• Luba Power Figure, Left View, Democratic Republic of Congo Luba Power Figure, Right View, Democratic Republic of Congo
    Presented is a Luba power figure that was used by ritual specialist for protection, healing and witchcraft. Small half figures known as “Kakudji,” combine Luba/Kusu styles with magical materials embedded into the cavity on top of the head. By enhancing the object in this way, the ritual specialist would invite the spirit to inhabit the figure as a receptacle. Origin: Democratic Republic of Congo Time Period: Mid 20th c Provenance:   From a private American collection Materials: Wood, layered shiny patina with cam-wood powder and charge in head with custom base Dimensions: 5 1/4 in. high x  2 1/4  in. wide  Condition: Appears in fine condition with encrusted patina Inventory #A3673 Price: $ 475 Shipping: Included within continental United States. International shipping, please contact us for rates

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  • Mitsogho Reliquary Figure, Left View, Gabon
    The Mitsogho Reliquary Figure is a fetish bundle used to protect and honor distinguished ancestors, linking the living and spirit world. The figure is bound by palm leaves and tied together by twine. It has a long neck supporting an oval head with flat facial plane with minimum features and back swept hair. Attached are glass beads, brass bells, shells, feathers and inside are magical organic materials. Origin: Gabon Time Period: Late 19th - Early 20th c Provenance: Ex: Robert Dupierre, Paris Materials: Wood, pigment, palm leaves, cord, feathers, beads & bells Dimensions: 13 in. high x 8 1/2  in. wide  Condition: Figure appears in fine condition Inventory #A3186 Price: $6,500 Shipping: Included within continental United States. International shipping, please contact us for rates.

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  • Mumuye Figure, Left View, Nigeria Mumuye Figure, Right View, Nigeria

    Mumuye Figure

    $1,500.00
    Mumuye Iagalagana figures were carved by blacksmiths and kept in huts, used to protect the family enclosure. This Mumuye figure was used in divination for healing sickness, preventing epidemics, settling judicial disputes and for rainmaking. Origin: Nigeria Time Period: 1st Half 20th c Provenance: From a private American collection Materials: Wood, pigment and fiber with custom base Dimensions: 35 in. high x 6 in. wide  Condition: Figure in good condition with some abrasions and age cracks to the body Inventory #A2045 Price: $1,500 Shipping: Included within continental United States. International shipping, please contact us for rates.

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  • Ngbaka Figure, Right View, Democratic Republic of Congo Ngbaka Figure, Front View, Democratic Republic of Congo
    The Ngbaka of the Ubangi region carved female figures that represent Nabo, a mythological ancestor. The Ngbaka figure was placed at the foot of an altar and served as a guardian of it’s owner and their families. These figures drove away the evil spirits that caused sickness, death, poor harvests, maladies, nervous disorders in women and ensured successful hunting. Origin: Democratic Republic of Congo Time Period: Early 20th c Provenance:  Ex: San Francisco, CA collection Materials: Wood, encrustation and excellent patina with a custom wood stand Dimensions: 14  in. high x  4 in. wide  Condition: Figure in good condition with abrasion to chin with vertical age cracks to chin, back of head and down her back. Inventory #A1025 Price: $ 750 Shipping: Included within continental United States. International shipping, please contact us for rates

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  • Pende Bone Pendant, Left View, Democratic Republic of Congo Pende Bone Pendant, Detail View, Democratic Republic of Congo
    The Pende bone pendant is a miniature representation of a mask that was given to initiates to be carried for protection. These highly valued amulets known as Ikhoko are made of bone, wood or seed pods which acted as a talisman for the initiate to reinforce societal morals and values. Origin: Democratic Republic of Congo Time Period: Early-Mid 20th c Provenance: From a San Francisco CA collection Materials: Bone with leather necklace Dimensions: 2 1/2 in. high x 1 in. wide Condition: Appears in fine condition Inventory #A3585 Price: $850 Shipping: Included within continental United States. International shipping, please contact us for rates.

