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SALE 201701 20 - 28 January 2017


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SALE 201701 Timed auction From 20 January 2017 at noon Until 28 January 2017 (lots start closing at 8pm) Aftersale From 28 January 2017 at 8pm Until 30 January 2017 at 8pm


Lot # 1

Est. 500 - 1000 â‚Ź

Lot of 4 shamanic items ALASKA Inuit Early to mid 20th century H. 2,5 / 3 / 3 / 3 cm Marine bone Nice group of shamanic figures representing human figures kneeling, singing, dancing and one taking a bow and holding a child on his back. Nice patina and clear signs of use. Provenance: Ex Brant Mackley, Santa Fe Belgian private collection Condition: intact (no bases)


Lot # 2

Est. 1200 - 2000 â‚Ź

A group of a man in a canoe with walrus ALASKA Inuit Early 20th century H. 24,5 cm Wood, bone Beautiful hunting scene of an Inuit man in a canoe flanked by a seal and a walrus. On the front is a bone plank with a small seal and sperm whale. On the side of the plank is a small compartment hidden under a strip of bone adorned with a seal head . Early decorative art. Provenance: Ex Brant Mackley, Santa Fe Belgian private collection Condition: intact , minor piece on the spear missing (no base)


Lot # 3

Est. 850 - 1500 â‚Ź

Hopi doll USA Arizona Hopi Early to mid 20th century H. 27 cm Cotton wood and cotton threads Colorful doll representing a spirit dancer. The top of the head is decorated with threads of white and red cotton. Some wear on the back from use. Provenance: Ex Brant Mackley, Santa Fe Belgian private collection Condition: a small piece is missing on the right side of the skirt. (no base)


Lot # 4

Est. 750 - 1500 â‚Ź

Hopi doll USA Arizona Hopi Early to mid 20th century H. 24 cm Wood and cotton Small doll with brownish patina representing a spirit dancer. Remains of cotton on top of the hat. Nice wear on the back and the feet. Provenance: Ex Brant Mackley, Santa Fe Belgian private collection Condition: good condition apart from the missing ears (no base)


Lot # 5

Est. 2000 - 3000 â‚Ź

Himalayan harp INDIA Himalayas End of 19th to early 20th century H. 77 cm Wood, leather Exceptional Himalayan harp decorated with 8 figures on the top holding each other with refined geometrically decorated bodies. Beautiful patina all over the surface with good signs of intensive use. Provenance: Ex. Patrick Mestdagh Ex. Jo De Buck Belgian private collection Condition: A little hole in the leather. Two pieces have been restored in the central part of the harp. (comes with a base)


Lot # 6

Est. 1200 - 1800 â‚Ź

Naga axe INDIA Naga Second half of the 19th century H. 71,5 cm Wood, yak hair, iron and rattan Impressive head hunter axe from the Naga tribe. Generously decorated with red and black yak hair. Beautiful patina over the handle. The old metal blade has a crusty surface. Provenance: Ex. Mark Johnson (Los Angeles) Ex. Jo De Buck Belgian private collection Condition: Insect damage on the top. (comes with a base)


Lot # 7

Est. 1600 - 2500 â‚Ź

Ifugao spoon PHILIPPINES Luzon Ifugao End of 19th to early 20th century H. 19 cm Wood Well used ritual spoon from the Ifugao people. The handle represents a squatting man figure holding his knees. The front of the legs is simply worn away. Deep black patina all over the surface. Provenance: Ex Jean-Paul AgoguĂŠ, France French private collection Condition: intact (comes with a base)


Lot # 8

Est. 600 - 1200 â‚Ź

Aboriginal dance wand AUSTRALIA Arnhem land Tiwi Early 20th century H. 90 cm Wood and pigments Well preserved example of an Aboriginal ritual dance wand. Dry patina with original pigments, good signs of use on the handle. Provenance: Ex Tad Dale, Santa Fe Belgian private collection Condition: intact (no base)


Lot # 9

Est. 1200 - 1800 â‚Ź

Asmat shield INDONESIA Irian Jaya Asmat First half of the 20th century H. 109 cm Light wood and pigments Small but nicely decorated Asmat dance/war shield with a large central pattern representing a flying fox. Old and dry surface with remains of original pigments. Nice wear on the back. Provenance: Ex Serge Schoffel Ex. Anita ShrĂśder Belgian private collection Condition: intact (comes with a base)


Lot # 10

Est. 3500 - 6500 â‚Ź

Malangan post NEW IRELAND Early to mid 20th century H. 166 cm Light wood, shell eyes (turbo petholatus opercula) Traditional malangan male figure with a huge construction on top of the head. Dry surface with original pigments. Provenance: Ex Hilltrup Mission collection, collected by Pater Hesse Dutch private collection Condition: Insect damage on the edges. (comes with a base)


Lot # 11

Est. 1200 - 2000 â‚Ź

Maprik hook figure PAPUA NEW GUINEA Maprik Early 20th century H. 90 cm Wood and pigments Mid-size Maprik figure with a bird on the head and hook shaped legs. Lots of remains of original pigments. Old surface. Provenance: Ex Steijler Mission SVD, collection, Pater HĂśltker, Sankt Augustin, 1935-1938. Dutch private collection Condition: Natural cracks in the back. An old nail is still in the top of the head (comes with a base)


Lot # 12

Est. 1500 - 3000 â‚Ź

Maprik yam mask PAPUA NEW GUINEA Maprik Early to mid 20th century H. 95 cm Rattan, bamboo and pigments Exceptionally large yam mask with a dancing human figure as central decoration on top of a bird's head. These masks where attached to the harvested yams during the festivals. Thick layer of original pigments covered with dust. Provenance: Ex Australian collection Dutch private collection Condition: Fragments on the rim are missing (no base)


