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    Sudan Bongo Carved Wooden Headrest or Stool

    Bongo People, South Sudan
    19th-early 20th century

    width: 23.2cm, height: 11.6cm, depth:12.1cm, weight: 535g

    Provenance

    UK art market

    6642

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      Superb Nigerian Ibibio Carved Wooden Mask

      Ibibio People, Cross River & adjacent regions, Nigeria
      19th-early 20th century

      height: 31cm, width: 29cm, depth: 19cm, weight: 1,104g

      Provenance

      UK art market

      6602

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        Naga Cowrie Shell Apron or Loin Cloth

        Naga People, Burma (Myanmar)
        early 20th century

        length: 69.2cm, width: 22.5cm, weight: 548g

        Provenance

        UK art market

        6635

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          Fine Tsonga Headrest

          Tsonga People, South Africa & Zimbabwe
          19th-early 20th century

          height: 10.8cm, width: 18.5cm, weight: 229g

          Provenance

          UK art market

          6523

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            Mongo Woven Woman’s Buttock Shield

            Mongo People, Congo
            early 20th century

            length: approximately 98cm, width of pompom: 12cm, weight: 292g

            Provenance

            private collection, London, UK.

            6521

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              Andaman Islands Man’s Dance Regalia

              Andaman Islands, possibly from the Jarawa Tribe, South Andaman
              circa 1900

              indicative length of headdress (band & tassels): 49cm

              Provenance

              private collection, London. UK; previously, Charles Wilfred Hext (b.1880-1919)

              4225

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                Congo Cast-Brass Hairpins

                Congo, probably Kuba people.
                19th-20th century

                21cm & 16.8cm

                Provenance

                Private collection, London.

                6492

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                  Very Rare & Early Yoruba Shango Priest’s Costume with Leather & Mirrors

                  Yoruba People, Nigeria
                  circa 1850

                  length: 96.5cm, width: 54.5cm (approximately)

                  Provenance

                  found in the attic of a house in northern England where it is believed to have been stored undisturbed since at least the 1930s.

                  6493

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                    Rare & Early Yoruba Shango Shrine Leather Bag (Laba)

                    Yoruba People, Nigeria
                    circa 1850

                    width: 49.5cm

                    Provenance

                    found in the attic of a house in northern England where it is believed to have been stored undisturbed since at least the 1930s.

                    5722

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                      Zulu Wooden Ear Plugs with Bakelite Tile Decoration

                      Zulu People, South Africa
                      circa 1940

                      diameter (each): 6.5cm, combined weight: 61g

                      Provenance

                      private collection, UK.

                      4236

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                        Early New Guinea Wooden & Bone Mace or Club

                        Papua New Guinea, probably Sepik region
                        19th century and possibly earlier

                        length: 64.2cm, diameter of head: 9cm, weight: 190g

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                        UK art market

                        6490

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                          Fang Gilded Bronze Torque

                          Fang People, Gabon/Cameroon
                          circa 19th century

                          diameter: at widest point: 19cm, thickness: 3.8cm, weight: 2,217g

                          Provenance

                          private collection, London.

                          6436

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                            Fine, Nigerian Yoruba Gelede Dance Headdress

                            Yoruba People, Nigeria
                            circa 1920

                            height: 46cm, length: 27cm, width: 31cm, weight: 1,765g

                            Provenance

                            formerly in the collection of the late Dr James Bynon, lecturer in Berber studies, School of Oriental & African Studies, University College London.

                            2621

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                              Oceanic Carved Wooden Bowl

                              Pacific Islands, possibly Marquesas Islands
                              19th century and possibly earlier

                              length: 14.7cm, width: 8.3cm, height: 5.8cm, weight: 78g

                              Provenance

                              private collection, London.

                              4806

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                                Unusual Yoruba Ibeji Figure (Ere Ibeji)

                                Yagba Tribe, Egbe Region, Nigeria
                                late 19th century

                                height: 23.5cm; weight: 398g

                                Provenance

                                Volta Place Gallery, Washington DC; Pendarell (Pen) Kent Collection.

                                4474

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                                  Yoruba Cast Brass Opele Oracle Chain

                                  Yoruba People, Nigeria
                                  19th century

                                  circumference: approx.: 96cm, weight: 178g

                                  Provenance

                                  UK art market

                                  6132

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                                    Ceremonial Dayak Beaded Hat with Pig Tusks

                                    Dayak People, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia
                                    20th century

                                    length: 29cm, width: 23cm, height: 9.5cm

                                    Provenance

                                    UK art market

                                    4476

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                                      Early, Ashanti Gold Weight Modelled on a Bifurcated Knife (Afenata)

                                      Ashanti People, Ghana
                                      17th century

                                      length: 12.3cm, width: 8.2cm, weight: 107g

                                      Provenance

                                      private collection, London.

