June 2014 Auctions



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Antique Haitian Art Enhances Home Décor


Antique Haitian Art Enhances Home Décor


Antique Haitian Art Enhances Home Décor

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Antique Haitian Art Enhances Home Décor

January 9, 2015 by Estate Auctions Inc.

Haitian antique art offers a perspective of life that is appealing and stylized.
HUGE selection of Haitian Art from universities, private collections and museums up for Auction in June 2014 http://yqz.me/Haitian-Art

Haitian Art offers a vivid insight into the history and beliefs of Haiti and the everyday survival of their people. Despite the hardships and

Haiti Folk Art RARA Haitian Parade Portrait Watercolor Painting SIGNED

Haiti Folk Art RARA Haitian Parade Portrait Watercolor Painting SIGNED

political strain suffered by this country, Haiti remains a wellspring of originality, creativity and imagination with a uniqueness involving cultural, political, social, economic and religious phenomena. So often when individuals think of Haiti, they think of a lot of things that aren’t so delightful, such as poverty and others stereotypes of Haiti but there are some very talented, creative people. Haitian art has so much spirit and liveliness. The stories behind them are fascinating and carry so much insight into their culture. Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and yet look at the visual output under extreme conditions, makes their art even more amazing. Beginning a Haitian art collection can seem intimidating but their stunning, vibrant colors captures the heart and ambiance of Haiti.

An avid art collector Richard B Flagg has a great description of Haitian Artist, “The true Haitian master doesn’t paint by giving a lot of thought to what he is doing. He paints from the heart, not the intellect, and subconsciously draws on a rich fund of memories and feeling. It doesn’t matter to him that the figures in his painting are twice as large as the house they came out of since it the people, not the house that he wants to emphasize.”
At the end of February we went to a HUGE university/private collection/museum deaccession sale. (That is where museums, universities and private collectors quietly dispose of items that they have had in their archives to make room for more or to raise money.) Over the next few weeks we are going to list the items from that sale.

Chinese 1600’s Qing Kangxi Hawthorne Plum Prunus Blue White Porcelain Vase

June 20, 2014 by Estate Auctions Inc.

Chinese 1600’s Qing Kangxi Hawthorne Plum Prunus Blue White Porcelain Vase yqz
18 in Tall Ex Museum Collection Bergen Auction Ending (Jun 30, 2014 18:32:01 PDT) http://yqz.me/Vase_Chinese_1600

China, late 1600’s early 1700’s. Qing Kangxi Hawthorne Plum Prunus Blue White Porcelain Vase Ex Museum Coll. Bergen. Of baluster form with a very

Chinese 1600's Qing Kangxi Hawthorne Plum Prunus Blue White Porcelain Vase

Chinese 1600’s Qing Kangxi Hawthorne Plum Prunus Blue White Porcelain Vase

high rounded shoulder and straight tapering body to a hidden footring, the mouth relatively wide and with a flaring rim. The body covered with a cracked ice pattern reserving prunus branches and blossoms. Base marked with a double blue ring. Kangxi period, 1662 – 1722. Ex Collection Munthe and formerly in the Vestlandske Kunstindustrimuseum (West Norway Museum of Applied Art), Bergen, Norway. The collection of the General Johan Wilhelm Normann Munthe (1864 – 1935) and by descent through the family, sold previously in the 26OCT01 sale of the Munthe Collection . found in a museum publication – “The largest collection of Chinese art in Norway numbers some 2,500 items in the fields of sculpture, painting, bronzes, jades, ceramics and textiles …. magnificent collection is the work of General Johan Wilhelm Normann Munthe who spent most of his life in China from 1886 – 1935. His career was both adventurous and impressive starting in the International Maritime Customs Service at the age of 22 and culminating in his position as a Chinese general and trusted advisory to Yuan Shikai, the first president of the New Republic of China {self proclaimed Emperor Hongxian}. Shabby Chic Condition with Damage to the neck may require more professional restoration. Clean breaks (see photos). It measures approx. 17 1/2″ tall.

