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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.
African 5 string bowed harp, probably from Zaire or Congo. Pegs and strings are missing. The spoon shaped hollowed wood sound box is covered with skin and the arm is a carved female figure with a topknot coiffure. Middle 20th century. Excellent condition, beautiful patina. The instrument is 30" long end to end, and 5" wide. It stands 30" high on a custom museum stand. This piece is on display in our gallery at Old Saybrook Antiques Center and can be seen in-person by visiting 756 Middlesex Turnpike, Old Saybrook, CT 06475. For gallery hours, please visit http://www.OldSaybrookAntiquesCenter.com If you wish to browse our entire available inventory please go to OneofaKindAntiques.com. We also offer a consultation service AntiquesConsultant.com, ... as well as an online price guide at PriceMyItem.com. Connecticut residents and buyers picking up in Connecticut please add the CT state sales tax. Buyers outside the USA are responsible for any taxes, tariffs or customs that might apply.
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.
African Art Kuba tribal Mask,This African Art Kuba tribal mask is of cylindrical form, concave face with pursed lips broad flaring nose, the cheeks with hatched incisions,bands of beads under the eyes,covering brow and at mouth,animal skin beard. This wonderful African Art Kuba helmet masks measures 24 inches high by 9 and and one half inches wide by 12 inches deep.To see a similar example of another Kuba helmet mask see Christies Tribal catalogue # 8288 November 16, 1995 item # 150 page 55. Just in from a local estate.
Items below are in our Online Antiques Price Guide and are not for sale.
Vintage outsider folk art art wood carving
Vintage outsider folk art wood sculpture of a man with elegantly plaited hair and beard and a pipe in his mouth. It measure 15 inches high x 11 inches long x 5 inches wide. Original finish, very skillfully carved from a single block of wood. Unsigned.
Antique Baule Ivory Coast male ancestral figure
Antique Baule, Ivory Coast, male ancestral figure c1900-1950. Typical sculptural hair style and chin beard with finely delineated hair texture, facial scarifications and neck rings. Measures 19 inches tall and 3.75 inches wide. If you wish to browse our entire available inventory please go to OneofaKindAntiques.com. We also offer a consultation service AntiquesConsultant.com, ... as well as an online price guide at PriceMyItem.com.
Antique African tribal mortar and pestle
Antique African wooden mortar and pestle, all original. Mortars and pestles are indispensable to African tribal cookery, used to pound rice, roots, and herbs. The mortar is 30" high and 11" wide; the pestle is 30" long; the pestle set inside the mortar is 44" high.
Two antique Ethiopian leather shields c1900
Two antique Ethiopian embossed leather shields circa 1900. The shields measure 22 x 5.5 inches and 23 x 8.5 inches in diameter. Some old repairs, original handles intact, rich old patina. If you wish to browse our entire available inventory please go to OneofaKindAntiques.com. We also offer a consultation service AntiquesConsultant.com, ... as well as an online price guide at PriceMyItem.com.
Vintage African Punu tribal mask Gabon c1960
Vintage African Punu tribal mask from Gabon circa 1960. This mask measures 12.5 inches high by 8 inches wide by 7 inches deep. The Punu people reside on the left bank of the Upper Ngoume River in Gabon. They belong to the group of tribes known as Shira, which were originally part of the Luango kingdom of Angola. Along with the Eshira, the Lumbo, the Vili, the Galoa, and the Vungu people, the Punu migrated northwards during the 18th century and settled in the area they continue to inhabit to this day. They live in independent villages divided into clans and families, and social cohesion is ensured by a society known as moukouji. Its primary role is to regulate community life with regards to social and judicial matters, and mainly it applies itself to the neutralization of evil forces. To this end, officiates of moukouji utilize a cult kit that includes statuettes, human relics and masks. Punu masks represent idealized female ancestors' faces. The white color of the mask is genderless; white is a symbol for peace, deities, spirits of the dead, and the afterlife. Therefore the masks were worn during funeral celebrations, memorials, and in the magical rites whose function was to unmask sorcerers. The masks have realistic, mostly white but sometimes black faces with protruding pursed lips, globular protruding eyes incised with a curve, high-domed foreheads, and characteristic rigid high coiffures reflecting the Punu women's hair styles. Many Punu masks can be recognized by raised diamond-shape scarification marks on the foreheads and temples, thought to be associated either with a female ancestor or with a southern sub-group of the Punu tribe. Black face-masks have exactly the same stylistic characteristics as the white masks, but they are believed to have a judiciary function and help identify sorcerers. The performances of the masks are nowadays intended primarily to entertain audiences on festive occasions. Only rarely do the masqueraders fulfill a ritual function of officiating at funerals, when they dance as embodiments of the ancestor spirits. In performances the dancers, wearing costumes of raffia or cotton fabric and animal pelts, move with amazing acrobatic agility on stilts up to six and a half feet in height.
