Arrow Fat Left Icon Arrow Fat Right Icon Arrow Right Icon Cart Icon Close Circle Icon Expand Arrows Icon Facebook Icon Instagram Icon Pinterest Icon Twitter Icon Hamburger Icon Information Icon Down Arrow Icon Mail Icon Mini Cart Icon Person Icon Ruler Icon Search Icon Shirt Icon Triangle Icon Bag Icon Play Video

Traditional

  • Fang Ceremonial Totem Mask
    Quick shop

    Fang Ceremonial Totem Mask,, 5-10 yrs old, given to the family by a senior member of men's society to honor the household for its work in the region. 42" x 14". From the Barnes Collection.

    Country: Cameroon

    Visit product page
  • Gemene Ceremonial Mask
    Quick shop

    Gemene Ceremonial Mask. Ceremonial Baby Naming mask - 80-100 yrs. Old, with stand. 24" tall x 6" wide.

    Country: Ivory Coast

     

    Visit product page
  • Kifwebe Mask from Congo with stand
    Quick shop

    Kifwebe Mask from Congo with Stand. Embodied by Supernatural forces - used to ward off disaster or threat. 23.5" tall x 8" wide x 9" deep on stand

    Country: Congo

    Visit product page
  • Kolanga Pounder on stand
    Quick shop
    Sold out
    Sold out

    Kolanga Pounder on stand, 50-60 yrs old, 31" tall x 4.5" wide. From the Barnes Collection.

    Country:  Ivory Coast

    Visit product page
  • Kuba Statue - front view
    Quick shop

    Kuba Ancestor Statue. 11" x 3". Handcarved Wood statue with hairstyle reminiscent of Kuba women. Designs on body similar to Kuba Cloth designs.

    Country: Congo

    Visit product page
  • Kwele Tribe Antelope Dance Mask
    Quick shop

    Kwele Tribe Antelope Dance Mask.  30" x 11" x 6".  This mask celebrates the annual hunt of the antelopes, an important food source.  It celebrates the arrival of the antelope and gives thanks to the ancestors for their help and guidance in the coming year.  The Kwele are a small tribe and as a result, not many masks are able to be obtained from them.  Their masks are highly prized for their strong simple "No" -like quality and distinctive features.

    Country:  Congo

     

    Visit product page
  • Large Dan Yakuba Tribe Ceremonial Spoon
    Quick shop

    Large Dan Yakuba Tribe Ceremonial Spoon. 30-40 yrs old, 32" x 7". This spoon was owned by the wife of the village chief and is her portrait. The rings around the neck indicate she was a direct descendant of a royal Dan (We) family. The Dan are known for their elaborate coiffures and they vary from villages to villages. The spoon was prominently displayed in the Chief's home and brought out only when an honored guest arrived at the village.  At that time the spoon would have been filled with food and offered to the honored guests by the wife of the chief as an expression of greeting and hospitality. From the Barnes Collection.

    Country:  Ivory Coast

     

    Visit product page
  • Makonde Statue - Tanzania
    Quick shop

    Makonde Statue. 5 1/2" T x 2" W. Hand carved female wood figurine. Often used for initiation of girls into womanhood. They were given a carved wooden doll to carry it around with them on their bodies as a good luck charm.

    Country: Tanzania

    Visit product page
  • Mami Wata Mask
    Quick shop

    Mami Wata Mask

    $1,200.00

    v

    Mami Wata Mask

    $1,200.00

    Mami Wata Mask - "Mother Water", 20" tall x 13" wide.

    Mami Wata is often described as a mermaid-like figure, with a woman's upper body (often nude) and the hindquarters of a fish or serpent. In other tales, Mami Wata is fully human in appearance (though never human). The existence and spiritual importance of Mami Wata is deeply rooted in the ancient tradition and mythology of the coastal southeastern Nigerians (Efik, Ibibio and Annang people). Mami Wata often carries expensive baubles such as combs, mirrors, and watches. A large snake (symbol of divination and divinity) frequently accompanies her, wrapping itself around her and laying its head between her breasts. Other times, she may try to pass as completely human, wandering busy markets or patronising bars. Traders in the 20th century carried similar beliefs with them from Senegal to as far as Zambia. Traditions on both sides of the Atlantic tell of the spirit abducting her followers or random people whilst they are swimming or boating. She brings them to her paradisiacal realm, which may be underwater, in the spirit world, or both.Should she allow them to leave, the travellers usually return in dry clothing and with a new spiritual understanding reflected in their gaze. These returnees often grow wealthier, more attractive, and more easygoing after the encounter.

    Visit product page
  • Medicine Fetish - Kuba
    Quick shop
    Sold out
    Sold out

    Medicine Fetish - Kuba. 9 1/4" x 3". Handcarved Fetish from wood. Used by the Kuba people to provide remedies against diseases.

    Country: Congo

    Visit product page
  • Medium Bobo Owl Mask
    Quick shop

    Medium Bobo Owl Mask. Bobo Tribe, 26.5" tall x 27.5" wide. The Bobo tribe believes that every act that takes something from nature has a negative impact. Before planting and harvesting their crops the Bobo tribe holds rituals to ask permission from the nature spirits and their creator god, Wuro. They believe Wuro is responsible for nature’s equilibrium and bringing everything into harmony. Wuro cannot be described or represented by sculpture.

    Masks are used to bring bush spirits to chase evil from their community and to purify the land for successful planting and harvest. These masks are made from fiber, cloth, leaf, and wood and have geometric designs. They are usually worn with costumes made from leaf and fiber. The purification rituals last for three days and are usually before the planting season and after the harvest. The masks are also used at men’s initiations and funerals. During funeral rituals the wearers of the Bobo masks comfort the spirits of the dead and partake in a series of rituals that lead them to the after world. Funeral ritual dances are full of energy and use drums and bells designed to wake the dead and instruct them to leave.

    Country: Burkina Faso

    Visit product page
  • Medium Ram Mask
    Quick shop

    Medium Ram Mask

    $425.00

    v

    Medium Ram Mask

    $425.00

    Medium Ram Mask - From Baule People, carved out of one piece of wood, 8" tall x 14.4" long.

    Country: Ivory Coast

    Visit product page