African, Oceanic and Pre-Columbian Art

Sotheby's
New York

Date of the auction: 17.05.2007

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A SUPERB MAORI GREENSTONE PENDANT, NEW ZEALAND

A Superb Maori Greenstone Pendant, New Zealand hei tiki, of typical form with delicately carved face and inset haliotis eyes, the right hand with elongated fingers spread across the chest, pierced through the head; exceptionally fine aged patina. height 3 1/2 in. 8.8 cm

Lot #: 101

Estimate: US$6,000 - US$9,000

Date: 17 May 2007

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A FINE MAORI HAND CLUB, NEW ZEALAND

A Fine Maori Hand Club, New Zealand wahaika, with a curved flat blade supporting a recumbent tiki figure with expressive features, on the base of the handle a tiki head of unusual features showing teeth, pierced through for attachment of a wrist thong; old 19th-century label on blade (illegible

Lot #: 102

Estimate: US$7,000 - US$10,000

Date: 17 May 2007

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A SOLOMON ISLANDS CANOE PROW ORNAMENT, SOLOMON ISLANDS

A Solomon Islands Canoe Prow Ornament, Solomon Islands the anthropomorphic torso with exaggerated head and bent arms holding a triangular object in front of the chest, the head with protruding chin, the oval mouth open showing teeth, beneath a pug nose with pierced septum framed by inlaid black lip

Lot #: 103

Estimate: US$125,000 - US$175,000

Date: 17 May 2007

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AN AUSTRAL ISLANDS PADDLE, FRENCH POLYNESIA

An Austral Islands Paddle, French Polynesia the blade of tear drop form with a medial ridge on the front tapering to a slender octagonal shaft and flaring at the handle, encircled with eight stylized faces at the top; fine dark brown patina. height 49 1/2 in. 125.7 cm

Lot #: 104

Estimate: US$3,000 - US$5,000

Date: 17 May 2007

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A COOK ISLAND CEREMONIAL ADZE, SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS

A Cook Island Ceremonial Adze, South Sandwich Islands rising from a squared openwork cage beneath a solid round section, the whole decorated with an intricate geometric pattern, and surmounted by an elegant wedge shaped basalt blade, elaborately bound by braided fibers; aged varied brown patina

Lot #: 105

Estimate: US$3,000 - US$5,000

Date: 17 May 2007

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A THAI ARCHITECTURAL FINIAL, THAILAND

A Thai Architectural Finial, Thailand in the form of a stylized chofa bird, the swollen chest beneath a curved tapering neck, the stylized head with pointed bill, surmounted by a tall dramatically rectangular shaped plume; weathered surface with traces of yellow pigment. height 96 1/2 in. 245.1 cm

Lot #: 106

Estimate: US$7,000 - US$10,000

Date: 17 May 2007

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A RARE PAPUAN GULF, GULF PROVINCE, TURAMARUBI PEOPLE, FEMALE FIGURE, PAPUA...

A Rare Papuan Gulf, Gulf Province, Turamarubi People, Female Figure, Papua New Guinea of large proportions, with wedge-shaped feet beneath straight legs, tapering hips and a columetric body with flat abdomen decorated with a panel of incised chevron motifs, a wedge-shaped back framed by cutaway

Lot #: 107

Estimate: US$125,000 - US$175,000

Date: 17 May 2007

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A FIJIAN CLUB, REPUBLIC OF THE FIJI ISLANDS

A Fijian Club, Republic of the Fiji Islands sali, of delicate arching form, the cylindrical flaring shaft forking at the top into two elegantly curved lips, the larger of wedge shape with a vertical raised ridge at the top and two geometrical cutouts on the blade; fine dark brown patina. height 39

Lot #: 108

Estimate: US$3,000 - US$5,000

Date: 17 May 2007

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A HAWAIIAN WOOD BOWL, HAWAII

A Hawaiian Wood Bowl, Hawaii of hollowed hemispherical form, with a rounded bottom tapering at the rim and indigenous repairs; lustrous varied brown patina. diameter 10 5/8 in. 27 cm

Lot #: 109

Estimate: US$3,000 - US$5,000

Date: 17 May 2007

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A FINE DAN MASK, IVORY COAST

