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  • Bassa Mask, Left View, Liberia Bassa Mask, Right View, Liberia

    Bassa Mask

    $695.00

    This finely carved Bassa mask harnessed power from an ancestor spirit and was danced during boy’s initiations and for entertainment. The mask has a concave profile with downturned eyes, jutting chin and an elaborate coiffure of braids. Bassa masks were attached to a large woven headdress that concealed the dancer by fully covering his head and shoulders.

    Origin: Liberia Time Period: Mid 20th c Provenance: From a California collection Materials:  Wood and pigment with a custom stand Dimensions:  6 1/2 in. high x  3 5/8  in. wide  Condition: Mask in very good condition with some abrasions Inventory #A3641 Price: $695 Shipping: Included within continental United States. International shipping, please contact us for rates

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  • Bassa Passport Mask, Right View, Liberia Bassa Passport Mask, Left View, Liberia
    This Bassa passport mask was used as a powerful charm for personal protection during forest work, travel and for countering witchcraft. These passport masks were also used to identify the owner while traveling through other communities. Origin: Liberia Time Period: Early - Mid  20th c Provenance: From a Washington D.C. collection Materials: Wood and pigment with custom stand Dimensions:  4 in. Wide x 2 3/4 in. High Condition: Appears in very good condition with some abrasions from use Inventory #A3586 Price: $525 Shipping: Included within continental United States. International shipping, please contact us for rates.

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  • Baule Slingshot, Right View, Ivory Coast Baule Slingshot, Front View, Ivory Coast
    Our Baule slingshot is not only an utilitarian object but a miniature work of art with talismanic powers for protection. Slingshots were commissioned for sons to hunt small animals such as birds, rabbits and fruit bats. The abstract face carved above the handle may have served as a protective amulet for it’s owner. Origin:  Ivory Coast Time Period: Early 20th c Provenance:  From a West Coast collection Materials:  Wood with custom stand Dimensions:  6 3/4 in. high x 2 3/4  in. wide Condition:  Appears in fine condition Inventory # 103829 Price: $395 Shipping: Included within continental United States. International shipping, please contact us for rates.

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  • Baule Staff, Front View, Ivory Coast Baule Staff, Back View, Ivory Coast

    Baule Staff

    $1,600.00
    The Baule carved staffs, scepters and mallets with the head of the sacred bushcow or antelope mask. They were used to protect the village against threats, illness and for discipline. This elegantly carved Baule staff has a long handle that supports an antelope head with slit eyes, open mouth with teeth and stylized horns. Origin:  Ivory Coast Time Period: Early 20th c Provenance:  Ex: Brian Layden collection, New York Ex: Ronald G. Atwood collection, Portland, OR Materials:  Wood and pigment with custom stand Dimensions:  10 in. high x 2  in. wide Condition:  Staff in very good condition Inventory #A3393 Price: $1,600 Shipping: Included within continental United States. International shipping, please contact us for rates.

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  • Chokwe Bone Comb, Right View, Democratic Republic of Congo Chokwe Bone Comb, Front View, Democratic Republic of Congo
    The Chokwe comb of carved bone was a prestige object reflecting status and considered a luxury item inherited through generations. Combs, hair picks and pins were used for building and maintaining hairstyles. The carved figure may represent an ancestor spirit wearing a chief's headdress. The geometric design between the figure and teeth of the comb may have symbolic meaning. Origin: Democratic Republic of Congo Time Period: Early 20th c Provenance:  From a private American collection Materials:  Bone with custom stand Dimensions:  3 1/2 in. high x 1 1/2 in. wide Condition: The comb is in fine condition with signs of wear and honey brown patina Inventory #A3310 Price: $450 Shipping: Included within continental United States. International shipping, please contact us for rates

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  • Chokwe Mask, Front View, Democratic Republic of Congo Chokwe Mask, Detail View, Democratic Republic of Congo