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  • Pende Figure, Left View, Democratic Republic of Congo Pende Figure, Right View, Democratic Republic of Congo
    This miniature Pende dance figure carved in the 1930's, depicts a male wearing a woven mesh and raffia costume with Giwoyo mask. These masks were danced at funerals to usher the spirit of the departed out of the village. The figure stands on a circular base, the mask is carved in detail and there are seed pods around the ankles to represent rattles. Origin:  Democratic Republic of Congo Time Period: Early 20th c Provenance:  From a Ghent, Belgium collection Materials: Wood, pigment, raffia fiber and seed pods Dimensions:  11 1/4 in high  x  2 1/2 in  wide  Condition: Figure appears in fine condition Inventory #A3107 Price:  $ 975 Shipping: Included within continental United States. International shipping, please contact us for rates.

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  • Pende Ikhoko, Left View, Democratic Republic of Congo Pende Ikhoko, Right View, Democratic Republic of Congo

    Pende Ikhoko

    $1,850.00
    The Pende Ikhoko is miniature representation of a mask given to an initiate which he carried for life as a protective talisman.  This exquisite amulet has a somber, heart-shaped face, downcast eyes, arching brows, triangular nose, small mouth and is highlighted by a long beard. Origin:  Democratic Republic of Congo Time Period: Early 20th c Provenance:  From a Belgium collection Materials:  Carved bone and pigment with custom base Dimensions:  5 in high  x  1 1/2 in  wide  Condition: Pendant in fine condition with some loss on back from use Inventory #A3512 Price:  $1,850 Shipping: Included within continental United States. International shipping, please contact us for rates.

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  • Senufo Horseman, Right View, Ivory Coast Senufo Horseman, Detail View, Ivory Coast
    This Senufo horseman is thought to portray secular authority, a warrior hero, noble hunter or ruler, expressing tribal belief and ideology. The mounted rider has elegant lines and carved with exceptional style. Horses were introduced from north of the Sahara to Africa in 1000 A.D. Origin: Ivory Coast Time Period: Early 20th c Provenance:  From a European collection Materials: Wood mounted on custom base Dimensions:  4 1/2 in long, x 2 3/4 in  wide x 8 1/4 in  high Condition: The figure appears in fine condition Inventory #A3506 Price: $2,500 Shipping: Included within continental United States. International shipping, please contact us for rates.

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  • Songye Fetish Figure, Right View, Democratic Republic of Congo Songye Fetish Figure, Front View, Democratic Republic of Congo
    Presented is a Songye fetish figure that was used for healing, fertility and protection from evil spirits sorcerers and hostile powers. The sensitive, small figure is sculpted in a frontal pose rising from a circular base supporting a short trunk, plus finely carved hands resting on the abdomen. The face is stylized and there are holes on top of the head, abdomen, ears and arms from use. Origin: Democratic Republic of Congo Time Period: Early 20th c Provenance: Ex: Julius Konietzko, Germany Materials: Wood with custom base Dimensions: 7 in. high x  1 1/2  in. wide  Condition: Overall good condition, there is old loss where the right arm meets the torso and slight abrasion on the base. Inventory #A3118 Price: $675 Shipping: Included within continental United States. International shipping, please contact us for rates

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  • Songye Fetish Figure, Right View, Democratic Republic of Congo Songye Fetish Figure, Front View, Democratic Republic of Congo
    Displayed is a finely sculpted Songye fetish figure with a magical animal horn set into the crown of it’s head.  Owned by individuals or private households. The Songye fetish figure was used as an effective instrument for healing, fertility and protection from evil spirits, sorcerers and hostile powers. Origin: Democratic Republic of Congo Time Period: Early 20th c Provenance:  From a Belgium collection Materials: Wood, fiber, animal horn with custom base Dimensions: 9 in. high x  1 3/4  in. wide  Condition: Good condition, with a vertical age crack on the right side of head to arm, the back of right and front of left foot are missing Inventory #A3414 Price: $1,250 Shipping: Included within continental United States. International shipping, please contact us for rates

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  • Teke Figure, Left View, Democratic Republic of Congo Teke Figure, Right View, Democratic Republic of Congo