A fine Dan mask, Ivory Coast of delicate proportions, the sensitive face with a fiber beard attached to the pointed chin beneath the full, slightly parted protruding lips and small nose framed by circular eyes beneath a gently sloping forehead; varied brown patina with traces of white pigment around

Lot #: 110

Estimate: US$12,000 - US$18,000

Date: 17 May 2007

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A DOGON CARYATID STOOL, MALI

A Dogon Caryatid Stool, Mali rising from a circular base with alternating grid and chevron patterns and two reptile motifs on the rim, four pairs of male and female caryatid figures and two curved columns with circular decorations in the middle, grouped around a central column, all supporting the

Lot #: 111

Estimate: US$8,000 - US$12,000

Date: 17 May 2007

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A BAMANA MASK, MALI

A Bamana Mask, Mali of hollowed form, carved with the abstract features of a hyena with squared mouth, massive flat nose, bulging forehead, two elegantly curved ears and a cylindrical protrusion in between; varied brown patina. height 19 in. 48.2 cm

Lot #: 112

Estimate: US$5,000 - US$7,000

Date: 17 May 2007

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A FINE AND RARE SENUFO EQUESTRIAN FIGURE, IVORY COAST

A fine and rare Senufo Equestrian Figure, Ivory Coast the diminutive horse surmounted by the rider with elongated torso, the hands holding the horse's ear, and the right hand holding a curved blade with indigenous repair at the wrist; aged and varied deep brown patina. height 13 in. 33 cm

Lot #: 113

Estimate: US$15,000 - US$25,000

Date: 17 May 2007

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A BAMANA IRON EQUESTRIAN FIGURE, MALI

A Bamana Iron Equestrian Figure, Mali riding on a stylized horse, the rider with flat head and bent arms; aged oxidized patina. Height 8 1/2 in. 21.5 cm

Lot #: 114

Estimate: US$2,500 - US$3,500

Date: 17 May 2007

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A SENUFO HELMET MASK, IVORY COAST

A Senufo Helmet Mask, Ivory Coast noo, the domed headdress with highly abstract angular face, punctuated by serrated edges and framed by diamond-shaped ears leading to two faceted projections at the back for insertion, the broad horns of dramatic sweeping form, framing a stylized animal at the

Lot #: 115

Estimate: US$8,000 - US$12,000

Date: 17 May 2007

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A FINE BAMANA ANTELOPE HEADDRESS, MALI

A fine Bamana antelope headdress, Mali tji wara, the diminutive arched body tapering to a dorsal ridge with a pointed tail and for attachment: deeply layered and encrusted blackened patina. length 28 1/4 in. 71.7 cm

Lot #: 116

Estimate: US$10,000 - US$15,000

Date: 17 May 2007

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A DOGON DIVINATION IMPLEMENT, MALI

A Dogon Divination Implement, Mali rising from a circular base, four male figures standing back to back; aged varied brown patina. height 9 1/2 in. 24.1 cm

Lot #: 117

Estimate: US$3,000 - US$5,000

Date: 17 May 2007

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AN ETHIOPIAN GAME BOARD, ETHIOPIA

An Ethiopian Game Board, Ethiopia four thick rectangular legs supporting a gently carved plane incised with two large circular holes at either end of two rows of ten smaller irregular holes; varied brown patina. length 35 3/4 in. 90.8 cm

Lot #: 118

Estimate: US$3,000 - US$5,000

Date: 17 May 2007

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AN IGBO SHRINE FIGURE, NIGERIA

An Igbo Shrine Figure, Nigeria ikenga, standing on flaring legs, the cylindrical body with nine geometrical figures in relief, the slender arms emerging from the top and clasping the back of the spherical head, with scarification; aged crusty varied brown patina. height 18 1/4 in. 46.4 cm

Lot #: 119

Estimate: US$3,000 - US$5,000

Date: 17 May 2007

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A BAULE MONKEY, IVORY COAST

A Baule monkey, Ivory Coast gbekre, the anthropomorphic figure standing with bent legs and rounded hips beneath an elongated muscular abdomen and broad shoulders leading to arms bent forward to grasp the now missing bowl for sacrificial elements, beneath a baboon's head; varied brown partially

Lot #: 120

Estimate: US$7,000 - US$10,000

Date: 17 May 2007

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A MAGNIFICENT AND HIGHLY IMPORTANT BENIN HEAD OF AN OBA, NIGERIA, CIRCA...