Lot # 13

Est. 1500 - 3000 â‚Ź

Ramu schild PAPUA NEW GUINEA Ramu Early 20th century H. 126 cm Wood Large oval shaped traditional Ramu shield. Worn by warriors who held it thanks to a fiber rope used as handle. The rope is missing but much traces on the back from handling. Provenance: Ex. Steijler Mission 1935-1938, Pater HĂśltker Dutch private collection Condition: Intact (no base)


Lot # 14

Est. 1000 - 1500 â‚Ź

Sepik figure PAPUA NEW GUINEA Sepik Late 19th century H. 27 cm Wood and pigments Mid-size Sepik male fetish with a perforated nose. Dry patina with remains of red pigment. On top of the head is an old metal wire attached to hang the piece on the wall. Provenance: Ex. Kevin Conru Belgian private collection Condition: Intact (comes with a base)


Lot # 15

Est. 800 - 1500 â‚Ź

Sepik head PAPUA NEW GUINEA Sepik +/- 1930 H. 40 cm Wood and pigments Expressive Sepik head with a long neck, most probably cut off from a larger figure. Remains of old and original pigments. Nice patina on the neck from handling. Provenance: Ex. Kevin Conru Belgian private collection Condition: Some natural cracks on the back (comes with a base)


Lot # 16

Est. 2500 - 3500 â‚Ź

Sepik mask PAPUA NEW GUINEA Sepik Early 20th century H. 44,5 cm Wood Nice example of a Sepik mask with a lot of engravings around the mouth and on the top of the forehead. IThe eyes were probably inlayed with shells. Provenance: Ex Loed van Bussel collection, The Netherlands Dutch private collection Condition: Insect damage under the chin. (no base)


Lot # 17

Est. 500 - 800 â‚Ź

Sepik figure PAPUA NEW GUINEA Sepik Early 20th century H. 35,5 cm Wood and raffia Old Sepik male figure with its original raffia rope for hanging in the men's house. Dry black patina from smoke. Provenance: Ex. Steijler Mission, 1935-38, The Netherlands Dutch private collection Condition: the lower part of the legs are missing (comes with a base)


Lot # 18

Est. 1500 - 2500 â‚Ź

Tami mask PAPUA NEW GUINEA Huon Gulf Tami Mid 20th century H. 57 cm Bark, natural fiber, bamboo and casoar feathers Aggressive looking "Toga" mask painted with black and white pigments. Casoar feathers are attached on top of the head. Provenance: Ex Australian collection Dutch private collection Condition: Intact (comes with a base)


Lot # 19

Est. 1000 - 2500 â‚Ź

Gope board PAPUA NEW GUINEA Papuan gulf Early 20th century H. 166 cm Wood and pigments Large ancestral board made from old canoe planks. These panels where kept in the spirit house. Old dry patina, remains of original pigments. Provenance: Ex. private collection, Santa Fe, USA Ex. Kevin Conru Belgian private collection Condition: Minor insect damage on the left side. Some minimal natural cracks (no base)


Lot # 20

Est. 1200 - 2000 â‚Ź

Washkuk head PAPUA NEW GUINEA Washkuk hills Early 20th century H. 75 cm Heavy wood and pigments Very good example of a Washkuk votive ancestral head. Remains of original pigments, beautiful patina on the handle. Provenance: Ex Steijler Mission, The Netherlands Pater HĂśltker, Sankt Augustin, 1935-1938 Dutch private collection Condition: Part of the ears are missing, natural cracks on the back (no base)


Lot # 21

Est. 600 - 1200 â‚Ź

Gope board PAPUA NEW GUINEA Papuan Gulf Early to mid 20th century H. 120,5 cm Wood and pigments Ancestral spirit board made out of an old canoe . Dry patina and remains of original pigments Provenance: Belgian private collection Condition: intact (no base)


Lot # 22

Est. 2000 - 3500 â‚Ź

Solomon islands stone water vessel SOLOMON ISLANDS First half of the 20th century W. 44 cm Stone Rare water container in the shape of a sea turtle with a tear drop shaped opening. It was probably used to keep fresh rainwater. *The buyer of this piece commits to pick up the piece or to ship it by himself Provenance: Ex. Kevin Conru Ex. Jo De Buck Belgian private collection Condition: Intact (no base)


Lot # 23

Est. 2000 - 3500 â‚Ź

Massim splashboard TROBRIAND ISLANDS Massim Early 20th century H. 79 cm Wood Main part of the front part of the canoe, used for keeping the passengers dry. The top has a traditional decoration with mythical animals and vegetal elements. Good patina from use. Provenance: Ex. New York private collection Ex. Jo De Buck Belgian private collection Condition: Natural cracks all over, minor losses on the top. (comes with a base)


Lot # 24

Est. 600 - 950 â‚Ź

Chokwe "sanza" thumb piano ANGOLA Chokwe First half of the 20th century H. 19 cm Wood and iron Very unique Chokwe (Lwena) musical instriment with a female figure sitting on the top.The body of the lady is carved on the backside which is rare to see. Very nice and smooth patina all over the piece. Provenance: Belgian private collection Condition: Some metal tags are missing and a small piece of the wood on the back is missing (old break) (no base)


Lot # 25

Est. 500 - 950 â‚Ź

Lwena tobacco container ANGOLA Lwena Early to mid 20th century H. 29,5 cm Wood,leather, brass tags A full Lwena figure with a small container on top of the head decorated wit brass nails. The original lid is still there and attached with a leather string. Good patina from use all over the surface. Provenance: Belgian private collection Condition: intact (comes with a base)


Lot # 26

Est. 500 - 1000 â‚Ź

Lwena staff ANGOLA Lwena Early 20th century H. 89,5 cm Wood, brass and iron Hard wood staff used to show status. The finial is decorated with a female head wearing the traditional Lwena hairdo with a brass tag in the middle. On the bottom, there is a metal pin attached. Provenance: Belgian private collection Condition: Minor piece missing on the chin (no base)


Lot # 27

Est. 3000 - 3500 â‚Ź

"ThilduĂš" Lobi figure BURKINA FASO Gaoua Lobi Early 20th century H. 26,5 cm Wood and cowries Small but great Lobi fetish with a string of cowries around the neck. It is carved in the style of the masters of Gbokho. Nice surface with remains of ritual offerings, lots of use. Provenance: French private collection Condition: intact (comes with a base)


