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Old Tribal Bakongo Double-Faced Mask with Fetish / Nkisi Nails and Head Cap. Manyanga Tribe. Kongo Kingdom. DRC. Africa

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    The Manyanga tribe live on the right bank of the Zaire (aka Congo) River. The location is near the tributary of the Lefini River.   This is a relatively unknown tribe whose artists are known for their elongated faces, rounded cheeks, carefully rendered faces and nails.  … Continue reading

Old Tribal Bakongo Mask with Fetish / Nkisi Nails and Head Cap. Manyanga Tribe. Kongo Kingdom. DRC. Africa

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    The Manyanga tribe live on the right bank of the Zaire (aka Congo) River. The location is near the tributary of the Lefini River.   This is a relatively unknown tribe whose artists are known for their elongated faces, rounded cheeks, carefully rendered faces and nails.  … Continue reading

Marka / Warka Tribal Mask. Wood and Copper. Ceremonial. Mali. Africa.

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  About 2.5 million Bambara people for the largest ethnic group in Mali. The Bambara Kingdom was founded in the 17th Century and reached its pinnacle by 1787. It has always been an agricultural society with cattle rearing a secondary source of food.   In the northern… Continue reading

Dayak Buffalo Bone Scrimshaw Shaman Magic Powder Container with Wood Plug, Borneo / Kalimantan

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Detail: Exceptional hand-etched and carved buffalo bone with wood finial plug. Used by Dayak tribal shamans to store herbs, magic powders and betal lime. The scrimshaw work on this piece is representative of animals that provide good luck. . as well as the ancestor on the… Continue reading

Wood Cermonial Water Ancestor Spirit Mask, Iatmul Middle Sepik, Papua New Guinea

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Detail: This is a “safe passage” mask and it is displayed in ceremonies to placate and pacify dangerous water spirits (whirlpools, upsetting canoes, pulling paddlers out of the boat, etc.). Shell eyes and orange accents with a very high forehead and the connection of the nose to… Continue reading

Wood Ceremonial Mei Ancestor Spirit Mask, Iatmul Middle Sepik Papua New Guinea

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Detail: Very incised Mei Mask from Iatmul. Lots of painted scrolling ornament on the face and the famous curved nose adjoining the chin feature (with a serpent head at the chin). The red and white pigment is still present over all the mask. These masks (also… Continue reading

Wood Pole Kambot Ancestor Spirit Mask, Papua New Guinea

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Detail: Bold ancestor spirit mask from a Kambot village, Lower Sepik River in New Guinea. The knob at the bottom is for holding during dance rituals and ceremonies. Cassowary feathers surround the face. Collected in the early 1970’s. In excellent condition. Stand not included. This item is no longer available.

Primitive and Old Brass Dokra / Dhokra Woman / Animal Statue, East India

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Detail: Dokra / Dhokra is a tribal Indian handicraft. Thought to be the oldest form of metal casting (lost wax process). What makes these pieces so popular is a “varied designs” issue and because of its primitive simplicity. Images of ritual deities were popular with these… Continue reading

Primitive & Old Brass Dokra / Dhokra Elephant Statue, East India

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Detail: Dokra / Dhokra is a tribal Indian handicraft. Thought to be the oldest form of metal casting (lost wax process). What makes these pieces so popular is a “varied designs” issue and because of its primitive simplicity. Elephants were always the most popular for these… Continue reading

Old African Dance Mask Dan, Ivory Coast Africa

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Detail: This is a typical Dan mask except for one feature: the wood is smooth but not polished. These masks are known for their normal (idealized) human face carvings. This mask does not have any noticeable scarification. Circa mid-1900’s. In very good condition. Stand is not included.
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