(Most pieces sourced byourselves direct from remote villages)
Originates Mali village near Bandiagara
Approx Mid- Late C20th - tribal use unknown
Wood, kaolin paint, leather
Weathered;fair condition for itsage.
Note - This is a stunning and quite rare Kanaga maskfull of character. We cannot confirm its actual tribal dance use in the village, however it has had several small tribal repairs in its past to the leather strapping of the arms as seen in the pictures, so it has certainly been handled a lot!
One of the most popular types of masks in the Sanga region is the type known as kanaga. Like other Dogon masks, kanaga masks are worn at rituals called dama, whose goal is to transport the souls of deceased family members away from the village and to enhance the prestige of the deceased and his descendants by magnificent masked performances and generous displays of hospitality. In 1935, French anthropologist Marcel Griaule witnessed a dama ritual in which twenty-nine out of a total of seventy-four masks were of the kanaga type. These masks are characterized by a wooden superstructure in the form of a double-barred cross with short vertical elements projecting from the tips of each horizontal bar. met
Below are some videos showing the history and dance of the Kanaga -
See some great pictures and a superb description by 'Rand' - a well respected
Much of theprofits raised from this sale will go alittle way to help some impoverished children and villagers in the Moyen Cavally Region of Cote D'Ivoire and Liberia. We are supporting an orphanage there as well as several villages to which we supply seeds, food and clean water solutions.
Please see pictures towards the bottom of our listings of recent aid efforts...
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Excellent quality Tribal Art at sensible prices
We are a husband and wife team based in the UK with strong personal links to Ghana and much of West Africa. Over the past few decades we have been passionate collectors of African antiqueswith particular interest in tribally used ceremonial masks and figures. Wehave both previously lived in West Africa formore than15 years and have an extensive personal collection from our travels around Africa.
African tribal art has been verysought afterover the past decades and it is commonly known thattribal art has been plundered during this timeand many 'copies' have entered the market. However, with the right knowledge and expertise it isstill possible to findnice authentic tribal art piecesin Africa.
We arein Africa several times a year searching for tribal treasures from 'untapped'sources and our travels involve going deep into theremote villages. Our passion is for rare tribally used artefacts with excellent 'style'and 'patina' which have moved us. The sources forourtribal pieces stretch across Africafrom Sierra Leone,Cote D'Ivoire, Mali,Nigeria etcand down as far as the Congo.
We have a house, a warehouse andan outlet situated on the beachfront in Accra in Ghana where we initially store the treasures from our African hunting trips. All pieces are fumigated prior to shipment from Ghana and upon arrival in the UK the pieces are re-checked for mould and any evidence of insects before we enter them into our collection.
We have local experts in West Africa and we utilise their knowledge of the woods used and the carving styles of the relevant tribes to help assess the age and authenticity of the pieces.
To keep up to date with the tribal art market weregularly attendsales worldwide such as Sotheby's, Christie's andBonham's and we have hadmany pieces appraised.
The African TribalCollection is not a charity but we are nonetheless passionate about Africa andtribal art andweare doingwhat we canto support various villages inGhana,Cote D'Ivoire, Maliandelsewhere in West Africa.Michaela also runs 'FairTradeGhana' helping to support artisans and villages.
Please Google 'fairtradeghana' for more info on projects.
Please note that we tend not to take pictures in a studio environment. We try to take the pictures in Africa where we find the items. Prior to shipment from Africa we fumigate the pieces but we do not polish or clean them with chemicals, meaning that buyers receive the pieces as they were found. This, we believe,is part of the authentic African experience we try to offer.
We always welcome questions, please email us via or firstname.lastname@example.org
We send pieces securely packed and normally by recorded delivery with insurance
reserve the right to relist items not paid for within 7 days
Thank you very much for looking
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Michaela or Steve on +44 (0) 7833 717017
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