Lot # 28

Est. 1200 - 1800 â‚Ź

Lobi couple in terracotta BURKINA FASO Lobi Mid 20th century H. 24 / 26 cm Terracotta Rare Lobi sculptures in terracotta of a man and a woman. Nice patina all over from ritual offerings. Provenance: Field collected by J. Smits Belgian private collection Condition: One ear and two fingers missing (no bases)


Lot # 29

Est. 1500 - 2500 â‚Ź

Large Lobi couple BURKINA FASO Lobi Mid 20th century H. 85 cm Hard wood Elegantly sculpted Lobi couple with very long legs. Provenance: Belgian private collection (Gent) Condition: Lots of erosion and insect damage on both pieces. (no base)


Lot # 30

Est. 900 - 1800 â‚Ź

Affo female figure CAMEROON Affo Early to mid 20th century H. 29 cm wood Well used figure representing a young woman with typical lines in the face. Good patina and remains of sacrificial offerings on the face. Provenance: Durand-Dessert collection, Paris Condition: Both feet have pieces missing (comes with a base)


Lot # 31

Est. 1200 - 2000 â‚Ź

"Mupo" fetish CAMEROON Bangwa End of 19th to early 20th century H. 12 cm Wood Small but powerful fetish holding both hands on its chest. Deep patina all over the surface. Provenance: Ex. Pierre Harter, France French private collection Condition: One foot is missing (old break). (comes with a base)


Lot # 32

Est. 1000 - 2000 â‚Ź

Lot of two beaded dolls CAMEROON Fali Mid 20th century H. 15 / 22 cm Glass beads, metal, wood Two very abstract looking children's dolls. The small one has a metal base wrapped in a cloth covered with beads. The tall one has a wooden base covered with beads. Provenance: Dutch private collection Condition: Intact (one has a base)


Lot # 33

Est. 5000 - 8000 â‚Ź

Bakongo/Vili couple DR CONGO Bakongo End of 19th to early 20th century H. 31 / 27 cm Wood, glass and beads Classic pair of Bakongo figures carved in a light wood and with glass inlayed eyes. The eyes of the snake are made out of two little white glass beads. Lots of signs of use. Provenance: Old Belgian colonial collection Ex. B. Conti collection Cornette de Saint Cyr. Art Primitifs 14/04/2007 P.55, lot 84 Damien Reeners collection Condition: The back of the right foot and base and a minor part of the hat of the male figure are missing. The hands and the snake were glued back on. Both have natural cracks on the back. (no base)


Lot # 34

Est. 800 - 1200 â‚Ź

"Ntadi" grave marker DR CONGO Bakongo Early 20th century H. 27 cm Stone Sitting male figure with an arm resting on a child figure and the other one on a vessel with a pounder. It is probably representing a proverb. Provenance: Ex Belgian colonial collection. Alain Guisson collection Condition: Small damages on the edges. One ear is missing. (no base)


Lot # 35

Est. 800 - 1500 â‚Ź

Bembe janus head "kalunga" DR CONGO Bembe Early to mid 20th century H.15,5 cm Wood and pigments Very well shaped double faced head used as a fetish during rituals. Remains of red and white pigment, nice patina all over from use. Provenance: Belgian private collection Condition: Natural crack on one side and on one of the faces, small piece missing. (comes with a base)


Lot # 36

Est. 500 - 1000 â‚Ź

Benalulua female figure DR CONGO Benalulua Early 20th century H. 27 cm Wood Aggressive looking Benalulua female figure. Lots of typical scarifications on the neck and the face. Nice brown patina showing a lot of use around the shoulders and the arms. Provenance: Ex. Permeke collection Belgian private collection Condition: Intact (comes with a base)


Lot # 37

Est. 6500 - 9500 â‚Ź

Kete helmet mask "Mulwalwa" DR CONGO Kete Early 20th century H. 53 cm Wood and raffia Impressive mask with huge chameleon eyes and a collar of long raffia strings. The top of the mask is representing a bowl for drinking and eating. Remains of old polychromy and good signs of wear. Nicely carved mouth. Provenance: Old collection from a Portugese diplomat family Cornette de Saint Cyr. Art Primitifs 14/04/2007 P.46, lot 67 Damien Reeners collection Condition: Natural cracks, one minor piece missing on top of the hat (comes with a base)


Lot # 38

Est. 750 - 1500 â‚Ź

Wongo double wedding cup DR CONGO Kuba Early to mid 20th century H. 20 cm Wood Nicely detailed double wedding cup representing a male and a female back to back and covered with lots of scarifications. Some patina around the rim of the openings and the surface. The Wongo are a subgroup of the Kuba kingdom . Provenance: Belgian private collection Condition: Two minor natural cracks in the wood, some toes missing (comes with a base)


Lot # 39

Est. 450 - 1000 â‚Ź

Bushoong Kuba cup DR CONGO Kuba Early to mid 20th century H. 20 cm Wood Classic Kuba palm wine cup in the shape of the head of a Bushoong noble man. Lots of patina inside and outside the cup. Provenance: Belgian private collection Condition: Intact apart one small natural crack in the back (comes with a base)


Lot # 40

Est. 500 - 1000 â‚Ź

Small Kuba mortar DR CONGO Kuba Early 20th century H. 18,5 cm Wood A Kuba, Ngeende mortar representing a head with a strong expression, typical Ngeende scarifications on the cheeks. It has a special base with an old tag and two collection numbers under it: MSp13 in white and PNH336 in black. The two small holes on the back are made for attaching a string with a hook to hang it on the wall of the hut. Provenance: Belgian private collection Condition: Minor chip on the rim and a natural crack on the back of the base (no base)


