• Bassa Passport Mask, Left View, Liberia Bassa Passport Mask, Right View, Liberia
    This Bassa passport mask was used as a powerful charm for personal protection during forest work, travel and for countering witchcraft. These highly collectable 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. High x 2 3/4 in. Wide 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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  • Bassa Passport Mask, Right View, Liberia Bassa Passport Mask, Front 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. The mask is thin and slightly concave, with slant eyes, prominent forehead, nose and mouth and incised coiffure. Origin: Liberia Time Period: Mid  20th c Provenance: From a North Carolina collection Materials: Wood with custom base Dimensions:  2 1/2 in. High x 1 1/8 in. Wide Condition: Appears in very good condition with some abrasions and fine patina Inventory #A3659 Price: $425 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, Front View, Liberia
    This exceptional Bassa passport mask was used as a powerful charm for protection from harm, illness and witchcraft and used during travel. These miniature masks belonged to an individual and was used to help him to communicate with his ancestors, to seek guidance. Our mask has a concave shape with slant eyes, scarification and well defined hair style. Origin: Liberia Time Period: Mid  20th c Provenance: From a North Carolina collection Materials: Wood  with custom base Dimensions:  3 1/8 in. High x 1 5/8 in. Wide Condition: Appears in good condition with some abrasions and fine patina Inventory #A3663 Price: $425 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. The masks of the wilderness were fearsome, too powerful to be viewed by women. They were used to protect the village against threats, illness and for discipline. This graceful Baule staff has a long handle that supports and elegantly carved antelope 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 base Dimensions: 10 in. high x 2  in. wide  Condition: Staff in fine condition Inventory #A3393 Price: $1600 Shipping: Included within continental United States. International shipping, please contact us for rates.

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  • Borana Brass Ornament, Right View, Ethiopia Borana Brass Ornament, Front View, Ethiopia
    The Borana people used brass ornaments to decorate ceremonial outfits and used as currency for barter. Our Borana brass ornament is disc shaped like an Ethiopian shield with a large projection in the middle with raised dots and incised patterns around the perimeter and sets of holes that were attached to straps. Origin:  Ethiopia Time Period: Early 20th c Provenance: From an English collection Materials: Brass with plastic base Dimensions: 6 in. high x 6  in. wide  Condition: Appears in fine condition Inventory #A3503 Price: $250 Shipping: Included within continental United States. International shipping, please contact us for rates.

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  • Chokwe Comb, Right View, Democratic Republic of Congo Chokwe 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 New Mexico collection Materials: Bone with custom base Dimensions: 3 1/2 in. high x 1 1/2 in. wide Condition: Appears 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

    $2,500.00
    Presented is a sensitively carved  Chokwe mask that was thought to represent a young woman or ideal mother.  Our Chokwe mask was 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: $2,500 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
    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 superb Chokwe Mortar was used for grinding tobacco or hemp and were prestige objects 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:  Appears in excellent 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: $2,250 Shipping: Included within continental United States. International shipping, please contact us for rates

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  • Dinka Shield, Back View, Sudan Dinka Shield, Front View, Sudan
    The Dinka live in the region of the upper white Nile in Southern Sudan.  Dinka shields are made of buffalo hide with an oval body and raised boss at the center, threaded down the length of a wooden pole. The pole acts as a support and a handle grip.  This older Dinka shield was used during initiations of young boys,  for various ritual ceremonies and in warfare. Origin:  Sudan Time Period: Late 19th/Early 20th c Provenance: From a New Mexico collection Materials: Buffalo hide, leather and wooden pole Dimensions: 30 1/2 in. high x 17  in. wide  Condition: Appears in very good condition with surface abrasions and one piercing. Inventory #A3159 Price: $750 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 funerary rite called Dama to ensure the deceased safe passage into the spirit 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.

