ASTA 322 ETNOGRAFICA (online)
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Lot N: 0001

Arte africana

Figure of man, Songye
Democratic Rep. Congo

6 x 18 cm

small reddish patina wooden sculpture depicting a standing man with his hands gathered around his navel.

Provenance: Milanese private collection formed around the 1950s.

Starting Price

Euro 100,00

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Lot N: 0002

Arte africana

Biiga doll, Mossi
Burkina Faso

8 x 31 cm

female figure with conspicuous signs of scarification. Brown patina .

Provenance: Milanese private collection formed around the 1950s.

Starting Price

Euro 200,00

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Lot N: 0003

Arte africana

Akua'ba fertility figure, Asante
Ghana

10 x 29 cm

brown patina wooden sculpture, it presents accentuated breasts and the stylized disc of the face unusually inclined with respect to the high neck.

Provenance: Milanese private collection formed around the 1950s.

Starting Price

Euro 200,00

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Lot N: 0004

Arte africana

Akua'ba fertility doll, Asante
Ghana

11.5 x 28.5 cm

“Figure of fertility” in black patina wood with the disc of the face embellished with glass beaded earrings.

Provenance: Milanese private collection formed around the 1950s.

Starting Price

Euro 200,00

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Lot N: 0005

Arte africana

An ivory female figure, Lega
Rep. Dem.Congo

3.5 x 13.5 cm

an interesting ivory sculpture of small size with reddish brown patina, depicting a standing figure of a young pregnant woman with her arms stretched out at her sides.

Provenance: Milanese private collection formed around the 1950s.

Starting Price

Euro 200,00

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Lot N: 0006

Arte africana

Large Akua'ba doll, Asante
Ghana

17 x 45 cm

beautiful and large "fertility figure". Black patina wood with elaborate embossed silver foil inserts.

Provenance: Milanese private collection formed around the 1950s.

Starting Price

Euro 300,00

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Lot N: 0007

Arte africana

Ivory carving, Luba (?)
Dem. Reb. of Congo

4 x 14 cm

Ivory carving depicting a young woman standing with her hands resting on her belly.

Provenance: Milanese private collection formed around the 1950s.

Starting Price

Euro 300,00

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Lot N: 0008

Arte africana

Nkisi figure, Songye
Dem. Rep. Congo

11.5 x 35 cm

Beautiful propitiatory statuette made of dark patina wood with applications in fabric, animal skin and colored pigments for magical ritual purposes.

Provenance: Milanese private collection formed around the 1950s.

Starting Price

Euro 200,00

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Lot N: 0009

Arte africana

Biiga doll, Mossi
Burkina Faso

7 x 41.5 cm

large doll shows the hyperstized female figure with conspicuous signs of scarification. Brilliant brown patina and aluminum encrusted eyes.
For a similar example see: Christies, lot 37, poupee Mossi, June 15, 2010.

Provenance: Parisian collection of the painter Arturo Carmassi (Lucca, 1925- Empoli, 2015). This piece was inherited from the French humanist and collector Renée Druart (Grasse 1888-1961) whose daughter Carmassi had married.

Starting Price

Euro 200,00

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Lot N: 0010

Arte africana

Ceremonial horn, Igala (?)
Nigeria

57 cm

ceremonial horn carved in bas-relief with figures of lizards. The fairly simple and rarefied decorative motif of these artifacts has its roots far back in time, in the ancient region of Calabar. An example of this production is kept in the National Museum of Ravenna (inv. 12066), while another, bearing the date 1599 added in Europe, is in the British Museum of London.

Provenance: Parisian collection of the painter Arturo Carmassi (Lucca, 1925- Empoli, 2015). This piece was inherited from the French humanist and collector Renée Druart (Grasse 1888-1961) whose daughter Carmassi had married.

Starting Price

Euro 400,00

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Lot N: 0011

Arte africana

A fine oliphant with antropomorphic carving, Yoruba (?)
Nigeria

35 cm

Hunting horn finely carved with geometric motifs and a kneeling female figure.
For a similar example see: Christies, lot 239, 02 July 2002.

