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American Indian & Ethnographic Art Sale 3099B | May 5, 2018 | Boston


American Indian & Ethnographic Art


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Provenance The Richard Newman Collection Richard Newman was a Fine Arts major at Columbia University before becoming a surgeon, residing and practicing in New Jersey. His interest in African art began in the 1960s when his brother, who was serving in the Peace Corps in western Africa, began to send tribal pieces home. This led to a lifelong interest in exploration, travel, and research. What began with gold weights and tribal masks from western Africa evolved over the 1970s and 80s into an interest in ethnic art that ultimately encompassed Asian, pre-Columbian, and American Indian cultures. He enjoyed sharing his collections and learning from other collectors, curators, and dealers. Much of his collection has been exhibited at the Los Angeles County Art Museum, The Montclair Art Museum, and The National Museum of African Art—Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.

The Arnold Crane Collection Any visitors to Arnold Crane’s Chicago apartment realized immediately that they were in the presence of a passionate collector. Whether American Indian jewelry, African bronzes and weapons, European wooden walking canes and staffs, books, or his most beloved cameras, Arnold collected with great enthusiasm and in depth. Trained as a trial attorney, Arnold was a superb photographer first and foremost. His unbridled devotion to photography and his flawless eye for greatness resulted in his amassing an extraordinary collection of nineteenth and twentieth century photography that now forms the cornerstone of the Getty Museum’s photographic collection. When the Crane Collection entered the Getty in 1984, it included more than 1,000 Walker Evans images and the world’s largest holdings of the modernists Man Ray and László Moholy-Nagy. Perhaps the rarest and most important piece of photographic history to enter the Getty was from the Crane Collection; the album of French photographic pioneer Hippolyte Bayard, which contains 145 experimental photos from 1840-45. After his retirement, Arnold and his wife of 27 years, Cynthia, would spend the fall in Paris. Once the Parcours des Mondes became an annual event, Arnold scoured the dealers for African bronzes and other works that caught his eye. He collected “tribal” art with the same passion as photography, applying his keen eye for form to African sculpture and metalwork. In addition to form, Arnold loved accumulations and many of his tribal pieces display an appreciation for the layering often found in African traditional sculpture, whether a Cross River emblem or hunter’s shirts from Burkina Faso. —Holly Ross, Tribal Arts Magazine, 2014


The Lasansky Collection The history of collecting traditional Sub-Saharan sculpture in the United States is outlined in great detail by Warren Robbins in the book African Art In American Collections: Survey 1989. The author references the printmaker Mauricio Lasansky, along with a handful of his contemporaries, in a section of the text that focuses on the American artist-collector. These individuals, following in the footsteps of Early Modernists in Europe such as Picasso, Braque, Matisse, Vlaminck, and Derain, built their respective collections based upon a profound interest in non-Western aesthetics. The Lasansky collection, which is among the finest assembled by an American artist in the second half of the 20th century, can be traced back to 1953, when Mauricio and his wife Emilia discovered a beautiful Fang Ngombi harp at a curio shop in Madrid, Spain. This piece, which was crated and shipped back to Iowa where the family lived, sparked a period of vigorous collecting that lasted nearly four and half decades. In 1964, prior to embarking on his second tour of Western Europe as a Guggenheim Fellow, Lasansky composed a series of short letters addressed to prominent dealers he intended to visit while traveling abroad. A transcript of one letter sent to Charles Ratton, in Paris, summarizes quite succinctly Lasansky’s ambition as a collector in those early years. It reads as follows: “Let me introduce myself, I am an artist and a professor at the State University of Iowa. I am not a rich man. For years, I have purchased work for my collection through the sale of my own work as an artist. I plan to continue this in the future. I want the collection to represent my own selection. It is neither archeological nor historical; rather the selection is based on the esthetic qualities of the human figure. For the time being I’m limiting the selection to Senoufo and Baule.” Many of Lasansky’s finest examples of Baule and Senufo sculpture were acquired during this particular trip. Other works were acquired here in the United States during trips to New York. By the late 1980s, when Robbins’s book was published, the Lasansky Collection had more or less taken on its present form. Family members, who were familiar with Lasansky’s day-to-day routine at this point in his life, have told me that he thoroughly enjoyed spending time with the collection in the so-called “African Room,” and that he would often do so in the early hours of the morning before commencing work in the studio. Lasansky’s experience building a collection from the ground up, coupled with the practice of using his bare hands to create images and objects, enabled him to perceive in a sculptural form a certain level of craftsmanship and authenticity that may have been overlooked by the average man. All the objects that have been carefully selected for this landmark sale are a true testament to Lasansky’s “eye,” and a reflection of his taste as a collector and a connoisseur. In the coming days these wonderful works of art that have been cared for by the Lasansky family for so many years will be continuing on their journey. Where they end up is entirely up to you. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to possess a real piece of African Art history. —Rory Lasansky, grandson of the collectors, March 2018

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1 Jamacoaque Terra-cotta Standing Shaman, c. AD 500-1000, the figure holding a bag in one hand and an implement in the other, wearing a long garment, with a necklace, nose ornament, earrings, and headdress, ht. 13 in. Provenance: David Stuart Gallery, Los Angeles, inventory no. AC 25 under left foot. $800-1,200 2 Small Olmec Crawling Infant, middle PreClassic period, 1200-900 BC, crawling infant with erect head, open mouth, and crested forehead, ht. 6 1/2, lg. 6 in. Provenance: David Stuart Gallery, Los Angeles, inventory no. R34 on left palm. $1,500-2,000 3 Teotihuacan Polychrome Bowl, AD 350550, stucco bowl depicting a stylized owl, guardian to the afterlife, (paint loss), ht. 3, dia. 6 3/4 in. Provenance: Peter A. Wray Collection. $1,200-1,500

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4 Standing Colima Dog, Protoclassic, 100 BC-AD 250, standing and looking ahead, mouth open with teeth bared, wide rounded belly, incised eyes, large pointed ears, and raised tail, painted in overall reddish brown, lg. 10 1/2 in. Provenance: Newman Collection, New Jersey; Sotheby’s, New York, November 23, 1982, Lot 434. $1,200-1,800

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5 Colima Dwarf Figure, Protoclassic, c. 100 BC-AD 250, seated and leaning forward with legs crossed and arms resting on his thighs, displaying full barrel chest with raised pectorals and collarbone, with open slightly upturned mouth, small nose and eyes, and large ears, a spout projects from the top, painted overall brown and some black, ht. 11 in. $2,000-3,000


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6 Colima Sitting Dog, Protoclassic, 100 BC-AD 250, resting on rear paws with head held high, large head with incised eyes and teeth, pointed ears, and upturned tail, a flared spout projecting from the head; painted in overall dark reddish brown, ht. 10 1/2 in. Provenance: Newman Collection, New Jersey; Sotheby’s, New York, May 20, 1986, Lot 289. $1,200-1,800

7 Nayarit Standing Couple, Protoclassic, 100 BC-AD 250, the male holding a fan while the female holds an olla, both with nose and ear ornamentation, mouths open and expressive, painted in reddish brown with colored garments in cream and orange, ht. male 13 1/2, female ht. 13 in. $4,500-6,500

8 Large Veracruz Terra-cotta Figure, Late Classic, AD 550-950, the figure painted in black bitumen, contrasting with the natural terra-cotta color of the feet, with loincloth and headdress, depicting a Cacao merchant, ht. 24 in. Provenance: Huber collection, New York. $4,500-6,500

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9 Standing Veracruz Priest Figure, Late Classic, AD 550-950, standing on its toes, legs apart, arms outstretched with palms open, wearing a long loincloth and elaborate headgear, with large pierced ears and horns protruding from the each cheek, mouth open above a short goatee, (some restoration), ht. 17 1/2 in. $2,500-4,500

10 Middle Mochica Drummer Vessel, Peru, c. AD 200-500, figure of a drummer wearing large headdress, with stirrup-spout back; painted in shades of reddish brown and tan, ht. 9 in. Provenance: Newman Collection, New Jersey; Sotheby’s, New York, May 20, 1986, Lot 190. $800-1,200

11 Salinar-Moche Portrait Vessel, c. 200 BC-AD 200, bridge sprouted portrait vessel with youthful facial features and pierced ear lobes, painted red-brown with traces of black decoration, ht. 7 in. $800-1,200

12 Jalisco Standing Female Figure, Protoclassic, c. 100 BC-AD 250, thick-set standing female figure resting an olla on her left shoulder, wearing a hat, has a larger nose with ornament beneath and circular ornaments in both ears, painted in beige brown, ht. 15 1/4 in. $1,500-3,000

13 Large Jalisco Seated Female Figure, Protoclassic, c. 100 BC-AD 250, seated with legs apart, her diminutive arms holding her abdomen, with square shoulders beneath a large head with bulbous cranium with a hole at the top, with large aquiline nose, pierced ears, and slit eyes, in an overall reddish brown color, ht. 16, wd. 8 in. $4,000-7,000 14 Jalisco Seated Male Figure, Protoclassic, c. 100 BC-AD 250, the figure of a thinker, his right hand resting on his thigh, the other on his shoulder, his large head bent forward, long nose dominating the face, with pursed lips and open eyes, painted overall in reddish brown, ht. 13 in. $1,200-2,400

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15 Rare Mayan Square Glazed Vessel, Late Classic, AD 550-950, glazed and stone polished in black, depicting rectangular registers of Mayan glyphs, ht. 6 1/4 in. $2,000-3,000

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18 Ancestor Mask, Coastal Sepik River, Papua New Guinea, early 20th century, wood and rattan, dark brown pigmented surface, 10 1/2 x 5 1/2 in. Note: Old collection number S578-6 verso. $800-1,200

16 Mayan Polychrome Cylinder Vessel, Late Classic, AD 550-950, divided into two friezes, the top depicting glyphs, the lower a procession of sitting royal personages, cream background with red and dark brown, ht. 10 1/2 in. $1,500-3,500

19 Betel Nut Mortar, Maprik, Papua New Guinea, late 19th/early 20th century, double ancestor figure motif, traces of original yellow, white, and blue pigments, with signs of extensive use inside the bowl, ht. 6 3/4 in. Provenance: A private French collection. $800-1,200

17 Wari Wooden Lime Container, Peru, with a figure sitting atop a carved relief base with repeated figurative motif; the mouth holds the bird-form stopper, ht. 5 1/2 in. Provenance: Collected in 1908 by Auguste Pons; then by descent. $2,500-3,500

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20 Massim Wood Figure, Kiriwina, Papua New Guinea, c. 1900, with traces of lime pigment, dry dark overall patina, ht. 11 7/8 in. Provenance: John Friede Collection, Rye, New York, Harry Beran Collection, United Kingdom; purchased in 1987 from Fernleigh House sale, the private collection of Erol and Lucy Alcott. $800-1,200

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21 Coastal Ramu River Dance Mask, c. 1920s-30s, with two shell eye sockets, pierced ears, nose, and holes around the lower rim for suspension of fiber, dark encrusted patina overall, 20 x 9 in. Provenance: Collected by Ron Perry in the 1960s. $2,000-3,000 22 Washkuk Wood Cult Figure, Upper Sepik River, Papua New Guinea, early 20th century, stone carved, with dark patina, ht. 47 in. Provenance: A private French collection; Douglas Newton Collection, New York. $1,800-2,400 23 Hardwood Ancestor Mask, Lower Sepik River, Papua New Guinea, mid-20th century, 13 x 5 in. $500-700 24 Washkuk Female Figure, Upper Sepik River, Papua New Guinea, early 20th century, with straight legs, cutout arms holding hips, long pendant breasts, and angular face, with deeply incised pigment-filled designs on torso, encrusted dark patina, ht. 46 1/2 in. $1,200-1,800


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25 Middle Sepik River Wood Flute Stopper, pre-contact, stone carved stopper depicting a female ancestral spirit figure, ht. 21 1/2 in. Provenance: A private San Francisco, California, collection; Bruce Frank, New York. $2,500-3,500

26 Lower Sepik River Spirit Figure, late 19th/ early 20th century, spirit charm with fiber attached to suspension lug on the back, ht. 6 7/8 in. Provenance: Thomas Murray, Mill Valley, California. $1,800-2,500

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27 Large Sepik River Ancestral Spirit Figure, c. 1920s, male figure with cowrie shell eyes, pierced septum and ears, with bush string on legs, wrists, and waist, ht. 25 in. $2,500-3,500 28 Southern Highlands Stone Axe, early 20th century, black basalt blade held in place by woven rattan, overall black patina to rattan and rich, deep wear to the wooden handle, lg. 17 3/4 in. $500-700 29 Hardwood Simbai Shield, Madang Province, Papua New Guinea, 19th century, pre-contact, stone carved shield with fiber strap, 36 x 14 in.

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30 Banks Island Hardwood Food Pounder, late 19th/early 20th century, with an abstract head at finial, smooth dark patina, lg. 37 5/8 in. Provenance: A private San Francisco, California, collection; Wayne Heathcote, United Kingdom; Sotheby’s, London, June 17, 1991, Lot 35. $1,800-2,500

31 Sago Wood Platter, Asmat, Irian Jaya, c. 1940s, typical repeating abstract designs carved in relief, 20 x 5 1/2 in. Provenance: Robert Browne Collection, Hawaii, no. 524; collected in 1960 by Peter Motman. $800-1,200

Provenance: A private Dutch collection. $2,000-3,000

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32 Painted Wood Board, Kwoi, Purari Delta, Papuan Gulf, Papua New Guinea, early 20th century, high crested form with handle, pierced at ears and nose, decorated in high relief with a face in the typical Papuan Gulf style, in black, white, and red pigments, lg. 43 in. Provenance: A private Cambridge, Massachusetts, collection; Leendert van Lier, Blaricum, The Netherlands, purchased from van Lier by the current owner in 1983. Van Lier reportedly purchased the board from James Hooper in 1947. $8,000-12,000 33 New Caledonian Phallic Hardwood Club, mid-19th century, with pecked design at head, smooth dark patina, lg. 31 1/2 in. $600-900

34 New Caledonian Hardwood Club, early 19th century, with tapa band at butt end, rich dark patina, lg. 27 1/2 in. Provenance: A private Boston collection; John Friede Collection, Rye, New York. $1,500-2,500

35 Tongan Ironwood War Club, Apa Api, late 18th century, with herringbone and diamond designs on top half of club, smooth deep patina, lg. 34 in. $1,800-2,600

36 Fijian War Club, Totokia, early 19th century, Vesi hardwood, with rich dark patina, lg. 33 in. Provenance: A private Boston collection. $2,000-3,000 37 Early 19th Century Tongan Club, lg. 36 1/2 in. (92.7 cm). Provenance: A private Cambridge, Massachusetts, collection.

