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4071

Maori Greenstone Double-sided Hei-Tiki Pendant

Maori People, New Zealand
early 20th century

height: 5.2cm, width: 3.2cm, weight: 11.9g

Provenance

UK art market

5657

Ashanti Gold Dust Container (Kuduo)

Ashanti (Asante) People, Ghana
19th century

height: 17.5cm, diameter: 8cm, weight: 884g

Provenance

UK art market

5585

Colonial Carved Wood Figure of a Soldier by Thomas Ona Odulate

Yoruba People, Nigeria
circa 1920

height: 26.5cm

Reserved

Provenance

from the private collection of a London collector who was given it 50 years ago, in London, as a gift.

4864

Bontoc Clam Shell Bead & Glass Bead Necklace

Bontoc People, Northern Luzon, Philippines
19th-20th century

weight: 169g

Provenance

private collection, UK.

5443

Early, Carved Wooden Massim Sword Club or Lime Spatula

Massim area, Trobriand Islands, Papua New Guinea
18th-19th century

length: 62.5cm, width at widest point: 8cm

Provenance

UK art market

5204

Fine Naga Trade Bead, Shell & Bone Necklace or Girdle

Naga People, Eastern India/Western Burma
19th century

length: 75cm, width: 12.5cm

Provenance

UK art market

5561

Circular Yoruba Divination Board (Opon Ifa)

Yoruba People, Nigeria
19th century

width: 35.5cm; length: 34cm and thickness: 2cm

Provenance

UK art market

4196

Three Solid Copper Mossi African Hairpins

Mossi People, Burkina Faso
19th century

7.5-9cm

Provenance

Private collection, London.

5560

Rectangular Yoruba Divination Board (Opon Ifa)

Yoruba People, Nigeria
19th-early 20th century

width: 40cm; length: 27cm and thickness: 2cm

Provenance

UK art market

4755

Unusual Massim Carved, Wooden Lime Spatula Shaped as a Hornbill

Massim People, Tobriand Islands, Papua New Guinea
early 20th century

length: 38.3cm

Provenance

UK art market

4824

Woven Rattan Congo Comb

Teke People, Congo
19th century

height: 16.2cm, width: 5.7cm

Provenance

old, private UK collection.

3910

Bontoc Wood, Rattan & Pig Tusk Armband (Baningal or Abkil)

Bontoc or Ifugao People, Northern Luzon, Philippines
19th–early 20th century

diameter: 10.2cm, height: 6cm

Provenance

private European collection.

5496

Senufo Carved Wooden Face Mask (Kpelie)

Senufo People, Ivory Coast
circa 1920

length: 39cm, width: 16cm

Provenance

private collection, London; acquired in Europe in the 1970s.

3933

Dayak Man’s Ear Ornament (Sabau) of Carved Hornbill Casque (Beak)

Kenyah/Kayan Dayak People, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia
19th-early 20th century

height: 4.6cm, length: 10cm, width: 4.2cm, weight: 26.36g

Provenance

Acquired in the UK, from the estate collection of Dr George Yuille Caldwell (1924-2016). Dr Caldwell, an English-born physician moved to Singapore in the 1950s, from where he built up a collection of mostly Borneo-related textiles and other ethnographica.

5486

Fine Pende Chief’s Hippopotamus Ivory Amulet Pendant (Gikhokho)

Pende People, Congo
early 19th century

length: 6cm, width: 4cm

Provenance

private collection, London; and acquired by the previous owner in London in the 1960s.

5048

Hand-Rolled Turquoise Bead Necklace

Navajo Pueblo People, South-West United States
19th-early 20th century

length: 42cm ( 25cm for the double strand of turquoise), weight: 41g

Provenance

private collection, UK

4462

Nine Copper ‘X’ Currency Crosses

Luba & Yeke People, Katanga Province, Congo
19th century

typical diameter of a cross: 22.5cm Note: Each of these has a custom-made stand - each can be sold separately, or as part of a group.

