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Africa | Three brass cuffs from West Africa | Left) From the Igbo people of Nigeria. Center and Right) From Burkina Faso | 450€ for the lot ~ sold

Africa | Three brass cuffs from West Africa | Left) From the Igbo people of Nigeria. Center and Right) From Burkina Faso | 450€ for the lot ~ sold

The carved guilloche pattern on this tusk consists of three tightly interlaced bands each made up of several strands. These patterns are ubiquitous in Benin art and are said to be a hallmark of ‘Igbesaanmwan’, the ivory carvers guild although they are also found on brass objects. To the Benin court these tusks symbolised the attributes of the elephant; physical power, leadership, wisdom and longevity.

The carved guilloche pattern on this tusk consists of three tightly interlaced bands each made up of several strands. These patterns are ubiquitous in Benin art and are said to be a hallmark of ‘Igbesaanmwan’, the ivory carvers guild although they are also found on brass objects. To the Benin court these tusks symbolised the attributes of the elephant; physical power, leadership, wisdom and longevity.

Africa | Male figure. Bamum peoples.  Cameroon, Famban | Wood, brass, cloth, glass beads, cowrie shells | This life-size male figure from the kingdom of Bamum in Cameroon is a visually compelling example of the splendid beaded sculptures Bamum artists created for the royal court in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Africa | Male figure. Bamum peoples. Cameroon, Famban | Wood, brass, cloth, glass beads, cowrie shells | This life-size male figure from the kingdom of Bamum in Cameroon is a visually compelling example of the splendid beaded sculptures Bamum artists created for the royal court in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Africa |  Ivory amulet ikhoko Pendants from the DR Congo. | These type of amulets are often worn around the waist.

Africa | Ivory amulet ikhoko Pendants from the DR Congo. | These type of amulets are often worn around the waist.

Africa | Pendant from the Baule people of the Ivory Coast | 8.5k gold | 980CHF ~ sold (Dec '11)

Africa | Pendant from the Baule people of the Ivory Coast | 8.5k gold | 980CHF ~ sold (Dec '11)

Chokwe Mwanangana (Figure of Chief), Angola http://www.imodara.com/post/94092186664/angola-chokwe-mwanangana-chief-figure

Chokwe Mwanangana (Figure of Chief), Angola http://www.imodara.com/post/94092186664/angola-chokwe-mwanangana-chief-figure

African Tribal Art 4 Head BAKONGO DOG Nkisi Nail Fetish Figure

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Africa | A Gan Bronze 'Snake and Solar Disk' Amulet from Burkina Faso | ca. 20th century | Made using the lost wax casting method. | For more information and similar examples, “Bronzes gan - la spirale du serpent”, by Bertrand Goy and Maine Durieu, Editions Sépia – 2005, provides a close analysis of the Gan Bronzes, examining them both thematically and aesthetically.

Africa, Gan Bronze Amulet - Snake and Solar Disk - Burkina Faso

Africa | A Gan Bronze 'Snake and Solar Disk' Amulet from Burkina Faso | ca. 20th century | Made using the lost wax casting method. | For more information and similar examples, “Bronzes gan - la spirale du serpent”, by Bertrand Goy and Maine Durieu, Editions Sépia – 2005, provides a close analysis of the Gan Bronzes, examining them both thematically and aesthetically.

Nigeria | Carved armlets; elephant ivory | Benin City, Edo State | ca. 18th - 19th century

Nigeria | Carved armlets; elephant ivory | Benin City, Edo State | ca. 18th - 19th century

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