African Tribal Art

Early 20th Century African Wooden Grain Bowl from Mali
Early 20th Century African Wooden Grain Bowl fr...
20th Century Malian Decorative Bowls
Wood
20th century wooden African grain bowl from Mali.
African Akan Ashanti Tribal Stool
African Akan Ashanti Tribal Stool
Akan Ashanti
Mid-20th Century Ghanaian Mid-Century Modern Tribal Art
Wood
A great example of a mid to late 20th century African Ashanti stool. Carved from one piece of wood, showing geometric incisions typical to the Ashanti stools. Solid wood blackened. T...
African Tribal Art Impressive Large Old Mossi Antelope Mask
African Tribal Art Impressive Large Old Mossi A...
Early 20th Century Burkinabe Tribal Art
Wood
African Tribal Art impressive large old Mossi antelope mask This is splendid very impressive Mossi antelope mask from Burkina Faso, a very large mask with cubist style facial feat...
Early 20th Century Zulu Knobkerrie Sculpture, South Africa
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
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 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...
Late 19th or Early 20th Century Tribal Bassa Mask, Liberia
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,...
20th Century Tribal Giryama Statue, Kenya
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...
Late 19th or Early 20th Century Tribal Yao Beaded Sash, Malawi or Mozambique
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...
Early 20th Century Tribal Kuba or Binji Pipe, D.R. Congo
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...
Late 19th Century Tribal Suku Helmet Mask
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 ...
20th Century Fante Asafo Flag, Ghana
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 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...
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 ...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 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...
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 Tuareg Tent Poles
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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 ...
20th Century Tribal Ndebele Fertility Doll
20th Century South African Tribal Tribal Art
Ndebele beaded fertility dolls are given to young girls when they attend initiation school. The doll is cared for and cherished until the woman's first pregnancy. According to custom...
19th Century Lobi People Tribal Currency of Ent...
Antique 1880s Ghanaian Tribal Tribal Art
Iron, Wrought Iron
This is a large West African iron currency item in the form of two entwined snakes, a very rare form of this type of currency. It is from the Lobi people that were in what is now Gha...
16 Yaruba Tribal Currency Gongs on Hoop, Ex Sew...
20th Century Nigerian Tribal Tribal Art
Iron
An excellent and unusual early 20th century tribal currency item that has 16 individual gongs on a large iron hoop. Displays well and can be hung anywhere, measures 30cm high from to...
Very Large Mid-20th Century African Tribal Mask
20th Century Kenyan Masks
Copper, Shell, Wood
Magnificent African tribal mask hand-carved and constructed with copper and wood. Decorated with elaborate shells, and colorful tribal designs. Very Large and heavy. Exact origin...
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 ...
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 ...
Punu African Tribal Face Mask Sculpture, Figure...
Early 20th Century Gabonese Tribal Figurative Sculptures
Wool, Wood
Beautiful African art mask in carved wood from Gabon, Early 20th Century. It belongs to the Punu ethnic group, coming from Gabon. This mask is carved in wood, representing female fa...
Moroccan Antique Tribal Gun Powder Case Flask
Moroccan Artist
20th Century Moroccan Moorish Tribal Art
Brass, Bone, Tin, Wood
Moroccan antique tribal gun powder case flask, wood covered with brass and silver filigree, delicately hand-hammered brass with animals decor for power protection, the top open and t...
Moroccan Antique Tribal Gun Powder Case Flask
Moroccan Artist
20th Century Moroccan Moorish Tribal Art
Brass, Bone, Tin, Wood
Moroccan antique tribal gun powder case flask, wood covered with brass and silver filigree, delicately hand-hammered brass with animals decor for power protection, the top open and t...
African Tribal Art, Female Figural Sculpture in...
Mid-20th Century Angolan Tribal Figurative Sculptures
Wood
Beautiful large African Art Female Figure Decade of 50. In carved ebonized wood, representing female figure with hyperbolic characteristics. Private collection.
Tuareg Leather Camel Saddle from Niger Agadez A...