Large African Art rain god sculpture by Katumo c1970
Vintage African art hand carved sculpture "Rain God" made from a single block of African teak, Kenya c1970, signed Katumo. This is the rain god who controls rain. The open hand invoked rain and the closed hand stopped it. The rain god figure was kept in the granaries, with a sacrificial bowl before him. The artist, Katumo (see mark at base) is from the Wakamba Tribe located in Nairobi, east central Kenya. Excellent original condition. Measures 47 inches high and 11 inches wide.
Antique Moroccan carved wood door
Antique Moroccan carved and painted wood door. Late 18th to early 19th century. Traditional ethnic carved and incised designs retaining traces of original reddish paint. Worn, authentic patina. Measures 49" to 53.75" inches high x 28" wide x 2.25" deep. Very heavy. For similar examples, please see Portes du Sud Marocain by Salima Naji, 2003. If you wish to browse our entire available inventory please go to OneofaKindAntiques.com. We also offer a consultation service AntiquesConsultant.com, ... as well as an online price guide at PriceMyItem.com.
Antique Moroccan carved and painted door
Antique Moroccan carved and painted wood door. Late 18th to early 19th century. Traditional ethnic carved and incised designs highlighted in original polychrome shades of ocher yellow, red, and blue. Worn, authentic patina. Measures 47" to 56" inches high x 30" wide x 3" deep. Very heavy. For similar examples, please see Portes du Sud Marocain by Salima Naji, 2003. If you wish to browse our entire available inventory please go to OneofaKindAntiques.com. We also offer a consultation service AntiquesConsultant.com, ... as well as an online price guide at PriceMyItem.com.
Portrait of Cuban or Carribean man holding mango
Caribbean, Cuban, or Latin portrait of a man seated at a window, holding a mango in one hand. The outdoor view of trees and distant hills is rendered in pale colors suggesting spring. Signed at lower right Morse, and dated verso April 1962. Oil on canvas. Canvas is 24 inches wide x 30.5 inches high. Frame is 28.75 inches wide x 35 inches high.
Pellican Lovers by Contemporary Zimbabwe artist Clifford Guwu
Pelican Verdite stone sclupture titled "Pellican Lovers" by Contemporary Zimbabwe artist Clifford Guwu. This hand carved sculpture measures 12 and one half inches high. Signed Taken from http://www.imbagallery.com/artists.shtml "Zimbabwe has the distinction of having the largest community of stone sculptors in the world today (on a per capita basis). Thousands of artists labor by hand creating an incredible variety of sculptures from the vast array of stone present in much of Zimbabwe. While greatly de-centralized, Shona artists are united in their love of sculpture and their medium. They tend to work in private studios or in small groups and collectives. With no formal school for stone sculpture, many artists apprentice or assist more established artists...The earliest known examples of Shona stone sculpture date back 1000 years (6ft. soapstone birds found at the Great Zimbabwe ruins near Masvingo). Reborn in the 1950's and 60's as a contemporary art form by a few creative artists and their western influenced sponsors and supporters, the Shona sculpture movement has blossomed into one of the most productive, inventive, and successful art movements anywhere in the world."