                                      4326

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                                        Carved Wooden Dog Fetish Figure (Koso)

                                        Vili People, Republic of Congo
                                        early 20th century

                                        length: 24cm; width: 7cm and height: 8cm

                                        Provenance

                                        Estate of the London collector, Seward Kennedy, London

                                        6103

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                                          Rare Pair of Ibibio Nigerian Carved Wooden Masks

                                          Ibibio People, southern Nigeria
                                          early 20th century

                                          heights: 28cm & 26cm

                                          Provenance

                                          UK art market

                                          4517

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                                            Ovimbundu Carved Wooden Sceptre

                                            Ovimbundu People, Angola
                                            19th century

                                            height: 54cm

                                            Provenance

                                            UK art market

                                            5742

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                                              Pair of Gurunsi Bronze Bracelets

                                              Gurunsi (Grunshi) People, northern Ghana & southern Burkina Faso
                                              18th-19th century

                                              width: 9.5cm, height: 9.3cm, combined weight: 684g

                                              Provenance

                                              UK art market

                                              5724

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                                                Zulu Wooden Ear Plugs with Bakelite Tile Decoration

                                                Zulu People, South Africa
                                                circa 1940

                                                diameters: 5.5cm, thickness: 0.8cm

                                                Provenance

                                                private collection, UK

                                                5940

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                                                  Exceptional Pair of Igbo Man’s Cast Brass Wrist Guards or Cuff Bracelets

                                                  Igbo People, South-central and South-eastern Nigeria
                                                  probably 19th century

                                                  heights: 17cm, diameters: 10.7cm, combined weights: 1,150g

                                                  Provenance

                                                  UK art market

                                                  5728

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                                                    Naga Man’s Cane Hat

                                                    Kalyo-Kengyu Naga People, Eastern India/Western Burma, circa 1910
                                                    circa 1910

                                                    height: 25.5cm, diameter at widest point: 20cm

                                                    Provenance

                                                    private collection, UK; reputedly obtained by a family member just after WWI during skirmishes with the Naga tribesmen in Bangladesh and Burma.

                                                    3909

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                                                      Ifugao Carved Wooden Ritual Bowl with Handle (Duyu)

                                                      Ifugao People, Northern Luzon, Philippines
                                                      19th century

                                                      length: 31cm, width: 20.5cm, height: 8cm

                                                      Provenance

                                                      private European collection.

                                                      5710

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                                                        Dutch Colonial Surinamese Escaped African Slave (Maroons or Bushinengues) Wooden Stool

                                                        Maroon or Bushinengue People, Suriname, South America
                                                        19th-early 20th century

                                                        length: 40cm, height: 29cm, width: 23cm

                                                        Provenance

                                                        private collection, London.

                                                        5657

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                                                          Ashanti Gold Dust Container (Kuduo)

                                                          Ashanti (Asante) People, Ghana
                                                          19th century

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

                                                          Provenance

                                                          UK art market

                                                          4864

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                                                            Bontoc Clam Shell Bead & Glass Bead Necklace

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

                                                            weight: 169g

                                                            Provenance

                                                            private collection, UK.

                                                            5443

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                                                              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

                                                              5561

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                                                                Circular Yoruba Divination Board (Opon Ifa)

                                                                Yoruba People, Nigeria
                                                                19th century

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

                                                                Provenance

                                                                UK art market

                                                                4196

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                                                                  Three Solid Copper Mossi African Hairpins

                                                                  Mossi People, Burkina Faso
                                                                  19th century

                                                                  7.5-9cm

                                                                  Provenance

                                                                  Private collection, London.

                                                                  5560

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                                                                    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

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                                                                      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

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                                                                        Woven Rattan Congo Comb

                                                                        Teke People, Congo
                                                                        19th century

                                                                        height: 16.2cm, width: 5.7cm

                                                                        Provenance

                                                                        old, private UK collection.

                                                                        3933

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                                                                          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.

                                                                          4462

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                                                                            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

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                                                                              Woman’s Iron Pubic Cover (Cache Sexe)

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

                                                                              length: 37.5cm

                                                                              Provenance

                                                                              private collection, UK

                                                                              3944

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                                                                                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

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                                                                                  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

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                                                                                    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

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                                                                                      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, 'Tribal Art', June 24, 1996, London, lot 67.

