Stammeskunst/Tribal Art

Dorotheum GmbH & Co. KG
Wien | Palais Dorotheum

Date of the auction: 04.10.2021

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An early guro mask.

Ivory Coast. Around 1900. Wood. 32 cm. (VJ) Provenance: Collection Leopold, Vienna; Private Austrian collection. Exhibited: 'Foreign Gods', Fascination Africa and Oceania, Vienna Leopold Museum 23.9.2016

Lot #: 1

Estimate: €4,000 - €4,500

Date: 4 Oct 2021

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An archaic 'Dean Gle' Dan mask.

Ivory coast. Around 1900. Wood. 24 cm. 'Gle' translates as 'mysterious being'. The dancer becomes a wise spirit, capable of giving unbiases judgement and advising on current affairs. (VJ) Provenance: Collections Baron van der Heydt, 1882-1964, Ascona; Sale 'Sense' 2000, cover photo; Private

Lot #: 2

Estimate: €4,000 - €5,000

Date: 4 Oct 2021

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A fine Dan Mano mask.

Ivory coast. Wood. 22 cm. With museum nr. 1980.69.31 (VJ) Provenance: University of Virginia Art Museum

Lot #: 3

Estimate: €4,000 - €5,000

Date: 4 Oct 2021

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An important Dan 'Wunkerle' spoon.

Ivory coast. Wood. 39 cm. In 1926, the young Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966) reinterpreted the Dan equation between a woman's womb and the bowl of a spoon in his sculpture 'Spoon Woman' (Femme Cuillère). Like many artists of his generation, he was familiar with and admired the bold reinterpretations

Lot #: 4

Estimate: €42,000 - €45,000

Date: 4 Oct 2021

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An archaic Dan mask.

Ivory Coast. 19th century. Wood. 25 cm. (VJ) Provenance: Collection Marcel de Schryver,1926-1982, Geneva; Charles-Edouard Duflon, 1967-2021, Geneva; Important French collection. Published: 'Africa, Una Historia de una Collecion', 2005, nr. 16. Comes with certificate of authenticity by Duflon

Lot #: 5

Estimate: €4,200 - €4,500

Date: 4 Oct 2021

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An unusual Dan (Wobe) spoon 'Wunkermian'.

Early 20th century. Wood. 38,5 cm. Among the Dan, the woman with the highest reputation for generosity is called 'Wunkerle'. During ceremonies these spoons are a symbol of prestige and used to present offerings and gifts. (VJ) Provenance: Parcours du Monde 2012; Private collection, Paris

Lot #: 6

Estimate: €5,000 - €6,000

Date: 4 Oct 2021

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'Kplekple' mask.

Baoule. Ivory Coast. Wood. 41 cm. These highly stylized masks represent the youngest initiates group and start the 'goli' ceremonies, usually performed during the funeral of respected community members. The 'goli' dance provides entertainment but also protection for the village in which it is

Lot #: 7

Estimate: €5,000 - €6,000

Date: 4 Oct 2021

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Baule Ndoma mask.

Early 20th century. Wood. 32 cm. These esthetic masks are commissioned by men to honor female relatives. As such, human masks carved in the artistic image of a female are called ndoma, meaning 'namesake'. Ndoma masks usually bear the name of the person represented. (VJ) Exhibited by Ratton at the

Lot #: 8

Estimate: €9,000 - €12,000

Date: 4 Oct 2021

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An early Baule 'Mblo' mask.

Around 1900. Wood. 28 cm. The 'Mblo' mask represents an ideal of personal beauty and composure. During ceremonies and celebrations, these masks are danced and performed to entertain. This mask's delicate symmetrical features, ornate hairstyle and smooth surface all create an image of calm and grace

Lot #: 9

Estimate: €15,000 - €18,000

Date: 4 Oct 2021

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A 19th century Baule 'Kpan' mask.

