4 African Currency – Child Size – West Africa

4 African Currency – Child Size – West Africa

Early to mid 20th century. n. 1 – Tuareg. Bronze, grams 110,8. Outer diameter cm. 7,0; inner diameter cm. 5,2. n. 2 – Tuareg. Brass, grams 141,7. Outer diameter cm. 7,0; inner diameter cm. 5,0. n. 3 – Ashanti. Bronze, grams 111,4. Outer diameter cm. 6,5; inner diameter cm. 4,5. n. 4 – Fulani-Peul. Bronze, grams 111,4. Outer diameter […]

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 […]

Berber Bag – ZAABOULA – Rif Mountain, North Morocco

Berber Bag – ZAABOULA – Rif Mountain, North Morocco

20th century. Leather. Cm. 28,0 high x cm. 32,0 width (11.02” x 12.59″). With fringes the bag is approx. cm. 60,0 long (23.62″). Perfect conditions. 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 […]

Tuareg Crosses – Tahoua – Niger

Tuareg Crosses – Tahoua – Niger

1960-1970. Silver, wool grams 33,6 (1.18 oz). Each cross is cm. 7,0 x 4,1 (2.75” x 1.61”). The Tuareg live in one of the most inhospitable areas of the planet: the central part of the Sahara Desert. Their whole existence, difficult and precarious, is dominated by an overriding concern to protect and defend themselves from hostile supernatural forces that inhabit the surrounding […]

Bracelet – Sarakole / Soninke People – Mali

Bracelet – Sarakole / Soninke People – Mali

Silver, copper. Grams 138,7 (4.89 oz); outer diameter cm 7,4 (2.91″), inner diameter cm 5,5 (2.16″). The Sarakolé (also called Soninke) are a Mandé people who descend from the Bafour and are closely related to the Imraguen of Mauritania. They were the founders of the ancient empire of Ghana c. 750-1240 CE. Sarakolé people today […]

Massive Ring – Fulani Peul Fulbe – Mali

Massive Ring – Fulani Peul Fulbe – Mali

Early to mid 20th century – Silver gr. 85,6 (0.80 oz); cm. 4,5 high x cm. 4,8 width (1.29”). Inner diameter cm. 2,0 (0.74″); US size 9.0. These rings were used by men and women, like hair decorations, necklaces, pendants, rings for fingers and currency. Jewels are also a form of savings, available in times of economic crisis in nomadic society. Fulani, also called Peul or Fulbe , a primarily Muslim people scattered throughout many parts of West Africa, from Lake Chad, […]

Pair Berber Fibulae – Tiznit, South Morocco

Pair Berber Fibulae – Tiznit, South Morocco

Early to mid 20th century. Silver, enamel grams 240,3 (8.47″ oz.). The piece is cm. 74,0 in lenght (29.13″); each fibulae is cm 14,2 x cm. 9,0 (5.59″ x 3.54″). Essential feminine embellishment, the tizerzai are taken in pairs to close the coat. Beautiful pair. For more information and similar examples: “Tiserai – The Fibule Au Maroc”, by Ileana Marchesani, Franco D’Alessandro and Meriem Otmani […]

Kirdi Iron Cache Sexe – Cameroon

Kirdi Iron Cache Sexe – Cameroon

Iron, iron beads. Without the cotton rope, the belt is cm. 46,0 in lenght (18.11″). The cache sexe is cm. 15,8 high x cm. 30,7 width (6.22″ x 12.08); weight: grams 488,0 (17.21 oz.). On the occasion of the dances for the harvest, these unusual objects were tied in most exemplary hanging from a belt worn by […]

Ndop Tunic – Bamileke – Cameroon

Ndop Tunic – Bamileke – Cameroon

First half 20th century. Indigo dyed cotton made from lots of small strips sewn together. Approx. cm 90,0 x cm 90,0 (35.93″ x 35.93″). Some damage due to age and use (see photos). For similar example see page 186 of  “African Textiles: color and creativity across a continent” by John Gillow. The sewn and indigo-dyed cloth called ndop […]

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

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