For those not familiar with Anthony Lee here is his bio: Anthony M. Lee is an institutional, market and collection consultant specializing in the arts of China, Japan, Korea, Himalayan Kingdoms, South and Southeast Asia. Starting as a salesperson at age 14 in Chinese antiques in a family business, he went on to university studies in Asian arts, as well as receiving his licenses in tea ceremony, with further studies of ceramics and religious art over eight years in Japan. For several years he was an associate dealer with Sotheby’s online site and consultant with various auction houses and museums. Anthony has acted as consultant to over 20 museums, government agencies and trusts including the largest museums in Canada and the US, as well as major collectors, dealers, insurance and transportation companies worldwide.

He is considered by many to be one of the foremost experts in the world in Asian Art & Artifacts.

Anthony Lee started a website ages ago called Asianart. It is a place to post photos of your items and have experts identify them for you. (You can still post things there and folks will help you.) He no longer moderates it and identifies things for us as here on eBay as an old friend.

RARE Vintage 1954 Miniature Child’s 20 in Schwinn Black Phantom Bicycle Bike

June 20, 2014 by Estate Auctions Inc.

RARE Vintage 1954 Miniature Child’s 20 in Schwinn Black Phantom Bicycle Bike
Restored Serial # M27192 Let Kids Enjoy Your Childhood! Auction Ends 18:42:01 PDT http://yqz.me/Vintage_Schwinn_Bicycle

This came out of the Donald & Marion Woelbing estate, of Carma Laboratories the manufacturer of Carmex Lip Balm. They were avid collectors and

RARE Vintage 1954 Miniature Child's 20 in Schwinn Black Phantom Bicycle Bike

RARE Vintage 1954 Miniature Child’s 20 in Schwinn Black Phantom Bicycle Bike

strove to only collect the very best and or the rarest items. Their bio is on the bottom of this listing.

We ended up with this amazing bicycle, and it has us totally stumped. It is a miniature Schwinn Black Phantom Bicycle, just 20″. (20″ tires). We could not find another one this size anywhere. When we looked up the serial number on the frame (M27192) it showed to be a 1954 bike. Everything looks to be right, except the front fender, which does not look like a phantom fender/light. It looks to be in amazing condition, with obvious restoration, as some of the parts are new, there is a small spot of paint rub on the rear rack and on the inside of the front fork where it touches when turning in either direction. We do not know if this was custom made for someone or if Schwinn had a small size line of Phantoms, even though we couldn’t find one. We are pretty sure we will hear from you bike experts out there. GOOD LUCK!!

We were given permission to use this bio from out of one of Pook and Pook’s past catalogs.

Marion and Donald Woelbing were the solid citizen types that for generations have built American small businesses. They were a true partnership supporting each other in their diverse interests ranging from breeding and showing American Kennel Club grand champion prize winning dogs, to building with their own hands “Thorntree,” their home in suburban Milwaukee, to building an impressive collection of 17th and 18th century American antiques, to collecting varied toys and “collectables”.

Marion and Don’s partnership began in high school. They were married for 55 years and were best friends for life. Someone once asked Marion if the two of them ever disagreed and her response was, ‘About what? We pretty much agreed upon everything and in those rare instances where we didn’t, we deferred to whomever felt the strongest.”

Don’s father, Alfred, started a small company in 1937 that became Carma Laboratories, the manufacturer of Carmex™ lip balm, after a varied business career during the Depression. In the early days of Carma Labs, there was not enough business to support two families, but as the business grew Alfred asked Don, then a stone mason, to join him. Don had a particular talent for mechanical innovations; so as Carma Labs grew, the employees came to produce more Carmex with less effort.

