Bini mask

Beautiful rare and old Bini mask Nigeria (Edo State) Wood, paint, pigment, encrusted patina 5 ( see the image gallery down this page ) Size : 27cm x 14cm Weight 320 grams Probable age: End XIXth – Early 20th Century Provenance: Dr. Gordon K. Mackenzie ( 1913-1992 ), Washington D. C., USA. A geologist and  paleontologist who collected African and Pre-columbian  Art. Some of his objects where exhibited in the Washington Museum in 1972. Ex David Malik Gallery, London, UK Price: 2,200€ Buy It Now: Mask of the Bini or Ibibio people The Article below was found at Yahoo answers : What is a Bini mask The Bini people of Nigeria of the great Kingdom of Benin are located around present day Benin City. The Bini mask is one of Nigeria’s most famous and is the symbol of Nigerian arts and culture. These masks are worn by members of the Ekpo-society, who take care of the well-being of the village and settle disputes.Ekpo members wear masks, raffin capes, and other accouterments to impersonate the ancestors and other dead members of the society. The the dancer is covered by a costume of grasses attached to the mask. Rituals are performed for planting, harvesting (yam harvest) and funerals. During important the annual yam harvest, members imitated ancestors who were believed to have briefly returned to the world of the living. The mask was also a part of the rituals to propitiate the gods and to protect the people against illness. Drumming and music are also important elements in Ekpo ceremonies. The form of the masks probably derives elements from their better known neighbors the Yoruba.Some wooden Bini mask have a distinctly simplified style. The mouth is delicately rendered; the nose is narrow and long; above the eyes, which have no pupils, there are bulging eyelids. They are very different from the ostentatious courtly style of the tribal woodcarvings of the Bini who lived in the environs of Benin. The petty tribal chiefs used to produce for their altars wooden commemorative ancestor heads and would carve masks representing departed souls, which were used […]

TRUST, museums, “touching lines” and other stories.

TRUST, museums, “touching lines” and other stories.   Dear $email,   I have a lot of interesting articles and assorted news for you. My catawiki auction will end this Sunday, so make sure you stop by and check it out for some great pieces. Two weeks on Sunday (9 October) I will be exhibiting at “Art Fair Mechelen”, so please come by and say hello, if you happen to be in Belgium. I will present some objects that are seriously “touching lines” (UNCERTAIN what  “TOUCHING LINES” MEAN, but it’s the slogan of Art Fair Mechelen, so just come discover it yourself ) David Norden “Art Fair Mechelen” Touching Lines. Onder den Toren 12, 2800 Mechelen, België Sunday, October 9 at 10 AM – 5 PM You are welcome to confirm your visit. or read more ————- Photo: Mangbetu musicians. Niangara, Belgian Congo, 1915 – I am looking for a fine Mangbetu split drum for a client. If you know of one, please get in touch ————- “Look Again: Contemporary Perspective on African Art” at Philadelphia Museum of Art . The exhibition unfolds works created in West and Central Africa from the 1500s through to the early 1900s. New understanding of this most remarkable part of the world can be gained by looking closely at the exhibitions of materials, techniques, artistic forms and social functions. The exhibition is on view at Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130, United States. View the slideshow at : ———- New Fowler Museum exhibition highlights African art Fowler Museum presents exceptional gifts of African Art donated by collector Jay T. Last and dealer Merton D. Simpson. When Simpson and Last first became acquainted in the 1960s, the market for African art was drastically different from the market today. Collectors of African art at that time favoured figurative wooden sculpture with strong lines, smooth surfaces and symmetrical features. In contrast to these typical preferences, Simpson and Last shared a unique interest in the simplicity and abstraction of both Lega and Zulu arts. The two men quickly established a […]

African Art News September 2016

David Norden: Advising Fine African Art Collections since 1992  Subscribe to the newsletter at  Dear $email, I found this interesting video on Arte about the market in African masks “Le marché des masques africains” : Photo © Peter Heller/Filmkraft  (in french)  Are you still looking to acquire new objects to expand your Art collection? After 9 months of absence  on Catawiki I am back "in action" with an exclusive auction, and some exquisite items .There is a new African art auctioneer at Catawiki; his name is Dimitri André. I have entrusted my recent contributions to his meticulous care. See below for my latest offerings. This auction starts today to end on sunday evening 25 september 2016.  As always, I also provide a full statement of provenance along with a detailed description of the piece and a full guarantee on all objects. The Catawiki page is easy to navigate – just register for the site, and then the sale, choose your preferred language (top of the page) and bid; auction costs are only 9%, and on most lots I offer free delivery. To see the current prices of these objects, click on the pictures and you will be passed automatically to the Catawiki site.  I know you’re going to love these great objects. As usual, with full provenances where known.  These lots include a XIXth century Hemba-Kusu from the Kahan colllection, and a fine Lobi .  Hit the reply button if you have any question or want to know my limit prices.  Wishing you a happy bidding ! David “from Antwerp” Norden + Punu reliquary guardian – Gabon   Fine Ituri mask- NDAKA tribe-Democratic Republic of the Congo   A Passport bushcow mask; Bwa-Bobo people, Upper Volta/Burkina Faso.   A protective statue with four heads of the SONGYE tribe in Congo.   Akan Colon figure top of a Linguist Staff. Ivory Coast   Triple head neckrest- YAKA – Democratic Republic of Congo – Bandundu > Kwango   A fine Pair of Ere Ibedji’s-Yoruba-NIGERIA-Egbe, Yagba   A Fine Zela Mboko Divination Figure with Bowl – LUBA ZELA- DRC Congo   […]