Lot # 41

Est. 450 - 900 â‚Ź

Lele cup DR CONGO Lele Early to mid 20th century H. 19 cm Wood Known type of Lele cup with typical Lele designs like the small scarifications on the back, the tiny dots on the eyebrows and the diagonal lines on each side of the long thin nose. Good patina on the handle and arms and signs of use. Provenance: Belgian private collection Condition: intact (no base)


Lot # 42

Est. 15000 - 25000 â‚Ź

Luba Shankadi cupbearer DR CONGO Luba Early 20th century H. 41 cm Wood Unusual large cup bearer carved in an abstract style. The face has a nice expression and only one ear is detailed. Good patina on the arms and the face from ritual handling. Provenance: Old J. Zimmerman collection, field collected in Congo before 1960 by him. Cornette de Saint Cyr. Art Primitifs 14/04/2007 P.38, lot 53 Damien Reeners collection Condition: Natural cracks in the chest and the side of the head. Minor piece is missing on the crack (no base)


Lot # 43

Est. 3500 - 5500 â‚Ź

Luba stool DR CONGO Luba Early 20th century H. 41 cm Wood (rocinodindron) Impressive caryatid Luba stool with protruding head and a square mouth showing its teeth. Traditional scarifications on the belly and cross shaped hairdo. Nicely patinated with black substance. Good signs of use. Provenance: Cornette de Saint Cyr. Art Primitifs 14/04/2007 P.34, lot 48 Damien Reeners collection Condition: Natural cracks on the base and the seat. (no base)


Lot # 44

Est. 5000 - 8000 â‚Ź

Kneeling Luba female figure DR CONGO Luba Early 20th century H. 47,5 cm Wood (rocinodindron) Rather larging female figure sitting in a traditional pose. It depicts a young Luba woman with a classic hairdo and scarifications around her belly. Dry light wood, patinated with a black substance. Provenance: Old Belgian colonial collection Cornette de Saint Cyr. Art Primitifs 14/04/2007 P.44, lot 63 Damien Reeners collection Condition: Cracks and repairs under the base. (no base)


Lot # 45

Est. 1200 - 2000 â‚Ź

Luba Shankadi fetish DR CONGO Luba Early to mid 20th century H. 47,5 cm Wood, glass beads, iron and hair Rare fetish from the Luba Shankadi in the shape of a young woman with a lot of scarifications all over her body. On top of her head there are remains of magical charge attached with several old metal nails. Smooth brown patina. Signs of use. Provenance: Belgian private collection Condition: Some minor damage on the ears and the fingers of the left hand. (comes with a base)


Lot # 46

Est. 450 - 650 â‚Ź

Luba friction oracle DR CONGO Luba End of 19th to early 20th century H. 13 cm Hard wood Finely carved thin friction oracledecorated with a bearded head with detailed hairdo. Nice patina from intensive use. Under the oracle is an old tag with the word 'Baluba'. Provenance: Old colonial collection, Brussels Belgian private collection Condition: Small crack on the right (no base)


Lot # 47

Est. 15000 - 25000 â‚Ź

Round Luba mask DR CONGO Luba Early 20th century H. 54 cm Wood Well preserved, rare round Luba mask with white lines around the eyes. This a sacred mask to keep in the spirit house, no holes to attach to a costume. Similar to a mask published in ' Belgium collects African art ' Dick Beaulieu, page 292 Provenance: Belgian private collection Condition: intact (comes with a base)


Lot # 48

Est. 2000 - 3000 â‚Ź

Lwalwa (lula) mask DR CONGO Lwalwa First half of the 20th century H. 28 cm Wood Expressive Lwalwa mask with decorations engraved around the eyes, cheeks and on the rim of the nose. This mask is probably made by a sculptor from the neighboring Lulua tribe for the Lwalwa. Provenance: Ex Belgian colonial collection. Alain Guisson collection Condition: Minor insect damage, little crack on the rim (comes with a base)


Lot # 49

Est. 15000 - 20000 â‚Ź

Mongo drum DR CONGO Mongo Early 20th century H. 121 cm Wood, leather, nails and fiber One of the best examples known of a classic Mongo vertical drum. Very detailed black and white decorations over seven rings standing on five feet and a final ring as base. Dry and old surface. Provenance: Ex. Jacques van Overstraeten (Brussels) Cornette de Saint Cyr. Art Primitifs 14/04/2007 P.51, lot 75 Damien Reeners collection Published in "Belgium collects African Art" Dick Beaulieux, P. 290, Brussels 2000 Condition: Minor chips are missing due to insect damage. (no base)


Lot # 50

Est. 400 - 800 â‚Ź

Mongo knife DR CONGO Ngombe Early 20th century H. 36 cm Wood, iron and brass Really old knife from the Mongo region. A hand forged iron blade with a wooden handle covered with brass sheet, tags and wire sitting in a wooden scabbard decorated with the same brass tags and sheets. Good signs of use and age. Provenance: Belgian private collection Condition: Some cracks in the wood of the scabbard and a few tags missing (comes with a base)


Lot # 51

Est. 2000 - 3000 â‚Ź

Pende figure DR CONGO Pende Early 20th century H. 33 cm Wood Nice figure with traditional Pende expression. There are pyro-graved marks on the chest, the hands, the feet and the hairdo done with a hot metal blade. Provenance: Old colonial collection (Antwerp) Cornette de Saint Cyr. Art Primitifs 14/04/2007 P.50, lot 73 Damien Reeners collection Condition: The right heel was fixed back on. (no base)


Lot # 52

Est. 5500 - 7500 â‚Ź

Female Sapo Sapo figure DR CONGO Sapo sapo Early 20th century H. 51 cm Wood A classical Sapo Sapo figure with a very unusual hairdo representing horns (traditional hairdo or an unknown symbolic meaning ?). Dry patina with some wear on the shoulders and the face. Similar example in the book "Songye" by F. Neyt. P. 136-137. Provenance: Old Belgian colonial collection Cornette de Saint Cyr. Art Primitifs 14/04/2007 P.48, lot 70 Damien Reeners collection Condition: Natural crack in the foot and left side of the head. (comes with a base)