Ivory Coast. 42 cm. Part of the Goli dance ceremony, usually performed during the funeral of high ranking and respected community members, this very early 'Kpan Pre' mask is believed to be a depiction of the youngest member of the family and represents the fusion between the untamed animal world and

Lot #: 10

Estimate: €8,000 - €12,000

Date: 4 Oct 2021

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A baule 'Gbekre' monkey figure.

Ivory Coast. Wood, sacrificial patina. 55 cm. In the spiritual world of the Baule, the Bush or blo stands for chaos, the unknown and the supernatural. Given offerings, to appease the dangerous spirits with an egg in the cup held between the hands, these figures are powerful objects, forbidden to be

Lot #: 11

Estimate: €8,000 - €9,000

Date: 4 Oct 2021

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Baule statue, Blolo Bla.

An exceptional sophisticated Blolo Bla figure with fine details. Wood, black patina. 48 cm. The Baule believe spirit figures can bring good fortune to all areas of life. But there is a limited amount of good fortune and the owner of a spirit figure reduces the amount of good fortune available to

Lot #: 12

Estimate: €18,000 - €20,000

Date: 4 Oct 2021

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Senufo 'Syonfolo' equestrian figure.

Late 19th century. Ivory coast. Wood. 33 cm. Restored right hand. These Syonfolo (master of the horse) are used by diviners. They are objects of high prestige, augmenting the divination by creating a bridge between worlds. (VJ) Provenance: Dutch private collection, Delft, pre 1960

Lot #: 13

Estimate: €3,000 - €4,000

Date: 4 Oct 2021

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A rare Kulango pair.

Brong-Ahafo Region, Ghana. Wood. 30 cm. Early 20th century. (VJ) Provenance: Coll. Carlo Monzino, Milan; Adrian Schlag, Brussels; Private Collection, Paris. Cf.: From the same hand: Brooklyn Museum nr. 73.107.5

Lot #: 14

Estimate: €4,000 - €5,000

Date: 4 Oct 2021

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An exceptional and monumetal Senufo Sejen bird.

Ivory Coast. Wood. 63 cm, 36 cm and 37 cm. Early 20th century. The'Poro' society is the central association in Senufo culture, referring to the 'Old Mother', the female origin of the supreme deity as the protector of the 'Poro' initiates. Presented on a high pole for all to see, these birds are

Lot #: 15

Estimate: €8,000 - €10,000

Date: 4 Oct 2021

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Ashanti figure, Akuaba.

40 cm. (VJ) Provenance: Lucien van de Velde, Antwerp; Coll. John & Gilberte Lens, Antwerp, Belgium. One of the important Belgian collectors who started in the 1950's, bought many objects from Willy Mestach. AHDRC nr. 0050947

Lot #: 16

Estimate: €3,000 - €3,600

Date: 4 Oct 2021

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A fine Akan figure.

Ghana. Wood, cloth, fiber, beads. 29 cm. (VJ) Provenance: Max Itzkovitz, Paris; Klaus Kruger, Hamburg; Private Dutch collection; Gallery Nies, BRUNEAF. AHDRC nr. 0051714

Lot #: 17

Estimate: €3,600 - €4,000

Date: 4 Oct 2021

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A large Dogon figure.

Mali. 18th-19th century. Wood, sacrificial patina. 44 cm. (VJ) Provenance: Private French collection; Private Austrian collection

Lot #: 18

Estimate: €8,000 - €10,000

Date: 4 Oct 2021

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A fine Dogon figure.

19th century or earlier. Wood. 38 cm. An early hermaphrodite figure of cubistic form, the bent legs leading to rounded hips, cylindrical torso with elongated arms, the helmet-shaped head aligned with the detailed hair and ears. (VJ) Provenance: American private collection, pre 1970

Lot #: 19

Estimate: €5,500 - €6,500

Date: 4 Oct 2021

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A rare and important 19th century Bamana 'Ndomo' Headdress.