                                                                                      4516

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                                                                                        Carved Wooden Prestige Sceptre

                                                                                        Ovimbundu People, Angola
                                                                                        19th century

                                                                                        length: 55cm

                                                                                        Provenance

                                                                                        UK art market

                                                                                        4574

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                                                                                          Carved Horn Miniature Divination Image of Eshu (Ikin Ifa)

                                                                                          Yoruba People, Nigeria
                                                                                          19th century

                                                                                          height: 7.6cm

                                                                                          Provenance

                                                                                          private London collection

                                                                                          4256

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                                                                                            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.

                                                                                            4259

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                                                                                              Naga Bead & Bone Necklace or Girdle

                                                                                              Naga People, India/Burma
                                                                                              19th century

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

                                                                                              Provenance

                                                                                              private collection, London.

                                                                                              4267

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                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                4279

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                                                                                                  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

                                                                                                  4313

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                                                                                                    Eshu Dance Wrist Pendant

                                                                                                    Yoruba People, Southern Egbado, Nigeria
                                                                                                    19th century

                                                                                                    height: 10.2cm

                                                                                                    Provenance

                                                                                                    private collection, London.

                                                                                                    4314

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                                                                                                      Eshu Dance Wrist Pendant

                                                                                                      Yoruba People, Southern Egbado, Nigeria
                                                                                                      19th century

                                                                                                      height: 8cm

                                                                                                      Provenance

                                                                                                      private collection, London.

                                                                                                      4331

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                                                                                                        Carved Wooden Mask

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

                                                                                                        height: 22cm, width: 13.6cm

                                                                                                        Provenance

                                                                                                        UK art market

                                                                                                        4077

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                                                                                                          Shield with Gilded Metal Mounts (Tafa Gassa)

                                                                                                          Ethiopia
                                                                                                          19th century

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

                                                                                                          Provenance

                                                                                                          UK art market

                                                                                                          4121

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                                                                                                            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

                                                                                                            4222

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                                                                                                              Cast Bronze Hairpin of a Horse & Rider

                                                                                                              Dogon People, Mali
                                                                                                              19th century

                                                                                                              length: 19.5cm

                                                                                                              Provenance

                                                                                                              UK art market

                                                                                                              3943

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                                                                                                                Pair of Borneo Man’s Solid Brass Spiral Ear Ornaments

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

                                                                                                                diameter: 3.5cm, combined weight: 180g

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                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                3945

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                                                                                                                  Pair of Man’s Solid Brass Spiral Ear Ornaments

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

                                                                                                                  diameter: 2.6cm, combined weight: 90g

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                                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                                  3994

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                                                                                                                    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

                                                                                                                    4033

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                                                                                                                      Ashanti Cast Brass Gold Weight

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

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

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                                                                                                                      UK art market

                                                                                                                      4046

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                                                                                                                        Rare Cast Brass Necklace

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

                                                                                                                        length: 69cm, weight: 1,303g

                                                                                                                        Provenance

                                                                                                                        UK art market

                                                                                                                        4047

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                                                                                                                          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

                                                                                                                          3870

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                                                                                                                            Pair of Carved Wooden Male & Female Bulul Rice Divinity Figures

                                                                                                                            Ifugao People, Northern Luzon, Philippines
                                                                                                                            19th century

                                                                                                                            heights: 51cm & 49cm

                                                                                                                            Provenance

                                                                                                                            private European collection.

                                                                                                                            3890

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                                                                                                                              Yoruba Janus-Headed Shango Dancing Wand

                                                                                                                              Yoruba People, Nigeria
                                                                                                                              19th century

                                                                                                                              length: 31.5cm

                                                                                                                              Provenance

                                                                                                                              UK art market

                                                                                                                              3894

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                                                                                                                                Nigerian Carved & Painted Wooden Figurative Comb

                                                                                                                                Nigeria
                                                                                                                                late 19th-early 20th century

                                                                                                                                length: 23cm, width: 8cm

                                                                                                                                Provenance

                                                                                                                                UK art market

                                                                                                                                3895

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                                                                                                                                  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'.