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Note: Old paper label attached reads: “Australian Paddle. Presented to John Dovaston by Com-General Looker 1851.� $1,000-1,600


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38 Fijian Ironwood Pole Club, Povai, early 19th century, fully carved with intricate geometric designs, the bands and compartments with very tightly condensed zigzag, horizontal, and longitudinal patterns, with dark smooth patina, possibly carved in the Fijian Islands by a Tongan craftsman, lg. 36 1/2 in. $2,000-3,000

39 Fijian Sali Club, early 19th century club, with typical tavatava and alligator skin design on the spur, with smooth worn patina, lg. 40 in. $2,000-3,000 40 Fijian Hardwood Kava Bowl, early 19th century, oval shape with pointed ends, shallow dish type without legs, double-holed suspension lug on one side, trace of original sennet in one hole, 19 1/2 x 13 1/2 in. Provenance: A private Boston collection; Julian Harding Collection, London, United Kingdom. $1,800-2,600 38

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41 Fijian Whale Tooth, Tabua, early 19th century, sperm whale tooth pendant pierced at either end for suspension, fine and varied cream to golden patina, lg. 6 1/4 in. (16.0 cm). $800-1,200

42 Fijian Ironwood War Club, Totokia, late 18th century, an example of an earlier style, with a dry black overall patina, lg. 34 in. $1,200-1,800 43 Mangaia Island Adze Blade, pre-contact black basalt blade, lg. 10 1/2 in. $1,200-1,800 42

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44 Large Hawaiian Turned Bowl, late 19th century, Koa wood, ht. 10 1/2, rim dia. 10 1/4 in. $800-1,200

45 Head of an Easter Island Moai Kavakava Figure, toromiro wood, from a large moai kavakava figure, with heavy brow above deeply cut eyes which once held obsidian and bone eyes, with faint engraving of a bird on the top of the head, ht. 4 1/2 in. Provenance: A private North Andover, Massachusetts, collection; Imogene Cobb Best, Tenafly, New Jersey, by descent through the Cobb family. $4,000-6,000 46 Australian Aborigine Boomerang, New South Wales, late 19th century, with arrow and zigzag engraving on front, probably cut by a possum tooth, verso with overall adzing, dry patina, lg. 25, wd. 2 1/2 in. $600-900 47 Western Australian Wood Spear Thrower, Woomera, late 19th/early 20th century, diamond and zigzag design of the front, (missing top barb), lg. 29 1/2 in. $600-800 48 Aborigine Stone Churinga, late 19th century, central desert, schist stone covered in red ochre, with incised rings and semicircles on both sides, 13 x 4 1/2 in. $1,200-1,800 49 Bardayal “Lofty� Nadjamerrek (Kunwinjku Aboriginal, c. 1926-2009) Bark Painting, depicting a Dugong, c. 1970s, 26 x 16 1/2 in. Provenance: A private San Diego, California, collection; Church Missionary Society, Oenpelli Aboriginal Mission, Arnhem Land, N.T., Australia. $2,000-3,000 50 Iban Dayak, Borneo Tun Tun Pig Trap Amulet, early 20th century, wooden form, ht. 20 1/2 in. $800-1,200 51 Philippines Spoon, 19th century, unusual type with secondary cup above the figure, with smooth dark patina, lg. 7 1/4 in. $2,000-3,000

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52 Dogon Ladder, carved wedges into a trunk of a tree with a fork at the top, the notches serve as footholds, while the fork at the top stabilizes the ladder, dry patina and worn footholds, lg. 82 in. Note: The Dogon use ladders to climb to their traditional cliff dwellings and to raised granaries. $2,000-3,000 53 Small Zulu Shield, Ishilunga, tanned cowhide, with a hardwood stick in the back kept in place by two parallel bands inserted between straps cut out from the hide, with small handle of twisted leather, shield 14 x 11 in. $600-900 54 Zulu Shield, Ishilunga, tanned cowhide, with a hardwood stick in the back kept in place by two parallel bands inserted between straps cut out from the hide, lg. 38 in. $800-1,200 55 Zulu Milk Pail, Ithunga, early 20th century, hollowed wood form with two black-colored serrated rectangles on either side used to hold the pail by the knees while milking, ht. 13 3/4 in. $1,200-1,800

56 Thumb Piano, Kasanji, Luba, Congo, early 20th century, wood and metal, ht. 8 1/2 in. Provenance: Eric Robertson, New York. $300-600

57 Pende Mask, hollowed-out form, wearing a fiber and basketry headdress sweeping to the back, the face with pointed chin and open pierced mouth with jagged teeth held to one side, beneath curved nose and pierced downcast eyes set beneath the protruding brow, blackened patina on right side with white kaolin on the left, ht. 11 1/2 in. Provenance: Jean-Marie Biebuyck collection, Boston; Karim Grusenmeyer, Brussels, Belgium. $2,000-3,000 58 Ibibio Mask, Nigeria, early 20th century, hollowed-out form, holes around edge for attachments, mouth open bearing tongue and teeth, turned-up nose, cut-out eyes, and small ears, raised scarification on the forehead with rounded coiffure, black patina, 10 x 7 in. Provenance: Eric Robertson, New York. $800-1,200

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59 Two Female Ibeji Figures, each standing on a circular base, of typical form, each decorated with strands of beads and cowrie shells, wearing indigo-color striated coiffure, smooth old patina to both, ht. 10 3/4 and 11 1/8 in. $600-800 60 Yoruba Equestrian Figure, with tall circular base and stylized horse supporting the oversized figure, each hand carrying a ritual staff, the crosshatched coiffure ends with a very long bulbous tassel which reaches the ground, with a dry and somewhat encrusted patina, ht. 15 3/4 in. $4,000-6,000

61 Male Terra-cotta Figure, Yoruba, Nigeria, 19th century, with hands resting on abdomen, below exaggerated pectorals, the large head displays the typical Yoruba features, bulging eyes, flat nose, and full lips, dark brown encrusted patina, ht. 9 in. Provenance: Vianna Finch, acquired in the 1970s from the Eric Robertson Gallery, New York City, then by family descent. $400-600

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62 Baule Wood Figure, Ivory Coast, early 20th century, small female figure with aged encrusted patina, ht. 10 in. Provenance: Private Collection, Paris, France. $400-600 63 Baule Female Figure, standing on round base, with hands to the abdomen, scarified cheeks and neck, ornately carved coiffure, dry dark patina, ht. 12 in. Provenance: A private Boston collection. $1,800-2,600 64 Senufo Female Figure, angular form, elbows bent, hands resting on hips framing the narrow torso, pronounced at the navel, beneath large pendant conical breasts, high broad shoulders, small ears, wearing a large triple drop coiffure, fine black patina, ht. 13 1/4 in. Provenance: A private Massachusetts collection; Sotheby’s, London, November 30, 1987, Lot 173. $2,000-3,000

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65 Mbala Helmet Mask, hollowed-out helmet mask, pierced around the rim for fiber suspension, some fiber still attached, white heart-shaped face, with open mouth, coffee bean eyes, pierced and naturalistic ears; high swept-back black coiffure divided into five sections, decorated with numerous incised circles, and with a fiber band wrapped around the head below the coiffure, ht. 10 in. Provenance: A private Boston collection; Pace Primitive, New York; Private collection, Belgium. $5,000-7,000 66 Central Congo Basketry Rattle, rattan woven enclosed basket with wood base and loop handle, containing dried seeds to shake as a rattle, with a dry black patina, ht. 11 1/4, lg. 11 in. Provenance: Jean-Marie Biebuyck collection, Boston. $800-1,200


67 Ibibio Face Mask, oval form, red-painted face, black raised coiffure, grooved and painted scarification on the cheeks and forehead, pierced around the edge for attachments, ht. 7 3/4 in. (19.6 cm). Provenance: A private Cambridge, Massachusetts, collection. $1,500-2,000 68 Brong/Bono Wood Doll, western Ghana, late 19th century, cylindrical torso, the elongated neck supporting a flat face with high coiffure, face stylized in low relief, three brass tacks decorate the hair, ht. 9 in. Provenance: Jacobs Collection, Chevy Chase, Maryland. $2,000-3,000 69 Lobi Figure, of typical form, standing on slightly bent legs without feet, with protruding buttocks supporting a long torso framed by cut out arms terminating in block hands, the short neck below an angular face with crested coiffure, overall heavily encrusted reddishbrown patina, ht. 30 1/4 in. Provenance: Jacobs Collection, Chevy Chase, Maryland. $4,000-6,000

70 Male Grave Figure, Waga, Konso, Ethiopia, overall cylindrical form, with thin arms carved into the sides and pendant genitalia, with a ridged collar, the expressive face with open mouth, long nose and deep-set eyes and wearing a knobbed coiffure, aged and weathered patina with traces of paint, ht. 57 3/4 in. Provenance: A private Boston collection; Robert Bohlen Collection; Milos Simovic collection, New York. $18,000-25,000 70

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71 Kanyok Female Figure, standing female figure, with straight muscular legs and rounded hips with exaggerated buttocks and pendant genitalia beneath a wide torso and protruding abdomen, slender bent arms terminating in flat hands on the torso, all beneath a thick neck and sculptured head with protruding lips and tongue, coffee bean eyes and a classical coiffure, black glossy patina, (most of the feet missing), ht. 22 3/4 in. Provenance: A private Massachusetts collection; Dr. Hugo Weissman Collection, Boston, since 1960; White Fathers, Society of the Missionaries of Africa. Literature: African Art in American Collections, Warren Robbins and Nancy Ingram Nooter, Smithsonian Institute Press, Washington, DC, 1989, fig. 1117, p. 433. $4,000-6,000

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72 Teke Power Figure, standing on crescentshaped feet, the bent legs tapering into a cylindrical torso with a rectangular cavity at the center, the thick neck supporting the head with geometric features and surmounted by a circular coiffure with a lengthwise crest, traces of pigments, especially on the face, ht. 15 1/2 in. $2,000-3,000

73 Tshokwe Mask, hollowed oval form, with a circular protruding flange beneath the chin, straight mouth pierced through with pointed teeth, incised scarification on both cheeks, pierced around the rim for the attachment of the woven fiber headdress, blackened coiffure and fine red patina, ht. 8 in. Provenance: A private Massachusetts collection; Robert Goodman Collection; Merton Simpson Gallery, New York. $2,000-3,000

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74 Kongo Ceremonial Sword, 18th century or earlier, commonly referred to as the “chief sword” or sipata, style imported by the Portuguese from the 16th century, long smooth iron forged blade with ornately carved handle and bronze pommel, lg. 33 1/2 in. Provenance: Jacobs Collection, Chevy Chase, Maryland; Merton Simpson, New York. $4,000-6,000

75 Kongo Ceremonial Sword, 18th century or earlier, commonly referred to as the “chief sword” or sipata, style imported by the Portuguese from the 16th century, iron forged as one piece, (missing handle and part of the end of the blade), lg. 32 3/4 in. Provenance: Jacobs Collection, Chevy Chase, Maryland; Merton Simpson, New York. $1,500-2,500


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76 Kongo Carved Whistle with Horn, standing figure with head turned to the right, holding a snake which is wrapped around its legs, figure lg. 5 3/4, horn lg. 5 in. Provenance: A private Massachusetts collection; Skinner, October 17, 1987, Lot 6; The Science Museum of Connecticut Collection, Hartford, inv. no. 54.1149. $2,000-3,000

77 Zela Stool, Kipona, from the Mitwaba and Pweto areas of Southeastern Congo, caryatid stool, the female full figurine supporting the circular seat, sitting on her knees on a circular base, the full legs stretched backwards; hands wide open, fingers supporting the seat; the figure has full breasts, scarification waffle shaped patterns in the umbilical area and on flanks, reddish brown glossy patina, ht. 13 1/4 in. (33.5 cm). 74

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Provenance: Jean-Marie Biebuyck collection, Boston; Lavuun Quackelbeen, Brussels, Belgium. $15,000-20,000

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78 Songye Power Figure, Mankishi, Kasai region, central East Congo, large feet standing on a mound, with thick abstract legs and a tapering waist, the pronounced abdomen framed by short bent arms, and pierced through the shoulders, with a hole filled by a large cowrie shell, the tall neck supports an oversized head, with large open mouth, triangular nose and heavy lidded slit eyes beneath a domed forehead, flattened copperwork surround the eyes, run down the nose and around the bottom lip, numerous metal spikes form a coiffure, with large horn protruding from the top of the head, necklace of beads supports two brass bells, dark varied patina, ht. 32 3/4 in. Provenance: Jean-Marie Biebuyck collection, Boston; Lavuun Quackelbeen Gallery, Brussels, Belgium. $60,000-80,000

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79 Kuba Wood Neck Rest, Congo, late 19th century, with a fine rich patina, ht. 5 in. Note: Old collection number “FX91238” on bottom. $500-700 80 Small Ndebele Beaded iGabe Cache Sexe, strip of beadwork on cloth suspending handtwisted strings forming a modesty screen, each weighted with a large pony bead, 4 x 4 3/4 in.

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Provenance: Jacobs Collection, Chevy Chase, Maryland. $400-600 81 Ndebele Beaded iGabe Cache Sexe, strip of beadwork on cloth suspending hand-twisted strings that form a modesty screen, each weighted with a large pony bead, 6 x 5 1/4 in. Provenance: Jacobs Collection, Chevy Chase, Maryland. $400-600 82 Maasai Black Mane Headdress, animal hide, with a black mane outer layer, worn by warriors from the Maasai peoples in Kenya and Tanzania, ht. 11 1/2 in. $500-1,000

83 Journées Coloniales - 6 Juillet 1924, J. Van den Bergh, “Sous le haut patronage de Sa Majesté le Roi,” printed by J. Goffin fils Bruxelles, (some fold creases), 43 x 23 1/2 in., framed. $1,200-1,800 84 Sabina Airlines Poster, c. 1937, promoting the airline in the Belgian Congo, with a stamp dated 1937 at lower center, 39 x 25 in., framed. $800-1,200

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85 André Hallet (Belgian, 1890-1959) Danseurs, Watusi, Ruanda, oil on board, signed lower left, titled verso, painting 13 x 16, frame 18 x 21 in.

