 12 cm (4,7″), W: 8,5 cm (3,3″) Provenance: Private Belgian collection. This small, bearded lukwakongo mask is from the insignia of the Bwami subgroup yananio, the last grade before reaching the pinnacle in the association. Representing the ideal Lega man, it is not only an object of transformation … Continue reading Lega Mask

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

Mangbetu Vessel

       HCC 0805-5 Mangbetu Figurative Vessel, Zaïre (D. R. Congo) This fine, round, dark gray vessel depicts a caricature of a Mangbetu woman. The Mangbetu or Monbuttu lives in the Orientale Province in the north-eastern corner of what was once the Belgium Congo, formerly Zaire – currently the Democratic Republic of the Congo – DRC. … Continue reading Mangbetu Vessel

Bronze Bracelet

     MCK 1099-1 Bronze Bracelet, Cameroon H: 23 cm (9,1″), W: 11 cm (4,3″) Copper-alloy (bronze or brass) Though often identified as a currency type a bracelet such as this also served as a prestige object available in most instances to elites within Bamun society of Cameroon. It is an extraordinary example of the skill … Continue reading Bronze Bracelet

Dan Mask

       EBK 0314-2 Dan Mask, Ivory Coast H: 22 cm (8,7″), W: 13,5 cm (5,3″) A fine Dan Mask with circular eyes, arched brows and a pierced mouth with prominent lips. The mask is encircled by three grooved borders and the edge of the mask is pierced for attachment of costume. It has a fine … Continue reading Dan Mask

Guro Mask

       EBK 0314-3 Guro “Kweni“ Mask, Ivory Coast H: 37 cm (14,6″), W: 13 cm ( 5,1 “) This beautifully carved and brown polished Guro mask represents the spirit of Gu, the wife of Zamble a supernatural being. Gu is often depicted as elegant, graceful, serene and beautiful. Important characteristics found in Guro art are; … Continue reading Guro Mask

Bronze Warrior

        AMK 0597-9 – SOLD Bronze Warrior, Benin, Nigeria H: 28,5 cm (11,2″), W: 13 cm (5,1″) Bronze molded by the lost vax method This fine Benin Bronze Warrior is guarding the king, or Oba who has reigned, with his ancestors, from the 15th century. Styles have changed over the years. Although similar to … Continue reading Bronze Warrior

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

Corneille

HMC 0816-16 Corneille (Guillaume Cornelis van Beverloo) Menora and the Peace Dove,  2008 Aqua gravure 59 cm (23,2″) x 41 cm (16,1″) ED: 93/120 The original painting is on the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, and is a commissioned work by the Israeli government in 2006.

Corneille

HMC 0816-16 Corneille (Guillaume Cornelis van Beverloo) Menora og fredsduen,  2008 Aqua gravure 59 cm (23,2″) x 41 cm (16,1″) ED: 93/120

Asger Jorn

HMC 0214-6 Asger Jorn Untitled, 1944 Colour lithography ED: E.A. (approved by the artist) 63,5 cm (25″) x 78,5 cm (30,9″) This lithograph is included in the collection of MoMA Click here for more information on MoMA’s website

Headrest

   CAK 299-57 Headrest, Nuer Nyangatom, Kenya/Ethiopia Headrests (or neckrests) are used by many nomadic people in Eastern Africa while resting or sleeping. It is popularly believed that the headrest serves a protective function by elevating the head off the ground (and sleeping mat) during sleep, thereby preventing any possible attack by snakes or insects. … Continue reading Headrest

Jinka

   CAK 299-57 Jinka, Ethiopia H: 16 cm (6,3″) Ethiopian headrests come in various forms. They are ranged from the simple to elaborately carved artifact. They have abstract shapes, nice lines, and are sometime decorated with sophisticated geometric patterns. Their styles are similar to these found among the other nomadic people of Uganda, Tanzania and … Continue reading Jinka

Headrest

   CRK 0115-7 Headrest, Ethiopia L: 21 cm (8,3″), H: 17 cm (6,7″), W: 11 cm (4,3″) Ethiopian headrests come in various forms. They are ranged from the simple to elaborately carved artifact. They have abstract shapes, nice lines, and are sometime decorated with sophisticated geometric patterns. Their styles are similar to these found among … Continue reading Headrest