African carved wood head sculpture c1950
African carved hardwood head sculpture from colonial era Ganda c1950. It was collected by an academic when he lived and worked there. To be quite exact, it is a Kiganda head made by a Muganda from Biganda in Uganda. It measures 9 and one half inches high, and retains its original surface. TThis item is on display in our gallery at BRANFORD ANTIQUES & HOME DESIGN 824 EAST MAIN ST.BRANFORD, CT O6405 203 488-1919 open 7 days. Formerly Clocktower Antiques
Female African cast brass figure of a woman Obo tribe of Northern Nigeria
Oceanic art African tribal cast brass figure of a woman. The woman is holding two disks with what look like small eggs. One disc is being held horizontally, and the other vertically. Attributed to the Obo tribe in Northern Nigeria. Measures 20 inches high and weighs 16 and one half pounds.
An African Tribal Female Mask Baule Tribe
A strong well patinated female mask from the Baule Tribe, Ivory Coast. The Baule of the Ivory Coast in Africa are known to have settled in their present location in the 18th century. They have developed an eloquent, extraordinarily refined style of woodcarving. They impart to their carvings an incomparable seductiveness of surface detail as well as a deceptive complexity of structure. Masks are abundantly produced by the Baule. They are closely related to Guro types. The rhythmic connection of the circular arrangements of the horns with the oval of the face beneath is subtly underscored by the presence of tiny, pointed ears which lie between. The nearly closed, heavy-lidded eyes are characteristic. This is an excellent small example of Baule mask, exhibiting many of the characteristic features of Baule sculpture. The hair is especially finely carved. Measures 11 and one half inches high by 6 and one third inches wide by 4 and one half inches deep, excellent condition. Probably dates from the middle of the 20th century good evidence from the wear on the sides of the back that it was used in a tribal dance or ritual.
Antique African tribal Nest baskets Ghana
Antique African tribal Nest baskets Ghana Antique "African baskets"Antique African Baskets,Unusual nest of Antique baskets from Ghana c1950. Set of 12. Each basket has a leather trim. The set measures 10" high and 5 and one half inches across. PLEASE! click on the other images to see different views of this great set of African baskets.
Carved Alabaster Sculpture of a African woman by Smith
Carved Alabaster Sculpture of a African woman by Smith. This hand carved contemporary sculpture is signed by the sculptor. The first letters of the signature are somewhat hard to read but the last name is Smith. This is a very well executed piece and measures 9 inches high, 9 inches deep, 6 inches wide and 13 inches high with its wood stand. Carved from alabaster stone
Hilda Levy signed watercolor of Zebras in African landscape
Hilda Levy signed landscape watercolor of Zebras in African . This watercolor depicts Zebras running at full gallop to get away from an approaching storm. Levys attention to detail so well executed that you can almost hear the Zebras hoffs and see the dust fly. The frame measures 36 and one half inches by 29 inches and the image measures 29 inches wide by 22 inches high. This Hilda Levy watercolor came to us from a New Haven CT estate.LEVY, Hilda P. (1907) Birth place: Syracuse, NY Addresses: Hamden 14, CT Profession: Painter, teacher Studied: Syracuse Univ. (B.S. in Des.); O'Hara. Exhibited: All. Artists Am., 1940, 1943; AWCS, 1945; Conn. WCS, 1938-46; New Haven PCC, 1935-46; North Haven Gal., 1944-45. Member: New Haven PCC; Conn. WCS Sources: WW53; WW47.
Ashanti Chieftains chair Ghana Africa
Ashanti Chieftain's chair of wood and stretched hide, with hammered brass tack and bell shape applied decorations. This 19th century chair from the Ghana, in western Africa, shows in its form the influence of the Portuguese traders who were actively trading in the region in the 17th century. These chairs in original condition are rarely found. The Ashanti tribe is the largest tribe in Ghana, and one of the few matrilineal societies in Africa. Ashanti kings retained figurehead status after colonization, and even today great pride in the Ashanti King lives on in the tradition of the golden stool. This chair is all original. Just a few tacks are missing. Measures 30 inches high, 16 inches wide, 17 inches deep.