Lot # 53

Est. 12000 - 20000 â‚Ź

Large Songye (Nkisi) fetish DR CONGO Songye First half of the 20th century H. 67 cm Wood, animal skin, glass beads, copper tags and horns Large fetish with a very powerful protruding head covered with big red copper tags. In the belly are remains of magical substances. Nice patina from ritual use. Provenance: Ex. Jo de Buck Cornette de Saint Cyr. Art Primitifs 14/04/2007 P.52, lot 78 Damien Reeners collection Condition: Some natural cracks and the horn from the top of the head is missing. (no base)


Lot # 54

Est. 1000 - 2000 â‚Ź

Songye Kifwebe mask DR CONGO Songye Early to mid 20th century H. 47 cm Wood Three colored ( black, red and white ) male Kifwebe mask. Good signs of use and much patina inside and outside the mask. Provenance: Field collected by a Patrick Claes, comes with a picture of the mask in situ. Belgian private collection Condition: intact, small chip missing on the nose (comes with a base)


Lot # 55

Est. 450 - 900 â‚Ź

Songye knife DR CONGO Songye Early 20th century H. 32 cm Wood and iron Elegant hand forged blade with a wooden handle representing a Kifwebe figure wearing the mask . Signs of use, nice patina on the neck. Provenance: Belgian private collection Condition: Intact apart some small natural holes in the wood (comes with a base)


Lot # 56

Est. 1800 - 2500 â‚Ź

Suku mortar DR CONGO Suku First half of the 20th century H. 25 cm Wood Rare Suku mortar representing a maternity figure of a woman carrying her child on her back. The mortar is decorated with pyro-engravings in the shape of small crosses. Provenance: Old Belgian colonial collection Ex. A. Wilket (Liège) Cornette de Saint Cyr. Art Primitifs 14/04/2007 P.42, lot 59 Damien Reeners collection Condition: Natural crack on the right side of the face. Colonial patina (varnished) (no base)


Lot # 57

Est. 2800 - 4500 â‚Ź

Suku mask DR CONGO Suku First half of the 20th century H. 56 cm Wood and raffia Classical Suku helmet mask with a human face and an animal (antelope) on the top. These masks where danced during the initiation rituals. Dry patina on the helmet, slightly shiny on the antelope from handling. Provenance: Cornette de Saint Cyr. Art Primitifs 14/04/2007 P.46, lot 66 Damien Reeners collection Condition: Minor losses on the ears and on the animal. The blue on the eyes was repainted. The head of the animal was glued back on. (comes with a base)


Lot # 58

Est. 2500 - 3500 â‚Ź

Tabwa mask DR CONGO Tabwa Early 20th century H. 37,5 cm Wood Extremely rare Tabwa mask, representing a human face with lots of scarification . Beautiful patina inside and outside the mask. For a similar example see TABWA by Evan M. Maurer and Allen F. Roberts, p. 160/161 Provenance: Ex Didier Claes Belgian private collection Condition: Small natural crack on the back of the upper part. Small part of the left ear is missing (comes with a base)


Lot # 59

Est. 650 - 950 â‚Ź

Lot of three Teke pipes DR CONGO Teke First half of the 20th century L. 8 (small one) / 26 (without pipe:11,5) / 12,5 (black one) cm Terracotta, iron, wood Three different types of Teke pipes. The smallest one is finely detailed, the black one and the large one have more abstracted faces. Those pipes were used for smoking and for trading. Provenance: Ex Belgian colonial collection. Alain Guisson collection Condition: The larger one was broken and is restored on the neck. The black one has minor losses on the edges. The little one has a minor repair under the neck. (no base)


Lot # 60

Est. 250 - 450 â‚Ź

Teke double vessel DR CONGO Teke Early 20th century H. 22 cm Terracotta Exceptional Teke jar with communicating vessels. Very refined hand molded terracotta piece with a shiny upper layer all over the surface. Provenance: Belgian private collection Condition: One almost invisible chip on the rim of the mouth. (no base)


Lot # 61

Est. 10000 - 15000 â‚Ź

Woyo mask DR CONGO Woyo Early to mid 20th century H. 54 cm Wood Very large and colorful mask used by the Ndunga society. These masks are part of a costume made from leaves and fiber. Similar examples are well documented in the book "Art Bakongo - Les masques - troisème volum" by Raoul Lehuard. P. 720 -745. Provenance: Ex. Alain Guisson ( published in a BRUNEAF catalogue) Cornette de Saint Cyr. Art Primitifs 14/04/2007 P.54, lot 82 Damien Reeners collection Condition: Minor damage on the back of the rim (no base)


Lot # 62

Est. 3000 - 5000 â‚Ź

Yaka couple DR CONGO Yaka Early 20th century H. 27 / 28,5 cm Wood and brass A pair of beautifully carved, archaic Yaka figures. Both have traditional hairdo and the classical upturned nose. The woman is wearing a brass necklace, the male bears a tag from the "Van Opstael collection" (972) on his left foot. Provenance: Van Opstael collection (1910 - 1930) Sale: Van opstael in Palais des Beaux- Arts (Brussels) 11/05/2000 Ex. Jacques van Overstraeten (Brussels) Cornette de Saint Cyr. Art Primitifs 14/04/2007 P.51, lot 75 Damien Reeners collection Condition: One natural crack in the female's belly (comes with a base)


Lot # 63

Est. 500 - 750 â‚Ź

Yaka fetish DR CONGO Yaka Mid 20th century H. 39 cm Wood A mid-size Yaka fetish representing a male figure with his hands on his chest. There are two little holes in the arms to attach the magical packages. Good patina from use. Provenance: Belgian private collection Condition: Minor chips missing on the ears. (comes with a base)