86 Club, Macana, Guyana, 18th/early 19th century, Wamara wood, trace of old paper label, (numerous chips, dents and cracks), with dark rich patina, lg. 16 in. $600-900

Provenance: Provenance: Jean-Marie Biebuyck collection, Boston. $2,000-3,000

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The Richard Newman Collection: Lots 87–122 91 Benin Bronze Fragment of a Figure, the squatting male figure holding large nail and hammer, wearing a flattened headdress, ht. 7 1/2 in. Provenance: Newman Collection, New Jersey; Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, January 9, 1969, Lot 150. $800-1,200 92 Two Senufo Cast Bronze Pendants, Mali, 19th century, cast in the lost wax process, representing highly simplified and abstracted human figures; the lower parts of the bodies are replaced by a flat surface in the form of a broadly flaring trapezoid. Provenance: Newman Collection, New Jersey; J.J. Klejman Gallery, New York, purchased March 27, 1969. $300-500

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87 Dan Face Mask, small mask with pointed chin, narrow eyeholes, raised mouth, and tapering nose, eyebrows arched and in high relief, ht. 8 in. Provenance: Newman Collection, New Jersey; Sotheby’s Parke Bernet, New York, Lot 71. $800-1,200 88 Dan Face Mask, oval form with pointed chin, protruding mouth, and tapering nose, raised eyeholes beneath arched brows, pierced along the perimeter for attachment, shinny black patina to the uppermost part above the eyes, ht. 9 1/2 in. Provenance: Newman Collection, New Jersey; Sotheby’s Parke Bernet, New York, May 23, 1973, Lot 156. $1,200-1,800

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89 Pende Pendant, Ikhoko, in the form of a stylized human head, with downcast triangular eyes, slightly protruding nose and mouth, rounded prominent forehead with two holes at the sides, bands of incised geometric decorations on the chin and forehead, lg. 2 3/4 in. Provenance: Newman Collection, New Jersey; Sotheby’s, London, June 27, 1983, Lot 47; Aga Khan Collection. $2,000-3,000 90 Three Fon Brass Figures, each standing with a snake wrapped around the body, perhaps associated with the Mammy Wata cult, ht. each 4 in. Provenance: Newman Collection, New Jersey; Christie’s, South Kensington, London, June 25, 1985, Lot 197. $300-600

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93 Two Senufo Bronze Animals, a large bronze goat and small bull, ht. 3 1/2 and 2 in. Provenance: Newman Collection, New Jersey; goat from Sotheby’s, New York, May 23, 1973, Lot 165. $200-400 94 Akan Bronze Equestrian Figure, horse and rider, the horseman holding an axe in his right hand, ht. 5 1/2 in. Provenance: Newman Collection, New Jersey. $200-300 95 Akan Bronze Sculptural Group of a King and Four Subjects, made in the lost wax process, ht. 4 1/4 in. Provenance: Newman Collection, New Jersey. $300-500


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96 Three Akan Bronze Goldweights, bronze bushcow with oxpecker birds on its back, 1 1/2 in.; bronze cast goldweight representing a stylized Sankofa bird with simplified body, triangular raised tail, spirally grooved wings, and a crested head on a long, arc-shaped tubular neck twisted backwards, on a tiered square base; and a bronze goldweight in the form of a small Beisa antelope, long grooved horns sweep back over the spindleshaped body to touch the rear, (some of the extremities cut off to conform to the desired weight). Provenance: Newman Collection, New Jersey; bird and antelope from J.J. Klejman Gallery, New York, purchased October 22, 1968, bushcow from Christie’s, South Kensington, London, June 25, 1985, Lot 197. Exhibitions: Asante Goldweights, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, New Jersey, February– April 1988. $500-700 97 Eight Akan Goldweights, brass, most in the form of birds: a cock, ht. 2; Asantrofie bird, ht. 1 1/2; hornbill, ht. 1 1/2; small bird, ht. 1; bird with cannon on wings, ht. 1 3/4; large hornbill, ht. 2 3/4; bird with wisdom knot, 3/4 x 2; and a soul-washer’s badge, ht. 1 in. Provenance: Newman Collection, New Jersey. Exhibitions: Asante Goldweights, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, New Jersey, February– April 1988. $300-500

98 Three Akan Bronze Goldweights and a Pendant, a ceremonial sword with double blade, 3 1/8; the framework of a war shield (Ekyem) with bells, 1 7/8 x 1 3/8; a triangular pendant, 1 5/8 x 1 7/8; and a triangular weight with three birds, 1 x 1 3/8 in. Provenance: Newman Collection, New Jersey. Exhibitions: Asante Goldweights, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, New Jersey, February– April 1988. $200-300 99 Sixteen Geometric Akan Goldweights, small brass square and circular forms with relief designs, ht. 1 1/8 to 1/2 in. Provenance: Newman Collection, New Jersey. Exhibitions: Asante Goldweights, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, New Jersey, February– April 1988. $200-300 100 Twelve Geometric Akan Goldweights, small rectangular weights with relief decoration, ht. 1 1/2 to 1/2 in. Provenance: Newman Collection, New Jersey. Exhibitions: Asante Goldweights, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, New Jersey, February– April 1988. $200-300

101 Three Akan Goldweights, Three Gold Boxes, and a Lid, one rectangular gold weight with relief and two war horn weights; with a lidded brass gold dust box, two boxes without lids, and a lid in cast bronze with birds. Provenance: Newman Collection, New Jersey. Exhibitions: Asante Goldweights, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, New Jersey, February– April 1988. $100-150 102 Five Akan Figurative Goldweights, a farmer figure, ht. 2 3/8; a gold miner, ht. 1 1/2; an armed guard with two men carrying a wooden box, ht. 2 1/4; a man firing two mounted cannons, 7/8 x 1 1/4; and an herbalist scraping bark from an odum tree, ht. 2 1/8 in. Provenance: Newman Collection, New Jersey. Exhibitions: Asante Goldweights, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, New Jersey, February– April 1988. $300-400

103 Four Akan Figurative Goldweights, a standing man, ht. 1 3/4; a man blowing a war horn, ht. 1 5/8; a man touching his stomach, ht. 1; and a drummer seated on a stool, ht. 1 3/4 in. Provenance: Newman Collection, New Jersey; all except the standing man purchased from J.J. Klejman, New York, 1968-69. Exhibitions: Asante Goldweights, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, New Jersey, February– April 1988. $400-600

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104 Akan Brass Goldweight of an Equestrian Figure, the galloping horse with rider clutching the reins in his left hand and a long arrow in his right, lg. 2 1/4 in. Provenance: Newman Collection, New Jersey; Sotheby’s, New York, May 14, 1981, Lot 194. Exhibitions: Asante Goldweights, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, New Jersey, February–April 1988. $600-800 105 Six Figurative Akan Goldweights, a priest with a shrine and sword, ht. 2 1/2; a man smoking a pipe and carrying gunpowder, ht. 2 1/2; a man before “God’s Tree,” ht. 2 1/8; a man with walking stick and head load, ht. 2 1/4; a farmer smoking a pipe, ht. 1 3/4; a man standing before snakes, ht. 1 5/8 in. Provenance: Newman Collection, New Jersey. Exhibitions: Asante Goldweights, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, New Jersey, February–April 1988. $300-400 106 Three Figurative Brass Akan Goldweights, a man carrying calabashes, ht. 2 1/8; a man holding a sword and smoking, ht. 2 1/4; a farmer with a sword, ht. 2 3/8 in.

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Provenance: Newman Collection, New Jersey. Exhibitions: Asante Goldweights, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, New Jersey, February–April 1988. $300-400 107 Eight Geometric Akan Goldweights and Four Box Lids, brass goldweights of varying sizes, the four gold dust box lids of varying sizes. Provenance: Newman Collection, New Jersey. Exhibitions: Asante Goldweights, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, New Jersey, February–April 1988. $200-300

108 Three Figurative Akan Goldweights, a warrior holding the head of an enemy, ht. 1 1/2; a priest performing the nkabere ritual, 1 1/8 x 1 1/2; and a bearded man placing an object in his mouth, ht. 1 3/4 in. Provenance: Newman Collection, New Jersey; warrior from Christie’s, London, June 25, 1985, Lot 197; priest from J.J. Klejman, New York, purchased January 8, 1969; the bearded man also from Klejman, March 27, 1969.

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109 Three Figurative Akan Goldweights, a figure of the caretaker of the treasury, the sannahene, ht. 2 7/8; a woman smoking a pipe, ht. 2 1/4; and a man carrying a load, ht. 1 7/8 in. Provenance: Newman Collection, New Jersey; purchased from J.J. Klejman, New York, October 1968 and January 1969. Exhibitions: Asante Goldweights, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, New Jersey, February– April 1988. $400-600

110 Fine Akan Brass Goldweight, cross-legged figure sitting on a base, ht. 2 in. Provenance: Newman Collection, New Jersey; Sotheby’s Parke Bernet, New York, October 10, 1975, Lot 128; Jay C. Leff Collection; formerly in the collection of Miguel Covarrubias. Exhibitions: Carnegie, Black Africa, no. 125. $400-600

111 Ten Geometric Akan Goldweights, ten brass square and rectangular goldweights with relief design, ht. 1 to 5/8 in. Provenance: Newman Collection, New Jersey. Exhibitions: Asante Goldweights, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, New Jersey, February– April 1988. $200-300

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112 Eight Brass Akan Goldweights, a goat, ht. 1 3/8; a porcupine, 7/8 x 1; a leopard with tortoise, ht. 1 7/8; an elephant, 3/4 x 1 1/8; an antelope, 1 x 1 1/2; a running antelope, ht. 1 3/8; Nyame Dua, ht. 1 1/4; and two birds, lg. 2 in. Provenance: Newman Collection, New Jersey. Exhibitions: Asante Goldweights, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, New Jersey, February–April 1988. $200-400

113 Akan Goldweight of a Couple Mating, two cast brass seated figures in an amorous embrace, ht. 1 3/4 in.

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Provenance: Newman Collection, New Jersey; Sotheby’s Parke Bernet, New York, October 10, 1975, Lot 125; Jay C. Leff Collection. Literature: Male and Female: Couples in African Sculpture, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1983, p. 14. Exhibitions: Asante Goldweights, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, New Jersey, February–April 1988; Male and Female: Couples in African Sculpture, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1983; M.P.A. no. 66; Carnegie, Black Africa, no. 131. $800-1,200 114 Four Figurative Akan Goldweights, an herbalist carrying a shrine, ht. 1 3/4; a warrior carrying guns, ht. 2 1/4; a man carrying a sword, ht. 1 3/8; and a standing figure, ht. 1 3/4 in. Provenance: Newman Collection, New Jersey; standing figure from Parke Bernet Galleries, New York, May 23, 1973, Lot 165. Exhibitions: Asante Goldweights, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, New Jersey, February–April 1988. $300-600 115 Eleven Akan Goldweights and Pendants, two birds, two snakes, four tortoises, a fish tail, a spider, and a scorpion.

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116 Three Akan Goldweights, brass, antelopes with tubular bodies and long horns that touch the tail, ht. 1 to 1 1/2 in. Provenance: Newman Collection, New Jersey; two purchased from J.J. Klejman, New York, October 1968; the larger of the three from Sotheby’s, New York, May 14, 1981, Lot 194. Exhibitions: Asante Goldweights, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, New Jersey, February– April 1988. $300-500

117 Fine Akan Goldweight, bronze goldweight depicting a Beisa antelope, the body rounded, swells at the ventral section, with pointed head and pricked ears, adorned with long, grooved arching horns that touch the tail, ht. 1 3/8 in. Provenance: Newman Collection, New Jersey; purchased from J.J. Klejman, New York, October 1968. Exhibitions: Asante Goldweights, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, New Jersey, February– April 1988. $600-800

118 Three Akan Goldweights, brass, a small bushcow, a reedbuck, and an antelope with three oxpeckers, the largest measuring 3 1/4 in. Provenance: Newman Collection, New Jersey. Exhibitions: Asante Goldweights, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, New Jersey, February– April 1988. $200-300 119 Five Akan Brass Pendants and Maskette, two human face pendants, an antelope head pendant with long pointed ears, grooved horns, and hooked suspension loop, a bell pendant, an animal pendant, and maskette (some loss). Provenance: Newman Collection, New Jersey; smaller head and antelope from Sotheby’s, New York, May 14, 1981, Lot 199. $300-500

121 Fourteen Akan Goldweights, brass, a knife, six snakes, one with a frog, a ceremonial sword with baboon skull sheath, two fish, a crocodile, a Senufo pendant, and a seed found in southern Ghana. Provenance: Newman Collection, New Jersey. Exhibitions: Asante Goldweights, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, New Jersey, February– April 1988. $200-300 122 Twenty Akan Geometric Goldweights, brass, varying sizes, mostly in bas relief. Provenance: Newman Collection, New Jersey. Exhibitions: Asante Goldweights, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, New Jersey, February– April 1988. $200-300

120 Five Akan Goldweights, brass, a scorpion, lg. 2 3/8, a fish, lg. 2 5/8, two crocodiles, lg. 3 1/2 and 4, and a mudfish, lg. 2 3/8 in. Provenance: Newman Collection, New Jersey; mudfish from Sotheby’s, New York, May 14, 1981, Lot 199. Exhibitions: Asante Goldweights, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, New Jersey, February– April 1988. $200-400

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The Arnold Crane Collection: Lots 123–210 123 Middle Sepik River Lime Gourd, long gourd decorated with nassa and cowrie shells which have been pressed into a mud paste, together with a cassowary bone lime stick, with a bird head and long nassa shell appendages, the pendant strands comprised of bird vertebra, fiber, and buttons, lg. of gourd 12, lg. of lime stick 14 1/2 in. $600-900

124 Karawari Figure, Papua New Guinea, late 19th/early 20th century ancestor figure, with old dry surface, right arm re-attached sometime in the past, ht. 10 1/2 in. $2,000-3,000

125 Lower Sepik Figure, Papua New Guinea, German colonial period ancestor charm, squatting slightly on a round base, with cutout arms resting on the knees, the large jutting head has both ears and nose pierced as well at lug on top of the head for suspension, red ochre patina, ht. 3 1/2 in. $3,000-5,000

126 Fine Dayak Knife, late 19th century, wide iron blade with wood handle fashioned into a crouching figure, dark rich patina to the figure, lg. 8 in. $800-1,200

127 Dayak Warrior’s Vest and Helmet, early 20th century, woven fiber vest, decorated with large circular shells, carved wooden horns, and fur; and a woven helmet, vest 22 x 16, helmet ht. 8 in. $1,200-1,800 128 Naga Monkey Skull Necklace, late 19th century, with eight brass bells and small monkey skull, with glass beads decorating the nasal passage, mounted on custom Plexiglas stand, lg. 16 in. $600-900

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129 Ottoman Carnelian Belt, Balkans region, early 19th century, the heavy leather belt decorated with squares of ornately designed brass attached with large tacks, with a frieze of carnelian agate set in silver, wd. of belt 3 1/2, lg. of agate frieze 11 x 9 in. $400-600 130 Ottoman Carnelian Belt, Balkans region, early 19th century, the heavy leather belt decorated with squares of ornately designed brass attached with large tacks, with a frieze of carnelian agate set in silver, wd. of belt 3 1/4, lg. of agate frieze 11 1/2 x 11 in. $400-600