Kambatta

   AMP 0697 Headrest, Kambatta, Ethiopia This piece is beautifully engraved Kambatta Headrest with geometric engravings caved from one piece of wood, beautiful patina from age and much use. Headrests are used by many nomadic people of Eastern Africa while resting or sleeping. It is popularly believed that the headrest serves a protective function by … Continue reading Kambatta

Dinka

   HCK 0608-6 Headrest/Stool, Dinka, Sudan H: 21 cm (8,3″), W: 40 cm (15,7″) Headrests are used as pillows to help someone to have good sleep. They also used as a comfort to help protect ceremonial coiffure. In some occasions headrests are used as stool. As a personal object, the headrest has become part of … Continue reading Dinka

Oromo

   HCK 0612-10 Headrest, Oromo, Ethiopia H: 15 cm (5,9″), W: 15,5 cm (6,1″) Provenance: Private Belgian collection Ethiopian headrests come in various forms. They are ranged from the simple to elaborately carved artifact. They have abstract shapes, nice lines, and are sometime decorated with sophisticated geometric patterns. Their styles are similar to these found … Continue reading Oromo

Dinka

   HCK 0613-1 – SOLD Appuie-nuque Dinka, Sudan H: 16 cm (6,3″), W: 19 cm (7,5″) Headrests are used as pillows to help someone to have good sleep. They also used as a comfort to help protect ceremonial coiffure. In some occasions headrests are used as stool. As a personal object, the headrest has become … Continue reading Dinka

Gurage

   JCK 0612-1 Headrest, Gurage (Sebatbet), Ethiopia H:19 cm (7,5″), W: 17 cm (6,7″) Provenance: Belgian collection. Ethiopian headrests come in various forms. They are ranged from the simple to elaborately carved artifact. They have abstract shapes, nice lines, and are sometime decorated with sophisticated geometric patterns. Their styles are similar to these found among … Continue reading Gurage

Samburu

     LCK 0604-1a Samburu, Kenya Headrests are used as pillows to help someone to have good sleep. They also used as a comfort to help protect ceremonial coiffure. In some occasions headrests are used as stool. As a personal object, the headrest has become part of the individual. Usually, when the person died, he is … Continue reading Samburu

Turkana

   7970 Headrest, Turkana, Kenya Headrests are used as pillows to help someone to have good sleep. They also used as a comfort to help protect ceremonial coiffure. In some occasions headrests are used as stool. As a personal object, the headrest has become part of the individual. Usually, when the person died, he is … Continue reading Turkana

Turkana

   LCK 0604-2a Turkana, Kenya Headrests are used as pillows to help someone to have good sleep. They also used as a comfort to help protect ceremonial coiffure. In some occasions headrests are used as stool. As a personal object, the headrest has become part of the individual. Usually, when the person died, he is … Continue reading Turkana

Turkana

   LCK 0604-2c Turkana, Kenya Headrests are used as pillows to help someone to have good sleep. They also used as a comfort to help protect ceremonial coiffure. In some occasions headrests are used as stool. As a personal object, the headrest has become part of the individual. Usually, when the person died, he is … Continue reading Turkana

Dogon

     LCK 0702-10b SOLD Double Headed Zoomorphic Headrest, Dogon, Mali A Dogon headrest supported by a carved animal head in each end. The center has three strong feet resting on an oblong base. This headrest is carved in a hard wood and is in good condition. Dogon art is not a single fixed style as … Continue reading Dogon

Boni

   LCK 0702-16b Headrest, Boni, Somalia Men in East Africa use headrests both as pillows and as indicators of status. This type of man’s headrest is used by the Boni of northeastern Kenya and southern Somalia and by Somali nomads. Men’s headrests generally feature a smaller base that makes them somewhat unstable to sleep on, … Continue reading Boni

Samburu

     LCK 0702-17a Headrest, Samburu, Kenya Headrests are used as pillows to help someone to have good sleep. They also used as a comfort to help protect ceremonial coiffure. In some occasions headrests are used as stool. As a personal object, the headrest has become part of the individual. Usually, when the person died, he … Continue reading Samburu

Ngoni

   CRK 0115-4 Headrest/Stool, Ngoni, South Africa H: 12 cm (4,7″), W: 7 cm (2,8″), L: 17 cm (6,7″) This ‘two-legged’ stool/headrest is from the Nguni tribe and is typical for a headrest/stool belonging to a man / woman who shepherd cattle. It is made in a form so that it is hard to keep … Continue reading Ngoni