Provenance

private collection, UK

4274

Woman’s Iron Pubic Cover (Cache Sexe)

Kirdi and Matakam People, North Cameroon
19th-early 20th century

length: 37.5cm

Provenance

private collection, UK

4268

Woman’s Wooden Lip Plate

Kichepo People, Sudan, & Surma People, Sudan/Ethiopia
19th-early 20th century

width: 13.5cm, length: 9.4cm, thickness: 1.6cm

Provenance

private London collection.

3944

Pair of Borneo Man’s Solid Brass Spiral Ear Ornaments

Kenyah/Kayan Dayak People, Sarawak, Borneo
19th century

diameter: 2cm, combined weight: 72g

Provenance

Acquired in the UK, from the estate collection of Dr George Yuille Caldwell (1924-2016). Dr Caldwell, an English-born physician moved to Singapore in the 1950s, from where he built up a collection of mostly Borneo-related textiles and other ethnographica.

3104

Pair of Yoruba Bronze Ogboni Staves

Yoruba People, Nigeria
early 19th century

heights: 22cm, combined wight: 881g

Provenance

acquired from the estate of Dr Peter Sharratt (d. 2014). Sharratt was a linguist and lecturer in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures at the University of Edinburgh who published on Renaissance French sculpture. In his private life, he was an avid collector of tribal art, building up his collection over fifty years. During that time, he bought from UK dealers, collectors and auction houses.

944

Yoruba Gelede Dance Headdress

Yoruba People, Nigeria
circa 1940

height: 34cm, length: 22cm, width: 27cm

Provenance

UK art market, formerly in an Oxford collection.

846

Bamana Wooden Door Lock (Konbalabala)

Bamana people, Mali
circa 1920

height: 45.5cm, width: 37cm

Provenance

From a private UK collection. Acquired from Christie’s, 'Tribart Art', June 24, 1996, London, lot 67.

4575

Two Amber Pointed Cylinder Ear Plugs

Kachin People, Burma
19th-early 20th century

heights: 6.7cm & 7cm, combined weight: 24.05g

Provenance

UK art market

4574

Carved Horn Divination Image of Eshu

Yoruba People, Nigeria
19th century

height: 7.6cm

Provenance

private London collection

4516

Carved Wooden Prestige Sceptre

Ovimbundu People, Angola
19th century

length: 55cm

Provenance

UK art market

4473

Rare Cast Brass Necklace

Vere People, North-Eastern Nigeria & Cameroon
19th century

length: approx. 75cm, weight: 1,704g

Provenance

UK art market

4315

Eshu Dance Wrist Pendant

Yoruba People, Southern Egbado, Nigeria
19th century

height: 12.5cm

Provenance

private collection, London.

4257

Woman’s Large Ivory Gungulu Bracelet

Gurunsi & Kasena Peoples, Burkina Faso & Ghana
19th-early 20th century

length: 20.8cm, width: 11.4cm, weight: 429g

Provenance

private collection, London

4313

Eshu Dance Wrist Pendant

Yoruba People, Southern Egbado, Nigeria
19th century

height: 10.2cm

Provenance

private collection, London.

4256

Rare Fossilised Palmwood (Pumtek) Bead Necklace

Pyu Kingdom, Burma, China People, Western Burma & Mizo People, Eastern India
circa 10th century

length: 76cm, weight: 93g

Provenance

private collection, London.

4279

Chief’s Bronze ‘Tiered’ Anklet with Bells

Gio or Dan & Wee People, Liberia & Cote d’Ivoire
19th century

outside diameter: 11.5cm, inside diameter: 7.5cm x 8.5cm, height: 4.3cm, weight: 517g

Provenance

UK art market

4314

Eshu Dance Wrist Pendant

Yoruba People, Southern Egbado, Nigeria
19th century

height: 8cm

Provenance

private collection, London.

4267

Woman’s Wooden Lip Plate

Kichepo People, Sudan, & Surma People, Sudan/Ethiopia
19th-early 20th century

width: 13.3cm, length: 9.6cm, thickness: 1.6cm

Provenance

private London collection.