Mali. Wood. 70 cm. The N'domo is the first of the six grade initiation im Bamana culture, guiding the development of men from youth to old age to insure an ordered community life. The N'domo period lasts approximately five years and culminates in the boys' circumcision. The N'domo mask is said to

Lot #: 20

Estimate: €10,000 - €12,000

Date: 4 Oct 2021

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A fine abstract Chiwara.

Mali. Around 1900. Wood. 63 cm. (VJ) Provenance: Dimondstein, Los Angeles; Private collection, Paris

Lot #: 21

Estimate: €6,000 - €8,000

Date: 4 Oct 2021

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A Bidjogo 'Iran Otibago' figure.

Bissagos Islands, Guinee Bissau. 19th century. Wood. 39 cm. Often used in rituals involving fertility and initiation, these figures are made for important ancestors. In reciprocal function, they will protect harvests in return for offerings. (VJ) Provenance: Private French collection; Private

Lot #: 22

Estimate: €8,000 - €10,000

Date: 4 Oct 2021

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An ancient Yoruba figure.

(Ekiti?) Nigeria. 19th century or earlier. Hard wood. 46 cm. Early wooden figures from the Yoruba are very rare. They are likely parts of the palace posts (Opo Ile) or large shrine figures. Only a few of these hard-wooden figures have survived. (VJ) Provenance: Important French collection. A similar

Lot #: 23

Estimate: €5,500 - €6,000

Date: 4 Oct 2021

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An Idoma mask, Okpoto people.

Nigeria. Early 20th century. Wood. 32 cm. (VJ) Provenance: Important French collection

Lot #: 24

Estimate: €2,000 - €2,400

Date: 4 Oct 2021

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An archaic Chamba figure.

Nigeria. Wood. 42 cm. (VJ) Provenance: Edouard Klejman, Paris; Private collections, Paris

Lot #: 25

Estimate: €5,000 - €6,000

Date: 4 Oct 2021

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A Monumental Koro Horned Headdress.

19th/20th century. Nigeria, Benue River Valley region. Wood, abrus seeds, pigment fiber. 78 cm. (VJ) Published: Marie-Louise Bastin, 'Introduction aux Arts d'Afrique Noire', 1984, p. 224; Nixeria: Arte tribale na collecion Azar: Auditorio de Galicia, 4 de marzo-28 de maio, 1995, Santiago de

Lot #: 26

Estimate: €8,000 - €10,000

Date: 4 Oct 2021

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A Mama (Kantana) mask.

Nigeria. Wood. 38 cm. These zoomorphic bushcow masks, called Mangam, are danced during harvest festivals. (VJ) Provenance: Arthur Barth, San Diego; Oliver Klejman, Paris; Dr. Albert, Paris. Comes with certificate of authenticity from Olivier Castellano, Paris

Lot #: 27

Estimate: €4,000 - €5,000

Date: 4 Oct 2021

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Mama mask.

Nigeria. Wood. 50 cm. (VJ) Provenance: Edouard Klejman, Paris; Private collection, Paris

Lot #: 28

Estimate: €5,000 - €5,500

Date: 4 Oct 2021

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Namchi figure.

25 cm. Namchi (or Dowayo) and Fali have surrogate children figures. A Namchi woman, hoping to become pregnant, adorns a wood figure from a blacksmith, with beads, cowries, bells and even coins, mimicking the decoration of a young initiate returning to her village after seclusion. (VJ) Provenance

Lot #: 29

Estimate: €1,500 - €1,800

Date: 4 Oct 2021

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An archaic Bamileke panther throne 'kuo(si) n'ketuok'.

Cameroon grasslands. 18th-19th century. Wood. 41 x 45 x 47 cm. Reserved for the 'Fo', highest members of the kingdoms, each animal represents a different grade or function in society. The spider motives can be found on stools for judicial functionaries whilst the highest grades of chiefs and

Lot #: 30

Estimate: €6,000 - €8,000

Date: 4 Oct 2021