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Fiji neckrest


Fiji Islands Neckrest

kali,  carved in sections from vesi intsia bijuge wood, the elegant pillow of cylindrical form and tapering slightly towards each end, the terminus on the cross piece deeply incised with concentric circles, and supported by two sets of anthropomorphic legs fashioned as bulbous human thighs, and terminating in flat pad-like feet, two carved with delicately tooled margins, and attached with strands of braided coconut fiber, magimagi, concealed within the cavity between the thighs, stone carved and finished with a sharkskin rasp.
length 12 1/4 in. 30.5cm


Mangbetu ceramic

Mangbetu terracotta vessel
12.5 inches / 38.1 cm high
Ex. collection: Harold Rome {1908-1993}, New York



Yombe Maternity


The Burniaux Maternity

Democratic Republic of Congo, Yombe

painted wood

64.70 cm / 25 7/16 inches

late 19th/early 20th century

sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art



Pre-contact Eskimo drum handle engraved and inlaid with baleen and walrus ivory circlets


walrus ivory

10.5 inches





Temne female figure

Sierra Leone

circa late 19th/early 20th century

73.5 x 16.5 x 15.5 cm

28 15/16 x 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches


Sold to the National Museum of African Art - Smithsonian Institution

Malagasy textile


Brocade woven silk lamba akotofahana

mid 19th century

Merina people


264 x 173 cm


Chugach bowl


Seal bowl 

Chugach {Alutiq} circa 1780-1820

probably alder or birch

3 5/8 x 12 1/34 x 8 inches


sold {now in the Nelson - Atkins Museum}