4335

Carved Wooden Gelede Mask

Yoruba People, Nigeria
early 20th century

height: 21cm

Provenance

UK art market

4260

Naga Bead Necklace

Naga People, India/Burma
19th century-early 20th century

length: 64cm, weight: 508g

Provenance

private collection, London.

4331

Carved Wooden Mask

Himalayan India - Northern Bengal or Himchal Pradesh
18th-19th century

height: 22cm, width: 13.6cm

Provenance

UK art market

4259

Bead & Bone Necklace or Girdle

Naga People, India/Burma
19th century

length (approx): 67cm, width: 15.5cm, weight: 517g

Provenance

private collection, London.

4258

Woman’s Ivory Gungulu Bracelet

Gurunsi & Kasena Peoples, Burkina Faso & Ghana
19th-early 20th century

length:16.8cm, width: 10.2cm, weight: 173g

Provenance

private collection, London

4232

Naga Glass Bead Necklace

Naga People, Burma/India
late 1940s

length: 59cm, weight: 182g

Provenance

private collection, London.

4228

Carved Steatite Nomoli Figure

Sierra Leone
15th century or earlier

height: 17.3cm, weight: 1,362g

Provenance

private collection, London.

4222

Cast Bronze Hairpin of a Horse & Rider

Dogon People, Mali
19th century

length: 19.5cm

Provenance

UK art market

4121

Carved Wooden Axe Handle or Sceptre Shaped as an Antelope

Tsonga or Zulu, South Africa or Zambia/Zaire
19th century

length: 52.5cm

Provenance

UK art market

4077

Shield with Gilded Metal Mounts (Tafa Gassa)

Ethiopia
19th century

diameter: 47cm, height (approx.): 20cm

Provenance

UK art market

4047

Woman’s Brass & Beaded Headdress & Ear Ornament Set

Kikuyu People, Kenya
early 20th century

diameter of each spiral : 8.8cm; length of headdress: 38cm, total weight: 325g

Provenance

UK art market

4046

Rare Cast Brass Necklace

Vere People, North-Eastern Nigeria & Cameroon
19th century

length: 69cm, weight: 1,303g

Provenance

UK art market

4033

Ashanti Cast Brass Gold Weight

Ashanti or Asante People, Ghana
18th-19th century

height: 7.3cm, width: 8cm, depth: 6cm, weight: 284g

Provenance

UK art market

3994

Nigerian Carved Wooden Maternity Figure, Lidded Bowl, possibly by the carver Agbonbiofe

Yoruba People, Nigeria
early 20th century

height: 48.5cm, depth: 22.5cm, width: 33.5cm

Provenance

UK art market, private collection, Germany

3945

Pair of Man’s Solid Brass Spiral Ear Ornaments

Kenyah/Kayan Dayak People, Sarawak, Borneo
19th century

diameter: 2.6cm, combined weight: 90g

Provenance

Acquired in the UK, from the estate collection of Dr George Yuille Caldwell (1924-2016). Dr Caldwell, an English-born physician moved to Singapore in the 1950s, from where he built up a collection of mostly Borneo-related textiles and other ethnographica.

3943

Pair of Borneo Man’s Solid Brass Spiral Ear Ornaments

Kenyah/Kayan Dayak People, Sarawak, Borneo
19th century

diameter: 3.5cm, combined weight: 180g

Provenance

Acquired in the UK, from the estate collection of Dr George Yuille Caldwell (1924-2016). Dr Caldwell, an English-born physician moved to Singapore in the 1950s, from where he built up a collection of ethnographica mostly from Borneo and Indonesia.

3870

Pair of Carved Wooden Male & Female Bulul Rice Divinity Figures

Ifugao People, Northern Luzon, Philippines
19th century

heights: 51cm & 49cm

Provenance

private European collection.