    Chokwe Mask

    $2,750.00
    Presented is a Chokwe mask that was thought to represent a young woman or ideal mother. These masks are linked to the boy’s initiation school and are danced at the completion of the ceremonies. The dancer acts out a pantomime with slight pelvis rotations characteristic of women. Origin:  Democratic Republic of Congo Time Period:  Early 20th c Provenance: Ex: Marc Leo Felix, Brussels,   Ex: Minneapolis, MN estate Materials:  Wood,  pigment and fiber with custom stand Dimensions: 8 1/2 in. high x  5 1/2  in. wide  Condition: Mask is in fine condition Inventory #A3642 Price: $2,750 Shipping: Included within continental United States. International shipping, please contact us for rates

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  • Chokwe Mortar, Left view, Democratic Republic of Congo Chokwe Mortar, Right view, Democratic Republic of Congo

    Chokwe Mortar

    $1,200.00
    The Chokwe carved a vast number of impressive functional objects like this superb mortar of a crouching figure with hands to the head and elbows resting on it’s knees. The expressive face attracts our attention with a deep brown patina, a copper ring is attached to the torso. This Chokwe mortar was used for grinding tobacco or hemp and also functioned as a prestige object that elevated the owner’s status. Origin: Democratic Republic of Congo Time Period: Early 20th c Provenance: From a Dutch collection Materials: wood with copper ring Dimensions: 5 3/4 in. high x 2 3/4 in. wide Condition: figure appears in fine condition Inventory #A3087 Price: $1,200 Shipping: Included within continental United States. International shipping, please contact us for rates.

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  • Dan Deangle Mask, Right View, Ivory Coast Dan Deangle Mask, Detail View, Ivory Coast
    The Dan Deangle mask represents a female forest spirit that served as a mediator during initiation rites in the boys bush school camps. Known as a jokester, the masked dancer functioned as a vehicle for the spirit responsible for food and protection of the initiates between the camp and the village. Origin:  Ivory Coast Time Period:  Early 20th c Provenance: Ex: Antonio Casanovas, Madrid,  Ex: Fily Keita, Los Angeles, CA Materials:  Wood and pigment with custom stand Dimensions: 7 1/2 in. high x  4 1/4 in. wide  Condition: Appears in fine condition Inventory #A3624 Price: $2250 Shipping: Included within continental United States. International shipping, please contact us for rates

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  • Dan Mask, Right View, Liberia Dan Mask, Front View, Liberia

    Dan Mask

    $700.00
    This Dan mask is known as yi loa glu meaning cold water spirit. The Dan mask is left on the doorstep of the dancer and when he wears the mask, people throw cold water in his face and offer him food and pray for his success. Cold water is a token of good faith and luck Origin: Liberia Time Period: Early 20th c Provenance:  From a California collection Materials:  Wood, animal hide, fur and nails with custom base Dimensions: 7 1/2 in. high x 3 1/8 in. wide Condition: Mask in good condition with loss of fur, abrasions to nose and loss to wood on left forehead and side Inventory #A3406 Price: $700 Shipping: Included within continental United States. International shipping, please contact us for rates.

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  • Dogon Kanaga Mask, Back View, Mali Dogon Kanaga Mask, Front View, Mali
    This Dogon  Kanaga mask was worn at a collective funerary rite called Dama to ensure the safe passage of spirits of the deceased into the world of ancestors. The mask is characterized by a wooden superstructure in the form of a double-barred cross with short vertical elements thought to represent a bird or as a symbol of god. Origin:  Mali Time Period: Mid  20th c Provenance: From a San Antonio, TX collection Materials: Wood, pigment, leather and fiber with custom wall mount Dimensions: 43  in. high x 27 1/2in. wide x 8 in. depth Condition:  Mask in good condition, with some abrasions, loss of paint and age cracks Inventory #A3558 Price:  $1500 Shipping: Included within continental United States. International shipping, please contact us for rates.