    Teke Figure

    $1,800.00
    Exhibited is a powerful Teke figure with facial scarification, trapezoidal beard, slit eyes and cap-like hairstyle.  The body was once fully encased with with a mass of apotropaic materials now evidenced by a small bundle in the hollowed out cavity.  This magical fetish Teke figure was used by ritual specialist for protection against witchcraft, disease and for successful hunting. Origin: Democratic Republic of Congo Time Period: Late 19th c Provenance: Ex: Robert Dupierre, Paris Materials: Wood, pigment and mass of magical ingredients with custom stand Dimensions: 11 in. high x 2 3/4 in. wide  Condition: Overall good condition, age crack on left side face, clay mantle mostly worn away with age. Inventory #A3212 Price: $1,800 Shipping: Included within continental United States. International shipping, please contact us for rates.

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  • Teke Figure, Left View, Democratic Republic of Congo Teke Figure, Right View, Democratic Republic of Congo
    Our Teke power figure was used as a magical charm by a ritual specialist in divination, for protection against sorcery, the acquisition of power or riches and to counteract harm and to direct vengeance. A mass of ingredients called “bonga” was inserted into the abdominal cavity with a animal hide cover. Origin: Democratic Republic of Congo Time Period: Mid 20th c Provenance: Ex: Jan Baum Gallery,  Los Angeles, CA Materials: Wood, animal hide, leather and tukula powder with custom base Dimensions: 8 1/2 in. high x 3 1/4 in. wide  Condition: Appears in very good condition with small age crack on forehead. Inventory #A3668 Price: $800 Shipping: Included within continental United States. International shipping, please contact us for rates.

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  • Turkana Shield, Front View, Kenya Turkana Shield, Side View, Kenya
    Our Turkana shield has a rectangular shape made from buffalo hide with a wooden support pole doubling as a grip.  The Turkana were a militaristic people who used shields in combat to deflect, parry and strike blows. This smaller shield may have been used by a young initiate in learning fighting techniques. Origin: Kenya, Lake Turkana NW region Time Period: Early 20th c Provenance: From a New Mexico collection Materials: Wood, buffalo hide, pigment and leather Dimensions: 22 1/2 in. high x 9  in. wide  Condition: Appears in very good condition with some wear and surface abrasions Inventory #A3318 Price: SOLD Shipping: Included within continental United States. International shipping, please contact us for rates.

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  • Tutsi Basket, Back View, Rwanda Tutsi Basket, Front View, Rwanda
    Tutsi women of the ruling class created finely coiled baskets with cone shaped lids called Agaseki. This smaller, elegant Tutsi basket was given as as a gift in weddings and engagements in the Tutsi royal courts. These refined baskets were made of natural fibers of sisal and papyrus trees with a golden color incorporating zig-zag and triangle designs of natural dyes. Origin: Rwanda Time Period: Mid 20th c Provenance: From a private American collection Materials: Natural vegetable fibers of sisal and papyrus trees with dye from natural pigment Dimensions:  9 1/2 in. Wide x 4 in. High Condition: Appears in good condition with some ware on the rim Inventory #A3385 Price: $140 Shipping: Included within continental United States. International shipping, please contact us for rates.

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  • We mask, Left View, Liberia We mask, Right View, Liberia

    We Mask

    $1,600.00
    This powerful and elaborate We mask was used during initiations, funerals and as an agent of social control. The mask is well carved sharing attributes of many animals with an encrusted patina, old surface pigment and applied animal furs. The mouth is exaggerated with metal teeth, the nose is broad, forehead bulging, and there are two cylindrical projections from the cheeks with coffee-bean eyes. Origin:  Liberia Time Period:  Early 20th c Provenance: Ex: Paris collection Materials:  Wood, pigment, nails, animal fur, metal teeth with custom stand Dimensions: 14 in. high x  10 1/2 in. wide  Condition: Good condition with loss of pigment, fur and small abrasions around mouth. Inventory #A3511 Price: $1,600 Shipping: Included within continental United States. International shipping, please contact us for rates