  • Galwa Mask, Right View, Gabon Galwa Mask, Front View, Gabon

    Galwa Mask

    $1,500.00
    The Galwa mask was used by the judicial Okukwe society during rites of passage ceremonies such as birth, initiations, weddings and funerals. It has an oval face with closed eyelids, thin nose and smile and is decorated with opposing dark triangles and white background. There are old nails protruding along the forehead and chin. Origin:  Gabon Time Period:  Mid 20th c Provenance: From a Belgium collection Materials:  Wood,  pigment and nails with custom base Dimensions: 11 1/2 in. high x  7  1/2  in. wide  Condition: Mask in very good condition with some loss of pigment and abrasion to back rim Inventory #A3655 Price: $1,500 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, wearing a colonial helmet.  The anthropomorphic mask  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: 12 in. 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 mask of the owu cult was used during the agricultural season with dozens of 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 Okoroshi Mask, Left View, Nigeria Igbo Okoroshi Mask, Right View, Nigeria
    This rare Okoroshi mask is highly naturalistic with raised forehead, open mouth, baring teeth with white pigment accented with black keloid decoration. Our Igbo Okoroshi mask was danced during agricultural seasons, blessing yam crops and protecting pregnant women. Origin:  Nigeria Time Period: Early 20th c Provenance: From a New Mexico estate Materials: Wood, pigment, fiber with custom wood stand Dimensions: 10 1/2 in. high x 6 1/2 in. wide  Condition: Mask in very good condition with some pigment abrasions Inventory #A3153 Price: $4,500 Shipping: Included within continental United States. International shipping, please contact us for rates.

  • 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. Our graceful Kuba cup with a naturalistic face was a  prestige object used for drinking palm wine during ceremonial gatherings. 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 Kete Mask, Back View, Democratic Republic of Congo Kuba Kete Mask, Front View, Democratic Republic of Congo
    The Kuba Kete carved a variety of helmet masks decorated with natural pigments, geometric designs of triangles and stripes, cowries, beads and fur. There are punctures under the eyes which allowed the dancer's vision. Our Kuba Kete mask from the southern border of the Kuba kingdom was worn during initiation ceremonies and funeral rites. Origin: Democratic Republic of Congo Time Period: Mid 20th c Provenance: From a private American collection Materials: Wood, pigment, cowrie shells, beads, fiber and fur with custom base Dimensions:  20 in. high  x 14 in. wide Condition: Mask appears in very good condition, with hairline age cracks along the right side Inventory #A3679 Price: $3,500 Shipping: Included within continental United States. International shipping, please contact us for rates.

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  • Lega Bone Figure, Right View, Democratic Republic of Congo Lega Bone Figure, Front View, Democratic Republic of Congo
    This finely carved Lega bone figure was owned by a high ranking member of the Bwami secret society. Bone and ivory figures were status symbols that were used for teaching morals during initiation ceremonies. Origin: Democratic Republic of Congo Time Period: Early 20th c Provenance: Ex: Dr. Jack Kimbrough collection, San Diego, CA Materials: Bone with honey brown patina on custom base Dimensions: 4 1/2 in. high x 2 1/2 in. wide Condition: Appears in fine condition Inventory #A1032 Price: $1,500 Shipping: Included within continental United States. International shipping, please contact us for rates.

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  • Lega Mask, Left View, Democratic Republic of Congo Lega Mask, Right View, Democratic Republic of Congo

    Lega Mask

    $800.00
    The Lega mask was used in teaching principals of morality during initiation ceremonies for young boys into the Bwami society. These face masks were danced or exhibited on fences or piled in stacks with other masks during the ceremonies. The mask has a heart shaped face, coffee bean eyes, linear nose, diminutive mouth and remnants of white kaolin. Origin: Democratic Republic of Congo Time Period: Mid 20th c Provenance: From a New Mexico collection Materials: Wood and pigment with custom base  Dimensions: 8 1/2  in.  high  x  6 1/2  in. wide Condition:  Appears in very good condition with some abrasions and loss of pigment Inventory #A3682 Price: $800 Shipping: Included within continental United States. International shipping, please contact us for rates.

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

    Lega Mask

    $850.00
    This smaller Lega mask was used in teaching principals of morality during initiation ceremonies for young boys. These face masks as well as masks worn on the arm were exhibited on fences during the ceremonies. The mask has a heart shaped face, elongated nose, slit eyes, no mouth, narrow beard and honey brown patina with areas of kaolin Origin: Democratic Republic of Congo Time Period: Early 20th c Provenance: From a Montreal collection Materials: Wood, pigment and fiber with custom base Dimensions: 6 in.  high  x  4 in. wide Condition:  Mask in good condition with a vertical age crack along left facial plane Inventory #A3618 Price: $850 Shipping: Included within continental United States. International shipping, please contact us for rates.

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