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Mid-20th Century Tribal Art

African Tribal Art, Female Figural Sculpture in Carved Ebonized Wood, circa 1950
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.
Vintage Teak Tray with Handle from Northern Thailand, Mid-Late 20th Century
Vintage Teak Tray with Handle from Northern Tha...
Unknown
Vintage 1960s Thai Rustic Decorative Bowls
Teak
Vintage teak tray with handle from Northern Thailand, Mid-late 20th century. Offered by Bruce Hughes. Fashioned from a single piece of teak and traditionally used in Thailand and L...
King's Door Fante Asafo Flag
King's Door Fante Asafo Flag
Mid-20th Century Ghanaian Tribal Art
Cotton
Displayed at festivals and ceremonies, this vibrant flag was created by the Fante people of Ghana to represent a particular military company. These groups, known as Asafo, can be fou...
Comfort Zone, "The Perfect Grid" Rug
Comfort Zone, "The Perfect Grid" Rug
Mid-20th Century Turkish Tulu Turkish Rugs
Wool
Comfort Zone, "The Perfect Grid" rug. The way the familiar grid pattern is rendered in this "Tulu" style rug - covering only part of its surface, alternating colors at the intersecti...
Diamond Tulu Rug in Angora
Diamond Tulu Rug in Angora
Vintage 1960s Turkish Turkish Rugs
Angora, Goat Hair, Mohair, Wool
Diamond Tulu rug in angora. An old tribal rug from West Central Turkey, coarsely woven with long strands of colorful angora goat hair (mohair). Such rugs were used as beds, blankets ...
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 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 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...
Mid-20th Century Fante Asafo Flag, Ghana
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...
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...
Old and Good Salampasu Mask
Old and Good Salampasu Mask
Vintage 1930s Congolese Tribal Art
Wood, Pigment
Fiercely visaged mask with bulbous forehead, filed teeth, and original woven fiber head piece. Rakish marking painted in red is an unusual and graphically arresting feature. Measurem...
 Bamana Mask, Suruku Mali, 1940s
Bamana Mask, Suruku Mali, 1940s
Unknown
Vintage 1940s Malian Tribal Masks
Wood
Bamana Mask, Suruku Mali, 1940s.  
Fang Reliquary Figure Gabon African Tribal Art
Unknown
Vintage 1950s Gabonese Tribal Tribal Art
Wood, Copper
Standing 28 inches tall, this statue is of considerably stylized proportion and it impresses the viewers with a tranquilizing stance and meditative and facial expression. With a cyli...
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...
African Textile Kuba Zaire, Suitable for Table,...
Unknown
Mid-20th Century Congolese Folk Art Tribal Art
B/1702, vintage Kuba textile, from Zaire. Ideal for pillows or wall panel.
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
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
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...
Matakam Sickle Currency with Figure
Mid-20th Century Cameroonian Tribal Art
Iron, Wood
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
Mid-20th Century Cameroonian Tribal Art
Iron, Wood
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
Cotton, Wool
"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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
"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...
Vintage Tribal Wooden Cutting Tray with Handle,...
Unknown
Mid-20th Century Indian Tribal Tribal Art
Wood
Vintage tribal wooden cutting tray with handle, from Nagaland, mid-20th century. Offered by Bruce Hughes. Fashioned by hand from a single piece of local hardwood, this flat handled...
African Tribal Fine Framed Ba Tonga Beaded Apron
Mid-20th Century Zimbabwean Tribal Art
Beads
African tribal fine framed ba Tonga beaded apron. A finely beaded checkered apron professionally mounted on a cloth frame. The Ba Tonga people of Zimbabwe and Zambia are known for ...
Carved Tribal Door Panel, Dayak of Borneo, Indo...
Unknown
Vintage 1930s Indonesian Tribal Architectural Elements
Shell, Glass, Wood
Carved tribal door panel, Aso motif. Dayak of Borneo, Indonesia, early to mid-20th century. Offered by Bruce Hughes. Hand-carved of ironwood and dominated by an intertwining Aso ...
Old Carved Door and Frame from Sumatra, Merbau ...
Unknown
Vintage 1930s Indonesian Tribal Architectural Elements
Wood
Old carved door and frame from Sumatra. Merbau wood. Early to mid-20th century. Offered by Bruce Hughes. This rare and wonderfully rendered door from Sumatra, most likely from the...
Wooden Tribal Male Statue from West Nepal, Earl...
Unknown
Vintage 1930s Nepalese Tribal Tribal Art
Wood
Wooden tribal male statue from West Nepal, early to mid-20th century. Mounted on a metal plate. Offered by Bruce Hughes. This wooden figure comes from West Nepal, most probably fro...
Wooden Tribal Female Statue from West Nepal, Ea...
Unknown
Vintage 1930s Nepalese Tribal Tribal Art
Wood
Wooden tribal female statue from West Nepal, early to mid-20th century. Mounted on a metal plate. Offered by Bruce Hughes. This wooden figure comes from West Nepal, most probably f...
Vintage Kuba Raffia Textile Panel, Central Afri...
Unknown
Mid-20th Century Central African Tribal Tribal Art
Raffia
Vintage Kuba textile panel. Handwoven and hand embroidered Raffia palm fiber. From the Kuba people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire), mid-20th century. Offere...
Carved Wood Tribal Three Leg Headrest, Kenya
Unknown
Mid-20th Century Kenyan Tribal Tribal Art
Wood
Offered by Scott McCue Carved wood tribal three leg headrest, Kenya A wonderful, worn used three leg headrest from Kenya, about 14 inches long.
Vintage Kuba Raffia Textile Panel, Central Afri...
Unknown
Mid-20th Century Central African Tribal Tribal Art
Raffia
Vintage Kuba textile panel. Handwoven and hand embroidered raffia palm fibre. From the Kuba people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire), mid-20th century. Offere...