RARE Vintage 1954 Miniature Child's 20 in Schwinn Black Phantom Bicycle Bike

RARE Vintage 1954 Miniature Child’s 20 in Schwinn Black Phantom Bicycle Bike

It was quite natural that when Carma Labs became a financial success, Don would want to build a house with his own hands, in the way he had persevered in setting the foundation for Carma Labs’ business success. Don and Marion wanted to build an adaptation of a Pennsylvania stone farm house and furnish it in an appropriate fashion. To have it be “perfectly correct” would have meant bringing tons of stone from eastern Pennsylvania and Don decided that in this instance historical accuracy would be extravagant. “Thorntree” had all the modern conveniences, but some things, such as light switches, and heating outlets were cleverly hidden so they were not readily evident when one entered a room. As with most of their passions, they entered into furnishing “Thorntree” with enthusiasm after careful study.

The Woelbings were very generous when it came to their loved ones and their community. When the local fire department needed a new fire engine, Marion and Don gave them one. When a young woman needed a home, they acted as surrogate parents for her. Marion and Don were always proud of their two sons and two grandchildren, but there was always room in their home and their hearts for others in need.

-The Woelbing Family

Great Piece of American History

June 17, 2014 by Estate Auctions Inc.

Antique Wood Magic Lantern Slide Lot/Boxed Set American History/Americana
We Have NEVER Run Across A Find Like This! Auction Ending Jun 23, 2014 18:50:01 PDT http://yqz.me/Magic-Lantern-Slide

In this auction we have an amazing find, and we are plum excited to offer it to you! Here we have a LARGE LOT (29 in all) of late 19th century wood

http://yqz.me/Magic-Lantern-Slide  Antique Wood Magic Lantern Slide Lot

http://yqz.me/Magic-Lantern-Slide Antique Wood Magic Lantern Slide Lot

framed Victorian magic lantern slides with the theme of American History in their original wooden case/box. These include some absolutely beautiful Americana scenes that are encased in wooden (possibly mahogany) frames. Some of the metal rings have gathered some discoloration to the finish/patina. Each of these wonderful vignettes of American history are shown from a Victorian perspective. This collection is a wonderfully patriotic American narrative. This was likely used as a teaching tool as the final slides show family life preserved by the previous acts of war; the schoolyard with happy and healthy children; proud Columbia with sword and flag; and finished up by the U.S. Flag. these are all in overall good condition and have been kept in their wood box. The paper labels have all but worn away over time with love and use. It appears that many years ago someone numbered them , what they thought, was chronological order (although a few seem out of sequence to us). We are going to list them as numbered below with a brief description and condition report. Each measures approx. 7″ x 4″ x 3/8″. The glass measures 3 1/4″ across. THe hinged box measures approx. 14 3/4″ x 6″ x 9 1/2″. The condition of the slides is quite good,
The Mayflower On Open Seas  http://yqz.me/Magic-Lantern-Slide  Antique Wood Magic Lantern Slide

The Mayflower On Open Seas http://yqz.me/Magic-Lantern-Slide Antique Wood Magic Lantern Slide

with only a few exceptions. Overall this collection is in really nice, but quite scarce!

1. Landing Of Columbus ~ some background color loss on the reverse side noticeable when tilted but not noticeable from the front
2. The Mayflower On Open Seas
3. Pilgrims Atop Plymouth Rock
4. Revolutionary War / Colonial Battle Scene
5. Another Revolutionary War / Colonial Battle Scene~ this one has some uniform spotting on the glass
6. George Washington Full Length Portrait
7. George Washington Crossing The Delaware ~ some loss of color on the American Flag
8. George Washington Praying On Bended Knee In A Wooded Landscape
9. Revolutionary War Battle Scene
10. Another Battle Scene
11. Revolutionary War Battle of Monmouth Scene Of Molly Pitcher
12. Another Battle Scene
13. War of 1812 Battle Scene
14. ANother War of 1812 Battle Scene
15. Revolutionary War Battle Scene
16. Naval Battle Scene ~ some discoloration on the left side
17. Battle Of New Orleans 18. Portrait of Abraham Lincoln
19. Burning a Naval Fort ~ some discoloration on the left corner and right side
20. Abraham Lincoln Addressing A Throng of Onlookers
21. Civil War Battle Scene With Tattered American Flag
22. Union & Confederate Soldiers Shaking Hands Over A US Flag
23. Battle of The Alamo (?)
24. Naval Battle Scene
25. Blowing Up A Battleship (Possibly the Maine?)
26. Soldier Returning Home From The War / Greeted By His Family
27. Substantial Two-Story Brick Schoolhouse with Children In The Schoolyard
28. Columbia with Sword Standing Atop A Rock With AMerican Flag
29. U.S. Flag Blowing In The Breeze (split in the wood)