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131 Bamana Door, comprised of two panels joined by metal staples, decorated in high relief by four animals including a snake and lizard, complete with the original door lock, a thick, dry, encrusted patina throughout, 55 x 29 1/2 in. Note: Large carved doors such as this one were placed at the main entrance of traditional Bamana homes. The doors do not serve only as physical barriers but both the iconography on the doors and the subject matter of the lock provides a kind of spiritual protection. As on this door, land lizards and snakes are meant to protect against thieves. The doors can also depict animals that are sought by hunters or that figure in creation myths. $5,000-7,000 131

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132 Dogon Shrine Figure, Bandiagara, Mali, classical period, 14th to 19th century, sculptured tree root, with a dry, and in parts heavily encrusted, patina, ht. 23 in. (59.0 cm). also see interior back cover Provenance: Philippe Guimiot, Brussels, Belgium. Note: According to Mr. Guimiot, “In this work, the Dogon sculptor has discovered a human form in the haphazard, twisted natural shape of a tree root; the sculptor has limited himself to cutting a notch in the upper part of the root to bring forth the simple, powerful shape of a neck and head; in this way, he has helped the figure emerge from beneath the calloused skin of the root. It should be emphasized that the Dogon sculptors, were not merely artists endowed with sensitivity, inspiration, and creative talent. They were demiurges, communicating with the spirits of the bush and the ancestral world on behalf of the tribal group. Between the hands of these sculptors the ancestral spirits could take material form, appearing within statues, figures carved in high relief, or other protective objects. As avowed intermediaries, there demiurges were able—with a few blows of an adze—to discover a guardian spirit hidden within the trunk of a tree. Why not also in the root of a tree?” $40,000-50,000

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133 Bamana Komo Society Headdress, Warakun, highly abstract form, heavily encrusted canvas with numerous hair, horn, and reed projections, 10 x 13 in. (25.5 x 33.0 cm). $1,800-2,600 134 Mande Hunter Shirt, Maninka, long sleeveless canvas tunic in red and white, with numerous leather tassels and leather-encased horns front and back, lg. 37, wd. at shoulders 19 in. $2,000-3,000 135 Mande Hunter Shirt, armless light canvas fabric tunic, neck and shoulder line decorated with cowrie shells, with many fabric tassels front and back, some with leather bound pouches, lg. 29, wd. at shoulders 26 in. $2,500-3,500

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136 Mande Hunter Shirt, coarse fiber tunic, decorated with cowrie shells, horn, and boar tusks, a monkey skull and numerous small leather-framed hide rectangles, lg. 28, wd. at shoulders 19 in. $2,000-3,000 137 Mande Hunter Shirt, heavy canvas fabric, heavily decorated with leather-bound boar’s tusks and small horns, and numerous long leather tassels, together with a conical hat with leather-bound bird skulls and other leather decorations, shirt 29 1/2 x 27, hat 18 x 11 in. $1,200-1,800 138 Mande Hat, square hat in black velvet, decorated with leather frames of animal hide, snake skin, and fabric, 6 1/2 x 6 x 3 in. $600-900 139 Mande Hat, square leather hat, decorated with four leather framed mirrors, one side with long leather tassels, with two long chin straps, 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 x 4 in. $600-900

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140 Mande Hunter Shirt, a large shirt, heavily festooned with thin leather strips, animal horns, and many monkey skulls, collar and end of sleeves framed with hide, lg. 26, wd. 18 in. $4,000-6,000 141 Senufo Power Bundle, animal skull encased within a cowrie shell-decorated canvas fabric, with brass male and female couple at top, numerous brass bells and strap attached, 10 x 6 x 5 1/2 in. $600-1,200 142 Fine Senufo Oracle Figure, Kafigelejo, the wooden figure overlaid by a textured cloth with two eyeholes; arms outstretched, large feet, and crown affixed with feathers (some feather loss), ht. 12 1/2 in. (31.5 cm) not including feathers. $9,000-12,000 143 Miniature Dan Mask, delicately carved wood maskette with deeply carved and incised coiffure at the back, lg. 2 in. $300-500 140

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144 We-Guere Mask, oval form with exaggerated features, broad articulated brass studded mouth, large nose, bulging eyes with pierced slits and projecting forehead, beard made up of human hair bound in cloth on the perimeter, two painted boar tusks and two painted medicine bundles complete the forehead decoration, perimeter profusely decorated with spent cartridge cases, additional holes pierced for sight above the eyes, fur moustache and two wood projectiles on upper lip, ht. 16 1/2 in. Provenance: Galerie Noir d’Ivoire, Paris, France. $8,000-12,000

145 Fon Power Figure, wood figure of a man, numerous metal projections embedded in the wood, with a dry, heavily eroded surface, ht. 22 in. $4,500-6,000 144

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146 Ejagham Ekpe Society Emblem, matrix of woven cane strips attached to a rattan border and framed by raffia fringe, the superstructure comprised of a central circular form surrounded by fiber and an assemblage of skulls, jawbones, and medicinal leaves, ht. 44, wd. 36 in. $15,000-20,000

147 Diminutive Bamileke Figure, in the form of an elephant, heavy bent legs supporting a protruding buttocks and swollen abdomen, the head of an elephant with long trunk and swept-back ears, heavily encrusted surface, ht. 6 3/4 in. $5,000-7,000

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148 Prestige Baule Knife in Sheath, late 19th/ early 20th century, leather sheath decorated with spondylus shells, complete with original iron forged knife and fiber strap, lg. of sheath 12 in. $4,000-5,000 149 Baule Knife in Sheath, late 19th/early 20th century, leather sheath decorated with spondylus shells, complete with original iron forged knife with bronze handle and hilt, with old Rijksmuseum label dated 1929, lg. 19 1/4 in. $1,200-1,800

150 Lega Mask, heart-shaped, the facial plane framed by an abstract beard, open mouth with teeth, long straight nose, and coffee bean eyes, fine glossy light brown patina with traces of kaolin on the face, 8 3/4 x 5 1/2 in. $3,000-5,000

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151 Lega Mask, diminutive oval form, the heartshaped facial plane with long raffia beard attached at the chin beneath a slit mouth with crosswise incisions, a long straight nose and coffee bean eyes, fine glossy light brown patina with kaolin on the face, 5 x 2 3/4 in. (12.75 x 7.30 cm). $7,000-9,000

152 Hemba Knife, finely carved handle, pommel forms a head with detailed coiffure, decorated with trade beads, lg. 11 1/2 in. $2,500-3,500 153 Luba Ceremonial Axe, early 20th century, wood handle terminates in a well-coiffured head, wrought iron blade emanating from the mouth, lg. 17 in. $3,000-4,000


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154 Luba Divination Ensemble, a small wood figure sitting inside a skin enclosed bundle, fiber stands surround the base, a number of small horns and metal objects have been placed in the hardened and encrusted clay which encloses the figure, withva handle fashioned from hide, ht. 9, wd. 10 1/2 in. $3,000-4,000

155 Punu-Lombo Female Reliquary Figure, kneeling female figure, with four mirrored projections: two at the front, two rear; with large pointed breasts framed by sloping shoulders and cut away arms, her left arm holding left breast, her right arm bent upwards with clenched fist (losses); surmounted by a tall columnar neck and wide oval head with a projecting rectangular mouth, small nose and almond-shaped eyes with painted pupils overlaid with inset glass, arched brows and full ribbed coiffure with a star-like motif on the crown; painted in red, blue, white, and black, ht. 14 1/2 in. (37.0 cm). $8,000-12,000

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156 Songye Torso, wood, fabric, hide, and brass tacks, the slender torso with slightly protruding abdomen; brass tack fills the fetish receptacle; fabric below the waist, ringed neck and protruding face covered with tacks and dried resin, animal skin hangs down from back of the head, ht. 7 1/2 in. (19.0 cm). $3,500-4,500

157 Kongo-Vili Power Object, primate skull encased in hardened clay, held within a basket tray, above the skull is a small wooden figure of a heavily pregnant woman surrounded by a metal ring, 10 x 9 in. $2,000-3,000

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158 Vili Power Object, Nkisi, the skull inset in an ornate case composed of woven and interlocking rattan, with a mudpack over the surface around the skull, lg. 7 in. $1,200-1,800 159 Small Congo Power Figure, a small power figure atop a hollow handle, rich and deep patina on the handle, (much wear to the figure), lg. 9 in. (23.0 cm). $2,000-3,000 160 Two Kuba Tukula Boxes, the first with an animal-form lid handle, with worn geometric designs, the second elevated with two rectangular supports, decorated in multiple sections of geometric motifs, fine smooth dark patina, first lg. 11 1/2, second lg. 10 1/2 in. $400-600 161 Two Kuba Tukula Boxes, one a hollowedout semicircle, highly decorated on lid and rounded sides, the second older crescent shape decorated with varied geometric motifs, first 9 3/4 x 5, second 13 1/4 x 4 in. $400-600

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162 Large Songye Axe, the cylindrical shaft encased in copper sheets, with a large blade cast in openwork form with three linear segments, two with an abstract face on either side, the center segment with two faces, fine aged patina, lg. 14 1/2 in. (37.0 cm). $1,800-2,800

163 Fine Large Songye Axe, the long thin cylindrical shaft encased in copper sheets, with a large blade cast in openwork form with three linear segments, one with an abstract face on either side, fine aged patina, lg. 15 1/2 in. (39.0 cm). $1,800-2,400

164 Fine Large Songye Axe, the large cylindrical shaft encased in copper sheets, with a large blade cast in openwork form with five linear segments, four with an abstract face on either side, the center segment with two faces, fine aged patina, lg. 17 in. (43.3 cm). $2,000-3,000

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165 Rare Songye Axe, the thin cylindrical shaft encased in copper sheets, with a curved copper blade with intricate design work and a face on either side, fine aged patina, lg. 14 3/4 in. (37.5 cm). $1,600-2,200

166 Execution Sword, Ngombe, Congo, long, finely decorated iron sword with four protruding points on the top of the blade, metal-wrapped handle ends in double brasstacked wood hilt, lg. 32 in. $800-1,200 167 Iron Throwing Knife, Bwambwa, Ngombe, Congo, with fine incised decoration on main blade, lg. 14 1/2 in. $500-700 168 Ngombe Sword, forged iron, one side of the blade with pecked design, wood handle, lg. 22 3/4 in. $400-600

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169 Ngombe Throwing Knife, of heavy forged iron, incised designs along entire blade, handle wrapped in skin, lg. 22 1/4 in. $400-600 170 Ngombe Sword, forged iron blade with cut outs and incised designs, copper bands woven onto wood handle terminating in large hide-wrapped pommel, lg. 24 1/2 in. $500-700 171 Bandia Sickle Knife, with engraved designs mainly on the narrow shaft, wood handle wrapped in metal, lg. 24 in. $500-700 172 Ngbaka Short Sword, heavy copper blade with etched designs running up the center, the blade terminating in a circle, wood handle with some copper wire wrapping, lg. 21 1/4 in. $500-700


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173 Two Ngbandi Knives, one with a fully copper blade and copper wire handle and twisted wire over wood pommel, the second forged iron with woven fabric handle covering, lg. 14 1/2 and 14 1/4 in. $600-900 174 Gbaya Iron Sword, with forged raised lines on the front, back flat, with wood handle, lg. 25 1/2 in. $400-600

175 Lobala Sword, iron blade with incised designs, metal-wrapped wood handle ends in a double brass-tacked hilt, lg. 21 in. $600-900

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176 Lobala Sword, iron blade, a central raised ridge with incised design, woven copper over wood handle, pommel terminates with a brass tack, lg. 22 in. $400-600 177 Kusu Knife and Ngbandi Knife, the Kusu knife with wide steel blade, copper-banded handle, and folded tin point at the end; Ngbandi knife with fine incised decoration to blade, with copper wire-wrapped wood handle, Kusu lg. 21 1/2, Ngbandi lg. 17 in. $600-900 178 Kota Ritual Knife and Zande Throwing Knife, forged iron Kota ritual knife or musele with wood handle covered in copper wire and terminating in copper sheathed cone, the Zande a small example, missing handle, lg. of Kota knife 12 1/4, lg. of Zande 11 in. $600-1,200

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179 Two Zande Throwing Knives, forged iron blades each with fabric handles, lg. 18 1/2 and 19 1/2 in. $600-1,200

180 Kuba Knife, with very wide forged iron blade and wood handle, lg. 16 3/4, wd. 9 3/4 in. $500-700 181 Kuba Dagger, the curvilinear metal blade with medial ridge inset in a wooden triangular handle decorated with fine tin interwoven geometric motifs, lg. 16 1/4 in. $600-900 182 Yoruba Ceremonial Sword, heavy forged iron blade with bronze figurative handle, blade with heavily encrusted surface, lg. 24 1/4 in. $500-700

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183 Fine Bronze Dogon Ring, 19th century, cavalier ring from Mali, the rider holding a shield in his left hand, smooth worn patina, ht. 5 5/8 in. (6.8 cm). $700-900

184 Rare Djenné Bronze Ring, 12th to 17th century, ring with stylized vessel above, oxidized patina, lg. 1 7/8 in. (4.5 cm). Provenance: Galerie Noir D’Ivorie, Paris, France. $500-700 185 Dogon Iron Bracelet, Snake, and Lobi Bronze Pendant, bracelet and snake 19th century or earlier, from the Niafunke region, the pendant complete with leather necklace, bracelet dia. 4, snake ht. 12 1/2, pendant wd. 2 in. $300-500 186 Two Dogon Iron Figurative Sculptures, probably Guimbala, pre-historical metal objects, one a bird figure, the other a man, both with encrusted and flaking surface, bird ht. 8 1/2, man ht. 9 1/2 in. $300-500

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187 Large Bronze Dogon Bracelet, 19th century, with abstract head of an animal at one end, dia. 4 in. (10.0 cm). Provenance: Galerie Noir D’Ivoire, Paris, France. $500-900 188 Miniature Bronze Dogon Door Lock and Two Metal Objects from Burkina Faso, early 20th century, door lock 2 1/2 x 2 1/4, a ring lg. 3 3/4, and the last ht. 4 in. $200-300 189 Rare Lere Ring from Mali, 13th to 16th century, bronze ring with two horsemen, oxidized patina, ht. 2 in. (5.0) cm. Provenance: Galerie Noir D’Ivorie, Paris, France. $500-700 190 Four Bronze Rings from Burkina Faso, 19th century, both abstract and figurative, each lg. 2 in. $300-500 191 Three Brass Rings from Burkina Faso, 19th/early 20th century, one in the form of a grasshopper, two lg. 2, one lg. 3 in. $300-400

