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  • Vintage Indigo African Fringe Shawl & Wrap. Mossi

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    Vintage Indigo African Fringe Shawl & Wrap. Mossi

    $165.00

    These are my latest obsession. These come from Burkina Faso and are truly vintage. They ooze the sweet vibe of previous owners. This one is unusual in that it has subtle stripes. The color and texture are gorgeous.

    They are great cool weather wraps, They work as big scarf/hood, they look fabulous as a throw for the couch and would be lovely table cloths. I have several of these and each is slightly different so check out this section of my shop for more, to compare.

    It measures 74x39" not including the fringe.

    As, I mentioned these are truly vintage and it is typical for them to come well worn, it is part of what makes them special. This one is in very good vintage condition
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  • Vintage Indigo African Shawl. Mossi. Long Fringe. Burkina Faso

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    Vintage Indigo African Shawl. Mossi. Long Fringe. Burkina Faso

    $165.00

    These are my latest obsession. They are what every awesome piece of distressed denim wants to be. Buttery soft and with the coolest color variation as a result of the fabulous indigo dye.
    These come from Burkina Faso and are very vintage. They ooze the sweet vibe of previous owners. LOVE THEM!

    They are great cool weather wraps, They work as big scarf/hood, they look fabulous as a throw for the couch and would be lovely table cloths. I have several of these and each is slightly different so check out this section of my shop for more, to compare.

    This one has a has a great blue color and extraordinarily long and awesome fringe.

    It measures 64X30" not including the fringe and the fringe is about 16" long.

    As, I mentioned these are truly vintage and it is typical for them to come well worn, it is part of what makes them special. You can expect small holes and "chewed up" corners. If there is a major unsightly defect or the thing is on its last legs I will specify that, otherwise not. This one has been lovingly mended in a few spots.

    This one is in excellent condition.
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  • Antique Punu Mukudj Okuyi Mask Of Gabon Africa . African Mask. 19th Century

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    Antique Punu Mukudj Okuyi Mask Of Gabon Africa . African Mask. 19th Century

    $235.00

    These are tremendously beautiful masks from Gabon. Really gorgeous.

    This one measures 15 x 7 inches. It is old and of high quality. The condition is as shown in the pictures.


    This is some information about these masks from the Met Museum website and the Art Institute of Chicago website:

    In the Punu communities of southern Gabon, mukudj masks are considered portraits of an exceptionally beautiful female member. The coiffure, featuring a prominent sagittal lobe flanked by two lateral tresses, is a classic style of dressing women's hair practiced throughout the region during the nineteenth century. Lozenge cicatrization markings were incised on the forehead and temples of Punu women as a form of aesthetic embellishment and a sign of sensuality. Classic mukudj masks often emphasize a subdivision of the motif into nine units, which is significant in light of the fact that, among the Punu, nine is considered a mystically powerful number and a catalyst in the healing process. In mukudj mask representations, the prominence of the number nine, as well as the red band that accentuates the hairline, make reference to the mystical powers commanded by the dancer. It is those powers that are believed to provide him with the talent and protection necessary to perform. The stylized rendering of the eyes, represented as closed slits, evokes a meditative serenity while at the same time affording the wearer an unobstructed view of the performance arena he must negotiate. The application of white kaolin to the surface of the masks is a reference to spiritual transcendence. The white clay is a sacred material linked to the parallel ancestral realm of existence and also a cosmetic associated with idealized beauty.

    Mukudj dances are commissioned by community leaders to mark important occasions—to commemorate the memory of an important member of the community, to celebrate the return or the visit of an honored individual, or to mark a development that will enhance the community's well-being. The mukudj dance is performed on stilts of up to three meters in height; dancers must train from childhood to master the difficult and demanding choreography. During official celebrations, a mukudj dancer towers above his audience and executes acrobatic feats that demand agility, strength, and an acute sense of equilibrium. Because of the extraordinary nature of the performance, dancers are perceived as exceptional individuals who draw upon mystical powers to accomplish such a feat. The thrilling spectacle of mukudj performances alternates between passages of lyrical grace and explosive power.