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  • Widekum Crest Mask, Right View, Cameroon Widekum Crest Mask, Front View, Cameroon
    The Widekum Tukum crest mask represents a stylized wooden figure with articulated limbs that are attached to the torso by pegs. The figure has a skeletal head, open mouth baring metal teeth, raised keloids at the temples and human hair. The wooden form is covered with a dyed antelope hide with a basketry base that is attached to the dancer’s head. Widekum masks were danced during initiations, funerals and at ceremonies of their tribal regulatory society. Origin: Cameroon, Cross River region Time Period: Early 20th c Provenance: From a Paris collection, published Ceci nest pas one coiffe, Galerie Ethiopia & RGC, 2006 Materials:  Wood, antelope hide and leather with custom stand Dimensions: 10 in. high x 7  in. wide Condition: Appears in good condition with some cracking and loss of hide Inventory #A3312 Price: $3,200 Shipping: Included within continental United States. International shipping, please contact us for rates.

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  • Yaka Fetish Figure, Left View, Democratic Republic of Congo Yaka Fetish Figure, Right View, Democratic Republic of Congo
    This powerful Yaka fetish figure was carved to function as a container with magical materials embedded into it’s abdomen. Ritual specialists invoked the fetish for the intervention against illness, to assist in hunting and to neutralize and inflict injury upon enemies and witches. Origin: Democratic Republic of Congo Time Period: Mid 20th c Provenance:  From a California collection Materials: Wood, leather, fabric and feathers with custom stand Dimensions: 7  in. high x 3 1/2 in. wide  Condition: Appears in good condition, missing front of right foot Inventory #A2050 Price: $750 Shipping: Included within continental United States. International shipping, please contact us for rates.

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

    Yaka Mask

    $2,200.00
    The Yaka mask has an expressive polychrome face with slit eyes, angular nose, open aggressive mouth baring teeth and a paddle shaped handle. The elaborate headdress is made of woven fiber with five raised cone forms. Attached to the mask’s rim is a collar of raffia. This Yaka mask was used during initiation ceremonies and represented male cult heroes associated with beauty and the life force of earth.   Origin: Democratic Republic of Congo Time Period: Early 20th c Provenance: Ex: Jonathan Franklin, Seattle, WA Materials:  Wood, pigment, fiber and raffia with a custom base Dimensions: 19 in. high  x  10 1/2 in. wide Condition: Mask in good condition with some loss of pigment Inventory #A3298 Price: $2,200 Shipping: Included within continental United States. International shipping, please contact us for rates.

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  • Yoruba Eshu Figure, front 2 View, Nigeria Yoruba Eshu Figure, Front-1 View, Nigeria
    This Yoruba Eshu figure is known as the protector of travelers and mediator between the spiritual and mortal worlds. This mysterious figure is a container for magical materials used by a ritual specialist.  The body of the figure is a container with a cylinder shape. The head is a stopper with elongated back swept hair, the face has minimal features worn away from age and use. Origin: Nigeria Time Period: 19th-Early 20th c Provenance:  Ex: Robert Dupierre, Paris Materials: Wood, animal hides, leather strips, brass tacks and rope with a custom base Dimensions: 5 1/4 in. high x 2 1/4 in. wide  Condition: Figure appear in fine condition Inventory #A3213 Price: $1,200 Shipping: Included within continental United States. International shipping, please contact us for rates.

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  • Zulu Meat Platter, Top View, South Africa Zulu Meat Platter, Detail View, South Africa
    The Zulu meat platter called "ugqoko," was a prestige item reserved for chiefs and court officials. Most have a rectangular bowl with rounded corners and are flanked on the end by handles. The top working surface is worn from use and the underside is decorated with designs and is charred black. Origin:  South Africa Time Period: Early 20th c Provenance: From a London, England collection Materials: Wood  Dimensions: 19  in. long  x 11  in. wide x 3  in. high Condition: Platter in good condition, top surface is worn with a slight loss of wood on center of rim and age crack above one handle. Inventory #A3521 Price: $575 Shipping: Included within continental United States. International shipping, please contact us for rates.

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