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192 Six Bwa Bronze Rings from Burkina Faso, 19th century, depicting animals, insects, and fish, ht. 1 to 2 in. $400-600 193 Three Gurunsi and Bobo Brass Rings from Burkina Faso, early 20th century, two bird motifs and one abstract, lg. 2 1/2, 2 1/4 x 1 1/4, and lg. 1 1/2 in. Provenance: Maine Durieu, Paris, France. $200-400 194 Two Bronze Burkina Faso Rings, 19th century, a bird and an abstract human figure, figure ht. 3, bird lg. 1 1/2 in. $200-300 195 Three Bronze Objects from Burkina Faso, 19th century, a simple human pendant; two figures tied together, one upside down behind the other, with shell appendages; and a sword and shield, figures lg. 2 1/4, sword lg. 3 1/2 in. $300-600 196 Four Brass Pendants from Burkina Faso, early 20th century, a thin oval plaque probably formerly stitched onto fabric, largest 3 1/2 x 3 3/4, crescent wd. 4 1/4, frog dia. 3, plaque wd. 2 3/4 in. $300-500


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197 Two Burkina Faso Crescent Pendants, late 19th century, from the Nuna, both with human figures at the center, 5 3/4 x 3 3/4 and 3 x 4 in. $300-500

202 Four Lobi Bronze Pendants, late 19th/ early 20th century, a horse and rider, a female figure, and two animals, lg. 4 1/2, 2 1/4, 2 1/8, and 2 in. $300-500

206 Two Akan Bronze Goldweights and a Bobo Pendant, early 20th century, chair and bird goldweights and a water buffalo pendant, bird ht. 1 1/4, chair ht. 2, and pendant lg. 2 in. $300-400

198 Lobi Bronze Snake and Three Bronze Amulets from Burkina Faso, early 20th century, snake lg. 5; feeding animal lg. 3 3/4; figure ht. 5; and crocodile lg. 3 3/4 in. $200-400

203 Fine Lobi Bronze Bracelet, 19th century, double rope edging with a train of animals on the top of the bracelet, worn, smooth patina, dia. 4 in. (10.0 cm). $500-700

207 Benin Bronze Bracelet, 19th century, heavy bronze with animal motif, dia. 3 1/2 in. (9.0 cm).

199 Four Bronze Senufo Rings, 19th century, a chameleon, two snake rings, and a stool atop a ring, the double snake dia. 3/4, the other snake dia. 1 1/4, chameleon ht. 1 1/2, and stool ht. 1 3/4 in. $300-600 200 Four Senufo Bronze Rings, 19th century bronze, two with human heads, ht. 1 to 2 in. $300-500 201 Two Bronze Senufo Bracelets, 19th century, with animal motifs, the larger well worn, dia. 4 in. (10.0 cm) and 3 in. (7.5 cm). $300-500

204 Two Bronze Lobi Bracelets, 19th century, one with a man and woman sitting on the ring, a pendant suspended below; the other with three separate couples, with a smooth worn patina, first dia. 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm), second dia. 3 1/4 in. (8.0 cm). $500-700 205 Bronze Lobi Amulet and a Burkina Faso Pendant, 19th century, the first a large flat creature with three bells below, the second an animal feeding, lg. 6 in. (15.5 cm) and 4 1/4 in. (11.5 cm). $200-300

Provenance: Galerie Noir D’Ivoire, Paris, France. $300-500 208 West African Female Figure, early 20th century, body and neck wrapped with cotton thread, ht. 4 3/4 in. $150-250 209 Nkundu/Teke Sword, forged iron sword, with four grooves etched into the blade which flares outward at the top to sharp points, wood handle and metal loop on butt end, lg. 19 1/2 in. $500-700 210 Large Brass Yoruba Anklet, likely Oyo, early 20th century, part of a dance costume, 4 1/4 x 7 3/4 in. $200-300

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The Lasansky Collection: Lots 211–242

211 Bamana Door Lock, Mali, in the abstract human form, with etched geometric pattern on both the figure and transverse section, rich dark brown patina with white bloom, ht. 13 1/2 in. Provenance: Galerie Helene & Philippe Leloup, Paris, France. $2,000-3,000 212 Dogon Face Mask, rectangular, with narrow projecting medial ridge bisecting the hollowed out facial plane above a pointed triangular mouth, the two large rectangular eye frames are surmounted by an overhanging brow which is framed by two pointed horns, covered with a dark encrusted patina with red and white paint, ht. 16 1/4 in. Provenance: Sotheby’s, New York, November 14, 1989, Lot 32; Helen and Mace Neufeld Collection, Los Angeles. $2,500-3,500

213 Large Bamana Door Lock, rectangular, with three figures sitting atop the lock, a fine incised geometric pattern on the front, and with dark encrusted patina, ht. 18 1/2 in. $3,000-4,000 211

214 Senufo Standing Figure, standing on a circular mount, no feet shown, legs apart, cutout arms resting on side of the abdomen, angular face beneath coiffure with high crest, (right hand missing), ht. 7 1/2 in. Provenance: René Rasmussen, Paris, France, purchased in the 1960s. $1,200-1,800

215 Senufo Standing Female Figure, standing on a circular mount, no feet shown, legs apart, cutout arms resting on side of the waist, with a protruding stomach and pointed breasts under broad flat shoulders, angular face beneath coiffure with high thin crest, ht. 9 in. Provenance: René Rasmussen, Paris, France, purchased in the 1960s. $1,200-1,800 216 Senufo Seated Female Figure, seated on a four-legged stool, with columnar torso, the broad shoulders leading to arms holding the stomach, with a thick neck leading to a projecting head, mouth open and wearing a single-crested coiffure, blackened patina, ht. 19 in. 213

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217 Guro Standing Female Figure, with heavy muscular legs and rounded buttocks beneath a thin waist, with exaggerated pendant breasts, straight arms at sides, a long ringed neck supporting an oval head with finely incised coiffure, protruding mouth bearing teeth, with a dark glossy patina, ht. 13 in. $4,000-6,000

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218 Diminutive Guro Zamle Mask, undulating zoomorphic form, the open angular snout with pointed teeth leading to a raised medial ridge framed by two cut-out eyes, one row of scarification on forehead and terminating in upturned horns, bound rattan still present around the rim, dark brown patina with traces of white, ht. 11 in. $2,500-3,500

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219 Baule Standing Male Figure, standing on a rounded base, large feet and heavy straight legs supporting an elongated torso with bent arms carved into the sides, large hands accentuate the stomach scarification, the large oval face has protruding lips, and eyes, and long nose, with a complex incised crested coiffure, decorated at the torso, neck and face with delicately raised scarification, rich brown patina, ht. 15 in. Provenance: Charles Ratton, Paris, France, purchased in the 1950s. $8,000-12,000

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220 Baule Face Mask, projecting from an oval collar with a full beard framing the face, small protruding mouth, a straight tapering nose and two close-set slit eyes surrounded by white pigment, notched eyelashes below a simple coiffure with two horns projecting from the crown, rich brown patina, ht. 15 in. Provenance: Pierre Vérité, Paris, France. $8,000-12,000

221 Baule Standing Male Figure, with heavy muscular legs supporting a rounded torso beneath strong shoulders, both arms missing, surmounted by an oval head with swept back coiffure terminating in two points, scarification on back, neck and cheeks, remnants of the left hand resting on the long beard, (most of the feet missing), ht. 17 1/2 in. Provenance: Pierre Vérité, Paris, France. Literature: Christopher D. Roy, African Art in Iowa Private Collections, 1981, p. 30, cat 20. $12,000-18,000

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222 Baule Standing Female Figure, standing on a rounded base, wide, heavy bent legs supporting a thick elongated torso with bent arms carved into the sides, hands holding the protruding stomach, pointed breasts below an elongated neck, above a slightly downturned oval face which has protruding lips, and halfclosed eyes with a complex incised crested coiffure, decorated at the torso, back, neck, and face with raised scarification, an overall rich brown patina, ht. 18 in. Provenance: René Rasmussen, Paris, France, purchased in the mid-1960s. $20,000-30,000


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223 Dan Face Mask, with hinged lower jaw, an exaggerated beak, pierced eyes with red cloth attached across the sockets, fiber coiffure present with animal hair attached as a moustache, ht. 16 in. Provenance: Pierre Vérité, Paris, France, purchased in 1964. $6,000-9,000

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224 Dan Mask, Poro Society, Ivory Coast, hollowed-out oval form pierced around the rim, with sensitively carved facial features, the full protruding lips parted with teeth exposed, the delicate nose framed by circular eyes, subtle raised eyebrows and gently sloped forehead, smooth, glossy black patina, ht. 7 3/4 in.

225 Bidjogo Bull Mask, Dugn’be, Bissagos Islands, hollowed-out helmet mask, in two pieces lashed together, with glass eyes and bull horns attached with leather, dry dark patina, ht. 21 in. $3,000-4,000

Provenance: John J. Klejman, New York; reportedly collected in situ by George Way Harley. Literature: Christopher D. Roy, African Art in Iowa Private Collections, 1981, p. 29, cat. 19, and cover illustration. $15,000-20,000

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226 Ogoni Mask, carved from light-colored wood, the face, with the small, wide, upwards curved nose, full dark lips and pierced eyes is colored in white, beneath a black-dyed cap with three upturned points on the rim, with round scarification marks on both temples next to rounded ears, the jaw is hinged with fiber, with fifteen “teeth� made of wooden pegs, which were inserted in the lower jaw, ht. 7 1/2 in. $400-600 227 Ibo Standing Female Figure, the attenuated figure stands straight with hands cupped in a gesture to the front, sloping shoulders beneath an elongated neck and small head with an open mouth below a crested coiffure, elaborate scarification marks on the face and the center line of the body, encrusted warm brown patina, (missing most of the feet), ht. 53 1/2 in. $2,500-3,500

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228 Biombo Helmet Mask, long rectangular form with protruding facial features, with a circular mouth, broad triangular nose, and bulging almond-shaped eyes beneath arched eyebrows terminating in a flattened cranium with three cylindrical pegs, surrounded by raffia tied to the holes around the rim, painted in red, white, and black pigments, ht. 24 in. Provenance: Herbert Baker, Los Angeles, California. $8,000-12,000

229 Mende Bundu Mask, from the Sande society, with fat rolls on the neck supporting the triangular shaped face with grooved mouth, narrow nose and crescent cutout eyes, below an open forehead, and surmounted by an elaborate coiffure with three graduated crests emerging from the crown, thick shiny black patina, ht. 18 1/2 in. $4,000-6,000

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230 Mende Bundu Mask, from the Sande society, with numerous fat rolls on the neck supporting the triangular shaped face with grooved mouth, narrow nose and crescent cutout eyes, below a ridged forehead, and surmounted by an elaborate coiffure with horns on either side, with a three pronged appendage and small bundle atop, with thick shiny black patina, wearing a raffia and netting collar, ht. without collar 14 in. $4,000-6,000

231 Mende Helmet Mask, Sowo-wui, with a roll around base and thick neck decorated with a geometric motif supporting a broad squat face with gaping mouth, diminutive, button nose and pierced eyes beneath a ridged sloping forehead surmounted by a large crescent crest with a swept-back coiffure, dark encrusted patina, ht. 14 in. Provenance: Sotheby’s, New York, November 24, 1992, Lot 39. $2,000-3,000


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232 Yoruba House of the Head, Ile Ori, resembling a crown with cylindrical base and openwork domed superstructure, the whole covered in cloth, hide, cowries and rectangular glass mirrors in two places, aged patina throughout, ht. 25 in. $2,000-3,000 233 Songye Kifwebe Mask, hollowed-out, tapering form, pierced around the edge for attachment, with a small square protruding mouth beneath a thin nose and slit-like eyes, the whole decorated with linear striations filled with white pigment, ht. 13 1/4 in. $1,200-1,800

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234 Ngombe Stool, Democratic Republic of Congo, decorated with a combination of incised abstract designs and brass tack-work, with two small triangular cutouts and traces of a native repair to the stem, with a dark encrusted patina to the underside and stem, ht. 10 1/2, wd. 19 1/2 in. Provenance: Jacques Hautelet, La Jolla, California. $1,200-1,800 235 Lobi Female Figure, with cutout arms at the sides, thick neck beneath her turned head, with raised chin, pursed lips and squinting eyes, (missing feet, left leg, and most of the back), ht. 16 in. $800-1,200

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236 Kongo Male Power Figure, Yembe, standing on a circular base, the figure completely wrapped in fabric from feet to chin, with deep-set glass-filled eyes and a hardened clay headdress, ht. 13 3/4 in. Provenance: Purchased from Herb Baker, Los Angeles, in 1982. $4,000-6,000 237 Two Luba Sanza Musical Instruments, early 20th century, wood and metal, the larger of the two with geometric designs inscribed on sides and lower front, with a head atop the instrument; the other with two heads at top, smooth well-worn surfaces, the larger 9 x 6; smaller 8 1/2 x 5 1/4 in. $800-1,200 238 Pende Male Figure, standing on thick heavy legs and simply defined waist, columnar torso, framed by straight arms and terminating in flat broad shoulders, a thick neck supports an angular head, mouth open below a small nose and coffee-bean eyes, deeply incised coiffure terminates in a top-knot, black encrusted patina, ht. 16 1/2 in. $2,500-3,500

239 Kuba Mask, Mukyeem, helmet-like form with raffia attachment at the base, composed of a flat facial plane framed by cowrie shell and bead attachments and wearing an elaborate headdress composed of beads and cowrie shell, a conical projection at the crown in the form of an arching elephant trunk, ht. 17 in. Provenance: Purchased from Ladislas Segy, New York, in the 1960s. $4,000-6,000


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240 Rare Ituri Basketry Helmet Mask, fine woven basketry overlaid with a thin mud plaster, painted in geometric designs, an open mouth with teeth, and molded facial features and ears, raffia attached to the rim, ht. 31 in. including raffia. $4,000-6,000 241 Hemba Male Figure, the fragmentary legs supporting protruding buttocks beneath the abdomen framed by angular arms and a cylindrical neck and finely sculpted head, the face framed by a beard composed of numerous raised repeating diamonds, and wearing a classical cruciform coiffure, deep brown encrusted patina, ht. 19 3/4 in. $25,000-35,000 242 Yaka Initiation Mask, Ndemba, polychrome face with slightly open mouth beneath an exaggerated upturned nose framed by bulbous slit eyes and forward projecting ears, wearing an elaborate hat of two concentric conical forms each highly decorated with polychrome geometric designs, framed by four vertical spires, ht. 29 1/2 in. $700-900

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243 Apache Beaded Buffalo Hide Child’s Moccasins, c. 1870s, beaded with multicolored seed beads and edged with large white heart red beads, lg. 6 1/4 in. $500-700 244 Southern Cheyenne Beaded and Painted Man’s Moccasins, c. 1880, with red and remnant yellow pigments, long heel fringe, lg. excluding fringe 10 1/2 in. $3,000-4,000 249