3895

Ashanti Carved Wooden Fertility Doll (Akuaba)

Ashanti/Asante People, Ghana
19th century

height: 27.3cm, width: 11.5cm

Provenance

UK art market; the base with an old label for 'Ratton, Paris'.

3894

Nigerian Carved & Painted Wooden Figurative Comb

Nigeria
late 19th-early 20th century

length: 23cm, width: 8cm

Provenance

UK art market

3890

Yoruba Janus-Headed Shango Dancing Wand

Yoruba People, Nigeria
19th century

length: 31.5cm

Provenance

UK art market

3733

Ovimbundu Female Head Privilege Sceptre

Ovimbundu People, Angola
circa 1930

length: 56cm

Provenance

UK art market

3727

Kimberley Point Aboriginal Spear Head

Aboriginal People, possibly the Bunuba People, Kimberley Region, Northern Western Australia
late 19th-early 20th century

entire length: 18.8cm, length of (exposed) head: 3.5cm, width: 2.6cm

Provenance

private collection, Channel Islands, UK.

3416

Fine Zulu (or similar) Knobkerrie Dance Club

Zulu People or similar, Southern Africa
19th century

length: 43.5cm

Provenance

UK art market

3539

Yoruba Carved Wooden Figure of Queen Victoria

Yoruba, Nigeria
late 19th century

height: 32.5cm

Provenance

UK art market

3507

Cast Copper Bwa Do Cult Anklet

Bwa people, Burkino Faso
19th century

length: 20cm. width: 9.7cm, height with stand: 8cm

Provenance

UK art market

3391

Aboriginal Pineapple Pandanus Head Battle Club

Central Queensland, Australia
early 20th century

length: 72.5cm, weight: 541g

Provenance

UK art market

3498

Nigerian Yoruba Ibeji Twin Figure (Ere Ibeji)

Yagba Tribe, Egbe Region, Nigeria
late 19th century

height: 25.5cm

Provenance

UK art market

3497

Superb Pair of Ibeji Figures (Ere Ibeji)

Yoruba People, Oyo Tribe, Shaki Region, Nigeria
late 19th century

heights: 24.4cm

Provenance

UK art market

3115

Fine, Carved Wooden Baule Catapult

Baule People, Ivory Coast
probably 19th century

height (not including stand): 16cm, width: 6.5cm

Provenance

acquired from the estate of Dr Peter Sharratt (d. 2014). Sharratt was a linguist and lecturer in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures at the University of Edinburgh who published on Renaissance French sculpture. In his private life, he was an avid collector of tribal art, building up his collection over fifty years. During that time, he bought from UK dealers, collectors and auction houses.

3109

Pair of Yoruba Eshu Dance Wands

Yoruba People, Egba/Egbado Tribe, Abeokuta, Nigeria
circa 1920

height: (female) approximately 36cm, (male) 34cm; width: (both) approximately 7cm

Provenance

acquired from the estate of Dr Peter Sharratt (d. 2014). Sharratt was a linguist and lecturer in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures at the University of Edinburgh who published on Renaissance French sculpture. In his private life, he was an avid collector of tribal art, building up his collection over fifty years. During that time, he bought from UK dealers, collectors and auction houses.

3108

Yoruba Shango Oshe Dance Wand

Yoruba People, Egbado Tribe, Igan Okoto, Nigeria
circa 1900

length: approximately 25cm, width: approximately 6cm

Provenance

acquired from the estate of Dr Peter Sharratt (d. 2014). Sharratt was a linguist and lecturer in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures at the University of Edinburgh who published on Renaissance French sculpture. In his private life, he was an avid collector of tribal art, building up his collection over fifty years. During that time, he bought from UK dealers, collectors and auction houses.

3107

Yoruba Eshu Dance Wand

Yoruba People, Egba Tribe, Abeokuta, Nigeria
late 19th century

height: approximately 25cm, width: approximately 6cm

Provenance

acquired from the estate of Dr Peter Sharratt (d. 2014). Sharratt was a linguist and lecturer in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures at the University of Edinburgh who published on Renaissance French sculpture. In his private life, he was an avid collector of tribal art, building up his collection over fifty years. During that time, he bought from UK dealers, collectors and auction houses.