Provenance: Parisian collection of the painter Arturo Carmassi (Lucca, 1925- Empoli, 2015). This piece was inherited from the French humanist and collector Renée Druart (Grasse 1888-1961) whose daughter Carmassi had married.

Starting Price

Euro 550,00

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Lot N: 0012

Arte africana

Mother with child, Luba
Dem. Rep. Congo

8 x 13.5 cm

An ivory intaglio depicting the image of a preciously dressed mother with her baby in her arms, seated on a zoomorphic stool, echoing the Christian iconography, widespread in Congo since the 15th century, of the Madonna with child.

Provenance: Parisian collection of the painter Arturo Carmassi (Lucca, 1925- Empoli, 2015). This piece was inherited from the French humanist and collector Renée Druart (Grasse 1888-1961) whose daughter Carmassi had married.


Starting Price

Euro 1.200,00

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Lot N: 0013

Arte africana

Two African statuettes
Ivory Coast and Congo

35 x 50 cm

lot composed of two wooden statuettes depicting a female "colon" figure and a standing image depicting an hermaphrodite

Current offer

Euro 80,00

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Lot N: 0014

Arte africana

Reliquary figure, Mbete
Gabon / Rep. Dem. Congo

21 x 78 x 26 cm

standing male figure covered with thick layer of kaolin. As usual in this type of artifacts, the torso of the figure is hollowed out to house inside the ancestral relics, while the rigid and vigilant posture helps to underline the active role of guardian of the sacred contents protected inside.

Starting Price

Euro 250,00

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Lot N: 0015

Arte africana

Male figure, Ndengese
Dem. Rep. Congo

10 x 32 cm

beautiful Ndengese hard wood brown patina statuette probably depicting a royal ancestor. For a comparative example see: Zurich, Voelkerkundemuseum der Univirsitaet, inv. No. 10151.

Provenance: Parisian collection of the painter Arturo Carmassi (Lucca, 1925- Empoli, 2015).

Starting Price

Euro 200,00

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Lot N: 0016

Arte africana

Female figure, Mossi
Burkina Faso

16 x 64 x 20 cm

sculpture of a young woman in wood with brown patina, apical part of a large Karan wemba mask.

Provenance: Parisian collection of the painter Arturo Carmassi (Lucca, 1925- Empoli, 2015). This piece was inherited from the French humanist and collector Renée Druart (Grasse 1888-1961) whose daughter Carmassi had married.

Starting Price

Euro 600,00

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Lot N: 0017

Arte africana

A Mossi (?) female figure
Burkina Faso

17 x 50 x 14 cm

Wooden sculpture with traces of polychromy, depicting a standing woman with a scarified face and body.

Provenance: Parisian collection of the painter Arturo Carmassi (Lucca, 1925- Empoli, 2015). This piece was inherited from the French humanist and collector Renée Druart (Grasse 1888-1961) whose daughter Carmassi had married.

Starting Price

Euro 400,00

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Lot N: 0018

Arte africana

Female earthenware figure, Igala (?)
Nigeria

20 x 45 cm

beautiful polychrome terracotta sculpture depicting a woman sitting on a round stool with her arms resting on her knees.

Provenance: Parisian collection of the painter Arturo Carmassi (Lucca, 1925- Empoli, 2015). This piece was inherited from the French humanist and collector Renée Druart (Grasse 1888-1961) whose daughter Carmassi had married.

Starting Price

Euro 1.500,00

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Lot N: 0019

Arte africana

Male figure, Chamba (?)
Nigeria

19 x 67 cm

hard wood sculpture with black patina, depicting a standing male figure with very simplified features, characterized by the accentuated volume of the head.

Provenance: Parisian collection of the painter Arturo Carmassi (Lucca, 1925- Empoli, 2015). This piece was inherited from the French humanist and collector Renée Druart (Grasse 1888-1961) whose daughter Carmassi had married.