245 Western Sioux Woman’s Moccasins and Leggings, fourth quarter 19th century, hide leggings decorated in panels of geometric designs done in beads, with short tassels and tin cones, together with bead decorated moccasins, with separate stitched soles, lg. of moccasins 9, lg. of leggings 15 in. $2,200-2,800 246 Lakota Beaded and Quilled Hide Infant’s Moccasins, c. 1880, with beaded bottoms and quill-decorated vamps, (minor quill loss), custom stand, lg. 4 1/8 in. $800-1,200 247 Pair of Sioux Beaded Hide Moccasins, c. 1890s, Elk Dreamer Society moccasins, lg. 10 in. $1,200-1,600 256

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248 Pair of Fully Quill-decorated Moccasins, Sioux, c. 1880s, with quilled tin cone and red horsehair danglers on teh tongue and clothtrimmed vamps, (minor quill loss), 10 3/4 x 3 3/4 in. $3,500-4,500

249 Chippewa Floral Beaded Hide Moccasins, c. 1890s, with fully beaded floral cuffs, lg. 10 1/2 in. $800-1,200 250 Pair of Crow Keyhole Beaded Hide Moccasins, c. 1860s, on buffalo hide, lg. 11 in. Provenance: Paul Grey, New York; Augustus R. Keller, U.S. agent for the Crow tribe from 1878-80. $5,000-6,000


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251 Cheyenne Beaded Buffalo Hide Thunderbird Moccasins, c. 1870, with custom metal stand, lg. 10 3/4 in. $2,500-3,000 252 Central Plains Beaded Hide Mouse Umbilical Fetish, c. 1880s, lg. including tail 4 1/2 in. $400-600 253 Sioux Beaded Hide Ball, c. 1880, the crosses with one remaining tin cone, dia. to 4 3/4 in. $600-800 254 Pair of Ojibwa/Chippewa Leggings, 19th century, fine red wool flannel stroud cloth, with stripped fully beaded with flower motifs, (some moth damage), 25 1/4 x 9 7/8 in. $900-1,200

255 Pair of Plains Beaded Child’s Moccasins, c. last quarter 19th century, fully beaded soles, lg. 5 1/2 in. $700-900

256 Beaded Moccasins, Iroquois, Seneca type, c. 1840-60s, red wool broadcloth, deer hide, glass beads, silk ribbon edge binding, glazed cotton lining, lg. 8 1/2 in. Exhibitions: Made of Thunder, Made of Glass II, Continuing Traditions of American Indian Beadwork of the Northeast, traveling exhibit, Massachusetts and New York, 2015-16. $800-1,200

257 Woodlands Floral Hide Moccasins, Maliseet, c. 1860s, multicolored flower pattern on vamps, red cloth covered cuffs with multicolored geometric beadwork, silk ties, lg. 11 1/2 in. $4,000-6,000

258 Shoshone Beaded Hide Model Boy’s Cradle, c. last quarter 19th century, the design includes two Morning Stars, ht. 19, wd. 6 5/8 in. $4,000-6,000

259 Northern Plains Soft Baby Cradle, Sioux, fourth quarter 19th century, the fully beaded hide top opening lined with patterned cloth, fabric-backed beaded panel behind, with brass hawk bells and long fringe, the multicolored beadwork in several geometric patterns, long woolen body fringed in red cloth, bound with thin leather strapping, ht. 29 1/2 in. $5,000-7,000 260 Northern Plains Hide Doll, Cheyenne, c. 1870s, shoulders and dress fringe beaddecorated, with beaded high-top moccasins, ht. 9 3/4 in. $1,200-1,500

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266 Cheyenne Strike-a-Lite Bag, c. 1870s, hide sewn together, ornamented with beads, tin cones, larger brass beads and a button, 4 3/4 x 3 1/2 in. $800-1,200 267 Miniature Plains Beaded Possible Bag, Crow, c. 1890-1900, beaded decoration on one side, with two small drops, 3 x 4 in. $700-900 268 Quilled Elk Dreamer Society Pouch or Hair Ornament, Sioux, c. 1870s, old label on verso reads: “scalp lock of Capt Jack. Modoc Indian, brought from his wife by Capt. F.H.E. Ebstein, 1871, and given to E.R. Smith 1879,� lg. including tassels 11 1/2 in. $1,200-1,400 269 Arapaho Strike-a-Lite Bag, c. 1870s, with harness leather, hide thongs with two large beads, ornamented with trade beads, tin cones and an elk tooth, 5 1/2 x 3 in. $1,200-1,600 270 Large Sioux Beaded Commercial Leather Dispatch Case, c. 1880, with German silver flap button, remnant copper sequins, and small brass bead hide lace, (minor bead loss), 18 1/2 x 10 in. $2,500-3,000

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261 Native Blue Stroud Dress Doll, Ute, c. 1870s, blue wool with bead and metal disk design, leather tassels and beaded boots, ht. 10 3/4 in. $2,000-3,000 262 Ute Beaded Hide Tail Bag, c. 1880, with brass bell at the bottom, lg. 12 in. $800-1,200 263 Ute Beaded Commercial Leather Mirror Bag, c. 1870, completely beaded on both sides and the flap, tin cones at the bottom, 9 1/2 x 6 in. $3,000-4,000

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264 Two Plains Quill-decorated Items, c. 1880s, a pair of Northern Plains moccasins with horse track design on the flap, (some quill loss, they appear to have been resoled during their time period), and a turtle umbilical fetish with blue bead edging, lg. of moccasins 9 1/2, lg. of turtle 6 in. $1,000-1,500 265 Arapaho Beaded Strike-a-Light Pouch, c. 1870, beaded on saddle leather, (minor bead loss), lg. including tin cones 5 1/2 in. $1,500-2,000

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271 Large Plateau Contour-beaded Cloth Flat Bag, c. late 19th century, beaded on one side with floral designs and single Morning Star, 15 x 13 1/2 in. $2,000-2,500 272 Apache Bead-decorated Quirt, 19th century, lg. not including leather end strap 20 in. $800-1,200 273 Plateau Painted Parfleche, c. 1890s, green, orange, and blue on hide, 12 x 26 in. Provenance: W. Glass Collection, Texas. $600-800


274 Sioux Painted Parfleche Case, c. 1880, painted on both sides and with remnant red trade cloth at the ends, 11 x 5 1/2 in. $500-700 275 Plateau Polychrome Cornhusk Bag, with multicolored geometric designs on one side and rows of flowers on the reverse, 10 1/4 x 10 in. $700-900 280

276 Blackfeet Painted Parfleche Envelope, c. 1890, 26 1/2 x 13 1/2 in. $1,000-1,500 277 Northern Plains Beaded Whetstone Pouch, Cheyenne, late 19th century, with beaded decoration on both sides, fringed edges, 7 3/4 x 2 1/2 in. $300-500 278 Plateau Beaded Hide Girl’s Dress, c. 1890, with yellow ochre on the yoke, 36 x 30 in. $3,000-4,000 279 Iroquois Beaded Pouch, c. 1860s, with a depiction of a Civil War soldier, lg. 7 1/4 in. $1,200-1,500

280 Lakota Buffalo Hide Knife Sheath, c. 1870s, with rawhide liner and tin cone danglers, with two wood toggles, lg. not including drop 9 1/2 in. $1,500-2,000

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281 Early Northern Plains Beaded Knife Sheath, Cheyenne, c. 1860-70s, diminutive size, with some tin cone tassels, lg. 7 3/4 in. $1,000-1,200

282 Northern Plains Tacked Knife Case with Knife, Lakota, 1860s-70s, thick commercial leather case decorated on one side with brass-headed tacks, with a bone-handled steel knife, lg. of case 11 1/2 in. $5,000-7,000

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283 Central Plains Pictorial Quilled Pipe Bag, Sioux, c. 1870s, with beaded trim, quilled and cone-wrapped ties hung from the top, with short hide fringe, lower quilled panel with buffalo imagery in the center, the reverse with geometric pattern, with red quill-wrapped rawhide slats providing for a multicolored design on both sides, with a long fringe, lg. 34 in. $5,000-7,000

284 Plains Bead-decorated Pipe Bag, Lakota Sioux, c. 1870s, northern Plains pipe/tobacco bag, bead and quill-decorated, fine traces of yellow ochre on hide overall, lg. bag only 22 3/4, wd. 5 in. $3,500-4,500

285 Crow Tobacco Bag, c. 1870s, nativetanned buffalo hide, an early example of the Wind River Crow abstract floral motif design elements, restrained beading does not use white line beads to connect the elements as seen in later pieces from this design tradition, lg. 17 1/2 in. $4,000-6,000

286 Plains Beaded Buffalo Hide Blanket Strip, c. 1870s, with four large roundels and five abstract rectangle devices, yellow and red with blue edges on white background, thread sewn, lg. 53 3/4 in.

287 Northern Plains Pipe Bowl and Stem, third quarter 19th century, catlinite pipe bowl with wood stem, the ridge on the bowl has fine incising on top and one side, deep rich patina, stem with fine dark patina from use, lg. of bowl 5, lg. of stem 18 in. Provenance: Richard Pohrt, Senior collection; Alan Chandler collection; Milford Chandler collection, Ann Arbor, inventory no. on bowl C-686, inventory no. on stem C-533. $1,500-2,500

Provenance: Collected between 1878-86 at Pine Ridge, South Dakota. $2,500-3,500

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288 Plains Catlinite Pipe Bowl, c. third quarter 19th century, elbow form, with a carved European-style bearded head, with custom stand, ht. 2 5/8, lg. 2 3/4 in. $1,000-1,500

289 Sioux Catlinite Effigy Pipe Bowl, c. 18901900, pipe bowl with Native warrior seated on a tree trunk, lg. 7, ht. 4 1/4 in. $2,000-3,000 290 Catlinite Tomahawk Pipe Bowl and Stem, c. 1880s-90s, unusual narrative imagery depicting a tethered horse beneath clouds, fine semi-circle designs engraved on the square part of the stem, lg. 16 3/4 in. $600-800 289

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291 Fine Plains Catlinite Stem and Bowl, mid19th century, catlinite pipe with lead inlay, both on the bowl and the stem, intricate pattern on stem with thunderbird at the mouthpiece, birds, small animals, and arrows with abstract designs taking up half the top space, small morning stars along the rest of the edges, an old paper label reads: “Indian pipe, Made by a Sioux Chief “White Dog”, who was hung at Mankato Minnesota in 1862 - It was presented as a peace offering to Lieut King by the chief while a prisoner in his...,” lg. of stem 17 3/4, lg. of bowl 8 in. Provenance: A private Boston collection, has been in the same family since the 1880s. $15,000-20,000

293 Cherokee Pipe Bowl with Bear Effigy, 19th century, black steatite, lg. 2 1/2 in. Provenance: Jim Ritchie Collection, Ohio; Paul Grey, New York. $1,200-1,500 294 Woodlands Human Effigy Pipe Bowl, late 18th/early 19th century, gray slate stone, ht. 2 1/2 in. Provenance: Jim Ritchie Collection, Ohio. $5,000-7,000 295 Wood Carved Tomahawk Pipe Bowl and Stem, c. 1860s-70s, Eastern Sioux or Western Great Lakes, very unusual spontoonform tomahawk pipe bowl carved from wood with tin smoking bowl liner, brass tack decoration, red and yellow pigment with original stem, lg. 31 1/4 in. $4,000-6,000

292 Northern Plains Catlinite Pipe Bowl and Stem, c. 1870s, Sioux or Cheyenne, with spindle carved ash stem, lg. 27 1/2 in. $1,200-1,500

296 Arapaho Shinny Stick and Hide Ball, c. 1880s, wood stick with hide thong and pigmented hair-filled ball, which is original to the stick, lg. of stick 20 1/2 in. Provenance: Amos Gotschall collection; Charles Miles collection. Literature: Charles Miles, Indian & Eskimo Artifacts of North America, New York, 1986, p. 208, no. 10.13. $800-1,200 297 Cheyenne Porcupine Hairbrush, c. 1880s, a porcupine tail with wood rod inserted to give body to the brush, decorated on one side in an abstract beaded design, lg. 10 in. $300-400 298 Navajo Sand Painting, c. 1920s-30s, on muslin, 40 1/2 x 45 3/4 in. $1,200-1,400

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299 Northeast Finger-woven Wool Sash, Huron, first half 19th century, arrow style with five rows of light green and indigo blue arrow devices on a red background, outlined in white beads, with similar beads interwoven into the fringed ends, lg. with fringe 112, wd. 7 3/4 in. $4,000-6,000

300 Athabaskan or Sub-Arctic Cree “Octopus Bag,� c. 1870s, brown stroud cloth bag with cotton interior lining, two lines of small white beads outline the entire edge front and back, front beaded in a multicolored floral pattern, the back also beaded in floral pattern with two flowers issuing from a central flower, with four tabs on both sides, originally four tassels per tab, 18 3/4 x 10 5/8 in. $3,000-4,000

301 Great Lakes Midewiwin Otter Bag, Potawatomi, c. 1870s, otter pelt medicine bag, paws and tail decorated with beads in multicolored floral devices, edged with red trade cloth, together with brass hawk bells, lg. 33 in. $3,000-4,000

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302 Beaded Bag, Iroquois, Seneca, c. 1830s, black wool broadcloth, glass beads, green silk ribbon edge binding and cotton lining, 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 in. Literature: A Cherished Curiosity: The Souvenir Beaded Bag in Haudenosaunee Art, 2012, pp. 61-62. Exhibitions: Made of Thunder, Made of Glass II, Continuing Traditions of American Indian Beadwork of the Northeast, traveling exhibit, Massachusetts and New York, 2015-16. $600-800

303 Beaded Bag, Iroquois, Seneca, c. 1825-50, red wool broadcloth, glass beads, silk edge binding, with false flap beaded onto one side and large four-directional motif on back, 8 x 7 1/4 in. Literature: A Cherished Curiosity: The Souvenir Beaded Bag in Haudenosaunee Art, 2012, pp. 59, 61. Exhibitions: Made of Thunder, Made of Glass II, Continuing Traditions of American Indian Beadwork of the Northeast, traveling exhibit, Massachusetts and New York, 2015-16. $800-1,200

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306 Beaded Bag, Iroquois, Seneca, c. 1830s, red wool broadcloth, glass beads, green silk edge binding and strap, and cotton lining, 6 1/8 x 6 in. Literature: A Cherished Curiosity: The Souvenir Beaded Bag in Haudenosaunee Art, 2012, p. 56; Made of Thunder, Made of Glass, American Indian Beadwork of the Northeast catalog, 2006, p. 10.