Lot # 64

Est. 2000 - 3000 â‚Ź

Yaka fetish DR CONGO Yaka Early to mid 20th century H. 31,5 cm Wood Mid-size Yaka fetish with a nice head slightly turned. Typical zig-zag legs with large feet. There is a small rectangular opening on the belly with a magic charge in it. Remains of original pigments and traces of ritual offerings Provenance: French private collection Condition: A natural crack on the left side on the back (comes with a base)


Lot # 65

Est. 450 - 600 â‚Ź

Lot of three Congolese pipes DR CONGO Yaka / Bakongo Early 20th century L. 6 / 8 / 19 cm Terracotta, iron and bamboo Two Yaka pipe heads representing an elephant. The Bakongo pipe in black terracotta shows two human figures and a monkey. Provenance: Ex Belgian colonial collection. Alain Guisson collection Condition: A piece of the neck of the smallest one is missing. The large pipe head has a small piece missing on the rim. (no base)


Lot # 66

Est. 3500 - 5500 â‚Ź

Yombe scepter DR CONGO Yombe Late 19th century H. 23 cm Wood Very nice old scepter topped with a kneeling woman with a beautiful face and lots of scarification on her body. The handle has much wear all over. Provenance: French private collection Condition: Crack all along the right side of the piece, a small piece is missing under the right knee (comes with a base)


Lot # 67

Est. 1000 - 1800 â‚Ź

Nbwaka mask DR CONGO Nbwaka Early to mid 20th century H. 25 cm Wood Classical Nbwaka mask with a heart shaped face and scarifications on the nose. Smooth brown patina outside. Dry old patina inside. Provenance: Belgian private collection Condition: Some parts are missing on the rim on the back. (Comes with a base)


Lot # 68

Est. 10000 - 15000 â‚Ź

Zula caryatid stool DR CONGO Zula Early 20th century H. 42 cm Wood Traditional Zula stool made of a crouching female figure holding the seat above her head. Smooth brown patina from handling on the knees, arms and on the top of the seat. Provenance: Ex. J. Visser (Brussels) Cornette de Saint Cyr. Art Primitifs 14/04/2007 P.20, lot 32 Damien Reeners collection Condition: Intact, signs of use. (no base)


Lot # 70

Est. 650 - 1200 â‚Ź

Ashanti altar piece GHANA Ashanti Early 20th century H. 28 cm Wood, cotton strings, glass beads, yellow lacquer, blue pigment Well used Ashanti altar piece in the shape of a man with several cotton strings and beads around his neck, sitting on a stool. The piece had been colored with yellow lacquer long time ago. Remains of blue pigment in the eyes. Good patina all over. Provenance: Ex. Alex Arthur Belgian private collection Condition: some cracks and insect damage on the bottom (no base)


Lot # 72

Est. 10000 - 15000 â‚Ź

Nafana plank mask GHANA Nafana Early 20th century H. 91 cm Wood, iron and pigments Nafana mask colored with white, black, blue and red pigments. In the middle there are three circular openings which serve as eyes and mouth. The nose is in the shape of a phallus. The surface is decorated with geometrical patterns. The mask is crowned by curved horns. Four long, old nails hammered in the back. Provenance: Belgian private collection (D. Henrion) Condition: Damage on the eyes and the horns, local repair (No base)


Lot # 73

Est. 900 - 1500 â‚Ź

Ashanti heddle pulley GHANA/IVORY COAST Ashanti Early 20th century H. 12 cm Wood Rare miniature heddle pulley from the Ashanti people. Smooth patina all over the surface and good signs of use around the wheel and the hole for hanging on the top. Provenance: French private collection Condition: intact (comes with a base)


Lot # 74

Est. 450 - 850 â‚Ź

Baule fetish IVORY COAST Baule End of 19th to early 20th century H. 36 cm Wood Intensively used Baule male fetish representing the spiritual spouse. Well carved facial features, less details on the body. Provenance: Ex. New York collection Belgian private collection Condition: Crack in the right side of the body and the head, some minor insect damage on the chest and feet (comes with a base)


Lot # 76

Est. 550 - 750 â‚Ź

Toma mask LIBERIA Toma First half of the 20th century H. 34,5 cm Wood, cowries, resin and red cloth Small Toma mask with a magical charge on the top between the horns. The forehead is decorated with a triangular engraving and two cowry shells in the middle. Inside the mask there are still remains of ritual offerings in resin. Good surface from use. Provenance: Ex. A. Lecomte French private collection Condition: Intact (no base)


Lot # 77

Est. 850 - 1500 â‚Ź

Djenne vessel lid in terracotta MALI Djenne 11th - 12th century Diam. 25 cm Terracotta Lid from a bowl used for judgments. The lid is decorated with 3 decapitated human figures with their heads lying on the ground. Piece with an historical and archeological value. Provenance: Ex Francine Maurer collection Belgian Private collection Condition: intact (comes with a base)


Lot # 78 Dogon mask MALI Dogon 18th century or older H. 30 cm Wood Extremely old and very eroded mask from the Dogon people Provenance: Belgian private collection (M.G. Antwerp) Condition: eroded (comes with a base)

Est. 3000 - 5000 â‚Ź


Lot # 79

Est. 750 - 1000 â‚Ź

Rare Dogon heddle pulley MALI Dogon Early to mid 20th century H. 21 cm Wood, cotton and leather Very rare Dogon heddle pulley with 2 female figures attached through the back of their head. The inside of the pulley and the wheel show lots of use. Good patina all over the piece. Provenance: Belgian private collection Condition: intact, small part missing on the wheel (no base)


Lot # 80

Est. 650 - 950 â‚Ź

Makonde walking stick MOZAMBIQUE Makonde First half of the 20th century H. 86 cm Wood and lead Makonde walking stick with a nicely detailed finial carving. The upper part is made of a refined sitting monkey with inlayed eyes in lead. Provenance: Ex Belgian colonial collection. Alain Guisson collection Condition: Intact (no base)


