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Mid-20th Century Chinese Minority Cotton Patchwork Child's Quilt
Mid-20th Century Chinese Minority Cotton Patchw...
Vintage 1950s Chinese Tribal Quilts and Blankets
Mid-20th century Chinese minority (Miao) coverlet for a child with a patchwork of indigo blue squares joined together and decorated with geometric and foliage patterns of appliquéd c...
Hand-Carved Bakunawa Dragon Demon Mask Totum Wall Hanging Art
Hand-Carved Bakunawa Dragon Demon Mask Totum Wa...
Hawaiian Island Creations
Vintage 1960s Philippine Wall-mounted Sculptures
Hardwood
This Totum style wall hanging exhibits four stacked, devilish, demonic faces. Handmade by one of the Igorot Ifugao Bontoc tribes in Northern Philippines. Perhaps designed to represen...
Early to Mid-20th Century Silver Tribal Bracelet, Algeria, North Africa
Early to Mid-20th Century Silver Tribal Bracele...
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Early 20th Century Algerian Tribal Tribal Art
Silver
Offered by Zena Kruzick Early to mid-20th century silver tribal bracelet, Algeria, North Africa. A very wearable silver cuff from Algeria with an opening of 1.25" (3.1 cm). It we...
Early 20th Century Tribal African Ngulu Ceremonial Status Sword, D. R. of Congo
Early 20th Century Tribal African Ngulu Ceremon...
Early 20th Century Congolese Tribal Mounted Objects
Copper, Leather, Iron, Wood
Offered by CALLIE MORGAN OAKES African Ngulg Ceremonial Status Sword Democratic Republic of Congo, circa 1920s Ngombe Culture, Iron, Copper Strips, Wood, Leather This status sy...
Miao Minority Tribe Silver Alloy Necklace Mounted on a Custom Metal Base
Miao Minority Tribe Silver Alloy Necklace Mount...
20th Century Chinese Tribal More Folk Art
Metal
Living primarily in China's southern mountainous regions, the Miao Minority Tribe creates wonderful ethnic pieces made of silver based alloys for ceremonial purposes. Necklaces such ...
Comfort Zone, "Ancient Tracks I"
Comfort Zone, "Ancient Tracks I"
Early 20th Century Turkish Tulu Turkish Rugs
Wool
An older example of Tulu style weaving from Central Turkey. The design is well-known from the flat-weaves of this region, but it is unique in our experience, in knotted pile techniqu...
Mid-20th Century African Chair
Mid-20th Century African Chair
Mid-20th Century African Chairs
Mid-20th century African birthing chair with giraffe and elephant carving.
Pre-Columbian Figure of a Condor, Peru Vicus Culture, circa 200 BC-600 AD
Pre-Columbian Figure of a Condor, Peru Vicus Cu...
Antique 15th Century and Earlier Peruvian Pre-Columbian Antiquities
Terracotta
The large individually crafted - not mold shaped - zoomorphic figure represents a seated condor without streched neck and forward placed head. Its long wings floating to its back sho...
Rare 19th Century Zulu Wars Wirework Prestige Stick, South Africa
Rare 19th Century Zulu Wars Wirework Prestige S...
Antique 1870s South African Tribal Tribal Art
Brass, Copper, Wood
An exceptional 19th century Zulu wirework prestige stick. This beautiful and exceedingly rare object would have been owned by a person of very high rank and status. The staff is deco...
19th Century Sotho Vessel, South Africa
Early 20th Century South African Tribal Tribal Art
Ceramic
An extremely rare 19th century ceramic vessel, South Africa. Ceramic vessels from South Africa dating to the late 19th century are extremely rare. We are pleased to be able to off...
Late 19th or Early 20th Century Tribal Bassa Ma...
Antique Late 19th Century Liberian Tribal Masks
Wood
A great sense of mass imbues this Bassa mask, imposing with its classically large brow, full cheeks, and heavy, almond-shaped silhouette. As the face sinks forcefully in at the eyes,...
Late 19th Century Tribal Boa Sickle
Antique Late 19th Century Congolese Tribal Tribal Art
Elegance and painstaking craftsmanship mark this Boa sickle, which stands like an alert snake, poised, rigid yet fluid. The warmth of the handle against the cool steel grey of the bl...
Mid-20th Century Fante Asafo Flag, Ghana
Mid-20th Century Ghanaian Decorative Art
Fabric
A large and graphically stunning asafo flag. Fante flags represent the merger of two cultural traditions, the Akan tradition of combining proverbs with visual imagery and the Euro...