Starting Price

Euro 300,00

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Lot N: 0020

Arte africana

Large female figure pombia, Senufo
Ivory Coast

27.5 x 134.5 cm

imposing carved wooden figure depicting a standing woman. The pombilele are suggestive male or female representations placed within the rituals of the Poro society to which the Senufo males belong and represent ancestral figures of the community.

Provenance: Parisian collection of the painter Arturo Carmassi (Lucca, 1925- Empoli, 2015).

Starting Price

Euro 1.000,00

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Lot N: 0021

Arte africana

Two riders on horseback, Dogon
Mali

63 x 135 cm

large equestrian sculpture depicting a man and a woman on horseback.The horse rider, frequent subject in the Dogon statuary, is addressed here with the suggestive addition of the female figure shown in the act of turning the head to the side.

Starting Price

Euro 1.000,00

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Lot N: 0022

Arte africana

Reliquary guardian, Kota (Mahongwe)

17 x 62 cm

Imposing figure belonging to a reliquary, made of wood and metal according to the aesthetic canons of the Mahonwe group of the Kota.

Starting Price

Euro 80,00

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Lot N: 0023

Arte africana

Mother with her children, Lega
Rep. Dem.Congo

7.5 x 30.5 x 9 cm

Large ivory sculpture depicting a crouching mother holding her two children.

Starting Price

Euro 350,00

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Lot N: 0024

Arte africana

A wooden sculpture of a standing woman
Equatorial Africa

7 x 20.5 cm

The lot is provided with a chart by Galleria Africa Curio, Milan.
Provenance: Private Collection Milan.

Starting Price

Euro 100,00

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Lot N: 0025

Arte africana

Nomoli, Sapi
Sierra Leone

20 cm

Limestone sculpture depicting a seated figure with crossed legs.
Defects.

Starting Price

Euro 300,00

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Lot N: 0026

Arte africana

Two ebony figurines
Nigeria (?)

26.5 cm

two hard wood sculptures depicting two naked girls. Both sculptures are embellished with showy wire collars.

Provenance: This piece is part of Pietro Felter's private collection
(Roè Volciano-bs 1856-Sabbio Chiese 1915), gold medal for military valor, explorer and diplomat, and who for a long time lived in Harar where he had numerous properties.

Starting Price

Euro 80,00

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Lot N: 0027

Arte africana

Two ebony wooden female figures
Central Africa (?)

6.5 x 21 x 9 cm

Provenance: These pieces are part of Pietro Felter's private collection
(Roè Volciano-bs 1856-Sabbio Chiese 1915), gold medal for military valor, explorer and diplomat, and who for a long time lived in Harar where he had numerous properties.

Starting Price

Euro 100,00

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Lot N: 0028

Arte africana

Two warriors
Democratic Rep. Congo (?)

8 x 34 cm

Two wood carved standing warriors characterized by theyr large pierced ear lobes. One of the two figures carries a collar made of aluminum.

Provenance: These pieces are part of Pietro Felter's private collection
(Roè Volciano-bs 1856-Sabbio Chiese 1915), gold medal for military valor, explorer and diplomat, and who for a long time lived in Harar where he had numerous properties.

Starting Price

Euro 100,00

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Lot N: 0029

Arte africana

Two wooden figurines
Democratic Rep. Congo (?)

9 x 26 cm

two wooden sculptures with small painted areas depicting a standing warrior with a parchment shield and a young naked girl. Both figures are embellished with metal inserts for the eyes and jewelry.

Provenance: These pieces are part of Pietro Felter's private collection
(Roè Volciano-bs 1856-Sabbio Chiese 1915), gold medal for military valor, explorer and diplomat, and who for a long time lived in Harar where he had numerous properties.

Starting Price

Euro 100,00

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Lot N: 0030

Arte africana

Standing figure, Tsogo
Gabon

33 cm

Wooden statuette with reddish patina depicting a woman with stylized features standing with her arms gathered to her chest.

Starting Price

Euro 80,00

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Lot N: 0031

Arte africana

Kneeling Man, Yombe (?)
Democratic Rep. Congo

27 cm

small figure in polished wood with a reddish patina depicting a man kneeling in a gesture of devotion, dressed in a tunic, perhaps to represent a religious.

