Ethnic Objects

Berber Gun Powder Flask – North Morocco

Berber Gun Powder Flask – North Morocco

Early 20th century. Leather, The piece is cm. 17,8 high (7.01″); grams 644,0 (22,72 oz.). Berbers are the indigenous ethnic group of North Africa. They are continuously distributed from the Atlantic to the Siwa oasis in Egypt, and from the Mediterranean to the Niger River.The name Berber appeared for the first time after the end of the Roman […]

Chokwe Fighting Axe – Angola

Chokwe Fighting Axe – Angola

Early 20th century. Iron, wood. Cm. 29,0 high (11.42″); weight: grams 184,0 (6.49 oz.). Very good condition. A small fighting axe of the Chokwe people from Angola. Steel blade in perfect condition showing no significant oxidation. Please share this content if you like it:

Mangbetu Currency Knife – Trombash – DR Congo

Mangbetu Currency Knife – Trombash – DR Congo

Early 20th century. Iron, wood. Cm. 39,0 high (15.35″); weight: grams 548,0 (19.33 oz.). This sickle-shaped knife, although reminiscent of a throwing knife, was not used as a weapon but as a form of currency and as a symbol of rank among the Mangbetu people. The blade is of locally forged iron. It is in fine […]

Bobo Mask – Burkina Faso

Bobo Mask – Burkina Faso

1970′-1980′. Hard wood, cowries shells, paint cm. 27,0 high x cm. 58,0 width (10.63″ x 22.83″). gr. 2248,0 (79,3 oz.). The Bobo are an ethnic group living in Burkina Faso although the area occupied by the Bobo extends north into Mali. Masks symbolize protective spirits who purify the land for successful planting and harvesting their rituals comfort the […]

Tuareg Leather Bag – Niger

Tuareg Leather Bag – Niger

Tuareg – Leather. The bag is approx. cm. 32,0 x 28,0 (12.59” x 11.02″). With fringes, the bag is cm. 58,0 high (28.83″). The Tuareg people inhabit a large area, covering almost all the middle and western Sahara and the north-central Sahel. They are probably descended from the ancient Libyan people of the kingdom of the Garamantes, described by Herodotus. Tuareg are mostly […]

Puno Mask – Okuyi – Mukudji Society – Gabon

Puno Mask – Okuyi – Mukudji Society – Gabon

1970′. Light wood cm. 29,0 high x cm. 18,0 width (19.48″ x 7.48″). gr. 572,0 (38.83 oz.).Mukudji White-faced masks were emoyed by several Ogoew River peoples, chiefly the Puna and Lumbo. They are said to embody the personas of past community elders and were worn by costumed stilt-dancers at Mukuji society funerary rites. For more informations, see: […]

Massive Torque Necklace – TEKE Tribe – DR Congo

Massive Torque Necklace – TEKE Tribe – DR Congo

Brass. Early to mid 20th century. Cm. 25,7 high x 22,8 width (10.11 x 8.97 Inches); grams 2.368,0 (83.52 oz.). The Teke people are a Bantu Central African ethnic group. The name of the tribe shows what the occupation of the tribe was: trading. The word teke means ‘to buy’. The economy of the Teke […]

Tuareg Leather Box – DAGABAT – Agadez Region, Niger

Tuareg Leather Box – DAGABAT – Agadez Region, Niger

Camel knee’s leather, henna. Cm. 7,4 high x cm. 10,5 width (2.91″ x 4.13″). A Tuareg box known as “dagabat” from the region around Agadez in Niger. Tuareg women stretch wet vellum over clay forms to make the dagabat and trim the excess leather before tying them up and sitting them out to dry.  Once dry cotton string dipped […]

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