    Mukudj performances are appreciated as the most aesthetically appealing and exciting form of expression in Punu culture and consequently have become a national icon of Gabon. Mukudj masks are displayed as proud insignia of Punu cultural identity in domestic contexts in the capital, Libreville, as well as in rural villages of the remote interior.


    This mask is defined by an elaborate and highly stylized bi-lobed coiffure, painted black, which frames an idealized female face. The face is painted white with kaolin, which both references the earthly beauty of the woman represented and symbolizes the spirits of past ancestors. The diamond-shaped scarification marks on the forehead and the square-shaped marks on the temples emphasize the perfect, symmetrical beauty of the face, with its dramatically arched eyebrows, almond-shaped slit eyes, small ears, delicate nose, and slightly protruding mouth and chin. Mukudj masks became extremely popular among European art collectors during the 1920s and 1930s, as their aestheticized and abstract attributes intersected with the ideals of modern art. Today the Punu especially embrace the mukudj mask as a sign of ethnic identity, thus often displaying them within their private domestic spaces and incorporating them into a host of celebrations and communal events.

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  • Antique African Dogon Carved Granary Door. Mali. Exquisite Wall Decor

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    Antique African Dogon Carved Granary Door. Mali. Exquisite Wall Decor

    $127.00

    These are exquisite cultural treasures. And make for wonderful decor.
    These come from the Dogon people of Mali. Such an amazing otherworldly aesthetic there.

    The Dogon people are located in the southeastern parts of Mali. The granary door is located on a family's granary. The higher one's status, the more elaborate and complex in design the granary door would be. These doors were created to protect the harvest of the Dogon people. Primordial beings, ancestors, Kanaga masks, breasts, sun lizards and scenes of life symbolically served to protect the entrance by making it sacrosanct. Ancestral beings were carved on the door to in the purpose to protect what lies on the other side of the door. Also, these doors recognized spiritual beings that were in charge of fertility and agriculture.
    Masked figures were often carved on granary doors. These figures wear Kanaga masks. These masks represent the female spirit and birds. In Dogon society, birds are symbols that represent fertility. Located in a region where vegetation is quite low, the Dogon treasured the food that they had and needed to protect it; by doing so they ensured their existence.
    There are two types of Dogon granary, male and female. The larger male granaries (on the left) are used for storing grains. Men distribute the grain, usually millet, for the day's cooking. Male granaries are usually bigger that the female and have more than one door. The female granary (right) is used for storing other foods but also personal things like jewellery, clothing and pottery. Men are not allowed to enter a female granary.

    This one measures 16 x 12 inches. Exceptionally fine weathered patina.
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  • Antique Punu Mukudj Okuyi Mask Of Gabon Africa . African Mask. 19th Century

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    Antique Punu Mukudj Okuyi Mask Of Gabon Africa . African Mask. 19th Century

    $235.00

    These are tremendously beautiful masks from Gabon. Really gorgeous.

    This one measures 16 x 7 inches. It is old and of high quality. The condition is as shown in the pictures. I'm happy to provide additional pictures if you message me.

    I have metal mask stands and I'll be happy to provide one with the mask upon request.

    This is some information about these masks from the Met Museum website and the Art Institute of Chicago website:

    In the Punu communities of southern Gabon, mukudj masks are considered portraits of an exceptionally beautiful female member. The coiffure, featuring a prominent sagittal lobe flanked by two lateral tresses, is a classic style of dressing women's hair practiced throughout the region during the nineteenth century. Lozenge cicatrization markings were incised on the forehead and temples of Punu women as a form of aesthetic embellishment and a sign of sensuality. Classic mukudj masks often emphasize a subdivision of the motif into nine units, which is significant in light of the fact that, among the Punu, nine is considered a mystically powerful number and a catalyst in the healing process. In mukudj mask representations, the prominence of the number nine, as well as the red band that accentuates the hairline, make reference to the mystical powers commanded by the dancer. It is those powers that are believed to provide him with the talent and protection necessary to perform. The stylized rendering of the eyes, represented as closed slits, evokes a meditative serenity while at the same time affording the wearer an unobstructed view of the performance arena he must negotiate. The application of white kaolin to the surface of the masks is a reference to spiritual transcendence. The white clay is a sacred material linked to the parallel ancestral realm of existence and also a cosmetic associated with idealized beauty.