Late 19th Century Tribal Suku Helmet Mask
Antique Late 19th Century Congolese Tribal Tribal Art
Wood
Dark patination and pigmentation lend an immediate visual appeal to this powerful Suku helmet mask. Its facial features which project a remarkably sensitive, introspective air – are ...
19th Century Tribal Dahomey Fish Figurine
Antique 19th Century Beninese Tribal Tribal Art
Brass
This small piscine figure once served as a finial ornament to a larger work. Close examination reveals a fine range of textural details and patterns that vividly describe the surface...
Early 20th Century Tribal Ethiopian Wooden Neck...
20th Century Ethiopian Tribal Tribal Art
Wood
Early 20th century Ethiopian tribal head rest from the Omo valley area. This neckrest is of a good size and height and has a satisfying patina. Headrest sometimes doubled as stool...
Early 20th Century Zulu Knobkerrie Sculpture, S...
Early 20th Century South African Tribal Tribal Art
Wood
Knobkerries were ubiquitously carried by Southern African men as weapons, dance staffs and symbols of status. While typically designed as somewhat utilitarian objects, they were ofte...
Tribal Lozi Bowl
Unknown
Early 20th Century Zambian Tribal Tribal Art
A beautifully carved lidded bowl with a decorative handle in the form of a swimming duck. This vessel is graced with a lovely, developed patina that displays deep, dark browns alongs...
Late 19th Century Tribal Sotho Prestige Vessel,...
Antique Late 19th Century Lesothian Tribal Tribal Art
Wood
This small wooden Sotho prestige vessel boasts a carved geometric design and a beautiful smooth finish. The blackened design was produced by using a hot poker. Perfect for displa...
19th Century Tribal Papua New Guinea Stone Celt...
Antique 19th Century Papua New Guinean Tribal Tribal Art
Veins of taupe run and scatter down the length of the dark green, striated face of this beautiful currency stone. With its subtle color transitions and multitude of organic details, ...
Late 19th Century Tribal Zulu Milk Pail
Antique Late 19th Century South African Tribal Tribal Art
Handsome milk pails such as this example were made by highly skilled Zulu carvers and were commissioned by the heads of homesteads. This beautiful pail contains clear references to t...
Early 20th Century Tribal Zulu Beaded Panel Nec...
Early 20th Century South African Tribal Tribal Art
A gorgeous Zulu beaded panel necklace showing excellent preservation. A Classic South African palette has been used to great effect here, particularly in the rich serenity of the viv...
Late 19th Century Tribal Zulu or Ndebele Knobke...
Antique Late 19th Century South African Tribal Tribal Art
A South African knobkerrie designed to project power and intimidate enemies. This impressive piece features a shaft intricately decorated with brass and copper wirework and a spheric...
Mother of Pearl Gorget on Stand
Unknown
20th Century Philippine Tribal Tribal Art
Mother-of-Pearl, Rattan
An etched shell necklace of the Ifugao, or the ethnic tribal people of the Northern Philippines. Called a "palangapang," it is a traditional wealth object, worn by the most elite and...
Tribal Austral Islands Ceremonial Paddle
Antique 19th Century Polynesian Tribal Tribal Art
Wood
A classic Austral Islands paddle featuring the intricate surface carving for which these objects are renowned. Ceremonial paddles are icons of Austral Islands art, and although their...
19th Century Tribal Maori Spear Taiaha, New Zea...
Antique 19th Century New Zealand Tribal Tribal Art
Wood
A traditional Maori staff (taiaha), carved from a single piece of hardwood and endowed with a deep, warm patina of age. The 'tongue' of the staff (arero), used to deliver stabbing bl...
Pair of Carved Tribal Net Buoys from Mentawai I...
Unknown
Vintage 1960s Indonesian Tribal Tribal Art
Wood
Pair of carved tribal net buoys from Mentawai Island, mid-late 20th century. Mounted on metal Stands. Offered by Bruce Hughes. One of the traditional methods employed on the Mentaw...
Tibetan Style Tribal Food Basket with Lid from ...
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Mid-20th Century Tibetan Tibetan Decorative Baskets
Bamboo, Wood
Tibetan style tribal food basket with lid from Tibet or Bhutan, mid-20th century. This handsome bamboo basket has a wooden rim top and bottom, which can also function as base when t...
Large Vintage Wedding Basket. Woven Design, Iba...
