Sculptures & Masks

CHAMBA Ritual Objet – Northen Cameroon

CHAMBA Ritual Objet – Northen Cameroon

Early to mid 20th century. Cm. 59,5 high x 15,0 width (23.43 x 5.91 Inches); grams 956 (33.65 oz.). The Chamba people have their own particular religious beliefs known as the Chamba religion. The traditional religion of the Chamba is premised on a creator solar God (Su) and ancestor spirits who live with this creator. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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