    Mukudj dances are commissioned by community leaders to mark important occasions—to commemorate the memory of an important member of the community, to celebrate the return or the visit of an honored individual, or to mark a development that will enhance the community's well-being. The mukudj dance is performed on stilts of up to three meters in height; dancers must train from childhood to master the difficult and demanding choreography. During official celebrations, a mukudj dancer towers above his audience and executes acrobatic feats that demand agility, strength, and an acute sense of equilibrium. Because of the extraordinary nature of the performance, dancers are perceived as exceptional individuals who draw upon mystical powers to accomplish such a feat. The thrilling spectacle of mukudj performances alternates between passages of lyrical grace and explosive power.

    Mukudj performances are appreciated as the most aesthetically appealing and exciting form of expression in Punu culture and consequently have become a national icon of Gabon. Mukudj masks are displayed as proud insignia of Punu cultural identity in domestic contexts in the capital, Libreville, as well as in rural villages of the remote interior.


    This mask is defined by an elaborate and highly stylized bi-lobed coiffure, painted black, which frames an idealized female face. The face is painted white with kaolin, which both references the earthly beauty of the woman represented and symbolizes the spirits of past ancestors. The diamond-shaped scarification marks on the forehead and the square-shaped marks on the temples emphasize the perfect, symmetrical beauty of the face, with its dramatically arched eyebrows, almond-shaped slit eyes, small ears, delicate nose, and slightly protruding mouth and chin. Mukudj masks became extremely popular among European art collectors during the 1920s and 1930s, as their aestheticized and abstract attributes intersected with the ideals of modern art. Today the Punu especially embrace the mukudj mask as a sign of ethnic identity, thus often displaying them within their private domestic spaces and incorporating them into a host of celebrations and communal events.

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  • Antique Dogon Carved Door. Mali. African. Granary Door

    Aadya Bazaar

    Antique Dogon Carved Door. Mali. African. Granary Door

    $108.00

    These are exquisite cultural treasures. And make for wonderful decor.
    These come from the Dogon people of Mali. Such an amazing otherworldly aesthetic there.

    The Dogon people are located in the southeastern parts of Mali. The granary door is located on a family's granary. The higher one's status, the more elaborate and complex in design the granary door would be. These doors were created to protect the harvest of the Dogon people. Primordial beings, ancestors, Kanaga masks, breasts, sun lizards and scenes of life symbolically served to protect the entrance by making it sacrosanct. Ancestral beings were carved on the door to in the purpose to protect what lies on the other side of the door. Also, these doors recognized spiritual beings that were in charge of fertility and agriculture.
    Masked figures were often carved on granary doors. These figures wear Kanaga masks. These masks represent the female spirit and birds. In Dogon society, birds are symbols that represent fertility. Located in a region where vegetation is quite low, the Dogon treasured the food that they had and needed to protect it; by doing so they ensured their existence.
    There are two types of Dogon granary, male and female. The larger male granaries (on the left) are used for storing grains. Men distribute the grain, usually millet, for the day's cooking. Male granaries are usually bigger that the female and have more than one door. The female granary (right) is used for storing other foods but also personal things like jewellery, clothing and pottery. Men are not allowed to enter a female granary.

    This one measures 7 x 11 inches and has an exceptionally fine weathered patina.
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  • Old Agate and Huge Seed Beads. African Beads.

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    Old Agate and Huge Seed Beads. African Beads.

    $327.00

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    Old Agate and Huge Seed Beads. African Beads.

    $0.00 $327.00

    Amazing huge old agate and big seed beads purchased in Ghana and beautiful handmade brass beads from Nigeria and Cameroon.