Headrest

   PUK 1105-3 – SOLD Headrest/Printing Device, New Guinea, Ramu. H: 11 cm (4,3″), W: 15 cm (5,9″) Age: Before 1977. Provenance: Swedish collection This is a fine figurative headrest comes from the area around the Ramu River in the northern part of New Guinea inhabited by a creative ethnic group with a rich artistic … Continue reading Headrest

Sword

     SNK 1212-77 Congo Parade Sword with Decorated Handle, Angola/Congo L: 53 cm (20,9″), W: 3,5 cm (1,4″) This short Congo Parade Sword is most probably from Yombe (Bayombe, Majombe, Mayombe, Majumba, Yumbe), Angola/Congo. It has a carved wooden handle and a shaped iron blade. Swords like this were used in ceremonial contexts as well … Continue reading Sword

Turkana

     CRK 0115-2 Turkana Headrest with leather handle, Ethiopia H: 15 cm (5,9″), W: 9 cm (3,5″), L: 20,5 cm (8,1″) This Turkana Headrest with leather handle is from the Turkana tribe and is typical for a headrest/stool belonging to a man who shepherd cattle. It is made in a form so that it is … Continue reading Turkana

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

Yoruba Bronze

       EBC 0113-3 – SOLD Yoruba Bronze Staff Handle, Ogboni Society, Nigeria Bronze H: 23/25 cm (9,1″/9,8″), Weight: 820 gram This very beautiful Yoruba bronze staff handle is mounted on an iron base. It has a beautifully arranged hairstyle, huge angled eyes and the protruding lips have a three dimensional quality. It is indeed beautiful … Continue reading Yoruba Bronze

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

Heart Daggert

        HCC 1204-15 Heart Daggert, Saka (Kuba), Congo H: 41 cm (16,1″) Old/antique African knife from the Saka tribe in Congo. It has a beautiful blade in typical design without deep pittings. The handle has a beautiful patina from traces of use. The blade has been cleaned a little to remove rust. The handle … Continue reading Heart Daggert

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

Dogon Figure

       NAK 0105-04 – SOLD Kneeling Bronze Hogon Figure, Dogon, Mali H: 13,5 cm (5,3″) This kneeling figure with its head tilted, which emanates thoughtfulness, may represent an ancestor and a Hogon and was placed on a family altar or kept in the shrine of the village priest. There they would make offerings to infuse … Continue reading Dogon 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

Container

        LCK – SOLD Kwere Medicine Container, Tanzania H. 19 cm (7,5″) Colored and polished calabash Objects like this one were used to hold medicine. They were traditionally used by the traditional healer to contain either liquids or powders that were used during healing ceremonies. Calabashes and antelope horns are frequently used as containers … Continue reading Container

Container

       LCK Makonde or Zigua Medicine Container, Tanzania H. 15 cm (5,9″) Colored and polished Calabash Objects like this one were used to hold medicine. They were traditionally used by the traditional healer to contain either liquids or powders that were used during healing ceremonies. Calabashes and antelope horns are frequently used as containers for … Continue reading Container

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

Dinka

   HCK 1112-4 – SOLD Dinka, Sudan H: 17 cm (6,7″), W: 40 cm (15,7″) Provenance: Private Belgian collection. Headrests are used as pillows to help someone to have good sleep. They also used as a comfort to help protect ceremonial coiffure. In some occasions headrests are used as stool. As a personal object, the … Continue reading Dinka

Dinka

   HCK 1112-3 Dinka, Sudan H: 20 cm (7,9″), W: 47 cm (18,5″) Provenance: Private Belgian collection. Headrests are used as pillows to help someone to have good sleep. They also used as a comfort to help protect ceremonial coiffure. In some occasions headrests are used as stool. As a personal object, the headrest has … Continue reading Dinka

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

Ibo Mask

       SNK 1212-46 – SOLD Ibo Ceremonial Mask with Janus Face Mask/head crest, Ibo/Igbo tribe, Nigeria H: 53 cm (20,9″), W: 13,5 cm (5,3″), D: 15 cm (5,9″) Two sided mask Janus image occur throughout Africa. They allude to the ability of masks to see hidden truths in this world and into the world beyond. … Continue reading Ibo Mask

