Welcome to Exquisite African Art
We at Exquisite African Art pride ourselves in providing the very best in African art for the discerning collector. Our passion is devoted to sourcing authentic African art that has real beauty and style catering for the needs of real lovers of African art.
We started our journey in African art as collectors which became a huge passion. After years of collecting we decided that we wanted to share our passion with other like minded collectors which was the evolution of where we are today with Exquisite African Art.
As many collectors will know that a good 70 -80% (if not more) of African art is made for the copy market since the 1950’s, We try our best where possible to dig deeper and find the real artefacts in more remote villages of West Africa. We have a trusted and reliable team of tribal hunters in Africa who work along side tribal Chiefs from many different tribes and villages, who have been with us for a few years now and they have been acquiring African art for 20 or more years. With a combined knowledge it enables us to source genuine items direct from Africa. We also source beautiful items from old collections and collectors from all around the world by using our years of knowledge within this field.
As the word “Exquisite” suggests we always try to source the more unusual, rare and beautiful pieces enabling us to provide our existing and new collectors / customers with that extra special genuine artefact to enhance an existing or new collection.
If you are after a specific piece and we do not have one listed on our website, please feel free to contact us and we will endeavour to source an item or items you wish to obtain.
Their history is closely linked to the Luba's to whom the Songye are related through common ancestors. Having waged war against one another for a long time, the Songye and Luba later formed an
Among the Kuba, such caps are known under the generic name of laket. They are worn by Kuba nobles (Mbeemy and Mbeengy) and princes as symbols of their high rank. Kuba hats such as this were worn as a part of daily attire and also as ceremonial hats.
Nupe stools are characterized by fine geometric carved designs upon the seat. They may be round or oval or rounded rectangles. The round ones often have 6-8 legs, each of which tapers down to the end.
Short beaded strands, with single cowrie shell attached on the end dangle around the edge of the hat, giving it a delicate appearance and feel. Two longer plaited, cowrie shell adorned strands hang at the front of the hat where as a single wider
Worn along side a raffia skirt and wrist adornments complimenting the mask, of which there are many, this cowrie shell adornment completes this tribal dance attire.
An old example of a pre-colonial Baule Doh Figure. The Baule name this figure as "doh" meaning fetish female. It is for women's rituals to accompany the queen to make offerings to the ancestors, it was covered with red kaolin which is a symbol of victory to show the success of sacrifice made.
Sculptures that protect the Dagari subgroup of the Lobi people of Burkina Faso. Ranging in size from 22-36" high, most are frontal, symmetrical and timeless sentinels expressing the traditional beliefs of the Lobi. Several depart from the norm with animated gestures, asymmetry or a great degree of symbolic abstraction.
Made of three panels of woven raffia, with a delicate embroidered pattern/design, surrounded or edged with wide strips of cut-pile textile. These strips also are embellished with embroidered triangles and circles
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Fabulous piece, jaw dropping beautiful, I love it!!!
Very quick delivery, beautiful piece and as described - very happy, many thanks.
The Chiwara Pair are absolutely breathtaking. I love them so much!