    23.5" hang
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    Indigo African Wrap. Tie Dye, Shibori. Shawl, Scarf. Mali

    $85.00

    This is a perfectly wonderful textile from Mali. The amazingly soft, almost flannel-like handwoven cotton textiles that has been tie dyed or resist dyed with indigo and sewn together to form this wrap. A beautiful color and beautiful composition.

    These make great wraps. They work well as big scarf/hood, they look fabulous as a throw for the couch and would be lovely table cloths. I have several of these and each is slightly different so check out this section of my shop for more, to compare:

    It measures 47x59"
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  • Sognye Mask, Female, Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa. African Mask.

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    Sognye Mask, Female, Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa. African Mask.

    $225.00

    These beautiful masks come from the Songye people of the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa.

    This one measures 16 x 7 inches, not including the stand that its on. I'm happy to provide additional pictures if you message me.

    The following information comes from the Hamill Gallery website:

    ale Bukishi associations, clouded in secrecy, yielded political and mystical power revealed through their masks, known as Kifwebe (singular) and Bifwebe (plural). Female masks, primarily white, are restrained and elegant with striated surfaces. Their function was to awaken and honor benevolent spirits.

    According to the specialists, Anthropologists and Art Historians, Kifwebe masks (sing.) or Bifwebe (plur.) are differentiated by gender and by their shape and size but also by the basic surface coloration and the decorative design and patterns on the surface. The masks said to represent a female are rarer than masks supposed to depict a male. In the field I have never seen more than one female mask at a time, yet groups of male masks are commonly encountered. Normally a band of mask-wearers is made up of one female mask and a number of male masks. All of the wearers, of course, are male. Most Songye female masks have a grooved surface that is painted over with white kaolin (pembe or ntoshi), and when the mask is worn repeatedly, this white partially wears off, exposing the natural wood. This exposure heightens the white/brown contrast and reveals the engraved striations. But when a mask is stored in a smoky environment the white surface darkens considerably. A black (tar, or composite resinous material) vertical stripe running from the top of the head, over the nose, and widening at the chin, divides the face in two. The eyes are lidded in black, and dark-red resin or red natural pigment (nkula) (sometimes European paint nowadays) will usually highlight the mouth and sometimes the eyes. When the surface paint has worn of or is soiled the masks are repainted.

    Female masks will have no sagittal crest or perhaps a slightly raised flat one. Female masks exude beauty, tranquility and inner peace. They are not aggressive, either in their appearance or in their behavior.

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  • Aadya Bazaar - Aadya Bazaar

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    Antique Tuareg Tizabaten Silver Hoop Earrings Earweights Tribal Tsabit

    $125.00

    Tuareg woman’s Tsabit also called Tizabaten ethnic silver earrings which are decorated with engraved geometrical designs. The Tuareg are a traditionally nomadic people who live throughout the Sahara. These earrings measure about 1.75 inches in diameter and they are 3.8 mm thick.

    28g.

    These are for gauged ears. They are lovely specimens and very collectible. They are getting harder and harder to find.

    These are at once strikingly bold and graceful.

    The silver content of Tuareg jewelry varies tremendously and the silver content of these is unknown.

    For more great tribal and mineral earrings check out the earring section of our shop
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  • Vintage Indigo Mali Wrap, Scarf. Dogon. African. Shibori Tie Dye

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    Vintage Indigo Mali Wrap, Scarf. Dogon. African. Shibori Tie Dye

    $125.00

    This is a perfectly wonderful vintage textile from Mali. The amazingly soft handwoven cotton textiles that has been tie dyed or resist dyed with indigo and sewn together to form this wrap. A beautiful color and beautiful composition. Wonderful drape.
    These make great wraps. They work well as big scarf/hood, they look fabulous as a throw for the couch and would be lovely table cloths. I have several of these and each is slightly different so check out this section of my shop for more, to compare:

    It measures 43x64"

    As, I mentioned these are truly vintage and it is typical for them to come well worn, it is part of what makes them special.
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