Kozak Saddlebags
Vintage 1960s Turkish More Carpets
Brocade, Goat Hair, Wool
An old tribal bag, originally meant to be carried over the shoulder or the back of a donkey. A very nice example with lots of details. Can be used in a variety of ways - wall hangin...
Tutsi Tribal Woven Mat, Rwanda, Africa
Unknown
Mid-20th Century Rwandan Tribal Tribal Art
Rattan
Offered by Scott McCue Tutsi Tribal woven mat, Rwanda, red and black on Tan, 42 inches, Africa. A wonderful geometric design woven mat by the Tutsi people of Rwanda. This decorat...
Tribal Carrying Basket with Wooden Feet Nagalan...
Unknown
Mid-20th Century Indian Tribal Tribal Art
Bamboo, Wood
Tribal carrying basket with wooden feet. Nagaland, NE India, mid-20th century. Offered by Bruce Hughes. This utilitarian basket from the Naga tribes of Northeast India is made from...
Ceremonial Camel Cover Rug
Vintage 1930s Turkmen Tribal Quilts and Blankets
Felt
Ceremonial camel cover rug. A large animal trapping, most probably a ceremonial cover for a camel made of felted wool and decorated with embroidered motifs, typical of Turkmen or Uzb...
Beni Mguild Moroccan Berber Carpet
Vintage 1960s Moroccan Tribal Moroccan and North African Rugs
Wool
Beni Mguild Moroccan Berber carpet or rug. A lovely old Moroccan Berber carpet or rug from the Middle Atlas Mountains, attributed to the Beni Mguild, featuring one of the well-known ...
“Eye of the Dragon” 1930s-1940s Eastern Europea...
Vintage 1930s European Tribal Art
Linen, Thread, Plexiglass, Wood
“Eye of the Dragon” 1930s-1940s Eastern European hand-stitched applique panel made from hand spun linen fabric. Newly tacked down to a linen mat and framed.
Mid-20th Century Wool Baknough ‘Woman's head co...
Unknown
Vintage 1950s Libyan Tribal Tribal Art
Wool, Cotton
Offered by Zena Kruzick Mid-20th century Wool Baknough (Woman's head covering) Berber People, Libya This wool baknough is most likely from Libya, although similar pieces have bee...
African Colonial Figure with Red Jacket
Mid-20th Century Ivorian Figurative Sculptures
Paint, Wood
The hats, clothes, and exaggerated features mark this Baule figure as a colonial satire. At the height of European colonization, many African crafstpeople made figures that called ou...
African Colonial Figure with Yellow Jacket
Mid-20th Century Ivorian Tribal Art
Paint, Wood
The hats, clothes, and exaggerated features mark this Baule figure as a colonial satire. At the height of European colonization, many African craftspeople made figures that called ou...
Tribal Style Clay Bust Sculpture, 20th Century
Mid-20th Century Unknown Tribal Busts
Unusual tribal style/African style artist clay bust from the 20th century. This unique colorful artist sculpture depicts a tribal figure.
Mfumte Messenger, Cameroon
Mid-20th Century Central African Figurative Sculptures
Wood
Called Ngimfe by local residents, this figure was said to personify the messenger for an oracle named Sanko; messenger of good news of good luck. Was in the possession of Duke Unive...
Nigerian Double Gong Iron Currency
Mid-20th Century Nigerian Tribal Art
Iron
Like many pieces of traditional African metalwork, this sculptural iron-wrought double gong served multiple purposes. It was a ceremonial instrument, status symbol, and traded as cur...
Dogon Toguna Post Sculpture
Mid-20th Century Malian Figurative Sculptures
Wood
This intricately carved sculptural object by the Dogon people of Mali combines motifs from traditional Dogon ladders and toguna posts, monumental forked structures used to support th...
Mid-20th Century Tami Islands Papua New Guinea ...
Unknown
Mid-20th Century Papua New Guinean Tribal Art
Kaolin, Wood
Offered by Callie Morgan Oakes mid-20th century Tami Islands Papua new guinea wooden feast bowl Of classic form, each end carved with raised and incised imagery depicting stylize...
Mid-20th Century Tribal Tapa Cloth, Fiji
Unknown
Mid-20th Century Fijian Tribal Tribal Art
Natural Fiber
Offered by John Ruddy. Tapa cloth made from mulberry fiber with natural pigments, Fiji, mid-20th century.
Africana Tribal Relief Panel Art Signed Jan De ...
Mid-20th Century American Tribal Decorative Art
Wood, Paint, Masonite
Midcentury Africana tribal Masonite relief panel art signed Jan de Swart.
Dogon Stool with Nommo Figures
Mid-20th Century Malian Tribal Art
Wood
Created by the Dogon people of central Mali, this expressively carved stool continues a tradition of using stools as symbols of authority. Owning a finely made stool represented one'...
Tribal Wooden Food Tray on Stand with Handle, N...
Unknown
Vintage 1960s Indian Tribal Tribal Art
Wood
Tribal wooden food tray on stand with handle, Nagaland, mid-late 20th century. Offered by Bruce Hughes. Fashioned from one piece of wood. Used for serving food. Condition: Note th...
Vintage Navajo Yei Rug, Oriental Rug, Handmade ...
Vintage 1950s American Navajo North and South American Rugs
Wool
Navajo rugs and blankets are textiles produced by Navajo people of the Four Corners area of the United States. Navajo textiles are highly regarded and have been sought after as trade...
Vintage Old Pawn Navajo Bracelet with Silver an...
Navajo Indian Art
Vintage 1930s American Native American Native American Objects
Silver
A trading post era/old Pawn Navajo silver cuff bracelet with three oval turquoise stones.
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