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Lobi Dagari Abstract Tribal Ancestral Figure Burkina Faso, Africa
Abstract tribal wood ancestral figure from the Dagari, a subgroup of the Lobi People of Ghana and Burkina Faso, West Africa. Created in the early to mid-20th century. It is a stylize...
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Early 20th Century Burkinabe Tribal Tribal Art

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Wood

Four-Legged Tribal Vessel
A robust vessel with a single handle on four legs, carved from one continuous piece of wood.
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20th Century Ethiopian Tribal Tribal Art

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Wood

Oromo Ethiopia Hide Shield for War or Hunting African Tribal Art Wall Sculpture
Crossing over from tribal into a contemporary design sensibility, these African shields even have an Asian feeling, like the Japanese Mingei art movement and the aesthetic concept of...
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Early 20th Century Ethiopian Tribal Art

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Animal Skin, Paint

Kuba Raffia Prestige Panel
Visually dynamic and highly textured, this raffia panel expresses the irregular, geometric patterns typical of Kuba textile art. Created by an artisan of the Kuba people of the Democ...
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Early 20th Century Ivorian Tribal Tribal Art

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Raffia

Wood and Hair Mask from Tribal Indonesia Probably Bali or Lombok Oceanic Art
A powerful human visage with a look expressive of wild nature. We do not know the exact source or character depicted. Probably from a village or a provincial area of Bali or the neig...
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20th Century Balinese Tribal Tribal Art

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Hardwood

Guro Face Mask Ivory Coast West African Tribal Art
A beatific face mask from the Guro people of the Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast). Wood with paint and white pigment at the mouth. Possibly created by a known 20th century carver, but no ...
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Mid-20th Century Ivorian Tribal Tribal Art

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Hardwood

Yoruba Adire Oniko Indigo Textile
A vibrant and beautifully irregular pattern covers this indigo textile by the Yoruba People of Nigeria. Hand-dyed by women, this style of tie-resist indigo cloth is known as adire on...
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Mid-20th Century Nigerian Tribal Tribal Art

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Cotton

Tree Fungus Lingzhi Mask of Ganesha from North India Himalayas Nepal Tibetan Art
Very rare mask of Ganesha from North Indian/the Himalayas. This extraordinary mask has been formed from a large, single Lingzhi fungus (Ganoderma Lucidum). The natural structure of ...
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20th Century Nepalese Tribal Tribal Art

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Softwood, Burl

Solomon Islands Santa Cruz Finely Hand Carved Conical Head "Duka" Figure, 1930s
Originally collected in the Solomon Islands in 1938, this one of a kind treasure from the south pacific comes from our private oceanic collection. This is a Solomon Islands Santa...
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Early 20th Century Solomon Islands Tribal Tribal Art

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Tapestry, Wood

Two Dogon Tribe Iron Ritual Staffs
A very fine pair of Ritual Staffs from the Dogon tribe located in Mali, West Africa. The staffs are at once power objects, dance paraphernalia, sculptures and ritual objects. Both of...
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20th Century Malian Tribal Tribal Art

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Iron

Vintage Wood Splash Board from Papua New Guinea on Custom Black Stand
A vintage carved wood splash board from Papua New Guinea. This decorative carved wood splash board (also commonly referred to as a wave splitter) from Papua, New Guinea is from the M...
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20th Century Papua New Guinean Tribal Tribal Art

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Metal

Wood and Metal African Tribal Idol of Early 19th Century
A particular tribal idol made in Africa in 1900, wood and metal are in original conditions.
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Early 20th Century Guinean Tribal Tribal Art

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Metal

Heavy Oceanic ‘Papua New Guinea’ or African Carved Mask
A wonderfully carved, heavy tribal mask. The mask is from the collection of famed American writer Gore Vidal who was an avid collector of tribal masks and artifacts. It was listed as...
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Mid-20th Century Papua New Guinean Tribal Art

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Wood

Decorative Wooden Oyster Boat from South East Asia, 20th Century
This boat could possibly be from the Sama-Bajau which refers to several Austronesian ethnic groups of Maritime Southeast Asia with their origins from the southern Philippines. The B...
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19th Century Southeast Asian Primitive Antique Tribal Art

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Teak

Nepal Himalayan Butter Churn Handle, Early 20th Century with Heart
A old carved wood Nepal, North India or other Himalayan culture butter churn handle called a ghurra. Created in the early 20th century. The handle with braided columns rising to a he...
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Early 20th Century Nepalese Tribal Tribal Art

