Sculptures & Masks

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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: […]

Guro Mask – Zaouli Dance – Côte d’Ivoire

Guro Mask – Zaouli Dance – Côte d’Ivoire

Mid 20th century. Heavy hardwood cm. 49,5 high x cm. 19,0 width (19.48″ x 7.48″). gr. 1.208,0 (38.83 oz.). Zaouli is a traditional dance of the Guro people of central Ivory Coast. The Zaouli mask, used in the dance, was created in the 1950s, reportedly inspired by a girl named “Djela Lou Zaouli” (meaning “Zaouli, daughter of […]

Baule Figure – Ivory Coast

Baule Figure – Ivory Coast

Mid 20th century. Wood, cm 47,0 high (18.50” ). Grams 764,0 (20.94 oz.). Perfect conditions. The Baule are noted for their fine sculpture, particularly for their ritual statuettes representing ghosts or spirits; these, as well as carved ceremonial masks, were originally associated with the ancestor cult. Sold Please share this content if you like it:

Baule Ceremonial Mask – Ivory Coast

Baule Ceremonial Mask – Ivory Coast

Mid 20th century. Paint wood cm. 38,0 high x cm. 17,5 width (14.96″ x 6.88″). The paint is made with sap from a local tree. The Baule are noted for their fine wooden sculpture, particularly for their ritual statuettes representing ghosts or spirits; these, as well as carved ceremonial masks, were originally associated with the ancestor cult. Sold Please […]

Tuareg Tent Post – EHEL – Niger

Tuareg Tent Post – EHEL – Niger

Four “Ehel” posts were placed in a tent to hold a long wall mat (“Eseber”), which was placed around the bed to define space and create privacy. Mid 20th century. Hardwood. Cm. 107,2 high x 14,7 width (42.20″ x 5.78″). With the costum stand the piece is cm. 109,7 high (43.18″). The Tuareg people inhabit […]

Bamileke Maternity Figure – Cameroon

Bamileke Maternity Figure – Cameroon

  1960-1970. Bronze, cm 34×20 (13,38” x 7,87” ). Grams 4.238,0 (9.34 lb) The Bamileke is the native group which is now dominant in Cameroon’s West and Northwest Regions. They speak a language of the Benue-Congo branch of the Niger-Congo family. They do not refer to themselves as Bamileke but instead use the names of the […]

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