  • Ekoi Figure, Left View, Nigeria Ekoi Figure, Right View, Nigeria

    Ekoi Figure

    $2,750.00
    Here we present a skin covered Ekoi figure used for initiations, funerals and agricultural ceremonies.  The Ekoi or Ejagham figure is carved in wood, covered with antelope skin.  The legs are bent, the arms are articulated presenting it's hands upward which is thought to represent an offering. Origin: Nigeria, Cross River region Time Period: Early 20th c Provenance: Ex: Joshua Dimondstein, Published The Artist as Collector, 1975, Emerson Woelffer collection. Materials: Wood & animal skin mounted on custom base Dimensions: 19 in. high x 5 1/2 in. wide  Condition: The sculpture is in good condition with some loss and cracking of the animal skin Inventory #A3296 Price: $2,750 Shipping: Included within continental United States. International shipping, please contact us for rates.

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  • Guere Mask, Left View, Nigeria Guere Mask, Right View, Nigeria

    Guere Mask

    $2,200.00
    Masks of the Guere share stylistic characteristics of the Dan or Wobe and are often collectively referred to as We. This powerful Guere mask was used for social control during altercations between lineage members and also during combat with different clans. The mask has painted tubular eyes, horns on the forehead, open mouth and lower portion covered in fur and cow tail. Origin: Nigeria Time Period: Early 20th c Provenance: From a Colorado collection Materials: Wood, fiber, animal fur, metal and pigment Dimensions: 13 1/2 in. high x 17 1/2 in. wide Condition: Appears in very good condition with some loss of fiber and pigment Inventory #A3609 Price: $2,200 Shipping: Included within continental United States. International shipping, please contact us for rates.

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  • Hehe Mask, Left View, Tanzania Hehe Mask, Right View, Tanzania

    Hehe Mask

    $1,600.00
    The Hehe are well known in the history of Tanzania for their military power in the last half of the 19th century. This Hehe mask may have been danced at initiations and funerals. The mask has aggressive features of rectangular eyes and mouth baring teeth and bulbous nose. Origin: Tanzania Time Period: Early - Mid 20th c Provenance: From a California collection Materials: Wood, animal fur with custom base Dimensions: 8 1/2 in. high x  6 1/2 in. wide Condition:  Mask in very good condition with some abrasions on nose and back rim Inventory #103599 Price: $1,600 Shipping: Included within continental United States. International shipping, please contact us for rates.

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  • Idoma Mask, Left View, Nigeria Idoma Mask, Right View, Nigeria

    Idoma Mask

    $3,000.00
    The Idoma used numerous masks that embodied the spirits of ancestors that were used during funeral ceremonies, to cure illness and for fertility.  This Idoma mask displays a heart shaped face that is elaborately painted with scarification. The mask wears a colonial helmet and is mounted on coiled bamboo basketry that was attached to the dancer’s head. Origin:  Nigeria Time Period: Early 20th c Provenance: From an old Belgium collection Materials: Wood, pigment, fiber with custom wood stand Dimensions: 12in. high x 6 in. wide  Condition: Mask in good condition, small age crack on face and helmet, some loss of pigment Inventory #A3162 Price: $3,000 Shipping: Included within continental United States. International shipping, please contact us for rates.

  • Igbo Ada Mask, Right View, Nigeria Igbo Ada Mask, Detail View, Nigeria

    Igbo Ada Mask

    $1,200.00
    The Igbo Ada owu cult celebrates the agricultural season by masquerading several masks associated with water spirits. This dark mask combines both humanoid and simian features with flaring nose, open protruding mouth and deep incised lines.  The masks are described as evil, mean and twisted, usually danced in large numbers at night. Origin: Nigeria Time Period: Early 20th c Provenance: From a New Mexico collection Materials: Wood with custom base Dimensions: 9 in. high x  6 1/2 in. wide Condition:  Mask is in fine condition, some surface abrasions Inventory #A3147 Price: $1,200 Shipping: Included within continental United States. International shipping, please contact us for rates.