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Wood

Yoruba Male Twin Figure, Ere Ibeji, Nigeria, African Tribal Art
A finely carved male twin figure, ere Ibeji, Yoruba People, Nigeria, created in the early 20th century. With a tall plaited coiffure, expressive eyes, and extensive wear and polish...
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Early 20th Century Nigerian Tribal Tribal Art

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Wood

Large Kuba Helmet Mask Congo Early 20th Century
A very expressive mask when viewed from any angle, full of contained power. A handsome helmet mask with curved horns, large beard, conical eyes with perforated holes and traces of ...
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Early 20th Century Congolese Tribal Tribal Art

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Wood

Mbira or Sanza Congo Early 20th Century African Tribal Musical Instrument
Mbira or Sanza (once known as a thumb piano), wood with metal keys, with finely incised geometric design. Created in the early 20th century, Congo, Central Africa, possibly by an art...
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Early 20th Century Congolese Tribal Tribal Art

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Wood

Mbira or Sanza Congo Early 20th Century African Tribal Musical Instrument
Mbira or Sanza (once known as a thumb piano), wood with metal keys. On top is a subtly carved human face with great patina. Created and used in the Congo region of Central Africa, in...
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Early 20th Century Congolese Tribal Tribal Art

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Wood

Mbira or Sanza Congo Early 20th Century African Tribal Musical Instrument
Mbira or Sanza (once known as a thumb piano), wood with metal strikers. Under heavy patina is incised design with three stylized cowrie shells (also resemble human eyes) over a fluid...
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Early 20th Century Congolese Tribal Tribal Art

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Wood

Finest Mbira or Sanza Congo Early 20th Century African Tribal Musical Instrument
One of the best you are likely to see for sale anywhere. This is an early (late 19th to early 20th century) Mbira or Sanza (once known as a thumb piano), wood with metal strikers, fr...
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Early 20th Century Congolese Tribal Tribal Art

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Wood

Mbira or Sanza Congo Early 20th Century African Tribal Musical Instrument
Carved wood Mbira or Sanza (once known as a thumb piano) with metal strikers from the early period in the Congo, Central Africa. On top is a subtly carved human face with great wear ...
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Early 20th Century Congolese Tribal Tribal Art

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Wood

Mbira or Sanza Congo Early 20th Century African Tribal Musical Instrument
Simple, elegant Mbira or Sanza (once known as a thumb piano) wood with metal from the Congo, Central Africa, late 19th to early 20th century. With wonderful age and patina from handl...
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Early 20th Century Congolese Tribal Tribal Art

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Wood

African Tribal Large Ram Mask, Bobo Burkina Faso Early 20th Century Africa
A large hardwood helmet mask representing a ram from the Bobo people of Burkina Faso, West Africa. Lively asymmetrical horns encircle the top of the head. Created in the early to mid...
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Early 20th Century Burkinabe Tribal Tribal Art

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Wood

Nepal Himalayan Butter Churn Handle, Early 20th Century with Columns
A old carved wood Nepal or Himalayan ghurra butter churn handle, Early 20th Century with four twisted columns connecting at the top. With a worn, polished patina from use, old stabil...
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Early 20th Century Nepalese Tribal Tribal Art

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Wood

Philippine Wood Spoon with Standing Figure, Early 20th Century
Elegant, worn and very polished Philippine wood spoon with standing figure, probably created by an artist of the Igorot people, Luzon, in the early 20th century. The figure with hand...
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Early 20th Century Philippine Tribal Tribal Art

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Wood

Pacific Northwest Coast Tlingit Shaman's Grizzly Tooth Pendant, circa Late 1800s
A fantastic Northwest Coast Tlingit Tribe shaman's pendant carved from Grizzly Tooth with jeweled/ beaded eyes likely acquired from Western/ European traders. We were told this pi...
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19th Century Canadian Antique Tribal Art

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Teeth

Ottoman Empire ‘18th Century or Earlier’ Pair of Turkish Bath Clogs with Inlay
18th century or earlier, (Ottoman Empire) pair of Turkish bath clogs with mother-of-pearl inlay these are a beautiful decorative object d' art which would work well on a pile of boo...
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18th Century Turkish Antique Tribal Art

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Wood, Leather, Mother-of-Pearl

Pair of Adan Figures Togo Ghana Minimal Cubist Expressionist African Tribal Art
An unusually large pair with expressive faces. As a couple they interact with each other as though in a narrative or dialogue. A perfect example of how African artists are capable of...
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Mid-20th Century Ghanaian Tribal Tribal Art

