Vintage Guro tribal Mask, Ivory Coast Africa c1950 with traces of pigment, helment on head and facial scarification. Measures 12 inches high by 4.25 inches wide and 3.5 inches deep. Excellent condition. Masks carved from an African hardwoods like this one are the most desirable. The Guro tribe (also called Guru or Kweni) inhabit Baoule in the Ivory Coast, and are among the most prolific of African artists. 1906 marked a turning point in Guro civilization. Up to that point they had been protected from colonization by the dense forests which inhibited European encroachment. But in 1906 the French began to overcome these obstacles. The Guro reacted by becoming more nomadic. Living off the land and staying on the move, the Guro were able to evade complete domination briefly; but ultimately in 1912 they were colonized by the French. Since that time the Guro have turned to subsistence farming. Guro villages are not lead by a chief. A distinguished village elder may be designated to mediate disputes and serve as liaison to neighboring tribes; but that elder will lack the authoritarian powers of a true chief. Bio obtained from Genuine Africa
Vintage Hawaiian root sculpture. A smooth polished face with serenely closed eyes emerges from the natural gnarled root stock. The lovely, slightly abstracted face could be that of either a man or a woman. This sculpture was found in, and brought back from, Hawaii in the 1970's. Very finely and sensitively carved, but unsigned. Measures 20 inches high and weighs 9 lbs.
Antique sand cast steel torso figure circa 1900, copied from the classical Greek sculpture of Venus de Milo. Beautiful and well executed sculpture. Measures 11.5 inches high and has a 4 x 5 inches base. Unsigned.
Vintage Mid Century Modern abstract steel figure sculpture c1960. This sculpture is unsigned but obviously executed by a master sculptor. The work is finely wrought and finished. Made from heavy gauge steel. Weighs 60 lbs. Sourced from an important upstate NY home several years ago. Measures 40 inches high, 28 inches wide and has a 14.5 inch base.
Mid 20th century Indian gilt bronze seated female deity mounted with semi precious stones, circa 1950-1960. Measures 14 inches high, 10 inches deep and 10 inches wide. Excellent condition. Purchased from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the 1960's. It is modern reproduction of a piece exhibited in the Cleveland Museum of art: If you wish to browse our entire available inventory please go to OneofaKindAntiques.com. We also offer a consultation service AntiquesConsultant.com, ... as well as an online price guide at TheBestAntiquesPriceGuide.com. Connecticut residents and buyers picking up in Connecticut please add the CT state sales tax. Buyers outside the USA are responsible for any taxes, tariffs or customs that might apply.