                                                                                                                                  3727

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                                                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                                                    3733

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                                                                                                                                      Ovimbundu Female Head Privilege Sceptre

                                                                                                                                      Ovimbundu People, Angola
                                                                                                                                      circa 1930

                                                                                                                                      length: 56cm

                                                                                                                                      Provenance

                                                                                                                                      UK art market

                                                                                                                                      3391

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                                                                                                                                        Aboriginal Pineapple Pandanus Head Battle Club

                                                                                                                                        Central Queensland, Australia
                                                                                                                                        early 20th century

                                                                                                                                        length: 72.5cm, weight: 541g

                                                                                                                                        Provenance

                                                                                                                                        UK art market

                                                                                                                                        3416

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                                                                                                                                          Fine Zulu (or similar) Knobkerrie Dance Club

                                                                                                                                          Zulu People or similar, Southern Africa
                                                                                                                                          19th century

                                                                                                                                          length: 43.5cm

                                                                                                                                          Provenance

                                                                                                                                          UK art market

                                                                                                                                          3497

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                                                                                                                                            Superb Pair of Ibeji Figures (Ere Ibeji)

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

                                                                                                                                            heights: 24.4cm

                                                                                                                                            Provenance

                                                                                                                                            UK art market

                                                                                                                                            3498

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                                                                                                                                              Nigerian Yoruba Ibeji Twin Figure (Ere Ibeji)

                                                                                                                                              Yagba Tribe, Egbe Region, Nigeria
                                                                                                                                              late 19th century

                                                                                                                                              height: 25.5cm

                                                                                                                                              Provenance

                                                                                                                                              UK art market

                                                                                                                                              3507

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                                                                                                                                                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

                                                                                                                                                3000

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                                                                                                                                                  Congo Chief’s Axe-Knife

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

                                                                                                                                                  length: 39cm, width: 22.5cm

                                                                                                                                                  Provenance

                                                                                                                                                  UK art market

                                                                                                                                                  3001

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                                                                                                                                                    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

                                                                                                                                                    3091

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                                                                                                                                                      Rare Pair of Ijebu-Yoruba Bronze Ceremonial Anklets

                                                                                                                                                      Nigeria
                                                                                                                                                      18th century

                                                                                                                                                      diameter: 19cm

                                                                                                                                                      Provenance

                                                                                                                                                      private collection, Isle of Wight, UK.

                                                                                                                                                      3105

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                                                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                                                        3107

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                                                                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                                                                          3108

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                                                                                                                                                            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.

                                                                                                                                                            3109

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                                                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                                                              3115

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                                                                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                                                                3119

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                                                                                                                                                                  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

                                                                                                                                                                  2992

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                                                                                                                                                                    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

                                                                                                                                                                    2850

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                                                                                                                                                                      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

                                                                                                                                                                      2863

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                                                                                                                                                                        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

                                                                                                                                                                        2938

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                                                                                                                                                                          Local Ashanti King’s Asipim Chair

                                                                                                                                                                          Ashanti (Asante) People, Ghana
                                                                                                                                                                          late 19th century

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

                                                                                                                                                                          Provenance

                                                                                                                                                                          private collection, UK

                                                                                                                                                                          2940

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                                                                                                                                                                            Fijian Throwing Club (I Ula Tavatava)

                                                                                                                                                                            Fiji
                                                                                                                                                                            18th-early 19th century

                                                                                                                                                                            length: 42cm

                                                                                                                                                                            Provenance

                                                                                                                                                                            UK art market; private UK collection.

                                                                                                                                                                            2746

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

                                                                                                                                                                              Santa Cruz, Solomon Islands
                                                                                                                                                                              circa 1900

                                                                                                                                                                              length: 75.5cm

                                                                                                                                                                              Provenance

                                                                                                                                                                              UK art market

                                                                                                                                                                              2421

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                                                                                                                                                                                Yoruba Maternity Figural Offering Bowl

                                                                                                                                                                                Yoruba People, Nigeria
                                                                                                                                                                                before 1938-39

                                                                                                                                                                                height: 64cm

                                                                                                                                                                                Provenance

                                                                                                                                                                                Collected by the artist Donald Friend in Nigeria, 1938

                                                                                                                                                                                2449

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                                                                                                                                                                                  Ifugao Carved Wooden Ladle or Dipper

                                                                                                                                                                                  Kalanguya People, Southern Ifugao, Philippines
                                                                                                                                                                                  early 20th century

                                                                                                                                                                                  length: 24.5cm

                                                                                                                                                                                  Provenance

                                                                                                                                                                                  Scottish art market

                                                                                                                                                                                  2181

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                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                                                                                                    2185

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                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                                                                                      2204

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                                                                                                                                                                                        Yoruba Ibeji Figure (Ere Ibeji)

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

                                                                                                                                                                                        height: 29cm

                                                                                                                                                                                        Provenance

                                                                                                                                                                                        UK art market.

