Ethnic Objects

Bamana Maternity – Mali

Bamana Maternity – Mali

Early to mid 20th. Wood. Approximately cm. 80,0 high (31.5”). Kg 4,18 (9.22 lb). Bambara Maternity Figure is intended to encourage fertility and to celebrate motherhood. The Bambara (or Bamana) are a Mandé people living in west Africa, primarily in Mali but also in Guinea, Burkina Faso and Senegal. Please share this content if you […]

Kirdi Shield – Cameroon

Kirdi Shield – Cameroon

Cow hide cm. 70,0 high x cm. 41,0 width (27.56″ x 16.14″). This is a classic shield shaped from the Kirdi of Cameroon. Has a rectangular raised centre with a double compass design around. There are hundreds of bumps throughout the front, creating a textured sculptural object. The name of Kirdi – which in Arabic means […]

African Currency – TETELA / NKUTSHU – DR Congo

African Currency – TETELA / NKUTSHU – DR Congo

The piece is cm. 23,8 high (9.37″). Grams 320,0 (11.29 oz.) Copper bar with a bulge in the middle, circular section, extremities with punched designs. Produced by the Nkutshu living on the course of the river Lokenic. For a similar example see: “The Perfect Form”, by Roberto Ballarini, page 294. “African Currency”, by Adolfo Bartolomucci, […]

Headrest – HEMBA / LUBA – DR Congo

Headrest – HEMBA / LUBA – DR Congo

Early to mid 20th century. Wood, glass beads. Cm 30,0 high x cm. 13,5 width x cm. 5,5 deep (11.81′ x 5.31” x 2.17″). Grams 786 (27.73 oz) The Hemba people (or Eastern Luba) are an ethnic group in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Hemba people live in villages, recognizing chiefs as their political […]

Maasai Leather Bag – OLBENE – Kenya

Maasai Leather Bag – OLBENE – Kenya

Leather, glass beads. The bag is approx. cm. 42,0 x 47,0 (16.53” x 18.50″). Among the Maasai such bags are known as Olbene. Very often they would be embellished with glass beads forming elegant curves, vertical lines and other geometric motifs.  Olbene leather bags were used by women to hold water or other valuable belongs. These bags were  also […]

African Currency – CHAMBA – Donga Region, Nigeria

African Currency – CHAMBA – Donga Region, Nigeria

Iron. 19th century. Cm. 27,0 high x 14,5 width (10.63 x 5.71 Inches); grams 502,0 (17.71 oz.). Currency with a large hoe-shaped quadrangular tip and a vey curved, tub-like profile. For similar examples and more informations see: “The Perfect Form”, by Roberto Ballarini, page 166; “African Currency”, by Adolfo Bartolomucci, page 69. Please share this […]

Tuareg Hammer – African Currency – Niger

Tuareg Hammer – African Currency – Niger

Early to mid 20th century. Bronze gr. 320,2 (11.29 oz.). Cm. 22,5 high x cm. 3,1 width (8.86” x 1.22”). Rectangular bronze plate, both sides decorated with geometric incisions characteristic of Tuareg work. These hammers are used by Tuareg to break blocks of sugar. The Tuareg people inhabit a large area, covering almost all the middle and western Sahara and […]

Tuareg Hammer – Niger

Tuareg Hammer – Niger

Mid 20th century. Brass, copper, silver gr. 807,9 (28.5 oz.). Cm. 26,0 high x cm. 14,5 width (10.24” x 5.71”). Authentic old Tuareg hammer, decorated with traditional geometric designs. These hammers are used by Tuareg to break blocks of sugar. The Tuareg people inhabit a large area, covering almost all the middle and western Sahara and the north-central Sahel. They are […]

Tuareg Teapot – Mauritania

Tuareg Teapot – Mauritania

Mid 20th century. Tin gr. 664,6 (23.44 oz.); copper, brass, resin decorations. Cm. 20,5 high (8.07”) x cm. 23,0 width (9.06”). 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 […]

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