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Paint, Hardwood

Ancient Bronze Akan Treasure Vessel Ashanti Ghana with Asian Wabi Sabi Aesthetic
Modern and contemporary artists working in crafts mediums (especially ceramics, metals and basketry) in the Expressionist style developed from the 1950s, were inspired by such artwor...
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Mid-19th Century Ghanaian Tribal Antique Tribal Art

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Bronze

Painted Wood Puppet Head Kebe Kuyu People Congo African Tribal Art Unique Style
Puppet head, painted wood, Kuyu people, Republic of Congo, Africa. Created in the early to mid-20th century. 17 x 4 3/4 x 5 inches. With a detachable custom metal stand that raises ...
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Early 20th Century Congolese Tribal Tribal Art

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Wood, Paint

Ex Sotheby's 1983 Yaka Slit Gong Drum with Stick Congo Tribal African Music Art
A very finely carved hardwood Yaka slit-gong drum with striker. Created late 19th-early 20th century, Democratic Republic of Congo. The drum is large for its type at 18 1/2 x 4 x 4 i...
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Early 20th Century Congolese Tribal Tribal Art

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Hardwood, Twine

Super Rare Type Igbo Afikpo Theater Mask with Throne Nigeria African Tribal Art
A superb and rare type of Igbo/Afikpo Theater mask, Nigeria, early to mid-20th century. Painted wood with fiber trim around back. This mask is unique as it has a European style thro...
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Early 20th Century Nigerian Tribal Tribal Art

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Wood, Paint

Important Akan Treasure Vessel with Lid Ghana African Tribal Art
A colorful and delightful large ceramic treasure vessel from the Akan people of Ghana. Earthenware with black, orange, red, and cream colored paint, early 20th century. Rising from ...
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Early 20th Century Ghanaian Tribal Tribal Art

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Ceramic, Paint

African Senufo Tribe Large Heavy Janus Firespitter Helmet Mask Wanyugo
This large zoomorphic shell decorated (likely cowrie shells) helmet mask was often worn at funerals of important elders and other ceremonies by members of the Senufo Tribe whose memb...
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Mid-20th Century Ivorian Tribal Art

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Shell, Wood

African Baule Tribe Masterfully Carved Blolo Bla Spirit World Figure on Stand
A wonderfully and intricately carved Blola Bla (or Blolo Bian) carved figure by the Baule Peoples of the Ivory Coast (Côte d'Ivoire). These figures represent a spouse/lover from ...
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Mid-20th Century Ivorian Tribal Art

Materials

Wood

16th Century Spanish Walnut and Wrought Iron Dromedary Saddle
One of a kind 16th century Spanish school dromedary saddle in carve walnut and wrought iron, in a very good condition with age and use, Its very difficult to find this pieces, it was...
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16th Century Spanish Gothic Antique Tribal Art

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Wood

African Bete Wooden Pangolin
The Bete tribe saw the spirits of their elders as emissaries to nature in the spirit world. Their religious ceremonies centered around mediating that relationship, and would have use...
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Mid-20th Century Ivorian Tribal Tribal Art

Materials

Wood

Fon Legba Phallus
By Fon People
Located in Chicago, IL
This carved-wood phallus, called a Legba, was among many placed outside dwellings and in the fields of the Fon people of West Africa to ensure fertility and bountiful harvests. These...
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Early 19th Century Beninese Primitive Antique Tribal Art

Materials

Steel

Fon Legba Phallus
By Fon People
Located in Chicago, IL
This carved-wood phallus, called a Legba, was among many placed outside dwellings and in the fields of the Fon people of West Africa to ensure fertility and bountiful harvests. These...
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Early 19th Century Beninese Primitive Antique Tribal Art

Materials

Steel

African Hemba So'o Passport Mask
This mask, with its pointed nose and menacing wide grin, was intended to frighten and unnerve its viewers. Known as "so'o", these masks are carved to resemble a "chimpanzee-human" an...
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Mid-20th Century Congolese Tribal Tribal Art

Materials

Wood

Kuba Raffia Prestige Panel
By Kuba
Located in Chicago, IL
Visually dynamic and highly textured, this raffia panel expresses the irregular, geometric patterns typical of Kuba textile art. Created by an artisan of the Kuba People of the Democ...
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Early 20th Century Congolese Tribal Tribal Art

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Raffia

Child Amulet Lock, Silver Alloy, Yao or Hmong of SW China, Early 20th Century
Child amulet lock necklace silver alloy with repousse work and hanging bells. Yao or Hmong of SW China, early 20th century. Fastened on a chain necklace. This charming amulet neckla...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Tribal Tribal Art

