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Vintage tribal Punu mask with double lobed coif and pierced eyes. Mid to late 20th century in original condition. Wonderful patina, never waxed. There is a fine line crack on the left side of the face that does not go through. Wear consistent with age. Measures 10 inches high, 6 inches across and 5 inches deep. Carved from a single piece of wood.
Vintage African Tribal Teke Kiduma Congo mask, mid 20th century. Original matte dry hand painted patina. Wear consistent with age. Measures 13 inches in diameter. This mask is a discoid board mask: the wearer of the mask held it between the teeth with a braided ribbon.
Vintage authentic African tribal Songye shield mid 20th century. Original red, white and blue paint. Integral handle on the back, some minor losses, and one old age crack. Measures 14 inches high, 9 inches wide and 3.5 inches deep. Carved from a single piece of wood. Acquired from the Gotham Gallery in NYC, by tribal art dealer Tan Mamadin, PA.
Funji Sudan buffalo hide warrior's shield. Africa, 19th century. Measures 49 inches high and 14 inches wide. Excellent patina, original condition. WIKIPEDIA: The Funj are an ethnic group in present-day Sudan. The Funj set up the Funj Sultanate with Abdallah Jamma and ruled the area for several centuries. The Funj rose in southern Nubia and had overthrown the remnants of the old Christian kingdom of Alodia. In 1504 a Funj leader named Amara Dunqas, founded the Black Sultanate at Sannar (the capital). The Black Sultanate soon became the keystone of the Funj Empire. The origins of the Funj are not clearly known. However, there are three different hypotheses regarding their origin. The Funj claimed to be descendants of Banu Umayya through those who escaped the slaughter of their family by the Abbasids and fled to Abyssinia and thence into the Nubian territory. Since the Ja'alin claimed descent from the Abbasids and the Abdallab from the Juhayna, the Funj may have claimed Umayyad descent to express their superiority to their subject peoples.
African art carved wood sculpture of a mother and 6 children. Carved from hardwood. Measures 23 inches tall x 6 inches wide x 2.5 inches deep. Excellent original condition, with gently weathered patina. Mid 20th century.
Vintage pair of African tribal pottery heads. Second half of the 20th century. One head has had some old professional repairs. They both measure 9.5 inches tall by 6 inches wide and 5.5 inches deep and are mounted on custom wood stands that measure 6 inches square by 3 inches high. Total height of the mounted heads is 12 inches.
This head is Kiganda. This is tricky: the tribe is Buganda; their name for people and things is Kiganda; an individual is a Muganda; and their language is Luganda. One can understand why they are now simply referred to as Ganda. The Ganda are the most important ethnic group in Uganda (a country in East Africa). The head is of mvuli wood but it is not a traditional carving. We would hesitate to call it a Ganda head although it was certainly made by someone from Uganda probably around 1950 or so. The head measures 7 and one half inches high by 5 and one half inches long by 2 and three quarter inches wide.
Items below are in our Online Antiques Price Guide and are not for sale.
Vintage African art hand carved sculpture "Rain God" . . .
Painted ceramic figure of black boy, Austrian late . . .
Gertrude Schmidt 20th century terra cotta portrait . . .
Pelican Verdite stone sclupture titled "Pellican Lovers" . . .
Oceanic art African tribal cast brass figure of a woman. . . .
Carved Alabaster Sculpture of a African woman by Smith. . . .
Hilda Levy signed landscape watercolor of Zebras in . . .
Antique African Ivory Coast Baga Headdress and stand. . . .
This antique hand carved wooden fertility icon statue . . .
Ivory Coast,African Senufu mask in bronze or brass . . .
African Ashanti brass lost wax bronze chief riding . . .
African masks,African Rooster Head Mask, African Songye . . .