Starting Price

Euro 100,00

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Lot N: 0032

Arte africana

A large fetish, Mangbetu
Democratic Rep. Congo

30 x 73 x 30 cm

imposing ritual magic artifact consisting of a heterogeneous agglomeration of disparate materials including antelope horns and large shells tied together and to the central female wooden figure, by a dense intertwining of leather laces.

Starting Price

Euro 500,00

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Lot N: 0033

Arte africana

A monumental Sejan hornbill sculpture, Senufo
Mali.

46 x 151 x 46 cm

Grande scultura in legno a patina bruna raffigurante un grande volatile in piedi ad ali spiegate con il becco puntato verso il petto. Il Sejan, forse un bucero, un aquila o un grande vulturide, simbolo ancestrale e di fecondità, costituisce parte integrante dei rituali sacri della società Poro.

Starting Price

Euro 400,00

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Lot N: 0034

Arte africana

A bronze royal family sculpture, Dogon
Mali

9 x 27 x 5.5 cm

Starting Price

Euro 80,00

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Lot N: 0035

Arte africana

Iagalagana female sculpture, Mumuye
Nigeria

14 x 115 cm

Slender figure in carved wood with black patina, depicting a stylized human figure, whose sex, identifiable as female, is, as usual in these works, determined by the large perforated ear lobes.

Starting Price

Euro 200,00

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Lot N: 0036

Arte africana

A fine ivory oliphant (trumpet), Igbo
Dem. Rep. Congo

37 cm

Fine hunting horn in ivory with umber like patina characterized by the elegant anthropomorphic final.

Starting Price

Euro 300,00

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Lot N: 0037

Arte africana

A fine oliphant (trumpet), Ibo
Rep. Dem.Congo

33 cm

Important hunting horn in ivory with red patina characterized by the elegant final in the shape of a stylized man's head. Publishes in: Leopoldo I., Bargna M., Igbo. Collezione Giorgio Bargna, Compagnia del Disegno, Milano 1989, cat. n. 41.

Starting Price

Euro 700,00

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Lot N: 0038

Arte africana

An oliphant (trumpet), Bamileke
Cameroon

45 cm

Decoy horn made from squat elephant tusk entirely engraved with complex geometric decoration.
Furnished with original chart by Giorgio Bargna.

Starting Price

Euro 700,00

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Lot N: 0039

Arte africana

Ceremonial staff (kpoman), Baule
Ivory Coast

150 cm

important command stick with complex subject. Soft wood with a thick encrusted dark patina, finely carved with human figures. This type of artifact was intended for the exclusive use of the kpannyn, that is to say the chief or in general to the one who presides over the ceremonies. Objects of this type are very rare expecially of this high quality. For a similar example see: The Art Institute, Chicago, inv. N ° 1985.62.

Starting Price

Euro 700,00

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Lot N: 0040

Arte africana

Throne, Luguru or Nyamwezi
Tanzania

59 x 144 x 59 cm

Wooden throne used by chiefs and high dignitaries during important cerimonies. Carved wood with light brown patina. Otstanding piece, characterized by a refined and complex carving work.
NOTE - For a similar specimen see: Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Luguru artist, high back stool (object number: 89-10-1).
Provenance: Parisian collection of the painter Arturo Carmassi (Lucca, 1925- Empoli, 2015). This piece was inherited from the French humanist and collector Renée Druart (Grasse 1888-1961) whose daughter Carmassi had married.

Starting Price

Euro 2.000,00

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Lot N: 0041

Arte africana

Head crest Chiwara, Bamana
Mali

17 x 57 cm

Nice "antelope" headdress of the so-called "vertical" type (Segu style), in dark patina wood.

Provenance: Milanese private collection formed around the 1950s.

Current offer

Euro 200,00

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Lot N: 0042

Arte africana

Three passport masks, Dan
Ivory Coast

8 x 14 cm

lot consisting of three passport masks in carved and patinated wood.

