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19th Century Tribal Art

Early 20th Century Tribal Iron Currency from the Idoma of Nigeria, Africa
Early 20th Century Tribal Iron Currency from th...
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Antique 19th Century Nigerian Tribal Mounted Objects
Iron
Offered by Zena Kruzick Early 20th century tribal iron currency from the Idoma of Nigeria, Africa Cross river region. Iron currency made in the shape of a hoe, like these exampl...
Late 19th Century Tribal Dogon Door Lock
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...
19th Century Prestige Tribal Knife with Shell-Covered Scabbard, Cote D'ivoire
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...
Tribal Austral Islands Ceremonial Paddle
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, Lesotho
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
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 Zealand
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
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 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...
Late 19th-Early 20th Century Tribal Boomerang, Australia
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...
Late 19th Century Tribal Baule Figure
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...
19th Century Tribal Dogon Heddle Pulley
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 ...
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...
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.  
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...
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,...
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 ...
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...
Classic Period Native American Beaded Bandolier...
Native American Art
Antique Mid-19th Century American Native American Native American Objects
A Bandolier or Delaware bag dating to the Classic period (1650-1875) of Native American Indian art. Constructed circa 1850 of trade beads, red stroud cloth dyed with lac or cochineal...
Antique Aydin Kilim Rug
Antique 19th Century Turkish Kilim Turkish Rugs
Tapestry, Wool
Antique Aydin Kilim rug. A very handsome example of Anatolian tribal weaving traditions, rug is attributed to the Aydinli nomads of Western Turkey. Woven in two symmetrical halves, a...
Rare Antique Figurative Bracket from a East Ind...
Antique Early 19th Century Indian Tribal Art
Wood
This is a rare and interesting antique figurative bracket from a 19th century East India company ship Sailing vessels made in India were bought by the British and used to transport...
Late 19th Century Silk Ikat Uzbekistan Tribal W...
Antique Late 19th Century Uzbek Tribal Tribal Art
Silk
Gorgeous handwoven silk Ikat weaving in rich magenta, gold and purple color, circa late 19th-early 20th century, Uzbekistan, Central Asia, on the ancient Silk Route. Hand-sewn origin...
Pair of Antique Native American Beaded Possible...
Sioux Indian Art
Antique Late 19th Century American Native American Native American Objects
A pair of Sioux (Plains Indian) beaded possible bags (also referred to as tipi bags). Constructed of native tanned hide with glass trade beads, horse hair and tin-cone tinklers. Each...
19th Century India Rajasthan Spice Box
Antique 19th Century Indian Decorative Boxes
Wood
19th century India Rajasthan spice box. Wooden hand-carved with hinged top pivots to open to two compartments.
Hardwood Chokwe Bench, Angola, 19th Century
Antique Late 19th Century Angolan Tribal Tribal Art
Leather, Wood
A fine and elegant hardwood Chokwe (Angola) bench, carved all-over with geometric patterns, human and animal motifs. The front rain supported with caryatids in the form of male figu...
Fine Old Solomon Islands Cap Cap Ornament
Antique Late 19th Century Solomon Islands Tribal Art
Shell
A fine Solomon Islands cap cap ornament The cap cap carved from giant clam shell with intricate carved shell overlay This type of ornament is worn on the head during rituals fest...
Antique Native American Indian Horse Bridle, Cr...
Crow
Antique Late 19th Century American Native American Tribal Art
Hide
This remarkable vintage horse bridle or headstall is comprised of native tanned hide sinew sewn and beaded with pigment, cotton cloth, yarn, leather and metal. The central rosette...
Fine Large Iban Dayak Female Tribal Guardian Fi...
Antique Late 19th Century Indonesian Tribal Art
Wood
A fine large Iban dayak female tribal guardian figure Borneo The female figure in hard iron wood with beautiful serene expression wearing a long robe and headdress standing holdin...
Incised Copper Currency Anklet
Antique Mid-19th Century Nigerian Mounted Objects
Copper, Steel
Time-honored texture and form define this Nigerian copper sculptural object. The intricate geometry was achieved through a process known as scarification. The artisan would meticulou...
Fon Legba Phallus Sculpture
Antique Early 19th Century Beninese Tribal Art
Steel
Intended to ensure fertility and bountiful harvests, this carved-wood phallus is called a legba and was among many buried outside dwellings and in the fields of the Fon people of Wes...
Vintage Navajo Serape, Late Classic Period/Pre-...
Navajo Indian Art
Antique 19th Century American Native American Native American Objects
Wool
This phenomenal Navajo Serape or wearing blanket was expertly woven of native handspun wool in a pattern similar to Germantown eye dazzlers. The red yarns are handspun with anilin...
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...
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, ...
Tuko-See-Mathla, a Seminole Chief, Hand-Colored...
Antique 1830s Historical Memorabilia
This is a hand-colored lithograph from Thomas McKenney and James Hall's 1836 definitive study of Native American's entitled -- History of the Indian Tribes of North America. "One of ...
19th Century Small Wooden/Metal Mortar from Yem...
Antique 19th Century Yemeni Vases
Metal
19th century small wooden/metal Mortar from Yemen/Saudi Border.