                                                                                                                                                                                        2218

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                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                                                                                                          2219

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                                                                                                                                                                                            Yoruba Carved Wooden Divination Bowl

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

                                                                                                                                                                                            height: 14.2cm, diameter: 19cm

                                                                                                                                                                                            Provenance

                                                                                                                                                                                            private collection, UK.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1981

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                                                                                                                                                                                              Rare Wooden Ifugao Ancestor Figure Ritual Wine Server

                                                                                                                                                                                              Ifugao, Luzon, Northern Philippines
                                                                                                                                                                                              early 20th century

                                                                                                                                                                                              height: 35cm

                                                                                                                                                                                              Provenance

                                                                                                                                                                                              UK art market

                                                                                                                                                                                              1984

                                                                                                                                                                                              Enquiry about object: 1984

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                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                2032

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yoruba Carved Wooden Maternity Figure & Bowl, possibly by the carver Agbonbiofe

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yoruba People, Nigeria
                                                                                                                                                                                                  circa 1920

                                                                                                                                                                                                  height: 45cm, depth: 27cm

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Provenance

                                                                                                                                                                                                  UK art market

                                                                                                                                                                                                  2096

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    Very Fine Man’s Woven Comb (Faa)

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Kwaio People, Malaita, Solomon Islands
                                                                                                                                                                                                    19th or early 20th century

                                                                                                                                                                                                    height: 20cm, width: 5.5cm

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Provenance

                                                                                                                                                                                                    UK art market

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1865

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Enquiry about object: 1865

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Fine Ifa Yoruba Divination Bowl

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yoruba People, Nigeria
                                                                                                                                                                                                      circa 1920 or earlier

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Provenance

                                                                                                                                                                                                      UK art market

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1897

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Enquiry about object: 1897

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        Kuba Carved Wooden ‘Basket’ Camwood Powder Bowl & Cover

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Kuba People, Congo
                                                                                                                                                                                                        19th century

                                                                                                                                                                                                        height: 5.5cm, diameter: 17cm

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Provenance

                                                                                                                                                                                                        UK art market

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1898

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Enquiry about object: 1898

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1915

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yoruba Wooden Divination Board (Opon Ifa)

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yoruba People, Nigeria
                                                                                                                                                                                                            19th century

                                                                                                                                                                                                            dimensions: 27cm x 23cm x 2cm

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Provenance

                                                                                                                                                                                                            UK art market

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1481

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              Brass Bird-shaped Pipe

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Cameroon
                                                                                                                                                                                                              early 20th century

                                                                                                                                                                                                              length: 48cm

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1595

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                Rare Solomon Islands Christian Altar Cross Inlaid with Pearl Shell

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Solomon Islands
                                                                                                                                                                                                                circa 1900

                                                                                                                                                                                                                height: 62cm, width: 33cm, depth: 19.5cm

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Provenance

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Adam Prout, London.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1804

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Large Jorai Ironwood Ancestor Figure

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Jorai People, Central Highlands, Vietnam
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  19th century

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  height: 114cm

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Provenance

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Benneton Collection, France

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1226

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Large Engraved Brass Bowl & Cover

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    (Islamic) Nupe People, Nigeria
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    19th century

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    height: 25cm, diameter: 26cm, weight: 1,116g

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Provenance

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    UK art market

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1019

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Zulu Knobkierrie Club

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Zulu People, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      19th century

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      length: 63cm

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Provenance

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      UK art market

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1030

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sepik Green-Grey Nephrite Adze Blade

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Middle Sepik River, New Guinea
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        19th century or earlier

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        height: 24cm, width at widest point: 10.8cm, weight: 1.048kg

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Provenance

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Acquired on the UK art market and most probably has been in the UK since the colonial era.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1032

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Aboriginal Mulga Wood Spear Thrower (Woomera)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Aboriginal People, Central Australia
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          circa 1940

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          height: 77cm, width: 11cm

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Provenance

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          UK art market

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1108

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Enquiry about object: 1108

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Carved Tsonga Bowl attributed to Muhlati

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tsonga, Mozambique
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            late 19th century

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            height: 38cm, width: 18cm

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Provenance

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            UK art market.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1111

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Batak Raja’s Brass Tobacco Pipe (Tulpang)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Toba Batak, North Sumatra, Indonesia
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              19th century

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              length: 76cm

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Provenance

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Christie's, The Trevor Barton Collection.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1112

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Raja’s Brass Tobacco Pipe (Tulpang)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Toba Batak, North Sumatra, Indonesia
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                19th century

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                length: 84cm

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Provenance

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Christie's, The Trevor Barton Collection.