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304 Rare Early Beaded Bag, Iroquois, Seneca, first quarter 19th century, Haudenosaunee drawstring beaded bag of black wool broadcloth, decorated with all white glass beads, silk ribbon edge binding and strap and a fine linen lining, 7 x 6 1/2 in. Literature: A Cherished Curiosity: The Souvenir Beaded Bag in Haudenosaunee Art, 2012, p. 51; Made of Thunder, Made of Glass, American Indian Beadwork of the Northeast catalog, 2006, interior front and back covers. Exhibitions: Made of Thunder, Made of Glass, American Indian Beadwork of the Northeast, traveling exhibit, Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Connecticut, 2006-2009; Made of Thunder, Made of Glass II, Continuing Traditions of Northeastern Indian Beadwork. $1,200-1,600

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305 Beaded Bag, Iroquois, c. 1830s, red wool broadcloth, glass beads, blue silk edge binding, and cotton lining, 5 1/2 x 6 1/2 in. Literature: A Cherished Curiosity: The Souvenir Beaded Bag in Haudenosaunee Art, 2012, p. 55; Made of Thunder, Made of Glass, American Indian Beadwork of the Northeast catalog, 2006, p. 26. Exhibitions: Made of Thunder, Made of Glass, American Indian Beadwork of the Northeast, travelling exhibit, Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Connecticut, 2006-2009. $600-800

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Exhibitions: Made of Thunder, Made of Glass, American Indian Beadwork of the Northeast, travelling exhibit, Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Connecticut, 2006-2009; Made of Thunder, Made of Glass II, Continuing Traditions of Northeastern Indian Beadwork, Massachusetts and New York, 2015-16. $600-800

307 Beaded Bag, Iroquois, Tonawanda Seneca, c. 1840s-60s, black velvet, glass beads, pale lime green silk ribbon edge binding and strap, and cotton lining, 5 3/4 x 6 1/4 in. Literature: A Cherished Curiosity: The Souvenir Beaded Bag in Haudenosaunee Art, 2012, p. 95; Made of Thunder, Made of Glass, American Indian Beadwork of the Northeast catalog, 2006, p. 25. Exhibitions: Made of Thunder, Made of Glass, American Indian Beadwork of the Northeast, traveling exhibit, Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Connecticut, 2006-2009; Made of Thunder, Made of Glass II, Continuing Traditions of Northeastern Indian Beadwork, Massachusetts and New York, 2015-16. $400-600


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308 Beaded Bag, Iroquois, Tonawanda Seneca, c. 1840s-60s, black velvet, glass beads, pale green silk ribbon edge binding, glazed cotton lining, 5 1/2 x 6 1/4 in. Literature: A Cherished Curiosity: The Souvenir Beaded Bag in Haudenosaunee Art, 2012, p. 95; Made of Thunder, Made of Glass, American Indian Beadwork of the Northeast catalog, 2006, p. 25.

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309 Wabanaki Beaded Pouch, Maliseet type, c. 1850-75, red velvet, red wool broadcloth, glass, and metal beads, soft kid leather lining, 6 1/2 x 5 in. Exhibitions: Made of Thunder, Made of Glass II, Continuing Traditions of American Indian Beadwork of the Northeast, traveling exhibit, Massachusetts and New York, 2015-16. $400-600

310 Upper Great Lakes Beaded “Octopus� Bag, mid to late 19th century, black or dark indigo blue stroud cloth bag with polished cotton interior lining, smaller white beads outline the entire edge front and back, front beaded in a multicolored floral pattern over most of the surface, the back is also beaded in floral pattern with three insects at the lower left, with four tabs on both sides, originally four tassels per tab, 16 x 8 in. $3,500-4,500

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311 Eskimo Engraved Walrus Tusk, c. 1890s, depicting hunting and whaling scenes, lg. 20 1/2 in. Provenance: Walter C. Waters, The Bear Totem Store, Wrangell, Alaska. $1,500-2,000

312 Eskimo Carved Musk Ox Jawbone Cribbage Board, c. 1890s, engraved on both sides with scenes of hunting and fishing, with numerous animals and people depicted, lg. 13 3/4 in. Provenance: Walter Waters, The Bear Totem Store, Wrangell, Alaska. $1,200-1,800

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313 Inupiaq Walrus Tusk Cribbage Board, c. 1890s, well engraved, depicting numerous animals, possibly the work of the Inupiaq artist Angokwazhuk or Happy Jack, lg. 8 3/4 in. $1,500-2,000 314 Eskimo Walrus Ivory Bear Drag Handle, 19th century, with a hole through the chest area, cream-colored patina, from Mainland Alaska, lg. 3 1/2 in. $600-800

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315 Eskimo Walrus Ivory Gaffe Handle with Iron Hook, c. 1900s, gaffe hook in the form of a polar bear, complete with iron hook, wood protective sheath attached, and baleen inlaid eyes, lg. 6 3/4 in. $1,200-1,800 316 Prehistoric Eskimo Shaman’s Torso Figure, Punuk period, approx. AD 800-1400, St. Lawrence Island, Alaska, lg. 2 1/8 in. $1,200-1,500 317 Northwest Coast Nunivak Island Bird Mask, c. 1930s-40s, with a fish in the mouth, 20 x 26 in. including appendages. $1,500-1,800

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318 Eskimo Feast Bowl with Walrus Ivory Whale Ornament, 19th century, with native repairs, encrusted patina, 16 x 10 1/2 in. Provenance: Ohio State Historical Society; Ohio State University Museum; Professor John Bradford Titchener (1898-1972) collection, Columbus, Ohio; Professor Edward B. Titchener (1867-1927) collection, Ithaca, New York; Anatomical Laboratory of Charles H. Ward, Inc., Rochester, New York (1890s). $5,000-7,000

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319 Yup’ik Gut Parka, c. 1900-10, hooded rain parka made from seal intestines sewn with natural fiber, 41 1/2 x 82 1/2 in. $1,200-1,800

320 Eskimo Walrus Ivory Pipe, last quarter 19th century, fully decorated with geometric incised designs and numerous scenes of hunting and fishing, an attached walrus pegged into the top, (some parts missing), lg. 10 3/4 in. $800-1,200

321 Eskimo Walrus Ivory Pipe, c. last quarter 19th century, with incised geometric designs along the sides, raised figurative carving of a hunting scene on the top, including a walrus, seals and kayak, and hunter, ceramic bowl attached with cord, lg. 11 in. $600-800

322 Northwest Coast Puffin Shaman’s Rattle, 19th century, cedar carved in the image of a tufted puffin, lg. 8 1/2 in. $1,500-2,000

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323 Northwest Coast Human-form Halibut Hook, 19th century, evidence of tooth wear from use, ht. 9 1/8 in. $1,000-1,500 324 Northwest Coast Tlingit Fighting Knife, c. 1880-90s, hand-forged knife with painted wood pommel in the form of a bear head, cotton twine on handle a later replacement, lg. 16 1/4 in. $6,000-8,000

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325 Northwest Coast Tlingit Frog Bowl, c. 1900, small grease bowl in the form of a frog, with shell inlay eyes and bone inlay around the rim, lg. 8 in. $2,500-3,500

326 Northwest Coast Haida Argillite Totem Pole, late 19th century, flat back with various stylized human and animal forms, ht. 14 1/4 in. $3,000-4,000

327 Northwest Coast Haida Argillite Totem Pole, late 19th century, flat back with various stylized human and animal forms, (some cracks), ht. 21 1/2 in. $4,000-6,000

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328 Northwest Coast Chilkat Blanket, c. 1900, woven of mountain goat wool and cedar bark in pale yellow and blue against a black background, classic form representing a bear under water, wd. 59 in.

Note: See George Emmons, The Chilkat Blanket, Memoirs of the American Natural History Museum, New York, 1907, p. 367, fig. 560. $35,000-45,000

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329 Northwest Coast Raven Rattle, 19th century, with traces of an early collection label present, lg. 15 in. $1,200-1,500 330 Northwest Coast Soapberry Spoon, 19th century, probably Tlingit, serving blade in the form of a ceremonial copper, lg. 17 in. $700-900

331 Quinault Carved Yewwood Salmon Club, fourth quarter 19th century, depicting a serpent with a seal in its mouth, lg. 23 1/4 in. Note: A rare example of coastal Washington material culture. $3,000-5,000 332 Quinault Whalebone “D” Adze Handle, last quarter 19th century, depicting a bear, with traces of black polychrome, lg. 7 1/2 in. $6,000-8,000

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333 Quinault Whalebone “D” Adze Handle, last quarter 19th century, depicting a bear with a squirrel, lg. 8 in. $6,000-8,000

334 Northwest Coast Kwakwaka’wakw Ceremonial Staff, last quarter 19th century, lg. 39 1/2 in. Provenance: Originally from the Webster Collection, United Kingdom. Old paper label and inventory number: “Webster 1897 British Columbia 27340.” $3,000-5,000


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335 Northwest Coast Wooden Paddle, last quarter 19th century, of typical design, well used with a dry patina, (minor loss to the end and a stable crack in the shaft), lg. 61 1/4 in. $600-800 336 Northwest Coast Gold Bracelet, c. 1920s-30s, 10kt gold content, with an “X” scratched on the inner side, frog clan emblem design, wd. 2 3/8, band wd. 3/4 in. $400-600 337 New Mexican Retablo, in the manner of Pedro Antonio Fresquis (1740-1831), depicting the Holy Infant of Atocha, the polychrome hand-hewn board with fine incised line detail, bilateral incised frame, and forged nails holding the leather hanger, (repaired crack), 10 7/8 x 9 3/8 in. $700-1,000 338 Patrocinio Barela (New Mexican, 19081964) Untitled/Madonna Praying. Carved wood with incised detail, inscribed under the base “Pat-BA,” ht. 14 1/4 in. Provenance: Collected by the current owner in the 1950s. $2,000-3,000 339 Zuni Inlay Silver Pin, c. 1930-40, lg. 1 7/8 in. $200-250 340 Zuni Inlay Bracelet, c. 1950s, inner dia. 2 3/8 in. $150-200

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341 Navajo Silver and Turquoise Necklace, c. 1960s-70s, lg. 25 in.

342 Navajo Silver and Turquoise Necklace, c. 1960s-70s, lg. 31 1/2 in.

Provenance: Newman Collection, New Jersey; Sotheby’s, New York, April 23, 1988, Lot 2387; Andy Warhol Collection, New York. $600-900

Provenance: Newman Collection, New Jersey; Sotheby’s, New York, April 23, 1988, Lot 2387; Andy Warhol Collection, New York. $600-900

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343 Southwest Silver and Turquoise Bracelet, Zuni, 1960s, the cluster form with four rings of oval and circular stones surrounding a lone center stone, the wristband set with a semicircle of oval stones on each side, 3 3/4 x 3 1/4 in. $500-700


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344 Benjamin Becenti Storyteller Belt, ten silver panels of scenes from daily life, with multistone inlay, “BB� stamped on the buckle, lg. of belt 44 in. $600-900

346 Edward Curtis (American, 1868-1952) Oratone Photograph, The Vanishing Race, in original bat wing frame (molding loss), 9 1/2 x 7 1/2 in. $4,000-6,000

345 Edward Curtis (American, 1868-1952) Oratone Photograph, The Rush Gatherers, in a bat wing frame, 7 3/4 x 9 1/2 in. $3,000-4,000

347 Navajo Transitional Serape, c. last quarter 19th century, with an eye-dazzler pattern woven in natural and synthetic dyed homespun wool, 79 x 57 in. $3,000-5,000

348 Navajo Man’s Wearing Blanket, last quarter 19th century, woven in a third phase pattern, with serrated lattice pattern filled with strips and cross devices on red background, with serrated patterns at corners; woven with natural and synthetic dyed homespun wool, 54 x 41 in. Provenance: A private New York collection. $800-1,200

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349 Navajo Regional Rug, c. 1930s, woven in red, white, and brown, with a pattern of diagonal serrated bands, 63 x 38 1/2 in. Provenance: A private New York collection; Sotheby’s, New York, November 29, 1988, Lot 277. $800-1,200

350 Navajo Man’s Wearing Blanket, last quarter 19th century, woven in a third phase pattern, with serrated lattice pattern filled with stripes and cross devices on black background; woven with natural and synthetic dyed homespun wool, 44 x 55 in. Provenance: A private New York collection. $2,500-3,500

351 Navajo Woman’s Wearing Blanket, Manta, c. fourth quarter 19th century, woven of handspun wool in two shades of dark brown, with two large border panels in deep red, 48 x 37 3/8 in. Provenance: A private New York collection; Sotheby’s, New York, November 29, 1988, Lot 257. $1,500-2,000

352 Navajo Weaving, c. 1920s-40s, woven with natural and synthetic dyed homespun wool, three central diamonds flanked by zigzag patterns, 89 x 52 1/2 in. $800-1,200

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353 South American Woven Poncho, Mapuche, c. 1900, with three panels of concentric stepped designs separated by red stripes on a near black background, 68 x 68 in. $1,000-1,500

354 South American Woven Poncho, Mapuche, c. 1900, with three panels of concentric stepped diamond designs separated by multicolored stripes in greenish-tan, blue, and red on a cream-colored background, fringed ends, 68 1/2 x 54 in. excluding twisted fringe. $1,500-1,800

355 Southwest Polychrome Pottery Olla, Acoma, c. 1900, with red bottom and inner rim, decorated with black-on-cream abstract designs with some red in-fill, ht. 11, dia. 10 1/2 in. $2,500-3,500

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356 Acoma Polychrome Jar, c. 1920s. with stylized geometric and foliate designs, ht. 7, dia. 9 1/2 in. $800-1,200 357 Southwest Polychrome Pottery Canteen, Acoma, c. 1910, with black and red on cream, with central framed cross and abstract design, with a later leather strap, ht. 5 1/4 in. $400-600

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358 Anasazi Water Storage Jar, c. AD 13001400, Socorro cultural area, reassembled from pieces, with some overpainting, includes a statement of release and disclosure, ht. 10, dia. 9 in. $1,200-1,600

359 Acoma Polychrome Pottery Jar by Lucy Lewis (c. 1890-1992), signed and dated “1964. Pot No. 132,� fine line geometric design, ht. 5 in. $1,000-1,500

360 Large Zia Polychrome Jar, c. 1900, with two classic Zia birds and two deer, and framed with stylized geometric bands, ht. 10 1/2, dia. 10 3/4 in. $3,500-4,500

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361 Southwest Pottery Bowl, Joy Navasie (1919-2012), c. 1960s, shallow form, decorated on the shoulder and interior with abstract geometric and feather design, frog sign on the bottom, ht. 4 3/4, wd. 13 1/4 in. $700-900 362 Southwest Polychrome Pottery Bowl, Santo Domingo, c. 1900, decorated with floral devices in black, ht. 4 1/2, dia. 9 in. Provenance: Purchased in 1906 in New Mexico. $800-1,200