If you have any information on anything listed above, please do not hesitate to share. We love to learn and would love to share your wisdom with everyone else. Good Luck!

The Battle Over Taxes NEVER Ends!

June 17, 2014 by Estate Auctions Inc.

ORIG Antique Etching James Gillray British Political Satire Cartoon On Taxes yqz
The Battle Over Taxes NEVER Ends! Auction Ending Jun 24, 2014 19:16:01 PDT http://yqz.me/taxes

http://yqz.me/taxes ORIG Antique Etching James Gillray British Political Satire Cartoon On Taxes yqz The Battle Over Taxes NEVER Ends!

http://yqz.me/taxes ORIG Antique Etching James Gillray British Political Satire Cartoon On Taxes yqz
The Battle Over Taxes NEVER Ends!

A political cartoon by the famous late 18th- early 19th century British cartoonist, James Gillray. This hand tinted print is framed and under glass, with a label on the back that indicates it was sold by the Fine Art Pictures and Framing department of John Wanamaker of Philadelphia, New York and Paris. One of the things that the Wanamaker Department store used to do was to take wonderful old prints and engravings and frame them, putting them for sale in the store. This would be one of those.

Some things just never change. One of those things is taxes. For some reason, those who collect taxes never have enough, and those who pay taxes never want to pay them. In this picture, attributed to James Gillray, two prosperous looking men are at the door of a small business man, who doesn’t have anywhere close to the same well fed and clothed appearance of the tax collectors at his door. The business man protests that he is being taxed to the point where he won’t have a house nor hole to put his head in, while the collectors below, who obviously know better, inform the taxpayer that he doesn’t need a house. He could move into the garret (attic) or the cellar, but the taxes must be paid, for the good of the dear country. On the right hand side, of the picture, you can see some shabbily dressed people at the “New Brewery for the Benefit of the Poor,” one fellow is at the pump handle, while another has his mouth under the spigot, sucking it in while the overflow is wasted in the street, creating a puddle where the tax collector stands. There is more to the print, which you can see in the photos, but that is most of the story. Doesn’t it sound like today’s headlines?

This is in very good to excellent condition, some mellowing of colors from age, but the mat and print are clean, ready to be displayed. It measures approx. 11″ by 13½”, the mat opening 6¼” by 8⅝”. What a great piece, a reminder that there is nothing new under the sun. Good Luck!

We found this little bit of a biography about James Gillray on the Original Political Cartoon website, a Great website:

Gillray, James (1756 – 1815)

James Gillray was the leading caricaturist of the late eighteenth century, and is generally recognised as the father of the political cartoon. Gillray worked exclusively for Hannah Humphrey, the younger sister of William Humphrey of Gerrard Street. Gillray’s engravings helped Humphrey become London’s leading print-seller. In 1793, Gillray starting living in a room above Hannah Humphrey’s shop in Old Bond Street. He also accompanied her when she moved to new premises in 1794 (New Bond Street) and 1797 (St James’s Street). Gillray appears to have held liberal views in his youth but after 1793 he became a supporter of William Pitt and the Tories. When a friend asked Gillray why his prints were so critical of the Whigs he replied: “they are poor, they do not buy my prints and I must draw on the purses of the larger parties.” Gillray’s cartoons were especially critical of Radicals such as Charles Fox.

