Vintage tribal Punu mask with double lobed coif and pierced eyes. Mid to late 20th century in original condition. Wonderful patina, never waxed. There is a fine line crack on the left side of the face that does not go through. Wear consistent with age. Measures 10 inches high, 6 inches across and 5 inches deep. Carved from a single piece of wood.
Vintage African Tribal Teke Kiduma Congo mask, mid 20th century. Original matte dry hand painted patina. Wear consistent with age. Measures 13 inches in diameter. This mask is a discoid board mask: the wearer of the mask held it between the teeth with a braided ribbon.
Vintage authentic African tribal Songye shield mid 20th century. Original red, white and blue paint. Integral handle on the back, some minor losses, and one old age crack. Measures 14 inches high, 9 inches wide and 3.5 inches deep. Carved from a single piece of wood. Acquired from the Gotham Gallery in NYC, by tribal art dealer Tan Mamadin, PA.
Funji Sudan buffalo hide warrior's shield. Africa, 19th century. Measures 49 inches high and 14 inches wide. Excellent patina, original condition. WIKIPEDIA: The Funj are an ethnic group in present-day Sudan. The Funj set up the Funj Sultanate with Abdallah Jamma and ruled the area for several centuries. The Funj rose in southern Nubia and had overthrown the remnants of the old Christian kingdom of Alodia. In 1504 a Funj leader named Amara Dunqas, founded the Black Sultanate at Sannar (the capital). The Black Sultanate soon became the keystone of the Funj Empire. The origins of the Funj are not clearly known. However, there are three different hypotheses regarding their origin. The Funj claimed to be descendants of Banu Umayya through those who escaped the slaughter of their family by the Abbasids and fled to Abyssinia and thence into the Nubian territory. Since the Ja'alin claimed descent from the Abbasids and the Abdallab from the Juhayna, the Funj may have claimed Umayyad descent to express their superiority to their subject peoples.
African art carved wood sculpture of a mother and 6 children. Carved from hardwood. Measures 23 inches tall x 6 inches wide x 2.5 inches deep. Excellent original condition, with gently weathered patina. Mid 20th century.