Antique hand carved plank mask with animal face. Bwa or Bobo tribe. Origin Burkina Faso, Northwest Africa. Measures approx. 32 x 13.5 inches. Surface wear consistent with exposure. Includes copy of purchase receipt from Wm. Darrell Moseley Tribal Arts, Inc. The Bwa is an African society that is native to Burkina Faso. The Bwa people live in a number of individualized communities. They have no central government, and rely on their community standards. They are most known for their scarification a
African tribal wood mask. Beaded and brass decoration. Some surface wear consistent with exposure. Measures approx. 9.5 inches wide. African mask, tribal mask, tribal arts, African art, Ceremonial mask, collectibles, wall decor, wall accessories, home decor, home accessories, african mask, wood mask, beaded mask, 10 cs
Vili People of Loango; Congo or Angola region of central and east Africa, carved in a continuous spiral of figures, male and female, in various costume, some half nude, some in simple wraps, some in European dress (with derby hats), some using walking staffs, some apparently quite young, forty-six figures on a 19" tusk, very good condition.
Large and Rare Baga Wood Shoulder Mask depicting Nimba, Goddess of Fertility, with carved facial scarification, metal tacks and sight window between the breasts, represents a beautiful mother, man would wear a raffia skirt to his ankles, early 20th c, Guinea, 48" x 23" x 17". Professional repair to one leg.
Full Sized Tusk on wooden stand, carved in relief with traditional African figures, having an engraved card on the bottom "Felix Houphouet-Boigny, President de la Republique" and inscribed "Avec tout ses complements" (With all his compliments). Label reads "Presented to Professor Bruce McInnes and the Amherst Glee Club on June 23, 1972 by President Felix Houphouet-Boigny of the Republic of the Ivory Coast during the Glee Club's 1972 tour of Africa". 33" long tusk. Very good condition.
Tikar Bronze Fertility Rites Vessel with lid of a rooster holding a magic potion in its beak, to be transported from this world into the spiritual world; sixteen full-relief male and female children adorn the vessel which is heated from below, circa 1930-40, Cameroon, 33 1/2" tall, 13" diam. Use and age patina.
Ekita-Yoruba Mask in carved and painted wood with three figures, fully modeled, facing at center is a mother with lowered slit eyes, seated in profile at each side at the top of her head are a male and female child, Nigeria, 17 1/2" x 8 1/2". Age and use patina. Male and female twins at birth are considered by the tribe to bring good fortune.
Pibud a Kwele Mask, Gabon, circa 1880, in broad lozenge form, with no mouth, small almond shaped eyes, ribbed flat nose, scarification, partial coloring with kaolin clay, on metal museum stand. 16 1/2" x 11" x 6", fantastic wear patterns, patina, kaolin transfer to interior from users face.
Fang Ngil Mask, Gabon, finished in white kaolin clay, with indication of scarring, classic elongated teardrop form, carved of one piece, holed at edge for ground length raffia fringe, 18" tall, early repair on one cheek, interior wear from years of use. Includes oak pedestal black metal display stand.
Kponyungo Poro Ox Mask, Senufo, Ivory Coast, Northern Africa and the Sahel, with mirrored eyes, carved wood in red and black paint, mid 20th c., 16 1/2" x 8" x 12". Snout trimmed to allow vertical mounting on (missing) baseplate. A dance mask of a protective spirit for an age graded educational association.