Antique 1899 C.M. Bergmann Simon & Halbig 25″ German Bisque Doll w/ TEETH

June 17, 2014 by Estate Auctions Inc.

Antique c 1899 C.M. Bergmann Simon & Halbig 25″ German Bisque Doll w/ TEETH yqz
Jointed Body ~ Shabby Chic Condition Auction Ending Jun 23, 2014 19:00:01 PDT http://yqz.me/antique-dolls

In this auction we have a very pretty, estate fresh early 1900’s German bisque girls doll head on a paper-mache, ball jointed body. This lovely doll

Antique c 1899 C.M. Bergmann Simon & Halbig 25" German Bisque Doll w/ TEETH http://yqz.me/antique-dolls

Antique c 1899 C.M. Bergmann Simon & Halbig 25″ German Bisque Doll w/ TEETH http://yqz.me/antique-dolls

is decorated in an ecru silk dress with white lawn underwear, and a string of pearls around her neck. She is so sweet, still wearing her original leather shoes with tiny heels. Both ears are pierced and she has a pink bow is tied in her long blonde hair. On the back of her head is impressed: C.M. BERGMANN / SIMON & HALBIG / 10-1 / 2. She stands at approx. 25″ tall and we listed her in shabby chic condition for a few reasons. The silk dress is thin and has numerous holes and the white lawn underwear and petticoats need laundering. The shoes are missing the ribbons and one is missing the bow and the sole is split. This doll has been restrung at one time, probably when the eyes were reset. There are a few wig pulls to the color of the forehead, just below the opening of the crown, and a few remnants of old glue from the wig. We found no chips, cracks, breaks, touch-ups or repairs to the bisque head. The finish on the body also appears original, with no touch-ups or repairs, it has the original factory varnish. The blonde mohair wig is original, just in need of a serious combing. There is lovely coloration to the bisque, beautiful S & H Bergmann features. Fine quality, original owner attic doll in need of a little TLC. Good luck.

Great C.M. Bergmann and Simon & Halbig info from dollreference (GREAT Site!):

C. M. Bergmann Dolls 1888-1931 German

Charles M. Bergmann operated a doll company in Waltershausen, Thuringia, Germany, by 1909 he added a factory in Friedrichroda, Germany.

Bergmann dolls came in sizes from 13″ to 34″ tall, with composition ball jointed bodies and a bisque socket head or bisque shoulder head and kid body, supplied from other manufacturers; Armand Marseilles, ABG – Alt, Beck & Gottschalck, William Goble, Simon & Halbig and maybe others.

Bergmann also made papier mache dolls, kid leather bodied dolls, character baby dolls. Dolls were distributed in the United States by Louis Wolf & Co., who registered these trademarks for them.

Simon & Halbig Dolls 1839-1943 German

Simon & Halbig was founded in 1839, they began making dolls from 1869 in their two porcelain factories in Gräfenhain and Hildburghausen, near Thuringia, Germany. In 1920 S & H was bought by Kämmer & Reinhardt, who continued to produce dolls until 1932. Sometime after the factory became known as Keramischer Werk Gräfenhain. Simon & Halbig is known for their fine bisque doll heads and innovation in the doll industry, they also supplied doll heads to many other well known doll manufacturers.

Antique Victor Talking Machine Phonograph Morning Glory Speaker

June 16, 2014 by Estate Auctions Inc.

Antique Victor Talking Machine Phonograph Morning Glory Speaker Vic III NR yqz
Electricity Free Music Player In Beautiful Oak Cabinet Auction Ending Jun 23, 2014 18:54:01 PDT http://yqz.me/Antique-Phonograph

This came out of a Doctor’s estate on the Easternshore of Maryland. According to family lore, this was given in lieu of payment from one of the Doctor’s patients.