African Yoruba beaded dance ceremony cape
African Yoruba tribe beaded dance ceremonial costume cape. This fantastic African tribal ceremony cape by the Yoruba tribe has some of the best bead work we have encountered. The cape measures 46 inches high by 42 inches wide and beaded on both front and back. The all over design depicts alligators,natives,birds,animals and African tribal designs. The Yoruba tribe is located near the Congo in Cabinda (Angola).
African Ibo tribal mask
African Ibo tribe maiden ceremony mask. This early vintage African mask measures 21.75 inches high by 8.5 inches wide by 11.5 inches deep. Mounted the stand, the mask is 25 inches high. In the north central region of Iboland, "maiden masks" were carved for the "The Fame Of Maidens' annual festival. Here is a description from a Sotheby's NY sale of African and Oceanic Art on 11/19/99, in which lot 130, a similar mask, had been sold with an estimate of $15,000 to $25,000: "The ideal beauty of a girl has both physical and moral dimensions. Physically she should be tall and lithe, with an upright posture and stately carriage...Ideally she will have fine facial features, a thin straight nose and a small mouth and her hair will be elaborately and delicately dressed in the preferred crested style...These ideals link too with the beauty of nature and valued...medicines...Her moral qualities will include purity, obedience, good character and generosity." (Cole and Aniakor 1982:121). Condition is excellent with the proper amount of wear showing from ceremonial use.
Antique African Baga Headdress Guinea Conakry Area
Antique African Ivory Coast Baga Headdress and stand. This African sculpture "Baga" Headdress comes from the Guinea Conakry are of Africa and is carved from a single piece of wood and had a carved solid block stand. The Headdress measures 38 inches long and 17 and one half inches high with its stand.The patina is quite wonderful with an original dry old patina with some white wash in areas. To see a similar example go to Important Tribal Art Sotheby's New York Wednesday May 8 1996 lot number 62.
African Mende Mask Sierra Leone c1930
African Mende Mask Sierra Leone c1930. This "African Mende Mask" measures 17 inches high and is 8 inches wide and 10 inches deep. Mende people of Sierra Leone are located in West Africa. They are cultivators and their main crop is rice. They also produce a large amount of palm oil. Mende population is estimated at 1 million. Two important societies exist within the Mende culture: the male Poro society and the female Sande society. The rituals of the Sande society require the use of masks in their ceremonies.
Antique African Fertility Sculpture Hand Carved Statue
This antique hand carved wooden fertility icon statue is from either the Baule or Bambara tribe and measures 46 and one half inches high and is 8 inches deep and 7 inches wide. The base of this antique African carved wood sculpture measures approximately 6 and one half inches in diameter. This wonderful piece of African Art retains its dry patina and was brought back from Africa in the 1930's
Rhinoceros Hide African Shield Ethiopia Arrusi
Ethiopian Arrusi Shield,This unique item is a rare find, made from a Rhinoceros hide , This "African shield" is from Ethiopia,"Arrusi". Some minor repairs, which can be seen in the photographs. Be sure to click on each small photograph to view larger, digital images with more detail of this truly unique and rare piece of African Art. This Rhinoceros hide measures approximately 27 inches by 27 inches and dates from the mid 20th century..
African Senufu mask in bronze or brass lost wax c1960
Ivory Coast,African Senufu mask in bronze or brass lost wax c1960, this "Senufu Mask" dates from the early 1960 period and was made with the lost wax method. The Senufu tribe is from the Ivory Coast. This Senufu mask is very well done and has a lovely patina. This African Ivory Coast mask measures 11 inches long and 7 inches wide.
African Ashanti brass lost wax bronze chief in a palanquin
African Ashanti brass lost wax bronze chief riding in a palanquin. This wonderful "Ashanti brass sculpture" came to us from an important African Art collection. This vintage or antique sculpture measures 4 and one eighth inches long, 2 and one eighths inches wide and 3 inches high. This sculpture depicts 11 tribesman carrying their chief who shades himself under an umbrella. A bird rides on top of the umbrella.