3105

Songye Androgynous Power Figure

Songye People, Congo
first half of the 20th century

height: 48.5cm

Provenance

acquired from the estate of Dr Peter Sharratt (d. 2014). Sharratt was a linguist and lecturer in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures at the University of Edinburgh who published on Renaissance French sculpture. In his private life, he was an avid collector of tribal art, building up his collection over fifty years. It is not known when or how Dr Sharratt acquired this figure but during his fifty years of collecting, he tended to acquire from within the UK only from dealers, collectors and auction houses.

3091

Rare Pair of Ijebu-Yoruba Bronze Ceremonial Anklets

Nigeria
18th century

diameter: 19cm

Provenance

private collection, Isle of Wight, UK.

3001

Baule Bronze Currency Anklet

Baule People, Ivory Coast
19th century-early 20th century

height: 26cm (without stand); 37cm (with stand); width: 25cm, depth: 14.4cm

Provenance

UK art market

3000

Congo Chief’s Axe-Knife

Nsapo & Wongo Peoples, Congo
19th-early 20th century

length: 39cm, width: 22.5cm

Provenance

UK art market

3119

Pair of Yoruba Ceremonial Ogboni Staffs

Yoruba People, Ogboni Society, Nigeria
early to mid-20th century

height: approximately (female) 44cm, (male) 45cm

Provenance

UK art market

2863

Fine Yoruba Male Ibeji Figure (Ere Ibeji)

Oyo-Yoruba People, Oyo Region, Nigeria
late 19th century

height: 32cm, diameter of the base: approximately 8cm

Provenance

UK art market

2816

Carved Wood Yoruba Equestrian Altar Group of the Hunter-King Jagun-Jagun

Yoruba People, Nigeria
circa 1900

height: 63cm

Provenance

UK art market

2850

Cast Brass Pendant & Brass Bead Necklace

Asante/Ashanti, Ghana, West Africa
early 20th century

length of pendant: 12.5cm, length of chain: 66cm, weight: 193g

Provenance

UK art market

2940

Fijian Throwing Club (I Ula Tavatava)

Fiji
18th-early 19th century

length: 42cm

Provenance

UK art market; private UK collection.

2938

Local Ashanti King’s Asipim Chair

Ashanti (Asante) People, Ghana
late 19th century

height: 72cm, depth: 44cm, width: 40cm

Provenance

private collection, UK

2992

Rare Massim Double Pedestal Cup with Spirit Figures

Massim People, Trobiand Islands, Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea
20th century

height: 70.5cm, diameter of bowl: 20.5cm

Provenance

private collection, UK

2746

Rare Solomon Islands Ceremonial Child’s Dance Wand or Staff (Napa)

Santa Cruz, Solomon Islands
circa 1900

length: 75.5cm

Provenance

UK art market

2449

Ifugao Carved Wooden Ladle or Dipper

Kalanguya People, Southern Ifugao, Philippines
early 20th century

length: 24.5cm

Provenance

Scottish art market

2421

Yoruba Maternity Figural Offering Bowl

Yoruba People, Nigeria
before 1938-39

height: 64cm

Provenance

Collected by the artist Donald Friend in Nigeria, 1938

2420

Yoruba Egungun Headdress Carved by Baba Mola of Kesi

Yoruba People, Nigeria
before 1939

height: 49cm, length: 40cm, width: 27cm

Provenance

Collected by the Australian artist Donald Friend in Nigeria when he lived there in 1938 and 1939.

2204

Yoruba Ibeji Figure (Ere Ibeji)

Yoruba People, Oyo Sub-group, Erin Region, Nigeria
circa 1920

height: 29cm

Provenance

UK art market.

