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.
These figures embody the traditional double appearance of twins. The Ewe people call them Venavi, and they are revered. The modern appearance is explained by the fact that dead twins are seen as living people, because they have accepted modern ways.
This bowl has the zig-zag incised carving around the entire bowl symbolizing the 'flow of water' in Dogon culture. Protruding triangular shaped handles on either side of this bowl give this item of everyday tribal use a lovely feel.
The simple and straight forward style of the Dogon door lock allows the door of either a home or granary to be held closed keeping it safe and secure. Door locks found on granary doors give us a wonderful insight into the symbolic use of animal and figurative imagery in an abstract way
Amanikpo is the most powerful and dreaded cultural group in Ogoni. Ogoni is a major tribe, near Port-Harcourt, in Rivers State, Nigeria. Membership is either core or regular. Unlike core , regular members only enjoy freedom of passage where the group is performing;
Yagule masks are also know as Peul/Bede. Bede being a slightly different variation on the Yagule mask. Also being known as Jeune fille translated to Young girl. Dancers that wear these masks usually perform the dance whilst wearing stilts.
Old Dogon ladder from the ex collection of Seward Kennedy. The Dogon made many different items for utilitarian and practical use, they are very well known for the ladders they made, the elaborately carved doors, over eighty different styled masks and a large number (unknown) tribal figures for ceremony and ancestor worship for different cults.
Dogon Dyodyodune masks like many of other Dogon masks vary in style from village to village and region but all have the same use and meaning.
The border between Cote d'Ivoire and Liberia cuts across several ethnic groups, including the Dan, Wee, Kran, and Grebo. In Dan society, dangerous immaterial forest spirits are translated into the forms of human face masks.
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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!