Back in the days of the late 19th century when Thomas Edison was the technological guru of the day, he was selling his cylinder recordings to be

http://yqz.me/Antique-Phonograph  Antique Victor Talking Machine Phonograph Morning Glory Speaker

http://yqz.me/Antique-Phonograph Antique Victor Talking Machine Phonograph Morning Glory Speaker

used on his phonograph. As we all know, success is a bandwagon, and there were many who began to try to create their own sound recording systems and players without encountering Edison’s patent protections. One of the innovations was the flat record developed by Emile Berliner beginning in 1892 which eventually became the standard for recorded music and ruled for decades.

In this auction, we have an early Victor flat disc record player with external metal morning glory type speaker. This phonograph has a plate on the side identifying it as “Victor; Made By Victor Talking Mch. Co.; Type Vic. III; 11374A’ Patented in U.S. And Foreign Countries; Camden, New Jersey, U.S.A.” This is in an oak cabinet with the tapered arm, a hand crank that operates the spring loaded motor, and the metal external horn you see in the photos, which has been repainted at some point to the color you see. The base of the cabinet measures approx. 14¼” square, the arm extends approx. 7″ from the side of the cabinet. The speaker horn measures approx. 19¼” in diameter and 21¼” tall. You can see that some of the paint has flaked off exposing brass color beneath, and there are some dings and dents all over. But the original label has been masked during the painting process, leaving it visible. The crank will wind up the motor and the turntable will turn, but the stopper needs a new part. The speed knob is the oldest style, according to the Victor- Victrola website. (A Great website where we drew most of our information.) The sound arm does not have a needle, but the physics of the machine are such that you can hear sound amplified through the speaker when we rubbed a finger against the No. 2 reproducer. One of the screws holding the plate where the crank enters the cabinet is not original. And the finish of the wood could use some tender loving care after nearly a century of life. Some oxidation is visible on the nickel plating, but overall it is in generally good condition for its age.

Interestingly, when doing research for this Victor Talking Machine, we learned that the steel needles needed should be used for a single play and thrown away. This was to preserve the record. The needle would become dull that quickly, but that was by design. Reusing a steel needle would wear out the record. Later manufacturing methods were developed to make the two parts more compatible. A newer record should not be played with the heavy arm of this machine; it will damage the record.

Turkey 19th C Yatagan Yataghan Turk Ottoman Sword Dagger Kilij Knife Sabre

June 12, 2014 by Estate Auctions Inc.

Turkey 19th C Yatagan Yataghan Turk Ottoman Sword Dagger Kilij Knife Sabre
Signed in Nasta’liq Script & Fragmentary 8 Sided Star (Jun 18, 2014 18:34:01 PDT) http://yqz.me/Sword-dagger

Turkey 19th C Yatagan Yataghan Turk Ottoman Sword Dagger  Kilij Knife Sabre http://yqz.me/Sword-dagger

Turkey 19th C Yatagan Yataghan Turk Ottoman Sword Dagger Kilij Knife Sabre http://yqz.me/Sword-dagger

Turkey, late 1800’s early 1900’s. Yatagan Yataghan Turk Ottoman Sword Dagger Kilij Knife Sabre. The long single bladed knife form slightly curved inward toward the grip with traditional bone grip and wide flaring pommel bolsters hafted onto the copper sheath handle over the steel blade, there is a break to one side of the grip/handle. The collar of elongated chevron form with leaves and bead hammered in the copper over the blade base with cast raised designs in two registers closer to the grip. The back of the curving blade with a single groove and even width tapering in the final fifth of the length. The blade with silver inlaid inscription in Nasta’liq script and reverse with a fragmentary eight sided star in a roundel – armoury or maker’s mark (?). Hammered brass scabbard cover with old leather mounts, in a design of lozenges with repetition of the name of Allah, and roses alternating. the large bolster ends suggesting a Balkan origin for this sword. It measures aprpox. 32 1/4″ long in the sheath.

Description composed by world renowned Asian expert & appraiser, Mr. Anthony Lee. http://yqz.me/Sword-dagger

Museum Quality African Artifacts Up For Auction

June 6, 2014 by Estate Auctions Inc.