2187

Sepik Samban Hook Figure

Italmul People, Middle Sepik River Region, Papua New Guinea
early 20th century

height: 97cm, width: 30cm

Provenance

Francis de Sales McHugh Collection, and thence by descent, collected by de Sales McHugh in the early 20th century.

2185

Sepik Earthenware Roof Ridge Tile with Pigments

Chambri Lakes, Sepik River, Papua New Guinea
early 20th century

height: 42cm, width: 25.5cm

Provenance

Francis de Sales McHugh Collection, collected by de Sales McHugh in the early 20th century.

2184

Sepik Kominimung Shield

Pora Pora or Bien River, Sepik Region, Papua New Guinea
early 20th century

height: 117cm, width: 46cm

Provenance

Francis de Sales McHugh Collection, and thence by descent, collected by de Sales McHugh in the early 20th century.

2183

Sepik Yipwon Spirit Figure

Yimam People, Korewari River Area, Papua New Guinea
early 20th century or earlier

height: 86cm (height with stand: 103cm), width: 14cm

Provenance

Francis de Sales McHugh Collection, and thence by descent, collected by de Sales McHugh in the early 20th century.

2182

Sepik Lime Container in the form of a Rooster on a Crocodile

Iatmul People, Middle Sepik River Region, Papua New Guinea
early 20th century

length: 68cm

Provenance

Francis de Sales McHugh Collection, and thence by descent, collected by de Sales McHugh in the early 20th century.

2181

Life-sized Sepik Ancestor Figure

Sepik Region, New Guinea
late 19th century

height: 165cm

Provenance

Francis de Sales McHugh Collection, collected by de Sales McHugh in the early 20th century.

2159

Carved Seated Massim Protective Figure with Lime Inlay

Massim People, Kiriwina Island, Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea
late 19th – early 20th century

height: 39.5cm

Provenance

acquired by the previous owner from Bill Evans, Caspian Gallery, Sydney; collected during the 1930s.

2218

Rare Yoruba Carved Wooden Processional Staff

Yoruba People, Nigeria
19th-20th century

length/height: 108cm

Provenance

private collection, London; and previously, a private European collection.

2118

Ethiopian Carved Wooden Chair

Ethiopia
late 19th century

height: 68cm, width: 36cm, depth: 42cm

Provenance

an old English collection since the early 1900s.

2226

Rare, Matched Pair of Yoruba Male & Female Eshu Dance Wands

Yoruba People, Nigeria
19th century

heights: 36cm & 37cm

Provenance

UK art market

2219

Yoruba Carved Wooden Divination Bowl

Yoruba People, Nigeria
18th-19th century or earlier

height: 14.2cm, diameter: 19cm

Provenance

private collection, UK.

1988

Ceremonial Fijian Wooden Four-Tined ‘Cannibal’ Fork

Fiji
early 19th century

length: 24.6cm

Provenance

private collection, Guernsey.

1984

Pair of New Guinea Cone-Shell Ear Ornaments

New Guinea
collected in 1859

maximum diameter of each: 7cm

Provenance

UK art market; private collection, UK.

1981

Rare Wooden Ifugao Ancestor Figure Ritual Wine Server

Ifugao, Luzon, Northern Philippines
early 20th century

height: 35cm

Provenance

UK art market

1915

Yoruba Wooden Divination Board (Opon Ifa)

Yoruba People, Nigeria
19th century

dimensions: 27cm x 23cm x 2cm

Provenance

UK art market

1898

Carved Wooden Camwood Powder Box

Kuba People, Congo
19th century

length: 23.8cm, height: 6.6cm, width: 9.4cm

Provenance

Obtained by the previous owner at Sotheby's London, 'Tribal Art', December 3, 1984.

1897

Kuba Carved Wooden ‘Basket’ Camwood Powder Bowl & Cover

Kuba People, Congo
19th century

height: 5.5cm, diameter: 17cm

Provenance

UK art market

1865

Fine Ifa Yoruba Divination Bowl

Yoruba People, Nigeria
circa 1920 or earlier

height: 19cm, width at widest point: 24cm

Provenance

UK art market