Lot # 81

Est. 1200 - 2500 â‚Ź

Makonde bird mask MOZAMBIQUE Makonde Early to mid 20th century H. 31 cm Wood, feathers and red pighment Spectacular looking bird mask worn during the "mapiko" dances. It has an elegant beak colored with red pigment and the head is covered with feathers . Provenance: Ex Pierre Dartevelle Ex Jo De Buck Belgian private collection Condition: Intact apart some feathers missing, and some that were are glued back on (comes with a base)


Lot # 82

Est. 750 - 1500 â‚Ź

Makonde mask MOZAMBIQUE Makonde Mid 20th century H. 24 cm Wood and hair Makonde naturalistic mask representing a young woman to dance during the Mapiko rituals. Good patina inside and outside the mask. Some remains of human hair on the upper part. Provenance: Durand-Dessert collection, Paris Condition: Some cracks on the back, a few insect holes on the front. (comes with a base)


Lot # 83

Est. 2500 - 3500 â‚Ź

Benin ivory figure NIGERIA Benin Kingdom 18th - 19th century H. 16 cm Ancient ivory Old sculpture of a male and a female sitting back to back. It may be a fragment from a ritual staff or scepter. Provenance: Ex. Alain Lecomte, Paris French private collection Condition: The piece is a fragment from a larger piece. Damage due to erosion and age. (no base)


Lot # 84

Est. 1500 - 2500 â‚Ź

Round Eket mask NIGERIA Eket Early 20th century H. 18 cm wood Small archaic Eket round mask with a nice expression. Thick crusty patina all over the face. Smooth patina inside from use. Provenance: Durand-Dessert collection, Paris Condition: intact (comes with a base)


Lot # 85

Est. 750 - 1250 â‚Ź

Small EkoĂŻ headcrest NIGERIA Bignaf region (border with Cameroon) Ekoi Early to mid 20th century H. 26,5 cm Wood, antelope skin, rattan, hair Light wooden sculpture of a human head covered with antelope skin. On the bottom of the neck is a woven rattan structure attached to wear on the head. Open mouth with bamboo teeth, the eyes have wooden plugs. Dark shiny patina and remains of hair on top of the head. Provenance: Belgian private collection (M.G. Antwerp) Condition: intact (comes with a base)


Lot # 86

Est. 650 - 1000 â‚Ź

Ibibio mask NIGERIA Ibibio Early 20th century H. 21 cm Wood and kaolin Very old little Ibibio mask with articulated jaw. It represents a spirit wearing an European hat. Beautiful smooth patina on the outside from a lot of use. Provenance: Ex. A. Lecomte French private collection Condition: The front part is intact, some damage in the back due to rodents. (no base)


Lot # 87

Est. 1200 - 1500 â‚Ź

Ibibio platter NIGERIA Ibibio Early 20th century D. 40,5 cm Wood Very old and well used ritual food platter with a human head on the handle. Nice surface with lots of patina. Provenance: Ex. A. Lecomte French private collection Condition: The outside is intact, the middle separation is missing (no base)


Lot # 88

Est. 500 - 1500 â‚Ź

Koro Hat NIGERIA Koro Early to mid 20th century H. 35 cm Raffia, abrus seeds and cotton Rare Angas dance society hat/mask in perfect condition. The hat made of woven fiber is completely covered with abrus seeds attached with cotton strings. In the front, there are 3 separated strings of seeds ending with a cotton flock. Provenance: Ex New York collection Belgian private collection Condition: intact (no base)


Lot # 89

Est. 1000 - 1800 â‚Ź

Montol female figure NIGERIA Montol Early 20th century H. 35,5 cm Wood Expressive representation of a young woman with deep scarifications on the face. The eyes were inlayed with seeds. Provenance: Durand-Dessert collection, Paris Condition: Natural crack on the left shoulder and on the top of the head (comes with a base)


Lot # 90

Est. 350 - 550 â‚Ź

Nok janus figure NIGERIA Nok 300 BC - 500 AD H. 10 cm Terracotta A complete Nok miniature janus figure showing a man and a woman back to back. Provenance: Belgian private collection Condition: Piece is missing on the top of the head. Erosion all over the surface. (comes with a base)


Lot # 91

Est. 650 - 850 â‚Ź

Single Ibeji figure NIGERIA Yoruba First half of the 20th century H. 23,5 cm Wood, pigments and tukula powder Classical male Ibeji wearing an Islamic hat. Very smooth beautiful patina with remains of ritual offerings with tukula powder. Provenance: Ex. A. Lecomte French private collection Condition: Some damage on the back of the base (no base)


Lot # 92

Est. 350 - 550 â‚Ź

Yoruba caryatid divination dish NIGERIA Yoruba End of 19th to early 20th century H. 15,5 cm Wood and kaolin Small divination dish supported by a figure of a resting hunter smoking a pipe. IHis missing hand was holding a bow. Remains of kaolin on the figure. Nice patina from use. Provenance: New York private collection Ex. Jo De Buck Belgian private collection Condition: Pieces of wood missing on the base. The left arm is missing (no base)


Lot # 93

Est. 2500 - 3500 â‚Ź

Lot of two male ibeji dolls NIGERIA Yoruba Early 20th century H. 29,5 / 29 cm Wood and tukulu powder remains Very rare type of Ibeji dolls with elongated heads. Nice old patina from use and some remains of Tukula offerings. One hairdo is more eroded. Provenance: Ex. Lars olsen Danish private collection Condition: Minor damage on the eyes (no base)


Lot # 94

Est. 2500 - 3500 â‚Ź

Ibeji triplets NIGERIA Yoruba Early to mid 20th century H. 28,5 / 29 / 29 cm Wood, glass beads, aluminum eyes, tukula remains Rare Ibeji triplets made of two females and one male. Interesting hairdos and expressive faces. Remains of tukula offerings. Provenance: Ex. Lars Olsen Danish private collection Condition: Intact, one female figure is missing the aluminum eyes (no bases)


Lot # 95

Est. 1200 - 2200 â‚Ź

Lot of two sibling ibeji NIGERIA Yoruba Early to mid 20th century H. 32,5 cm Wood, glass, coconut beads, cotton and tukula remains Large couple of Ibeji figures. Nice patina on the hairdos and bodies. Remains of tukula offerings. Smooth red brown patina. Provenance: Swedish Private collection (Copenhagen) Condition: Intact (no base)