Antique 30 Inch African Sculpture Yoruba Statue Seed Bead Face Clothes Hair
Cowrie Shells Dangle From Her ‘Hair’-So Cool! http://yqz.me/African-artifacts
Auction Start Jun 07, 2014 19:10:01 PDT and Ends June 17, 19:10:01 PDT

African artifacts. They range from tourist pieces to museum quality items. We are not experts in this area, but we can read labels on some of them and match others online. If we get something wrong, just let us know and we will try and post it here so everyone can see. We are putting them up in separate auctions over the next few weeks. Check back regularly to see what we get up. GOOD LUCK!!

This piece is a sculpture covered in multiple colors of seed beads, which was identified to us as being from Nigeria, the Yoruba tribe. You can see



that this depicts a woman holding a covered dish in her hands. She is mounted on a base that measures approx. 5½” by 6″, and she stands approx. 30″ tall. You can see that this is old, lots of years of discoloration and dust, not to mention small spots where beads have fallen off over the years. The hair is covered in slightly larger beads, creating the illusion of plaited hair. The braids at the front have cowrie shells at the ends. Please see photos for what we lack words to describe, and feel free to ask questions. Good Luck!

We found this on the Zyama website, a great website on African art, about the Yoruba people:

The Yoruba people, numbering over 12 million, are the largest nation in Africa with an art-producing tradition. Most of them live in southwest Nigeria, with considerable communities further west in the Republic of Benin and in Togo. They are divided into approximately twenty separate subgroups, which were traditionally autonomous kingdoms. Excavation at Ife of life-sized bronze and terracotta heads and full-length figures of royalty and their attendants have startled the world, surpassing in their portrait-like naturalism everything previously known from Africa. The cultural and artistic roots of the Ife masters of the Classical Period (ca. 1050—1500) lie in the more ancient cultural center of Nok to the northeast, though the precise nature of this link remains obscure.

Now two-third of the Yoruba are farmers. Even if they live in the city, they keep a hut close to the fields; they grow corn, beans, cassava, yams, peanuts, coffee, and bananas. It is they who control the markets — along with the merchants and artisans: blacksmiths, copper workers, embroiderers, and wood sculptors, trades handed down from generation to generation.

The Yoruba gods form a true pantheon; the creator god, Olodumare, reigns over almost four hundred orisha (deities) and nature spirits who live among the rocks, trees, and rivers. Their figures, more often of Shango (also spelled Sango and Sagoe), deity of thunder and lightning are carved from wood and kept in shrines. Sculptors have studios in which apprentices learn the techniques of the master and his stylistic preferences. Throughout Yorubaland, human figures are represented in a fundamentally naturalistic way, except for bulging eyes; flat, protruding, and usually parallel lips; and stylized ears. Within the basic canon of Yoruba sculpture, many local styles can be distinguished, down to the hand of the individual artist. Today, Nigeria is structured by a number of cults. The Gelede cult pays homage to the power of elderly women. During Gelede festivities, helmet masks carved in the form of a human face are worn. On top of the head there is either an elaborate coiffure or a carved representation of a human activity. The masks of the Epa cult, which is connected with both the ancestors and agriculture, vary enormously according to the town in which they appear. The mask proper, roughly globular, has highly stylized features that vary little; but the superstructure, which may be four feet or more in height, is often of very great complexity. Generally, they are worn during funerals or rites of passage ceremonies and characteristically they are composed of many elements – usually a human-face helmet mask topped by an elaborate standing figure. When not worn, these masks are kept in shrines where they are honored with libations and prayers. The Ogboni society brass figures, called Edan, are cast in pairs and attached to spikes and a chain runs from head to head to join the pair. They are worn over the shoulders of Ogboni members as sign of office or as an amulet. Large brass figures, called onile, are carved as a pair and represent the male and female aspects of Ile, the earth Goddess. A variety of palm nut containers used for divination are made with caryatides depicting women. Societies and cults still hold celebrations today during the many masked festivities in which costumes of fiber or fabric, masks, music, and dance form one interlocking whole. The most widely distributed cult is of twins, ibeji, whose birth among the Yoruba is unusually frequent. An ibeji statuette is to be made, if one twin died; this ibeji remained with the surviving twin and was treated, fed, and washed as a living child. Their effigies, made on the instructions of the oracle, are among the most numerous of all classes of African sculpture. The equestrian figure is a common theme in Yoruba wood sculpture. It reflects the importance of the cavalry in the campaigns of the kings who created the Oyo Empire as early as the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries. Only Yoruba chiefs and their personal retainers were privileged to use the horse. Nevertheless, the rider and the horse remained an important social symbol and offered an exciting subject for artistic imagination and skill. The diminutive animal and the dwarfish legs of the horseman are typical for this type of figures. Carved doors and house posts are found in shrines and palaces and in the houses of important men. Fulfilling purely secular functions are bowls for kola nuts, offered in welcoming a guest; ayo boards for the game, known also as wari, played with seeds or pebbles in two rows of cuplike depressions; and stools, spoons, combs, and heddle pulleys. Additional important arts include pottery, weaving, beadworking and metalsmithing.

