Ethnic Objects

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 […]

Akua Ba Fertility Doll – Ashanti – Ghana

Akua Ba Fertility Doll – Ashanti – Ghana

Mid 20th century. Wood, cm 39,2 x cm. 8,0 (15.43” x 3.15” ). Grams 145,3 (5.13 oz) Akua Ba are wooden ritual fertility dolls from Ghana and nearby areas. The best known Akua Ba are those of the Ashanti people, whose akua’ba have large, disc-like heads. Traditionally, these dolls are carried on the back of women […]

African Currency – KUL – Sara Tribe – Chad

African Currency – KUL – Sara Tribe – Chad

Iron. Mid 20th century. Cm. 44,3 high x 12,7 width (17.44 x 5.00 Inches); grams 89,6 (3.16 oz.). Its shape is reminiscent of some stylized human figures seen in profile. It comes from ethnic groups that live along the course of the River Logane. Rivellain said that the currency Kul were used in various payments […]

Massive Anklet – African Currency – Tuareg, Mali / Niger

Massive Anklet – African Currency – Tuareg, Mali / Niger

Bronze. Early to mid 20th century. Cm. 10,5 high x 13,0 width (4.13 x 5.12 Inches); grams 1.107,0 (39.5 oz.). Heavy anklet, U-shaped body and massive terminals faceted with tipical geometric motifs. Much used by Tuareg tribes of Mali and Niger. Every anklet could be worn; price was established on basis of quality and weight. […]

African Currency – MUMUYE / CHAMBA – Nigeria

African Currency – MUMUYE / CHAMBA – Nigeria

Iron. Early 20th century. Cm. 55,0 high x 17,0 width (21.65 x 6.69 Inches); grams 1.356,0 (47.83 oz.). The Mumuye and the Chamba are small ethnic groups on the borders of eastern Nigeria. This currency is made of an iron staff from which parts a sheaf of single, sinuos snake shaped ramifications, The structure, worked […]

Makonde LIPIKO Helmet Mask – Tanzania

Makonde LIPIKO Helmet Mask – Tanzania

1970′. Wood, fully covered with skin, kaolin paint, basketry. Cm. 17,0 high x cm. 25,5 width (6.69″ x 10.04″). Grams 1.398,0 (49.31 oz.). Worn on top of the head, the ceremonial Lipico masks are primarily danced during circumcision rituals for boys. This Helmet Mask is characterized by strong, human facial features; raised scarification patterns accentuate […]

African Currency – IDOMA – Nigeria

African Currency – IDOMA – Nigeria

Iron. Early 20th century. Cm. 80,3 high x 18,8 width (31.61 x 7.40 Inches); gr. 613,3 (21.63 oz.). The surface of the iron is scratch-worked with the characteristic undulations of the metal on the back side. This currency was wide-spread in the southern part of the Benné river valley. For similar examples and more informations […]

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 […]

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