Lot # 96

Est. 1200 - 1800 â‚Ź

Sherbo (Kissi) stone figure SIERRA LEONE Sherbo 16th - 18th century H. 15 cm Stone Stone figure representing a friendly male priest. These figures where seen as intermediaries between the living and the ancestors. They were put on top of an altar. Provenance: Sotheby's NY november 19, 1999 nr 47 Belgian private collection Condition: Intact (comes with a base)


Lot # 97

Est. 800 - 1500 â‚Ź

Ndebele doll SOUTH AFRICA Ndebele Mid 20th century H. 19.5 cm Glass beads, wood and cotton Very abstract Ndebele doll with 5 beaded rings and a string of purple beads representing the arms. Provenance: Belgian private collection Condition: Intact (comes with a base)


Lot # 98

Est. 1500 - 3000 â‚Ź

Lot of 3 Ndebele dolls SOUTH AFRICA Ndebele Mid 20th century H. 28 / 40 / 43 cm Raffia, glass beads, cloth, leather Rare group of a mother, father and child in traditional Ndebele beaded costumes. Provenance: Dutch private collection Condition: Intact (no base)


Lot # 99

Est. 1200 - 2000 â‚Ź

Lot of two Zulu dolls SOUTH AFRICA Zulu Early to mid 20th century H. 16,5 / 20,5 cm Glass beads, cloth, raffia, wood Nice groupe of two traditional Zulu dolls with openwork hairdo, old beads. They have good singes of use. Provenance: Dutch private collection Condition: Intact (No base)


Lot # 100

Est. 800 - 1500 â‚Ź

Lot of two small Ndebele dolls SOUTH AFRICA Ndebele Mid 20th century H. 9 / 15 cm Wood, glass beads, cloth Very cute pair of Ndebele dolls with openwork hairdo, probably a mother and a child. Provenance: Dutch private collection Condition: Intact (no base)


Lot # 101 Ndebele doll SOUTH AFRICA Ndebele Early to mid 20th century H. 23 cm Glass beads, cloth, leather Very sweet and old Ndebele doll for children. Clear signs of use. Provenance: Dutch private collection Condition: Some beads are missing, minor damages (no base)

Est. 500 - 1000 â‚Ź


Lot # 102

Est. 850 - 1200 â‚Ź

Sutu walking stick SOUTH AFRICA Sutu Early 20th century H. 95 cm Wood Beautiful and elegantly sculpted walking stick from a Sutu (Tsonga) chief. The top ends with a hand holding a sign with the inscriptions: "S Po". Provenance: Ex English colonial collection. Alain Guisson collection Condition: Intact (no base)


Lot # 103

Est. 800 - 1200 â‚Ź

Dinka club SUDAN Dinka Early 20th century H. 82 cm Wood, brass and natural fiber Very rare Dinka club with is a human head on the top with a heart shaped face. The eyes are made out of brass tags. These clubs where owned and used by important members of the clan. Provenance: Ex Belgian colonial collection. Alain Guisson collection Condition: Some natural cracks all over the surface (no base)


Lot # 104

Est. 450 - 750 â‚Ź

3 knives in a scabbard SUDAN Early to mid 20th century H. 27 cm Bone, iron and crocodile skin Group of 2 curved and 1 straight iron blades with Arabic writings on both sides of each blade. All 3 have bone handles and they are sitting in a crocodile leather scabbard with some patina on the back. Provenance: Belgian private collection (M.G. Antwerp) Condition: intact (comes with a base)


Lot # 105

Est. 1500 - 2500 â‚Ź

Makonde belly mask TANZANIA Makonde Early to mid 20th century H. 51 cm Wood, cloth and resin Traditional Makonde belly mask decorated with geometric designs and a lizard type of figure above the belly button. Good patina inside and outside the mask. Lots of use. Provenance: Belgian private collection (D. Henrion) Condition: Natural crack in the middle with local repair (no base)


Lot # 106

Est. 600 - 1200 â‚Ź

Makua mask TANZANIA Makua Early 20th century H. 23 cm Wood Small mask with large open mouth to see through while dancing. The mask was originally attached on a cloth to hide the head of the dancer. Some of the wooden plugs to attach the cloth to the mask are still present.

Provenance: Ex Serge Schoffel Belgian private collection Condition: Eroded, crack on the left side with some pieces glued back (comes with a base)


Lot # 107

Est. 700 - 1000 â‚Ź

Mwera mask TANZANIA Mwera First half of the 20th century H. 22 cm Wood Small expressive wooden mask for ritual dances. Dry and old patina outside. Nice patina inside from wear. Provenance: Ex. A. Lecomte French private collection Condition: Natural cracks and a few insect holes (no base)


Lot # 108

Est. 2000 - 3000 â‚Ź

Wakinga mask TANZANIA Wakinga Early 20th century H. 23 cm Wood and pigments Well used monkey looking mask with round eyes covered with white pigment. Good patina inside and outside the mask. Provenance: French private collection Condition: intact (comes with a base)


Lot # 109

Est. 250 - 450 â‚Ź

Lot of three Kabye knives TOGO Kabye Early 20th century H. 17 / 25 / 34 cm Iron Three hand forged fighting knives. The larger one has geometric patterns engraved on one side of the handle. Provenance: Ex. A. Lecomte French private collection Condition: signs of use (no bases)


Lot # 110

Est. 600 - 900 â‚Ź

Lot of three Losso fetishes TOGO Losso First half of the 20th century H. 18 / 21 / 29,5 cm Wood, brass rings Three very abstract figures with engraved faces. The two smaller ones are probably a couple and the tallest one has two arms looking like wings. All three were used in voodoo rituals. Lots of traces of sacrificial offerings. Provenance: Belgian private collection Condition: Lots of natural wear. (no bases)


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