Wonderful Tribal Artifacts Up For Auction

June 6, 2014 by Estate Auctions Inc.

Many Unique Tribal Artifacts Up For Auction For The Month Of June! Lots of International Antiques! http://yqz.me/international-antiques

Antique Asante Ashante Ashanti Tribe of Ghana Fertility Statue Akua’ba Doll http://yqz.me/Fertility-Statue

We’ve found ourselves with a huge estate collection of African, Island and other Tribal artifacts. Many of these are absolutely museum quality. We



are not experts in this area, but we can read labels on some of them and match others online. If we get something wrong, just let us know and we will try and post it here so everyone can see. We are putting them up in separate auctions over the next few weeks. Check back regularly to see what we get up. GOOD LUCK!!

In this auction we have a carved wood statue. We believe this is a Asante Tribe statue, the head is very much in the disc head style. This is most likely a fertility figure or doll, measuring approx. 12¾” tall. You can see the carved details that indicate that this is a female and a great carved design on the back of the disc head. You can see signs of age in odd discolored spots and a crack in the wood high on the head as well as other small dings and scratches. We found this paragraph about Akua’ba dolls on the Zyama website, a GREAT website:

Asante (Ashanti, Achanti, Ashante, Ashanti), Ghana

The early Asante economy depended on the trade of gold and enslaved peoples to Mande and Hausa traders, as well as to Europeans along the coast. In return for acting as the middlemen in the slave trade, the Asante received firearms, which were used to increase their already dominant power, and various luxury goods that were incorporated into Asante symbols of status and political office. The forest surrounding the Asante served as an important source of kola nuts, which were sought after for gifts and used as a mild stimulant among the Muslim peoples to the north. In traditional Asante society, in which inheritance was through the maternal line, a woman’s essential role was to bear children, preferably girls.

Fertility Statue  http://yqz.me/Fertility-Statue

Fertility Statue http://yqz.me/Fertility-Statue

Akua’ba doll. The Ashanti region of southern Ghana is a remnant of the Ashanti Empire, which was founded in the early 17th century when, according to legend, a golden stool descended from heaven into the lap of the first king, Osei Tutu. In traditional Ashanti society, in which inheritance was through the maternal line, a woman’s essential role was to bear children, preferably girls to continue the matrilineage. Fertility and children are the most frequent themes in the wooden sculptures of the Asante. Such are akua’ba fertility figures. The akua’ba are dolls with disk-shaped heads embodying their concept of beauty and carried by women who want to become pregnant and to deliver a beautiful child. The fame of these objects derives from a legend asserting that a woman who has worn one will give birth to a particularly beautiful daughter. A Ghanaian source indicates another use: when a child disappeared, the akua’ba was placed with food and silver coins at the edge of the forest to attract the malevolent spirit responsible: the spirit would then exchange the child for the statue.

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