Provenance: Milanese private collection formed around the 1950s.

Starting Price

Euro 200,00

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Lot N: 0043

Arte africana

Janus crest mask, Yoruba
Nigeria

20 x 26 cm

polychromed wooden crest depicting two opposing male and female faces.

Provenance: Milanese private collection formed around the 1950s.

Starting Price

Euro 300,00

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Lot N: 0044

Arte africana

An ivory passport Mask, Lega (?)
Rep. Dem.Congo

6 x 14 cm

Small size mask made of polished and patinated ivory.

Provenance: Milanese private collection formed around the 1950s.

Starting Price

Euro 200,00

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Lot N: 0045

Arte africana

Head crest, Ejagham
Nigeria

24.5 x 26.5 cm

impressive head crest made of parchment and wood depicting a threatening stylized face painted in red. This type of artifacts, suggestive in their variety, are mainly made with raw antelope skin, boiled and left to dry over the previously carved wooden form; once dried, the parchment is painted in bright colors. For a similar example see Metropolitan Museum, NYC, acc. n. 1979.206.266.

Provenance: Milanese private collection formed around the 1950s.

Starting Price

Euro 500,00

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Lot N: 0046

Arte africana

Monkey mask N'gon koun, Bamana
Mali

17.5 x 29 cm

beautiful stylized wooden mask with brown patina reproducing the sharp muzzle of a monkey. Masks of this type were used within the functions of the Korè society.

Provenance: Milanese private collection formed around the 1950s.

Starting Price

Euro 500,00

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Lot N: 0047

Arte africana

Samakun boar mask, Bamana
Mali

20 x 44 cm

interesting mask that reproduces the stylized face of a warthog carved in soft wood with residues of thick encrusted patina. For a comparative example see Museum Rietberg, Zurich, inv. N ° RAF 206.

Provenance: Milanese private collection formed around the 1950s.

Starting Price

Euro 500,00

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Lot N: 0048

Arte africana

Luba mask
D.R. of Congo

25 x 41 cm

Unusual large Luba mask probably depicting a female face with hooked nose. Vegetable fiber applied around the face bleached with kaolin.

Provenance: Parisian collection of the painter Arturo Carmassi (Lucca, 1925- Empoli, 2015).

Starting Price

Euro 800,00

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Lot N: 0049

Arte africana

Nwenka helmet mask, Bobo
Burkina Faso

31 x 137 cm

A monumental brown patina wooden mask. Masks of this type are carved by the blacksmiths of the village, the only ones authorized to do it, and embody the spirit of Dwo (one of the three sons of the creator god Wuro).

Provenance: Parisian collection of the painter Arturo Carmassi (Lucca, 1925- Empoli, 2015). This piece was inherited from the French humanist and collector Renée Druart (Grasse 1888-1961) whose daughter Carmassi had married.

Starting Price

Euro 1.000,00

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Lot N: 0050

Arte africana

Nimba mask, Baga
Guinea

39 x 103 x 40 cm

Monumental shoulder mask symbol of femininity and fertility, used by Baga dancers during weddings and harvest celebrations. Dark patina mask with decorative metal nailing.
NOTE - For a similar specimen see: Maschera nimba, Musée Picasso, Parigi, ex collezione Pablo Picasso. Pubblicato su “Le Primitivisme dans l'art du 20 siecle” (pag. 327).

Provenance: Parisian collection of the painter Arturo Carmassi (Lucca, 1925- Empoli, 2015). This piece was inherited from the French humanist and collector Renée Druart (Grasse 1888-1961) whose daughter Carmassi had married.

Starting Price

Euro 6.000,00

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Lot N: 0053

Arte africana

A monkey mask, Dan (?)
Liberia

15 x 25 x 12 cm

small mask with thick black encrusted patina depicting a monkey.

Provenance: Parisian collection of the painter Arturo Carmassi (Lucca, 1925- Empoli, 2015). This piece was inherited from the French humanist and collector Renée Druart (Grasse 1888-1961) whose daughter Carmassi had married.

Starting Price

Euro 50,00

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