snuff spoon1
SNUFF SPOON, intshasa
AF137
Culture, Origin: Zulu (North Nguni), Natal, South Africa
Material: bone
Dimensions: cm
Provenance: Private UK collection
Literature/Notes: This very rare spoon has a comb handle but also a double nostril-shaped tray. The taking of snuff in Zulu culture was an important social activity, practised by men, women and children alike. Zulu snuff is often a blend of powdered cannabis and tobacco. Special spoons, fashioned by men from bone, ivory or horn were worn as ornaments around the neck through the ear or in the hair. Cf.. Zulu Treasures, Amagugu kaZulu, 1996, p. 212 -214 for similar examples.
Price: POA
snuff spoon2
SNUFF SPOON, intshasa
AF136
Culture, Origin: Zulu (North Nguni), Natal, South Africa
Material: bone
Dimensions: cm
Provenance: Private UK collection
Literature/Notes: This rare example doubles a comb.
Price: POA
snuff spoon3
SNUFF SPOON, intshengula
AF135
Culture, Origin: Zulu (North Nguni), Natal, South Africa
Material: bone
Dimensions: cm
Provenance: Private UK collection
Literature/Notes: This unusual spoon has a kink at the neck which adds a certain charm and is a desirable feature amongst collectors. Please note the lip of the spoon is chipped sadly.
Price: £450
snuff spoon4
SNUFF SPOON, intshengula
AF134
Culture, Origin: Zulu (North Nguni), Natal, South Africa
Material: bone
Dimensions: cm
Provenance: Private UK collection
Literature/Notes: This elegant spoon has circlet decoration to the neck reversed with crosshatching.
Price: £250
snuff spoon5
SNUFF SPOON, intshengula
AF133
Culture, Origin: Zulu (North Nguni), Natal, South Africa
Material: bone
Dimensions: cm
Provenance: Private UK collection
Literature/Notes: This elegant spoon has zigzag decoration to the neck reversed with crosshatching and an 'N' motif.
Price: £250
snuff spoon6
SNUFF SPOON, intshengula
AF132
Culture, Origin: Zulu (North Nguni), Natal, South Africa
Material: bone
Dimensions: cm
Provenance: Private UK collection
Literature/Notes: This spoon has an elongated bowl, the neck decorated front and back.
Price: £350
Kamba askari
ASKARI
AF16
Culture, Origin: Kamba, Kenya
Material: wood, metal
Dimensions: 23cm
Provenance: Private Collection, UK
Notes: There tradition of Askari carvings from Kenya owes its origin to one particular individual, Mutisya Munge, a Kamba tribesmen who served with the Carrier Corps in Tanganikya in 1914. He continued to carve figures after the war and was aided by his family to fulfil the increasing number of orders from newly arrived European settlers. See Michael Stevenson & Michael Graham-Stewart, The Mulungu in Africa, 2003, for further examples.
Price: £650
Nguni double headrest AF50
DOUBLE HEADREST
AF50
Culture, Origin: Nguni, Mozambique/South Africa
Material: wood
Dimensions: 31.5 X 6.5 X 15cm
Provenance: Northern England Auction
Literature/Notes: Cf. William J. Dewey, Sleeping Beauties: The Jerome L. Joss Collection of African Headrests at UCLA, p. 80, no. 75 (FMCH 86.2411) for a near identical headrest with alternative pillar support arrangement, most likely by the same hand. Dewey suggestS that double headrests can be used both upright or on their side. Little information about the origin of the Joss headrest is provided and this is the only other that I know of in private or public collections.
Price: POA
Yao staff AF80
STAFF/CANE
AF80
Culture, Origin: Yao, Malawi
Material: blackwood
Dimensions: 91cm
Provenance: Private Collection, UK
Notes: The highly elongated torso is cleverly carved to show the contrasting light grain in the chest as a vertical band. The dished, oval face and rounded features contrasts with the angular nose and slender arms with delicate hands and button navel. The tip has a metal ferrule above a section of pale grained wood.
Price: RESERVED
Lozi staff AF79
PRESTIGE STAFF
AF79
Culture, Origin: Lozi, Zimbabwe
Material: wood
Dimensions: 92.5cm
Provenance: Private Collection, UK
Notes: The figural torso appears to be wearing a European style coat or jacket, left open at the front. The head is angled and rounded, the arms carved as simple angled ridges. The pleasing contrast in colour is achieved by scorching, a technique typically employed by indigenous artists in Southern Africa.
Price: £550
Shona gourd snuff AF117
WATER GOURD, isigubhu
AF117
Culture, Origin: Zulu, Southern Africa.
Material: gourd, wire
Dimensions: 14.5cm
Provenance: Collected in South Africa c. 1930s.
Price: £295
chop cup AF1
Culture, Origin Chopi, Mozambique
Material: wood
Dimensions: 16.5 x 8.5 x 16.5cm
Provenance: Nagel, Stuttgart
Literature, Notes: National Museum of African Art, no. 90-7-1 for a similar cup. These very rare cups were used by men of high status for sacrificial libations using beer. This one shows the remains of resinous repair to a crack in the thinly carved wall, attesting to its importance to the owner. Another example in the Peabody Museum, Mass. collected in Inhambane in southern Mozambique in 1937.
Price: POA
matabele vessel AF5
Culture, Origin: Matabele, Western Zimbabwe
Material: wood
Dimensions: 38.5 x 15 x 15cm
Provenance: William Kearney, Dublin
Literature: Stefan Eisenhofer ed., Tracing the Rainbow (Spuren des Regenbogens), p.353, fig 207 for a similar vessel without legs to the cover as in this example.
Price: POA
chockwe pipe AF7
Culture, Origin: Chokwe, Angola
Material: wood, copper wire, brass studs
Dimensions: 35cm
Provenance: Private Collection
Literature: Manuel Jordan ed. Chokwe!, 1999, ills 139-142, 145 for pipes and snuff mortars ornamented with tacks indicative of ownership by people of rank.
Price: £350
bust AF76
BUST
AF76
Culture, Origin: Attributed to H.R. or P. van Ryneveld, South Africa
Material: pottery
Dimensions: 20 x 18 x 9.5cm
Provenance: Private Collection, UK
Notes: A number of these busts are known to have been made by H.R. and P. Van Ryneveld in the late 1920's to the mid 1930s and Sam Stewart who worked until the 1950s. All seem to be signed, unlike this bust, and were sold as souvenirs. The quality is such that it may be an early sculpture of a Zulu, Xhosa or Swazi man attributed to one of the van Rynevelds in the late 20's.
Price: £395

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