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

Chokwe Axe

     SNK 1212-71 Chokwe War Axe Club, Zambia/Zaïre L: 49 cm (19,3″), W: 24 cm (9,4″) Dark brown, hard wood and engraved steel ax blade This is a good example of an African 19th Century Chokwe War Axe Club. With hardwood shaft and head and incised iron axe blade and supplementary blade to reverse of … Continue reading Chokwe Axe

Senufo Mask

     SNK 1212-68 Senufo Spitfire Mask, Ivory Coast/Liberia H: 30 (11,8″),, L: 55 cm (21,7″) Age: Est. 1960 This animal shaped helmet mask is carved by the Senufo, an agricultural people, who live throughout Mali and Ivory Coast. The Senufo use masks like this to frighten away treathening forces. The Senufo place a very high … Continue reading Senufo Mask

Chokwe Axe

     SNK 1212-69 Chokwe Axe, Angola/Congo L: 48 cm (18,9″), W: 23 cm (9,1″) Chokwe axes are deeply rooted in symbolism, status and power. They are held as an insignia and command respect. Some were ‘court art’ object owned by chiefs – headman and nobles. Others were used for hunting. Chokwe from Angola sculptors were … Continue reading Chokwe Axe

Chokwe Axe

     SNK 1212-70 Chokwe Axe, Angola/Congo L: 51 cm (20,1″), W: 18,5 cm (7,3″) Chokwe axes are deeply rooted in symbolism, status and power. They are held as an insignia and command respect. Some were ‘court art’ object owned by chiefs – headman and nobles. Others were used for hunting. Chokwe from Angola sculptors were … Continue reading Chokwe Axe

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

Mbuya Mask

       SNK 1212-44 Female Face Mask, “mbuya”, Pende Mask, DR Congo (Zaïre) H: 25 cm (9,8″), W: 24 cm (9,4″), D: 15 cm (5,9″) Pende masks are among the most dramatic works of all African art. The Pende are especially well known for their masks that were originally used for circumcision ceremonies but later became … Continue reading Mbuya Mask

Bini Mask

       SNK 1212-26 Bini Mask, Nigeria H: 26,5 cm (10,4″), W: 17 cm (6,7″), D: 9,5 cm (3,7″) Bini or Ibibio people live near Benin city in Nigeria. Many art objects of the Bini people are similar to pieces from the Yoruba or Benin people. However the Bini masks are of a very autonomous shape. … Continue reading Bini Mask

Bini Mask

       SNK 1212-30 Bini Mask with a Jockey Cap, Nigeria H: 27,5 cm (10.8″), W: 15 cm (5,9″), D: 13 cm (5,1″) Bini or Ibibio people live near Benin city in Nigeria. Many art objects of the Bini people are similar to pieces from the Yoruba or Benin people. However the Bini masks are of … Continue reading Bini Mask

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

Ivory Comb

     NAK 0614-7 Ivory Comb, Baule, Ivory Coast Elephant ivory Made of African elephant (Loxodonta africana) tusk. H: 4,2 cm (1,6”), W: 4,6 cm (1,8”) This is a well used Baule (Baoule) comb. Probably a ‘child comb’. The Baule reside in both Ghana and Ivory Coast. Click here for more information about the Baule people

Lega Mask

     NAK 0614-5 – SOLD Lega Lukungu Ivory Mask, Zaïre (D.R. of Congo) Ivory H: 8,5 cm (3,4”), W: 4 cm (1,6”) Age: Ca. 20th Century AD Provenance: Brussel gallery ex private Belgian collection This Lega mask is known as lukungu lwa tata, which literally means ‘skull of my father.’ Lukungu are carved from elephant … Continue reading Lega Mask

Lega Mask

     NAK 0614-4 – SOLD Lega Lukungu Ivory Mask, Zaïre (D.R. of Congo) Ivory H: 8,5 cm (3,4”), W: 5,3 cm (2,1”) Age: Ca. 20th Century AD Provenance: Brussel gallery ex private Belgian collection This Lega mask is known as lukungu lwa tata, which literally means ‘skull of my father.’ Lukungu are carved from elephant … Continue reading Lega Mask

Buckle

NAK 1011-5 Antique Horse Harness Buckle, Nigeria, Benin H: 11 cm (4,3″), W: 8,5 cm (3,3″) This bronze horse buckle has most likely belonged to a royal person (Oba). The extraordinary bronzes of the Benin kingdom, in what is now Nigeria, exhibit a virtuosity and sophistication of style that has astonished the Western world since … Continue reading Buckle

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