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  • Igbo crest mask, Left View, Nigeria Igbo crest mask, Right View, Nigeria
    The Igbo crest mask of the middle Cross River region has an extremely rich and diverse masking tradition that embodies the spirits of tribal ancestors.  The mask projects expressive facial features with white pigment, sensitive eyes, aquiline nose, open mouth showing teeth and an elaborate four-part hairstyle with pigtails. Crest masks share stylistic forms of neighboring tribal groups such as the Idoma, Ijo, Isoko, Ibibio and Ekoi.   They were danced in ceremonies for fertility, to cure illness, and at funerals. Origin: Nigeria, Cross River region Time Period: Early 20th c Provenance: From a Hawaiian estate Materials: Wood and pigment on custom stand Dimensions: 12 1/2 in. high x 4 1/2 in. wide Condition: Mask is in fine condition, some cracked and loss to plaits of hair Inventory #A3166 Price: $1,800 Shipping: Included within continental United States. International shipping, please contact us for rates.

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  • Ituri Mask, Right View, Democratic Republic of Congo Ituri Mask, Front View, Democratic Republic of Congo

    Ituri Mask

    $850.00
    Description: This Ituri mask may be attributed to the Byeru people from the rainforest region of the Northeastern Congo. These masks represent ancestral spirits and were used by ritualist and circumcisers to teach morals, taboos and ethics during initiations. The mask’s painted surface of white dots are similar to the painted bark cloth textiles of the rainforest Pygmies. Origin:  Democratic Republic of Congo Time Period:  Mid 20th c Provenance: From a California collection Materials:  Wood, pigment and fiber (no stand) Dimensions: 5 3/4  in. high x  5  in. wide  Condition: Mask is in fine condition Inventory # 1543 Price: $850 Shipping: Included within continental United States. International shipping, please contact us for rates

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  • Kongo Fetish Figure, Left View, Democratic Republic of Congo Kongo Fetish Figure, Right View, Democratic Republic of Congo
    Our Kongo fetish figure or “Niksi” was used for healing, hunting, judicial disputes, to combat witchcraft and for protection.  Niksi figures were carved to function as a container with magical powers embedded into or attached to it’s body. Origin: Democratic Republic of Congo Time Period: Early 20th c Provenance: From a New Mexico collection Materials: Wood, animal hide, fiber, glass eyes and organic material Dimensions: 9 in. high x 3 in. wide Condition:  Figure in fine condition with small crack in rear base Inventory #A2055 Price: $750 Shipping: Included within continental United States. International shipping, please contact us for rates.

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  • Kuba Cup, Left View, Democratic Republic of Congo Kuba Cup, Right View, Democratic Republic of Congo

    Kuba Cup

    $850.00
    The Kuba carved elaborate drinking vessels made of wood in the form of human heads. This Kuba cup was a  prestige object used for drinking palm wine during ceremonial gatherings. The cup has a naturalistic face with a glossy black patina. The hairstyle has incised geometric designs and face displays coffee-bean eyes, triangular nose, open mouth and head is supported by four tiered legs. Origin: Democratic Republic of Congo Time Period: Early 20th c Provenance: From a San Francisco, CA collection Materials: Wood with a fine patina Dimensions:  7 1/8 in. Wide x 4 1/4 in. High Condition: The cup is in fine condition  Inventory #A3437 Price: $850 Shipping: Included within continental United States. International shipping, please contact us for rates.

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  • Kuba Mask, Left View, Democratic Republic of Congo Kuba Pwoom Mask, Right View, Democratic Republic of Congo
    This beautifully carved and painted mask is part of a triad of masks belonging to the men’s societies found in the central and northern Kuba regions. The primary characteristic are the protuberant, conical eyes that are surrounded by small holes. The mask has polychrome paint in geometric patterns, a triangular nose, small mouth, and raffia cloth headdress decorated with cowrie shells. The Kuba Pwoom mask was danced at funerals, boys' initiations, for entertainment, and may have also functioned for social control. Origin: Democratic Republic Congo Time Period: Early 20th c Provenance: Ex: Peter Loebarth, Germany Materials: Wood, Kuba cloth, and cowrie shells with custom stand Dimensions: 10 in. high x 10 in. wide Condition: Mask is in fine condition Inventory #A3415 Price: SOLD Shipping: Included within continental United States. International shipping, please contact us for rates.

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