A Magnificent and Highly Important Benin Head of an Oba, Nigeria, circa 1575-1625 cast, the hollowed form rising from a cylindrical neck encircled by 22 rows of coral beads, the face with delicately modeled lips, small flaring nose and wide oval eyes inset with iron for the pupils, three raised

Lot #: 121

Estimate: US$1,000,000 - US$1,500,000

Date: 17 May 2007

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A WEST AFRICAN BUST OF A FEMALE, REPUBLIC OF BENIN

A West African Bust of a Female, Republic of Benin rising from an eroded torso, the female bust with naturalistic features, with protruding breasts, narrow shoulders, slender neck and oversized head, the eyes and ears delicately carved, with an unusual hairstyle, the left half of the head with short

Lot #: 122

Estimate: US$25,000 - US$35,000

Date: 17 May 2007

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A RARE BENIN PLAQUE, NIGERIA, CA. 17TH CENTURY

A Rare Benin Plaque, Nigeria, ca. 17th century of rectangular form, the male figure cast in high relief wearing a skirt with intricately incised decoration, a broad belt around the waist, the left hand resting on the handle of a sword, the right hand resting on the abdomen, a coral necklace around

Lot #: 123

Estimate: US$120,000 - US$180,000

Date: 17 May 2007

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A MAGNIFICENT PUNU-LUMBO MASK, GABON

A Magnificent Punu-Lumbo Mask, Gabon of overall graceful proportions and hollowed, oval form, with pointed chin, tender sensually parted lips, petite nose flanked by pronounced cheekbones, beneath squinting eyes and dramatically arching brows, framed by diminutive ears, with notched scarifications

Lot #: 124

Estimate: US$400,000 - US$600,000

Date: 17 May 2007

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A BINI MASK, NIGERIA

A Bini Mask, Nigeria of hollowed form, the human face with small mouth, slender nose bisecting the wide drooping eyes and leading into arching eyebrows, surmounted by a V-shaped protrusion; worn patina with traces of pigment. height 14 1/2 in. 36.9 cm

Lot #: 125

Estimate: US$3,000 - US$5,000

Date: 17 May 2007

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A BOA IVORY SPOON, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

A Boa Ivory Spoon, Democratic Republic of the Congo carved from one piece of ivory, of deep hollowed oval form, the elongated scoop with a handle in openwork geometric design; fine aged honey brown patina with traces of red pigment. height 8 1/2 in. 21.5 cm

Lot #: 127

Estimate: US$4,000 - US$6,000

Date: 17 May 2007

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A SUPERB AND RARE MBUUN ANTHROPOMORPHIC CUP, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE...

A Superb and Rare Mbuun Anthropomorphic Cup, Democratic Republic of the Congo standing on slightly curved feet, the female figure with dramatically bent legs, the torso straight, the arms with pointed elbows and raised forearms in offering position, the sturdy circular neck emerging from flat

Lot #: 128

Estimate: US$60,000 - US$90,000

Date: 17 May 2007

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A BEMBE MALE FIGURE, REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

A Bembe Male Figure, Republic of the Congo rising from a squared platform, the male figure with bent legs, straight torso, bearing scarification, holding a calabash in his left and a knife in his right hand, surmounted by an ovoid head with delicate features, with beard and inset porcelain eyes

Lot #: 129

Estimate: US$6,000 - US$9,000

Date: 17 May 2007

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A SONGE POWER FIGURE, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

A Songe Power Figure, Democratic Republic of the Congo rising from a circular base, the male figure with short straight legs, prominent phallus, a band of cloth and fiber wrapped around the waist, the open work arms resting on the swollen abdomen, the speherical head with a broad nose bisecting the

Lot #: 130

Estimate: US$4,000 - US$6,000

Date: 17 May 2007

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A LEGA MASK, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

A Lega Mask, Democratic Republic of the Congo of oval form, and pierced around the rim for the attachment of a fiber beard, with concave heart shaped facial plane, slit mouth and raised linear nose flanked by pierced slit eyes; aged patina with traces of kaolin. height 9 1/2 in. 24.1 cm

Lot #: 131

Estimate: US$10,000 - US$15,000

Date: 17 May 2007