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Mfunte Iron Currency
Mfunte Iron Currency
Early 20th Century Congolese Tribal Art
Iron
In many pre-colonial regions of Africa, iron was so valuable that tools often doubled as currencies for rare but significant transactions. This large iron form is a currency piece fr...
Yoruba Iron Gong Currency
Yoruba Iron Gong Currency
Early 20th Century Nigerian Tribal Art
Steel, Iron
Like many pieces of traditional African metalwork, this metal gong served multiple purposes within the Yoruba communities of northern Nigeria. It was a ceremonial instrument, a poten...
Kirdi Iron Currency Bundle
Kirdi Iron Currency Bundle
Early 20th Century Cameroonian Tribal Art
Iron
With flared hourglass shape and tightly coiled ends, this bundle of iron currency pieces is imbued with a sense of tension and movement - despite being completely rigid and immobile....
Yoruba Oba Beaded Crown
Yoruba Oba Beaded Crown
Early 20th Century Nigerian Tribal Art
Fabric, Beads
The Yoruba peoples of Nigeria are some of Africa's most famous artisans. Their deep mythologies fired the imaginations and talents of skilled craftspeople to create extraordinary wor...
Yoruba Oba Beaded Crown
Yoruba Oba Beaded Crown
Early 20th Century Nigerian Tribal Art
Fabric, Beads
The Yoruba peoples of Nigeria are some of Africa's most famous artisans. Their deep mythologies fired the imaginations and talents of skilled craftspeople to create extraordinary wor...
Chamba Gong Currency
Chamba Gong Currency
Early 20th Century Nigerian Tribal Art
Iron
Like many pieces of traditional African metalwork, this gong had multiple uses for the Chamba people of the Benue River Valley in Nigeria. It was a ceremonial instrument, a status sy...
Yoruba Beaded Sash
Yoruba Beaded Sash
Mid-20th Century Nigerian Tribal Art
Shell, Fabric, Beads
This intricately-constructed colorful train was painstakingly created by Yoruba artisans in Nigeria in the mid-20th century. Recent designs such as this were based upon sashes that s...
Yoruba Beaded Sash
Yoruba Beaded Sash
Mid-20th Century Nigerian Tribal Art
Shell, Fabric, Beads
This intricately-constructed colorful train was painstakingly created by Yoruba artisans in Nigeria in the mid-20th century. Recent designs such as this were based upon sashes that s...
Yoruba Beaded Sash
Yoruba Beaded Sash
Mid-20th Century Nigerian Tribal Art
Shell, Fabric, Beads
This intricately-constructed colorful train was painstakingly created by Yoruba artisans in Nigeria in the mid-20th century. Recent designs such as this were based upon sashes that s...
Yoruba Osanyin Staff
Yoruba Osanyin Staff
Early 20th Century Nigerian Tribal Art
Steel, Iron
To cure mental and physical ailments, Yoruba priests and diviners invoke the aid of Osanyin, the god of herbal medicines. Used in divination rituals to cure the afflicted, this iron ...
Matakam Sickle Currency with Figure
Matakam Sickle Currency with Figure
Mid-20th Century Cameroonian Tribal Art
Iron
Many pre-coinage African currencies were formed after objects of inherent practical value. This sickle-form iron currency created by an artisan of the Matakam people of Cameroon was ...
Matakam Sickle Currency with Figure
Matakam Sickle Currency with Figure
Mid-20th Century Cameroonian Tribal Art
Iron
Many pre-coinage African currencies were formed after objects of inherent practical value. This sickle-form iron currency created by an artisan of the Matakam people of Cameroon was ...
"Grain Sack" Rug
Mid-20th Century Turkish Kilim Turkish Rugs
Wool, Cotton
"Grain Sack" rug. A tribal cargo bag or rug from Southeast Turkey, flat-woven with an intricate brocaded panel in the front. Woven exclusively for domestic use, with very little chan...
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 Dogon Door Lock
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Antique Late 19th Century Malian Tribal Tribal Art
A fine Dogon door lock surmounted by two seated figures. The angular features of the pair are emphasized by strict rectilinear shapes, echoed at the bottom of the lock's face by a st...