19th Century Carved Wood Seated Buddha, Burma (...
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Antique 19th Century Burmese Tribal Sculptures and Carvings
Wood, Paint
Offered by Vicki Shiba, 19th century carved wood seated Buddha, Burma (Myanmar).            
Late 19th-Early 20th Century Tribal Ritual Scep...
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Antique Late 19th Century Ghanaian Tribal Tribal Art
Aluminum, Iron, Wood
Offered by Zena Kruzick. Late 19th-Early 20th Century Tribal Ritual Scepter, Ashanti People of Ghana
Antique Native American Beaded Bag Sioux, 19th ...
Sioux Indian Art
Antique 19th Century American Native American Native American Objects
Beads, Hide
A charming pictorial bag created from leather with glass trade beads and fringed with native-tanned hide. Two horses adorn the front of the bag with geometric elements on the back. T...
Plains Child's Vest with Moccasins
Antique Late 19th Century American Tribal Tribal Art
Hide, Beads
Lakota beaded vest with American flag and abstract geometric design elements and "Pu Ai" on the shoulders and metallic beaded fringe; moccasins with beaded vamp in abstract geometric...
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 Indonesian Ironwood Hut Post, poss...
Antique Late 19th Century Indonesian Primitive Figurative Sculptures
Wood
A hand-carved Indonesian ironwood hut post exhibiting a fine and weathered old surface overall. Detail images showing a sequence of both frontal and associated profile views. Intern...
Pair of Yoruban Currency Gongs
Antique Mid-19th Century Nigerian Tribal Art
Steel, Iron
Like many pieces of traditional African metalwork, these iron gongs served multiple purposes within the Yoruban communities of northern Nigeria. They were status symbols, ceremonial ...
Very Early Pair of Beaded Moccasins, Prairie "W...
Native American Art
Antique 19th Century American Native American Native American Objects
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A rare early pair of Classic Period (Pre-Reservation era) soft-soled moccasins. Constructed of native tanned hide and exquisitely beaded with trade beads. The cuffs are adorned in ri...
Early 19th Century Nigerian Iron Shield/Currency
Antique Early 19th Century Nigerian Mounted Objects
Metal
Early 19th century Nigerian Shield/Currency. Actual currency from Nigeria used to buy livestock, businesses and homes. Beautifully mounted to display the Shape and scale of the piec...
Antique Native American Beaded Moccasins, Crow,...
Crow
Antique 19th Century American Native American Native American Objects
Beads, Glass, Hide
Composed of native tanned hide and partially beaded in a classic banded design. The crow, or Apsáalooke, originally lived in the Great Lakes region in the Ohio Territory and moved we...
Antique Native American Beaded Child's Vest, Si...
Sioux Indian Art
Antique 19th Century American Native American Native American Objects
Hide
A child's beaded vest constructed of native tanned hide and beaded in blue, white-heart red, white and metallic trade beads. Pictorial design elements include cross or cruciform moti...
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...
Late 19th-Early 20th Century Tribal Currency Bl...
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Antique Late 19th Century Congolese Tribal Tribal Art
Iron
Offered by Zena Kruzick Late 19th-early 20th century tribal currency blade, Ngombe People, D.R. Congo. A graceful ribbed currency blade from the Ngombe with an encrusted patina a...
French Bronze Sculpture "Crouching Native Ameri...
Edouard Drouot
Antique Late 19th Century French Native American Figurative Sculptures
Bronze, Marble
A very fine French, 19th century Patinated bronze group of a Crouching Native American Indian on the lookout, in a dark brown patina and raised on a veined green marble base, by Edou...
Two Antique McKenney & Hall Prints
McKenney & Hall
Antique 1840s Native American Native American Objects
Two original 19th century hand-colored lithographs. After original paintings by Charles Bird King. From the History of the Indian Tribes of North America with Biographical Sketches a...
Exceptional Antique Qashqai Bag Rug
Antique 19th Century Persian Persian Rugs
Goat Hair, Wool
Exceptional Antique Qashqai bag rug. A superb example of Southwest Persian tribal weaving, this bag or rug is one of the best of its kind we have ever handled. It appears to have bee...
Pair of Large African Rootwood Armchairs, Late ...
Antique Late 19th Century North African Tribal Armchairs
Each with male and female heads and bodies represented figurally, both holding masks probably originally throne chairs.
Early 19th Century Nigerian Nupe Water Vessel
Antique Early 19th Century Nigerian Vases
Ceramic
The Nupe people of Nigeria were touted as some of the finest ceramicists in Africa and even everyday objects like this water vessel received detailed attention. The form and glaze of...
Expressive Papua New Guinea Stopper, Ex John Fr...
Antique Late 19th Century Papua New Guinean Tribal Art
Wood
A very old and beautifully encrusted stopper. This intriguing and expressive Middle Sepik area stopper comes from the John Friede Collection. Featuring a stylized anthropomorphic fac...
Late 19th Century Vanuatu Canoe Prow, "Naho"
Antique Late 19th Century Vanuatuan Tribal Art
Wood
A beautifully worn carved "Naho", featuring a stylized bird, adze marks, some encrustation and dark patina expected with wear and age of the piece Carved wooden canoe prows of this ...
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