Artisan
Early 20th Century Nigerien Tribal More Folk Art
Leather, Wood
Tuareg leather tribal camel saddle from Agadez, Niger Africa. Finely handcrafted camel saddle formed by stitching brightly colored leather embossed onto a forked wooden base. The sa...
Early 20th Century Tribal Coral and Silver Pend...
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Early 20th Century North African Tribal Tribal Art
Silver, Coral
Offered by Zena Kruzick Early 20th century tribal coral pendant necklace, Anti Atlas Mountains, Morocco. A three-strand antique coral necklace and enameled silver pendant with th...
Pair of Early to Mid-20th Century Silver Tribal...
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Early 20th Century North African Tribal Tribal Art
Silver
Offered by Zena Kruzick Pair of early to Mid-20th century silver tribal fibulae, Berber People, Tunisia This beautiful pair of Berber fibulae would have been used to attach a sha...
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...
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 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...
Early 20th Century Yei Beaded Apron, Botswana
Early 20th Century Botswanan Tribal Tribal Art
Beads, Hide
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...
Early 20th Century Tribal Zulu Beaded Necklace
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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...
African Tribal Art Mask Parchment Wall Shade Sc...
Moroccan Artist
Early 20th Century Moroccan Tribal Wall Lights and Sconces
Iron
Pair of African Tribal Art Mask parchment wall shade sconces. These Art pieces could be used as large wall lamp shade. Iron frame covered with hide which has been hand painted with...
Pair of Parchment African Wall Sconces Henna Ta...
Berber Tribes of Morocco
20th Century Moroccan Moorish Tribal Art
Hide, Iron
Pair of African Tribal Art parchment wall shade sconces featuring a large triangle hide form stitched on iron and hand painted surface. These Art pieces could be used as wall lamp s...
Pair of African Tribal Art Parchment Wall Shade...
Berber Tribes of Morocco
20th Century Moroccan Tribal Wall Lights and Sconces
Leather, Iron
Pair of African Tribal Art parchment wall shade sconces featuring a large triangle hide form stitched on iron and hand painted surface. These Art pieces could be used as wall lamp s...
Pair of African Tribal Art Parchment Wall Shade...
Berber Tribes of Morocco
20th Century Moroccan Tribal Wall Lights and Sconces
Leather, Iron
Pair of African Tribal Art parchment wall shade sconces featuring a large triangle hide form stitched on iron and hand painted surface. These Art pieces could be used as wall lamp s...
Igala Incised Water Vessel
Early 20th Century Nigerian Vases
Terracotta
African pottery is revered for combining a simplicity of form with astonishing beauty and sophistication. Even an everyday object, like this water vessel, is richly balanced and deep...
Nupe Carved Water Vessel
Early 20th Century Nigerian Vases
Terracotta
The Nupe people of Nigeria were touted as some of the finest ceramicists in Africa. This water vessel is a particularly fine example of their mastery. While most such items feature a...
Senufo Copper Reeds Currency Bracelet
Antique Mid-19th Century Nigerian Tribal Art
Copper
The traditional form of the Senufo currency bracelet is stripped down in this more minimalistic version. Two gracefully upswept bands join to form a sculptural object that plays beau...
Bamileke Storage Vessel
Early 20th Century Cameroonian Tribal Art
Ceramic
Like other African everyday ceramics, Bamileke storage pots are revered for their simple forms yet astonishing beauty. Each is hand shaped and fired in the open. They are generally s...
Senufo Locking Currency Bracelet
Antique Mid-19th Century Ivorian Tribal Art
Copper
Time honored texture and form define this Senufo sculptural object. The abstract etchings were achieved through a process known as scarification. The artisan meticulously traced and ...
Bura Spirit Vessel
Early 20th Century Nigerien Abstract Sculptures
Terracotta
Sometimes called a "Bura bell" due to its shape, this sculptural terracotta form would have been a critical component of burial rituals of the Bura people of Niger. Buried with its f...
Fon Legba Phallus
Antique Early 19th Century Beninese Mounted Objects
Steel, Wood
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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