363 Southwest Polychrome Pottery Jar, Zia, c. 1930s, five-color jar with three birds, flowers, and an unusual yellow semicircular motif repeated three times, ht. 6 1/4 in. $400-600

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364 Southwest Polychrome Pottery Bowl, attributed to Nampeyo (1859-1942), Hopi Pueblo, c. 1910-20s, using heavy black double framing lines around the abstract bird design at the center with abstracted feather motifs, old collection label on the bottom of the bowl, dia. 7 1/2 in. $2,500-3,500

365 Casas Grande Storage Olla, c. 1200-1450, with overall polychrome geometric decoration in a bold well-balanced design, (repaired with restoration over the cracks), ht. 8, wd. 9 in. Provenance: The Platt & Friedenberg Collection. Exhibitions: University of Virginia Art Museum, 1986. $2,000-3,000

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366 Casas Grande Storage Olla, c. 1200-1450, painted in an overall geometric design in a bold well-balanced design using fine lines and block colors in red, orange, brown, and black, ht. 9, wd. 9 1/2 in. Provenance: The Platt & Friedenberg Collection. Exhibitions: University of Virginia Art Museum, 1986. $2,000-3,000 367 Casas Grande Effigy Storage Jar, c. 12001450, in the form of a bear, the lower part painted with an overall geometric decoration in a bold well-balanced design using fine lines and block colors in red, brown, and dark brown, ht. 7, wd. 7 in. Provenance: The Platt & Friedenberg Collection. $1,800-2,800


368 Casas Grande Storage Olla, c. 1200-1450, painted with overall geometric decoration in a bold well-balanced design using fine lines and block colors in red, orange, brown, and black, ht. 7, wd. 8 in. Provenance: The Platt & Friedenberg Collection. $1,800-2,800

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369 Mound Builder Culture Hooded Pottery Vessel, Mississippian culture effigy vessel, slipped exterior surface with the head of an unknown creature, used to store grain or possibly liquids, an old label on the bottom states the vessel was found in New Madrid Co., Missouri, in a group of mounds, ht. 7 1/2 in. $400-600 370 Northwest Coast Imbricated Storage Basket, c. 1900, ht. 11 1/4, lg. 19 in. $400-600 371 Miniature Northwest Coast Cedar Root Basket, c. 1900, with a stepped abstract design running from the base to rim, ht. 4 1/4, dia. 5 1/2 in. $400-600 372 Salmon River Hupa Polychrome Basketry Bowl, c. 1900, tightly woven with classic designs on a medium brown background, ht. 4 1/4, dia. 5 1/4 in. $600-800 373 Makah Multicolored Twined Pictorial Basket, c. 1900, lidded basket with bird and animal motifs, ht. 3 1/4, lg. 5 1/2 in. $300-400

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374 Northwest Coast Imbricated Berry Basket, Klickitat, c. 1890, decorated with geometric design, with three leather carrying straps tied into the side, ht. 13 1/4 in. $800-1,200 375 Pomo Coiled Basketry Bowl, c. 1900, single rod construction, ht. 1 3/4, dia. 5 in. $300-400

376 Pomo Twined Storage Basket, early 20th century, with bands of geometric design on a medium ground, and shell decoration, (loss to rim, repair to bottom using leather patch), dia. 8 in. $300-500 377 California Coiled Basketry Bowl, late 19th century, the flat-bottom flared form with three bands of zigzag decoration, (stich loss, rim damage), ht. 8 3/4, dia. 19 1/2 in. Provenance: A private Boston collection; Skinner, January 29, 2005, Lot 471. $1,500-2,500

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378 California Coiled Basketry Bowl, Yokuts, late 19th century, the half shouldered form with a band of interlocking diamonds, row of quail feathers at shoulder, dia. 8 in. $2,000-2,500

382 Southwest Coiled Basketry Bowl, Apache, c. 1900, high sides, with double snake designs running from the center to the rim, between which are human figures and animals, ht. 4 3/4, dia. 14 3/4 in. $1,200-1,800

379 Southwest Coiled Pictorial Basketry Bowl, Apache, c. 1900, flared form with dog and arrow motifs, ht. 3 3/4, dia. 18 in. $800-1,200

383 Large Southwest Coiled Basketry Bowl, Apache, c. 1900, with abstract band and stepped checker designs, ht. 5 1/4, dia. 18 1/2 in. $1,200-1,800

380 Southwest Coiled Basketry Tray, Apache, early 20th century, with checkered banded design, old labels on the bottom, dia. 16 1/4 in. $800-1,200

381 Apache Coiled Storage Basket, first quarter 20th century, with design composed of four checkerboard bands running from the base to rim of the basket, (some fading of the pattern), ht. 14 1/2 in. Provenance: Collected by Lt. William Weigel, c. 1894, while serving at Whipple barracks, Arizona, he led a company of Apache scouts; a period cabinet card photograph of Weigel with his scouts accompanies the basket. $800-1,200

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384 Southwest Coiled Olla Basket, Apache, early 20th century, flared rim, and decorated with three zigzag bands, ht. 8 1/4 in. $600-800

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Any bidder that plans on spending in excess of $100,000 should make arrangements with the accounting department at least five (5) days in advance of the sale, as a deposit may be required to participate. 4. All merchandise purchased must be paid for and removed from the premises the day of the auction. Skinner Inc. may impose, and the purchaser agrees to pay, a monthly interest charge of 1.5% of the purchase price of any lot or item lot not paid for within thirty-five (35) days of the date of sale. Skinner, Inc. shall have no liability for any damage or loss to property left on its premises for more than three (3) days from the date of sale. If any property has not been removed within three (3) days from the date of sale, at the option of Skinner, Inc. (a) Skinner Inc., may impose, and the purchaser agrees to pay, a monthly storage charge of 1.5% of the purchase price of any lot or portion of a lot not removed within the three days, and/or (b) Skinner Inc. may place the merchandise in a subsequent auction, without Reserve, to be sold to the highest bidder, and after deducting the standard commission and any additional charges that may apply, remit the proceeds to the purchaser. 5. Skinner accepts cash or check for payment. Personal checks will be acceptable only if credit has been established with Skinner, Inc. or if a bank authorization has been received guaranteeing a personal check. Skinner, Inc. reserves the right to hold merchandise purchased by personal check until the check has cleared the bank. The purchaser agrees to pay Skinner, Inc. a handling charge of $25.00 for any check dishonored by the drawee. Please contact Accounting for additional payment methods. Skinner does not accept payment by credit card for merchandise purchases. 6. If the purchaser breaches any of its obligations under these Conditions of Sale, including its obligation to pay in full the purchase price of all items for which it was the highest successful bidder, Skinner Inc. may exercise all of its rights and remedies under the law including, without limitation, (a) canceling the sale and applying any payments made by the purchaser to the damages caused by the purchaser’s breach, and/or (b) offering at public auction, without reserve, any lot or item for which the purchaser has breached any of its obligations, including its obligation to pay in full the purchase price, holding the purchaser liable for any deficiency plus all costs of sale. 7. In no event will the liability of Skinner, Inc. to any purchaser with respect to any item exceed the purchase price actually paid by such purchaser for such item. 8. Shipping is the responsibility of the purchaser. Upon request, our staff will provide the list of shippers who deliver to destinations within the United States and overseas. Some property that is sold at auction can be subject to laws governing export from the U.S., such as items that include material from some endangered species. Import restrictions from foreign countries are subject to these same governing laws. Granting of licensing for import or export of goods from local authorities is the sole responsibility of the buyer. Denial or delay of licensing will not constitute cancellation or delay in payment for the total purchase price of these lots. 9. Sales in Massachusetts, Florida, and New York are subject to the respective current sales taxes. Dealers, museums, and other qualifying parties may be exempt from sales tax upon submission of proper documentation. 10. A premium equal to 23% of the final bid price up to and including $100,000, plus 20% of the final bid price from $100,001 up to and including $1,000,000, plus 12% of the final bid price from $1,000,001 and over will be applied to each lot sold, to be paid by the buyer as part of the purchase price. 11. Bidding on any item indicates your acceptance of these terms and all other terms printed within, posted, and announced at the time of sale whether bidding in person, through a representative, by phone, by Internet, or other absentee bid. 12. Skinner, Inc. and its consignors make no warranty or representation, express or implied, that the purchaser will acquire any copyright or reproduction rights to any lot sold. Skinner, Inc. expressly reserves the right to reproduce any image of the lots sold in this catalog. The copyright in all images, illustrations and written material produced by or for Skinner, Inc. relating to a lot, including the contents of this catalog, is, and shall remain at all times, the property of Skinner, Inc. and shall not be used by the purchaser, nor by anyone else, without our prior written consent. 13. These conditions of sale shall be governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (excluding the laws applicable to conflicts or choice of law). The buyer/bidder agrees that any suit for the enforcement of this agreement may be brought, and any action against Skinner in connection with the transactions contemplated by this agreement shall be brought, in the courts of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts or any federal court sitting therein. The bidder/buyer consents to the exclusive jurisdiction of such courts and waives objections that it may now or hereafter have to the venue of any such suit. Revised January 21, 2015

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Absentee Bid Form Sale Title

Absentee Bid

Sale Date

or

Phone Bid

Customer #

Name (Please Print)

Business Name

Address City

Phone #

Alternate #

check if change in address

State

Zip Code email

I wish to place the following bids in the sale listed above. I understand that Skinner, Inc. will execute bids as a convenience, and will not be held responsible for any errors or failure to execute bids. I understand that my bids are executed and accepted as per Conditions of Sale as printed in the catalog of this sale. Signature (Required)

Lot #

Date

Description

Bid confirmation via email?

YES

Bid Price

NO

FOR OFFICE USE Marlborough

Boston

Phone

63 Park Plaza Boston, MA 02116 617.350.5400 Fax 617.350.5429

Fax

Mail

Person

274 Cedar Hill Street Marlborough, MA 01752 508.970.3000 Fax 508.970.3100

Employee:

www.skinnerinc.com

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Board of Directors

Departments

Chairman of the Board

20th Century Design

Discovery Auctions

Jane D. Prentiss

Carly Babione

20thcentury@skinnerinc.com

Kyle Johnson

508.970.3253

discovery@skinnerinc.com

Stephen L. Fletcher Bear Albright

508.970.3202

John Deighton Karen M. Keane

American & European Paintings & Prints

Andrew Payne

Robin S.R. Starr Elizabeth C. Haff Michelle Lamunière

Executive Management President/Chief Executive Officer Karen M. Keane

Kathleen M. Leland paintings@skinnerinc.com

Don Kelly

Executive Vice President

Stuart G. Slavid Stephanie Opolski european@skinnerinc.com 508.970.3203

508.970.3206

Historic Arms & Militaria American Furniture & Decorative Arts

Joel Bohy

Stephen L. Fletcher

militaria@skinnerinc.com

Chris Barber

508.970.3125

Christopher D. Fox americana@skinnerinc.com

Chief Financial Officer

European Furniture & Decorative Arts

508.970.3200

Jewelry Victoria Bratberg John Colasacco

American Indian & Ethnographic Art

Rebecca Ponder

Michael Evans

Kaitlin Shinnick

americanindian@skinnerinc.com

jewelry@skinnerinc.com

Stephen L. Fletcher

508.970.3254

617.874.4313

Managing Director

Antique Motor Vehicles

Judaica

Marie Keep

Jane D. Prentiss

Kerry Shrives

antiquemotorvehicles@skinnerinc.com

judaica@skinnerinc.com

508.970.3253

508.970.3256

Asian Works of Art

Musical Instruments

Senior Vice Presidents Marie Keep Kerry Shrives Stuart G. Slavid

Vice Presidents

Judith Dowling

music@skinnerinc.com

Suhyung Kim

508.970.3216

asian@skinnerinc.com 508.970.3263

Victoria Bratberg Eric Jones Gloria Lieberman

Lawrence Kearney rugs@skinnerinc.com

Devon Eastland

508.970.3247

books@skinnerinc.com

Jane D. Prentiss

508.970.3293

Robin S.R. Starr

Florida 305.503.4423 florida@skinnerinc.com

Photographs Michelle Lamunière

Ceramics

photographs@skinnerinc.com

Stuart G. Slavid

508.970.3264

ceramics@skinnerinc.com 508.970.3203

New York: Katie Banser-Whittle 212.787.1114 kbanser-whittle@skinnerinc.com

Oriental Rugs & Carpets

Books & Manuscripts

Carol McCaffrey

Regional Offices

Adam Tober

Helen Eagles

Silver Stuart G. Slavid

Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments Jonathan Dowling

silver@skinnerinc.com 508.970.3203

clocks@skinnerinc.com 508.970.3201

Wine, Whisky & Ale Marie Keep

Coins & Currency Kyle Johnson coins@skinnerinc.com 508.970.3191

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Joseph Hyman Anna Ward finewines@skinnerinc.com 508.970.3296


Auction Services Consignments

Marketing, Media & Communications

Appraisal & Auction Services

Boston:

LaGina Austin

Pamela Van de Houten

Christine E. Finn

Jeffrey R. Antkowiak

Rachel Kingsley

Stanley P. Bystrowski

Samantha Minshull

Kristina M. Harrison

508.970.3299

Kathleen Jones

Consignment Services

Exhibitions & Property

Laura V. Sweeney Julia M. Dry Katrina Wilson

Cheryl Richards Photography

Receptionist

Valerie Santos

Florentina Gutierrez

Penina Seigel

Patricia Walker King

617.350.5400

Tara Lima Carol Zeigler

Skinner Online

508.970.3204

Customer Relations/Human Resources

Kerry Shrives Daniel Bar Judie Ochsner

Carol McCaffrey

Nicole Nicas Rovner

508.970.3252

Valerie Santos online@skinnerinc.com 508.970.3279

Accounting Denise Cheney

Catalog Sales

508.970.3269

508.970.3000

Marlborough: Warehouse Frederic Trottier 508.970.3209 Samantha Heighton

Receptionist Lindsay White 508.970.3000

Transportation Eric Jones 508.970.3229

William Madden 508.970.3266

Kevin Rota 508.970.3283

Auctioneers Chris Barber, John Colasacco,

Absentee & Telephone Bidding

Stephen L. Fletcher, Karen M. Keane, Marie Keep, Kerry Shrives, Stuart G. Slavid, Robin S.R. Starr, Laura V. Sweeney

Boston: 617.874.4318 Marlborough: 508.970.3211 Discovery: 508.970.3208

63 Park Plaza Boston, MA 02116 617.350.5400 Fax 617.350.5429

www.skinnerinc.com

274 Cedar Hill Street Marlborough, MA 01752 508.970.3000 Fax 508.970.3100

130 Miracle Mile, Suite 220 Coral Gables, FL 33134 305.503.4423 Fax 305.709.2143

415 Madison Avenue, #1418 New York, NY 10017 212.787.1113 Fax 646.893.0179

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