Late 20th Century Indonesian Tribal Tribal Art
Bamboo, Rattan, Wood
Large vintage wedding basket. Woven design, Iban of Borneo, late 20th century. Offered by Bruce Hughes. This unusually large, finely woven basket is double woven of bamboo and ratt...
Vintage Seed Basket, with Woven Design, Iban of...
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Vintage 1960s Indonesian Tribal Tribal Art
Bamboo, Rattan, Wood
Vintage seed basket. With woven design, Iban of Borneo, mid-late 20th century. Offered by Bruce Hughes. This finely woven basket is double woven of bamboo and rattan in stripes of ...
Ashanti African Tribal Elephant Stool
Unknown
Mid-20th Century Ghanaian Mid-Century Modern Tribal Art
Wood
Ashanti or Asanti tribal stool early to mid-20th century in the form of an elephant. Great patination and carving and good signs of use. One of the tusks has been broken which should...
Antique Kharal Opium Bowl, Rajahstan, India
Antique Late 19th Century Indian Tribal Art
Wood
This is a rare and interesting Kharal from Rajasthan India, a bowl made for preparing a beverage of opium and milk This piece dates from late 19th to early 20th century, its been ma...
Carved Tribal Door Panel Monkey Motif, Mentawai...
Unknown
Mid-20th Century Indonesian Tribal Tribal Art
Wood
Carved tribal door panel, gibbon motif. From the Mentawai Islands, Indonesia, mid-20th century. Offered by Bruce Hughes. The Bilou gibbon is an centrally important motif often enco...
Large Antique Yak Bone Tribal Necklace by Clair...
Late 20th Century Tibetan Tribal More Asian Art, Objects and Furniture
Bone
Offered by Zena Kruzick Large antique yak bone tribal necklace by Claire Ginioux, Paris, France Old yak bone rings, which were worn in their hair by young Tibetan men, are combin...
Large Mali Terracotta Tribal Bead Necklace by C...
Late 20th Century Malian Tribal More Asian Art, Objects and Furniture
Beads
Offered by Zena Kruzick Large Mali terracotta tribal bead necklace by Claire Ginioux, Paris, France. Mali terracotta beads from the 19th century and small black disks are combine...
Ritual Ceramic Pot or Kendi, Red Coloration, Sa...
Unknown
Antique 15th Century and Earlier Thai Other Ceramics
Ceramic
Ritual ceramic pouring vessel or Kendi. Remnants of red coloration. Sawankhalok Thailand, 15th century (?). Offered by Bruce Hughes. Kendi are pouring and drinking vessels found th...
Moroccan Vintage Hand Loomed Boucherouite Rug, ...
Mid-20th Century Moroccan Moroccan and North African Rugs
Cotton
Vintage Moroccan Boucherouite Rug made by the Berber tribes of the Atlas mountains. The heavy rug is hand loomed from cotton, wool and assorted textiles. Strong colors, professiona...
African Tribal Antique Zulu Pipe South Africa
Early 20th Century South African Tribal Art
Wood
Antique Zulu pipe South Africa A rare skilfully made Zulu tobacco pipe with u shaped stem. Hard wood with metal liner Period: late 19th-early 20th century, Provenance : ...
Mid-20th Century Tribal Ceramic Couscous Bowl w...
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Mid-20th Century Tunisian Tribal Tribal Art
Terracotta
Offered by Zena Kruzick Mid-20th century tribal ceramic couscous bowl with fish motif, Tunisia This large festive bowl, chqâla, was made in Nabeul, Tunisia. These were used at fa...
Comfort Zone, "The Perfect Grid"
Mid-20th Century Turkish Tulu Turkish Rugs
Wool
The way the familiar grid pattern is rendered in this "Tulu" style rug - covering only part of its surface, alternating colors at the intersections, unfinished edge at the end - sugg...

African Abstract Sculpture

By Sikhulile Precious Sibanda
African Abstract Sculpture
Sikhulile Precious Sibanda
Late 20th Century African Modern Figurative Sculptures
Stone
Modern abstract sculpture. Carved and dyed stone. Sikhulile Precious Sibanda was born in Zimbabwe in 1972, and she did her art training at Mzilikazi Art Centre in Bulawayo from 1992 ...
Early 20th Century Tribal Senufo Heddle Pulley,...
Early 20th Century Ivorian Tribal Art
Wood
A deeply patinated pulley depicting an avian figure with anthropomorphic characteristics, dominated by an elongated, overhanging head with gracefully curved beak. The concavity of th...