Mid-20th Century Fante Asafo Flag, Ghana
Mid-20th Century Ghanaian More Folk 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...
19th Century Prestige Tribal Knife with Shell-C...
Antique 19th Century Ivorian Tribal Arms, Armor and Weapons
Metal
A stunning 19th century knife with choral-colored shells on the scabbard. Among the many remarkable art traditions for which the Baule people of Cote D'ivoire are known is their m...
20th Century Kamba Tribal Colonial Carving, Kenya
20th Century Kenyan Folk Art Tribal Art
Wood
An early colonial carving from Kenya. There is a rich tradition of carving colonial figures for sale to European colonists throughout Africa. Many of these master carvers carved f...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Late 19th Century Tribal Zulu Knobkerrie
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Antique Late 19th Century South African Tribal Tribal Art
Knobkerries were ubiquitously carried by South African men as weapons and symbols of status. While typically designed as utilitarian objects, they were oftentimes crafted with a grea...
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...
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...
20th Century Fante Asafo Flag, Ghana
Mid-20th Century Ghanaian Decorative Art
Fabric
A large and graphically stunning Fante asafo flag. Fante flags represent the merger of two cultural traditions, the Akan tradition of combining proverbs with visual imagery and th...
Late 19th Century Tribal Baule Figure
Antique Late 19th Century Ivorian Tribal Tribal Art
Wood
Divinatory figures among the Baule were used as dwellings of asye usu, or bush spirits, incorporeal consciousness’s from outside the village bounds brought into communication with th...
Early 20th Century Tribal Kuba or Binji Pipe, D...
Early 20th Century Congolese Tribal Collectibles and Curiosities
Wood
A beautiful interplay of raised planes and clustered incisions structures this impressive cephalomorphic Congolese pipe. Flowing line work textures the head, which joins with the bri...
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 ...
20th Century Tribal Giryama Statue, Kenya
Mid-20th Century Kenyan Tribal Tribal Art
Wood
A highly abstract wooden post from Kenya. The Giryama people of the Kenyan coast are known for their long standing tradition of carved wooden mortuary posts. The grave posts, call...
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...
Late 19th or Early 20th Century Tribal Yao Bead...
Antique Late 19th Century Malawian Tribal Tribal Art
Beads
A lovely beadwork sash in white, green, and blue with delicate tassels at either end. Yao beadcraft commonly features triangular motifs, and this sash is no exception, featuring hori...
Important African Statue, Igbo Nigéria, circa 1930
Vintage 1930s Nigerian Other Figurative Sculptures
Wood
The Igbo are one of Nigeria's three major ethnic groups, accounting for about 20% of the total population, concentrated in the south-east of the country. The Igbo culture (Heebo, Ib...
Finely Carved Markham Valley Spoon, Papua New G...
Antique Late 19th Century Papua New Guinean Tribal Art
Wood
A turn of the century "Ompi" featuring a totemic ancestor's face, Markham Valley, Morobe Province. Signs of wear and old lime deposits, soft worn patina. Ex UK collection 10 cm.  
Early 20th Century to Mid-20th Century Aborigin...
Early 20th Century Australian Tribal Art
Wood
Aboriginal spearthrower carved and incised wood, abrus seeds, cane, shell and gum resin. 62.5cms long, 10.5cms wide. Aboriginal tribes, north Australia, Queensland.
19th Century Palm Leaf Fan, Tonga
Antique 19th Century Tongan More Asian Art, Objects and Furniture
A Tongan palm leaf fan. Provenance, the Melanesian Mission. Founded in 1849 by George Augustus Selwyn. The work of the Mission was primarily centred in Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, b...
Elegant 19th Century Fijian Wasekaseka / Waseis...
Antique Late 19th Century Fijian Collectible Jewelry
Ivory
A beautiful 25 short tusk Fijian sperm whale tooth necklace. These necklaces were highly important made for Fijian Chiefs and used in exchange in order to create relationships betwee...
