Miscellaneous

Our miscellaneous page has been created for those exquisite and unique items that do not comfortably fit in any of our other categorised pages.  Within the miscellaneous page we include tribal items such as drums, instruments, chairs. games such as oware / mancala, utilitarian pieces, textiles,  terracotta items,  baby carriers,  traditional costumes,  wooden items that do not fit in the category of either masks or tribal figures, such as smoking pipes and similar.  There are so many pieces of tribal art/ everyday items that will only fit to this category , so please take a look as there are some fantastic, interesting and beautiful items within this section that have and serve just as meaningful a purpose as  tribal masks and figures that are more recognised as collectables.

Kuba Textile

A lovely Kuba textile showing a stunning geometric design, typical of the Shoowa people of Kuba Kingdom DRC. Using the leaves of the raffia tree, the Kuba people of the Congo first hand cut, and then weave the strips of leaf to make pieces of fabric

Kuba Textile

Kuba people in the Republic of the Congo have made beautifully embroidered ritual cloths of raffia. Men weave the plain-weave ground fabrics on simple vertical looms, then women ornament these textiles with imaginative geometric patterning

Kuba Textile

After they’ve completed the base cloth the women embroider it. They do this by pulling a few threads of the raffia fibers, inserting them into a needle running the needle through the cloth until the fibers show up on the opposite end.

Kuba Textile

The art of making Kuba cloth is very time consuming and can take several days to form a small piece. The men first gather the leaves of the raffia tree and then dye it using mud, indigo or substances from the cam wood tree.

Kuba Textile

Each patch is symbolic and many times a piece has many different meanings. When Kuba cloth originated there were probably no patches used, but as the cloth is brittle it is quite likely that the patches were used to repair the frequent tears.

Kuba Textile

Using the leaves of the raffia tree, the Kuba people of the Congo first hand cut, and then weave the strips of leaf to make pieces of fabric, called raffia cloth. There are several different sub groups of the Kuba people. Each group has different and unique ways to make the fabric

Dogon BouBou Tunic

Very striking and vibrant Dogon BouBou with wonderful use of classic colour and motives. Made from the traditional Bogolan cloth of the Dogon people. Among many styles of clothing made by the Dogon with the Bogolan cloth the Boubou tunic is the most

Dogon Mancala

Mancala within the Dogon tribe are handed down from generation to generation as gifts or once someone has passed away, so these games are normally kept within a family for many years until they do not function in the way they are meant to.

Kuba Shoowa Textile

Kuba people in the Republic of the Congo have made intricately embroidered ritual cloths of raffia. Men weave the plain-weave ground fabrics on simple vertical looms, then women ornament these textiles with imaginative geometric patterning

Kuba Textile

This beautiful Kuba Textile made by the people of the DRC displays all of the usual traditional style, colour and geometric design we have become use to seeing within such captivating and complex works of Kuba textile artwork

Kuba Textile

The most commonly known of the Kuba textiles are the cut-pile Shoowas or Kassai Velvets, named after the river along which the Kuba live. Work on high quality velvet can last a month or even more. Textiles are woven by men and embroidered by women.

Kuba Shoowa Textile

The most commonly known of the Kuba textiles are the cut-pile Shoowas or Kassai Velvets, named after the river along which the Kuba live. Work on high quality velvet can last a month or even more. Textiles are woven by men and embroidered by women.

Mbuti Pygmy Bark Cloth

An interesting piece of Mbuti Pygmy Bark Cloth from DRC. Before the colonial era bark cloth was the main item of both men and womens clothing. It is the men who harvest the bark from the fig tree and then also go on to cut and pound the raw material

Massai Mancala

PROVENANCE: Ex Seward Kennedy Collection. Mancala is a generic name for a family of 2-player turn-based strategy board games played with small stones or seeds and rows of holes or pits in the earth, a board or other playing surface.

Dayak Baby Carrier

A Dayak baby carrier highly decorated for display of wealth and prestige of a family and to protect the baby when it left the safety of the communal long house and compound. They were only used when mother and baby were away from home. The design of most women's art is defensive, designed to erect defensive barriers between their families and malignant spirits.

Dogon Hunters Shirt

A fantastic and authentic Dogon hunters shirt / tunic, covered in an array of trophy horns, mirrors,bones and cowrie shells. This garment, shirt, or tunic were worn by Dogon men for protection in the forest, from both wild animals and dangerous spirits.

Dogon Yo Domolo Thief's Crook Staff (RESERVED)

Held in the hand or worn over the shoulder, these curved staffs are the emblem of the society of yona (ritual thieves). The principal activity of the society seems to occur at the funeral of one of its members, stealing domestic animals to be sacrificed and eaten at the funeral ceremony

Dogon Hunters Tunic and Hat

This garment, shirt, or tunic were worn by Dogon men for protection in the forest, from both wild animals and dangerous spirits. A successful hunter must not only be master of the forest and wild animals, but must also have the spiritual power necessary to negotiate the dangerous supernatural realm.

Dan Spoon

These are also known as Dan “wake mia or wunkirmian” spoons, and are carved for the most hospitable village women and a symbol of fecundity and the women bring out their spoons when a ceremony of women is being rejoiced.

Rare Dan Guere Spoon

A very rare Dan Guere spoon, this beautiful piece is very different to a "wake mia or wunkirmian", as this is not a feasting spoon but one only ever used for agricultural rites ceremonies. Once an agricultural ceremony is arranged and in place this spoon has a scoop like place on the handle that libations are poured.

Kuba Shoowa Textile

A beautiful and symmetrical hand made Kuba Shoowa textile from the Kasai region of Kuba Kingdom Democratic Republic of Congo. This is signed "Maxombo" on the rear also with an "M" which can be seen in the photos. A really superb piece and a nice rarer design.

Kuba Shoowa Textile

These are beautiful old handmade textiles and excellent quality, collected from villages by our guys in the Congo.

Kuba Shoowa Textile

The art of making Kuba cloth is very time consuming and can take several days to form a small piece. The men first gather the leaves of the raffia tree and then dye it using mud, indigo or substances from the camwood tree.

Kuba Shoowa Textile

This is a beautiful later 20th Century piece handmade textile and excellent quality, collected from villages by our guys in the Congo.

Kuba Shoowa Textile

The art of making Kuba cloth is very time consuming and can take several days to form a small piece. The men first gather the leaves of the raffia tree and then dye it using mud, indigo or substances from the camwood tree.

Kuba Shoowa Textile

The art of making Kuba cloth is very time consuming and can take several days to form a small piece. The men first gather the leaves of the raffia tree and then dye it using mud, indigo or substances from the camwood tree.

Kuba Shoowa Textile

These are beautiful old handmade textiles, collected from villages by our guys in the Congo.

Benin Brass Smoking Pipe

This old Benin pipe is 21 inches long. The bowl is 6 inches high and 9 inches around. It is solid bronze with leather wrappings.