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Metal, Silver

Yoruba Adire Oniko Indigo Textile
A vibrant and beautifully irregular pattern covers this indigo textile by the Yoruba People of Nigeria. Hand-dyed by women, this style of tie-resist indigo cloth is known as adire on...
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Mid-20th Century Nigerian Tribal Tribal Art

Materials

Fabric

African Bamileke Animal Stool
Marked by the telltale Bamileke rounded disc seat and base, this stool is supported by the linked forms of three animalistic figures. Created from a single tree trunk, the stool serv...
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Mid-20th Century Cameroonian Tribal Tribal Art

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Wood

Large Papua New Guinea Kundu Hourglass Shaped Drum Crocodile Form Hardwood
A quite large and heavy hardwood Papuan Gulf hand-held hourglass shaped drum (called kundu). Papua New Guinea, probably made in the late 19th-early 20th century. Carved from a dense ...
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Early 20th Century Papua New Guinean Tribal Art

Materials

Hardwood

Ex Museum Palm Wood Spirit Figure Papua New Guinea 20th Century Oceanic Art
An unusual coconut palm wood carving of a spirit figure. Papua New Guinea, 20th century. The thick section of black wood is carved on the front with round eyes and suggestion of a n...
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20th Century Papua New Guinean Tribal Tribal Art

Materials

Hardwood

Small Tribal Wooden Stool from Tanzania, Mid-20th Century
Small Tribal wooden stool from Tanzania. 10 dia by 9.25 tall, mid-20th century. This small wooden stool served primarily as a milking stool, and comes from any one of a number of pa...
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Mid-20th Century Tanzanian Tribal Tribal Art

Materials

Wood

Akan Asante Fante Ghana Stool with Figure Fine and Old
The supports for Akan stools take many forms, they can be purely geometric or architectural with simple posts and columns, or, as in this case, figural, with humans or animals suppor...
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20th Century Ghanaian Tribal Art

Materials

Hardwood

Cubist Lobi Wood Female Figure Burkina Faso Ghana Mid-20th Century African Art
Very cubist style Lobi carving composed of sharp angles and planes in an harmonious visual rhythm. The Lobi span a region of north Ghana, Burkina Faso, and a small part of the Ivory ...
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20th Century Burkinabe Tribal Art

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Hardwood

African Abstract Sculpture
By Sikhulile Precious Sibanda
Located in Rochester, NY
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-...
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Late 20th Century African Modern Tribal Art

Materials

Stone

Tribal Drum Tabwa People DR Congo African Musical Instrument Well Used
This drum is called a funkula and was used by a sikaomba, a traditional praise singer of the Tabwa people of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa. Made from a soft wood with a da...
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Early 20th Century Congolese Tribal Art

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Softwood

Ex Museum Papua New Guinea Papuan Gulf River Spirit Board Gope Tribal Art
Papuan Gulf ancestor spirit board, called Gope, early 20th century. Wood with natural pigments and charcoal. An intriguing spirit carving, with good provenance. 1963 is a relatively ...
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Early 20th Century Tribal Art

Materials

Wood, Paint

African Mali Bamana Bambara Tribe Carved Wood Kore Mask
A wonderfully carved mask from the Bamana (Bambara) tribe of Mali. This mask, which has clear signs of wear and use, is a Kore mask and was made to be worn during initiation society ...
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Mid-20th Century Malian Tribal Art

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Wood

Qilin Amulet Necklace, Silver Alloy, Southwest China, Early 20th Century
Qilin amulet necklace with infant rider, silver alloy with repousse work and hanging bells. Southwest China, early 20th century. Fastened on a chain necklace. This lovingly worked a...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Tribal Tribal Art

Materials

Metal, Silver

19th Century African Red Clay Water Vessel from Bambara Jidaga with Lizards
19th century African red clay water vessel from Bambara Jidaga with lizards. A unique Wessel formed by pounding flattened clay around a convex mold, this oblong footed vessel is a wa...
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Early 19th Century Malian Tribal Antique Tribal Art

Materials

Terracotta

Two Yoruba Ibeji Twin Figures, Early 20th Century, Nigeria, Africa Tribal Art
Two very well loved and worn Yoruba twin figures "Ibeji", from Nigeria, Africa dating to the early part of the 20th century. One with heavily worn smoothed face from years of use and...
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Early 20th Century Nigerian Tribal Tribal Art

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Wood

White Bronze East African or Asian Large Bracelet, Early 20th Century
White bronze or other metal alloy East African, Asian or possibly Indian large bracelet, early 20th century. With wonderful radiating design, in two joined pieces (does not come apar...
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Early 20th Century Sub-Saharan African Tribal Tribal Art

Materials

Bronze

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