Mid-20th Century Fante Asafo Flag, Ghana
Mid-20th Century Ghanaian Tribal Art
Fabric
A large and graphically stunning Asafo flag. Fante flags represent the merger of two cultural traditions, the Akan tradition of combining proverbs with visual imagery, and the Eur...
Early 20th Century Tribal Hehe Stool, Tanzania
20th Century Tanzanian Tribal Stools
Wood
A graphic Hehe stool with three ridged legs and old patina of use. The Hehe people lived in isolation on a highland in southwestern Tanzania, northeast of Lake Nyasa. With the exc...
Mid-20th Century Fante Asafo Flag, Ghana
Mid-20th Century Ghanaian Tribal Art
A large and graphically stunning asafo flag. Fante flags represent the merger of two cultural traditions, the Akan tradition of combining proverbs with visual imagery, and the Eur...
Tribal 19th Century Wooden Dance Club, Samoa
Antique Mid-19th Century Samoan Tribal Tribal Art
Wood
A 19th century Samoan dance paddle or club. This old dance paddle has a fine old patina and geometric form. It is known as an anave. The club has a long lozenge-shaped blade and f...
Early 20th Century Tribal Karamojong Wooden Nec...
Early 20th Century Ugandan Tribal Tribal Art
Wood
An elegant headrest with chain-link carrying strap from Uganda. Headrests are used by the nomadic tribes in the Karamoja Savannah and come in various forms. They range from the si...
Late 19th-Early 20th Century Tribal Boomerang, ...
Antique Late 19th Century Australian Tribal Tribal Art
Wood
A lovely, elegantly carved hardwood boomerang. With its pointed arc silhouette, the weapon almost seems to depict an abstract avian form. Subtle striations run the length of the stic...
19th Century Tribal Dogon Heddle Pulley
Antique 19th Century Malian Tribal Tribal Art
Delicate symmetry defines this old, rare heddle pulley, which features twin figures posed back to back across an open space. The slim, caliper like silhouette of the pulley has been ...
18th Century Tribal Tongan Pounder
Antique 18th Century Tongan Tribal Tribal Art
Wood
Amongst the rarest objects from Polynesia is the Tongan tuki, or food pounder. These bulbous objects, mistaken by early collectors for Fijian throwing clubs, were used by Tongan wome...
Early 20th Century Tribal Dan Mask
Early 20th Century Ivorian Tribal Tribal Art
A Dan mask of unusual construction and amazing aesthetic power. Aged metal fitted around the eyes and the rough, earthen treatment around the jagged mouth contrast dramatically with ...
20th Century Tribal Makonde Helmet Mask
20th Century Tanzanian Tribal Tribal Art
The powerful, ruddy hue of this helmet mask first arrests the eye, after which focus is drawn to its smooth and naturalistically rendered portrait. Masks of this type were originally...
Early 20th Century Tribal Zulu Beaded Necklace
Unknown
Early 20th Century South African Tribal Tribal Art
A gorgeous Zulu beaded panel necklace showing excellent preservation. Soft pink and mild green interplay beautifully with black and white in central chevrons lined by red and blue bo...
Late 19th Century Pair of Tribal Zulu Combs
Antique Late 19th Century South African Tribal Tribal Art
A fine pair of Zulu combs decorated with crosshatched incisions. Ash would be rubbed into the incisions in order to create these darkened designs. When not used, these combs were oft...
19th Century Tribal Tongan Dance Paddle
Antique 19th Century Tongan Tribal Tribal Art
Wood
This gorgeous paddle is of a type used in the ancient Tongan group dance me'etu'upaki, which bears resemblance to a kind of war dance. With its highly distinctive shape, the paki dis...
Early 20th Century Yei Beaded Apron, Botswana
Early 20th Century Botswanan Tribal Tribal Art
Hide, Beads
A stunning apron from Botswana, featuring strong geometric designs in dense, graphic sections that seem almost to evoke an abstract landscape with suggestions of mountain, sky, and s...
20th Century Tribal Tuareg Tent Poles
Unknown
20th Century Nigerien Tribal Tribal Art
Among the Tuareg, tent poles are used to build the tent, hold up the tent wall mats and to hang leather bags and clothing. This particular kind of tent pole (ehel) is used to secure ...

African Kuba Knife

By Kuba People
African Kuba Knife
Kuba People
Early 20th Century Congolese Tribal Tribal Art
Iron, Wood
This African knife, with a flared iron blade and a wooden handle, was made in the Congo by the Kuba people.
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