African Rooster Head Songye Male Kifwebe Mask circa 1960
African masks,African Rooster Head Mask, African Songye Male Kifwebe Mask, Carved Mask from Africa, This "African Rooster Head Songye Male Kifwebe Mask circa 1960" has a woven neck cover. This mask from Africa measures 30 inches long overall. Carved wood and hand painted, this mask is a tribal Songye Male Kifwebe mask. In this society the right to be an artisan, such as woodcarvers, is acquired by the right of birth.
Stereoview of black or negro men fish store
Antique stereo card or stereoviews,This photograph stereo card depicts several back men or negros which is what African Americans were called at the time selling fish at out side a store. The fish are stacked up and in baskets and hanging from hooks. One black man has a knife in his hand. The trade sign is half shown which has the letters JNC W Buc ??... Stumpr????. The two pictures are completely different. One has the advertising trade sign and the other has a small black boy in the window. This is a great piece of Black memorabilia. This stereo view card was sold or photographed by Alfred S. Campbell from Elizabeth N. J. USA and copyrighted in 1896. The bottom states 614 "fine fish" Condition: Seems to be pretty good not much fading. There is a spot on the left photograph which looks like it could be cleaned off but you be the judge of that
African Art Suku tribal mask from Andy Warhol
African Art Suku tribal Mask,This African Art Suka tribal mask was in the Andy Warhol collection. The Andy Warhol estate stamp is on its base. This African Suku mask has a small nose with flaring nostrils,open mouth and a carved elephant on its head. This wonderful African Art Suku helmet mask measures 26 inches high by 13 inches wide by 14 inches deep.To see a similar example of another Kuba helmet mask see Christies Tribal catalogue # 8288 November 16, 1995 item # 160 page 59. Just in from a local estate. This mask was part of lot # 1407 sold at Sotheys in New York April 24 to 26 1988.
African tribal Ivory Coast firespitter mask
African art,"tribal mask". This is a wonderful African tribal mask from the Ivory Coast Senufu tribe. This African mask is called a firespitter. The patina on this mask is just perfect along with the original painted stripes on its antlers. This ceremonial mask has many features to its design, water buffalo horns, a bird, a native face and fearsome teeth. This mask is in wonderful condition with a small repair to the top back. PROVENANCE,This tribal mask was consigned to us by a professor of political science at an eastern ivy league university. He acquired this piece while on assignment in Africa during the late 1940s to early 1950.
African Ivory Coast Senufu baboon mask c1945
African art, tribal mask,"African mask" Ivory Coast Senufu baboon mask c1945. This a wonderful rare example a Senufu tribal mask. This African mask measures 15 inches high and 9 inches wide. There is a piece missing on the back rim which is very typical for this period of mask. PROVENANCE,This tribal mask was consigned to us by a professor of political science at an eastern ivy league university. He acquired this piece while on assignment in Africa during the 1940s.
Antique African tribal Nest baskets Ghana
Antique "African baskets"Antique African Baskets,Unusual nest of Antique baskets from Ghana c1930. Set of 12. Each basket has a leather trim. The set measures 11" high and 7" across. Some minor repairs. The outer basket has a worn spot on one of its base corners. PLEASE! click on the other images to see different views of this great set of African baskets.
Antique African carved tribal seat Africa
"African seat"Antique African art,tribal art,African tribal carved wood seat from the 1920s. This seat is in excellent condition and is very comfortable. Please click on other images to obtain differnt views of this unique piece.
Antique tribal mask Bipende tribe ivory coast
"African Art" mask,Antique African mask,Wonderful period Antique African tribal mask bipende tribe Ivory Coast 1900. This mask has Museum or inventory numbers on its reverse. Fabulous color and carving. Measures 16 inches by 8 inches. Dates from the turn of the century.