Yoruba Nigeria African Royal Beaded Headdress C...
Artisan
Mid-20th Century Nigerian Tribal Tribal Art
Metal
West African hand beaded head dress crown from Yoruba, Nigeria. This artistic beautiful and functional art piece is covered with beads in turquoise, orange, green, yellow red, blue ...
Large Hand-Carved Tribal Wooden Bowl from the B...
Mid-20th Century Indonesian Tribal Tribal Art
Large tribal wooden bowl or tray from the Batak of Sumatra, mid-20th century. Scaramanga's bowls are authentic old hand carved wooden bowls with small marks, imperfections and varia...
Bronze Benin Head
Benin People
Mid-20th Century Beninese Tribal Tribal Art
Bronze
Head of a Queen Mother. Nigeria, Edo, Benin 20th century. Measures: H 23 in. (58 cm) 11.8 lbs (5.35 KG).
Yoruba Nigeria African Red Royal Beaded Headdre...
Artisan
Mid-20th Century Nigerian Tribal Tribal Art
Metal
West African hand beaded head dress crown from Yoruba, Nigeria. This artistic beautiful and functional art piece is covered with beads in ivory, red and black colors with faces bird...
Finely Carved Boiken Bowl, Coastal Prince Alexa...
Early 20th Century Papua New Guinean Tribal Art
Wood
Boiken bowl, shallow circular form, the underside carved in shallow relief with a star design, stylised motifs within its border leading the two handles with notched edge and two lo...
Yoruba Nigeria African Royal Beaded Headdress C...
Artisan
Mid-20th Century Nigerian Tribal Tribal Art
Fabric, Beads
West African hand beaded head dress crown from Yoruba, Nigeria. This artistic beautiful and functional art piece is covered with beads in ivory, red, blue, green, yellow and black c...
Nabwikai mask, Vanuatu, Ex Nicolai Michoutouchk...
Early 20th Century Vanuatuan Sculptures and Carvings
Wood
Ceremonial Mask H 24 cm, W 25 cm (incl. Tusks) Natural polychrome pigments, vegetable clay, wood, tree fern, boar tusk, spiderweb, coconut shell fibre. Native repair to one tusk ente...
Early 20th Century Aboriginal Wunda Shield, Wes...
Early 20th Century Australian Tribal Art
Wood
Beautiful Aboriginal Wunda shield, Western Australia. Pandal design featuring white clay, red ochre wash.
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 ...
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,...
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 Lozi Bowl
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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...
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 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...
Africanist Palmwood Pedestal by Charles Combes
Charles Combes
Vintage 1950s French Primitive Pedestals and Columns
Palmwood
Charles Alphonse Combes (1891-1968) An exceptional carved stele in solid palmwood, in the Africanist style of the 1931 Paris Exposition Coloniale. Carved on both sides.
Antique Beshir Turkmen Rug
Antique Late 19th Century Turkmen Tribal Central Asian Rugs
Wool
Antique Beshir Turkmen rug. A highly collectible antique rug, attributed to the Ersari Turkmen tribes in Central Asia, in a more ornate style often referred to as "Beshir." This rug ...
"Chessboard Boogie Woogie," Moroccan Berber Carpet
Mid-20th Century Moroccan Tribal Moroccan and North African Rugs
Wool
"Chessboard Boogie Woogie," Moroccan Berber carpet or rug. A very unusual Moroccan Berber carpet or rug attributed to the Ait Bou Ichaouen tribes. The basic checkered design is ubiqu...
Gurage Tribal Carved Wanza Wood Throne Jimma Ch...
Antique 19th Century Ethiopian Tribal Chairs
Wood
A wonderful hand-carved Jimma chair with tripod legs from a single piece of dense wanza wood, probably made by the Gurage people of Southwest Ethiopia in Africa. Probably dates to th...
Antique Persian Bokhara
Vintage 1920s Persian Tribal Persian Rugs
Cotton, Wool
A Bokhara rug from the Central Asia region of the early 20th century with geometric gulls and polygons with a rust background and shades of blue and beiges. Tribal motifs with Classi...
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