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Offered here are antique Tribal artworks as well as ancient African terracotta items. Also the the suspension hole makes them wearable and more easily 'portable' during hunting expiditions. This type of vessel, with a figural lid, are said to have held golddust, but also are sometimes referred to as medicine pots. The pendants (which may have also served as gold weights) contain a mask, turtles, scorpions and crab motifs. Some show tarnishing and light oxidation from age, but are sturdy and wearable. Eyes, nose and mouth are sculpted in high relief along with linear incising and stippling, representing ritual scarification.This gallery will be regularly updated so check back often. 9.5" tall x 11" across $150 — Ghana Mid 20th Century A vintage Ashanti - Akan cast bronze (brass - copper alloy) figural scene from Southern Ghana. Sword #1 (left) A nice Luba short sword with janus heads, dating to the late 19th - early 20th Century. The blade has a rusted surface with light edge wear and a few chips missing on the handle, otherwise intact. Each is in fine condition with aged patina and signs of heavy tribal use. It depicts a chief or tribal leader sitting on his throne surrounded by two attendants. Great for jewelry as necklaces or on charm bracelets. Broken at the bottom of the neck which would have orininally had a flared base.
Pendant masks are not normally worn by most Akan peoples. Most likely from the Daggari or Lobi peoples of Burkina Faso, but is also similar to the creamic figures made by the Chamba people of Nigeria. The Mbole people construct their lives around a semi-secret society known as Lilwa Nkoi.The masks were "danced" in elaborate performances known as "Gelede." This ritual would take place each year at the beginning of a new agricultural season. Lovely form and well carved example with large areas covered with white textured kaolin paint.The purpose of the performance is to pay tribute to the special power of women, both elders and ancestors, who are known affectionately as "our mothers." Through their movements, gelede dancers express Yoruba ideals of male and female behavior. Some pigment fading, general light surface wear, worm-holes and minor insect damage consistent with age. Originally collected in the early 1950s by a Canadian geologist working in Western Africa for Esso Petroleum (now Exxon). Richards, now retired Anthropology professor at Wake Forest University in North Carolina. The white coloring on the mask represents the spirit world - peace and tranquility. - Sword #3 (right) A classic style Salampasu short sword dating to the early 20th Century. An excellent example with obvious signs of extensive tribal use. The vessel, along with food and palm wine are presented as offerings to the deceased. These flutes from the Mossi (also Lobi and Bwa peoples) are played to accompany balafons and drums during ceremonies and mask perfomances. A flute plays a set of notes with a complex but very repetitive tune. The blade has a rusted surface and has a large chip missing from the handle, but it is otherwise complete and shows a nice aged patina. The blade is engraved (impressed) with concentric circular dots on both sides. Considerable oxidation and deposits as would be expected on a bronze piece from this period. Since hair and nails grow throughout our lives, these personal offerings empower the deceased to continue to 'grow and live' in the afterlife. The three were most certainly from the same tribal group and all made by the same carver.— Burkina Faso Early to Mid-20th Century A nice, older Lobi storage vessel (with lid) from Burkina Faso dating to the early to mid-20th Century. 0 — DRC Late 19th - Early 20th Century A fine, old Lega 'Inginga' figure from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. A lovely example; beautifully and skillfully crafted. There are minor casting flaws at the base, but they do not distract. Typically made of mixed metals (alloys), a combination of silver, aluminium, brass, tin, copper, etc. A second attendant stands at the chief's feet, presenting a sword as an offering. Made in the lost-wax casting method by Igbo (or Igala) metalsmiths.
This type, covered with raised nodes, is among the rarest and most sought after of all African pottery. Carved from bone, sometimes in Ivory, these figures (called Iginga) are individually owned by only the highest ranking members of Lega society. Some light green oxidation in the crevices as would be expected and attest to the age of this exceptional example. The Tuareg are well known for their exceptional metalwork. The base (platform) is decorated with complex circular and linear geometric patterns. The umbrella and chief's dagger have been reattached and there are losses to the base and lower rim of the lid. Decorated at the top and bottom with sections of crosshatching divided by bands of circular designs. There is a thin crack just below the domed top and a one-inch diameter hole on one side, otherwise intact.
Each ofika bears the name of a specific hanged individual. Some pigment wear and general light surface wear along with minor chips and cracks consistent with age. The face is a brownish ochre color with a darker color (once black) for the hair.
Gelede masks, such as this one, were worn by male Yoruba dancers at festivals honoring the women of the community, both living and dead. 15" tall on stand 00 — Gabon Mid-20th Century A fine older Kwele mask from Gabon of western coastal Africa.
They can also be found among the Akan people of Ghana and Ivory Coast. These blackware pottery vessels with figural lids are known as 'abusua kuruwa' or family pots.
— Nigeria 20th Century A collection of 7 (seven) Yoruba bronze (brass alloy) ring pendants cast in the lost-wax technique. — Ghana, Africa Mid-20th Century A large funerary vessel from the Akan tribes of Ghana.
- — Cote d'Ivoire - Ivory Coast Early to Mid-20th Century An exceptional Janus-form bronze dagger (knife) from the Baule tribe of Africa's Ivory Coast. A large and very heavy cast bronze (copper-brass alloy) axe with integrated handle. The number indicates it was donated to the Mint in 1981. Below the figure is a snake, meant to be a python, a symbol of death that encircles every living person. An extremely rare set of three matching flutes, all with identical shapes and designs.