Le marché des masques africains

Une vidéo intéressante sur Arte laisse la parole a des experts, des marchands et des collectionneurs, des curateurs de musées, et des directeurs de salles de vente ainsi que des artisans sur le marché des masques Africains. Le marché des masques africains Voici l’article sur les masques Africains à connotation légèrement négative du descriptif d’Arte: En deux siècles de colonisation, l’Afrique a été dépossédée d’une quantité incalculable d’œuvres d’art et d’artisanat de grande importance. On retrouve aujourd’hui ces trésors entassés par milliers dans les fonds des musées, des expositions privées et des galeries occidentales. Les musées internationaux dédiés à l’ethnologie présentent ainsi des collections d’une incroyable richesse, dont l’origine reste pourtant suspecte. Plus d’un demi-siècle après la fin des empires coloniaux, c’est désormais la spéculation qui bat son plein, sur les masques, statuettes et autres objets d’art africains issus de pillages. C’est le cas notamment des trésors de la civilisation Nok (actuel Nigeria, 1 000 av. J.-C-300 ap. J.-C.), achetés par des musées, de Boston à Bruxelles. Aujourd’hui, de plus en plus de pays d’Afrique demandent la restitution de ces objets. Histoire du pillage L’historien de l’art béninois Romuald Tchibozo et la politologue panafricaniste nigérienne Aissa Halidou, reviennent sur l’histoire de ce pillage artistique, notamment au Togo et au Bénin, et partent sur les traces de l’industrie de la contrefaçon. Des modestes sculpteurs des villages béninois aux richissimes collectionneurs européens, ce documentaire interroge aussi l’omniprésence d’un “regard blanc” sur l’art africain, d’hier à aujourd’hui. VOIR LE FILM Please follow and like us:

Yaka Suku Kakuungu Mask

A Yaka Suku Kakuungu mask from  the Democratic Republic of Congo Mid 20th Century- Provenance: Ex David Malik FineAfricanArts 21cm x 14,5 cm Wood – Sold without stand Tribe: Yaka Price: 500€ A Kakuungu mask that instills instant fear—whether seen from afar or close up—is well made according to the Suku. So it is not surprising that the yisidika, the charm specialist of the initiation camp, calls forth this mask to teach obedience and respect to initiates and to threaten those who might inflict harm on his charges. Most Kakuungu masks are huge in size, this one with it’s 21 cm can be put in the miniatures category. The mask has been polished  on the outside. Inside old patina. The Suku Kakuungu mask from  the Democratic Republic of Congo usually appeared on the day of circumcision, the day of departure from the initiation camp, and occasionally for the breaking of food restrictions. Its appearance served to frighten young candidates into obedience and respect for their elders, and to threaten the person secretly herboring evil intentions against one of the initates. When not in use the Suku Kakuungu masks were displayed in special shrines of the mbwoolo society. Please follow and like us:

Fang Ngontang Duponcheel

A 3 heads Fang Ngontang helmet mask  – Gabon – Provenance Duponcheel. Fang Ngontang Three Faced Helmet Mask – Gabon African Carved Wood Helmet Mask, Gabon, Fang, the tapered form with four relief-carved heads with heart-shaped faces, with pyro-blackened projections above, (wood loss, cracks, restauration), ht. 13 1/2 in., 32 cm. The Duponcheel fang is Genuine, Duponcheel is credited with supplying Tervuren with the best Fang masks, Ngil’s etc, and this was collected on the same fieldtrip as those pieces in 1967/68. In the hand it is absolutely genuine, and so it the patina. Duponcheel ( (Brussels and New York) not only collected medieval antiques and also Archaeology and African Art. He was in the acquisition commission board of the Smithsonian. Discussing a closely related mask in the Dallas Museum of Art, Walker (2009: 272) notes: “The [Fang groups] Betsi and Ntumu call this type of helmet mask Ngontang, a term that is a contraction of nlo ngon ntanga, which means ‘face of the daughter of the white man.’ When the Betsi and Ntumu peoples first encountered the Europeans, they believed the Europeans were spirits returned from the world of the dead. Introduced in the 1920s, the mask has multiple faces with eyes that see everything, and it was a ritual object that fought against malevolent forces such as witchcraft. […] It is thought the Ngontang replaced the ngil mask, which policed the Fang communities and was banned by the French colonial government.” Provenance: -Collected by Christian Duponcheel in Gabon in 1967-68. – Paul and Peggy Rabut collection ( illustrated in Tribal arts magazine ) . – Skinner Inc. Boston 2008, – Chris Wild collection, – Jan Kusters collection. Published: – The Mysterious World of Paul Rabut , By Charles Derby . Tribal art magazine #33 – Winter 2003 Please follow and like us:

Mbembe Janus mask

Mbembe Janus mask Published: Tribal Art magazine nr. 78 ( winter 2015) page. 40 Scroll Down for More Images Exhibited: since this mask was originally covered with skin, it was exhibited in Netherland at “De Huid als Communicatiemiddel” (“Skin as a means of communication”) from 12 sept.2015 >16 may 2016, “Nederlands Leder en Schoenen Museum”(“Skin as means of communication”) an exhibition in Waalwijk (Netherland). Provenances : Lucien van de Velde, Antwerp, Belgium Jean-Pierre Jernander, Brussels, Belgium Alex Arthur, Brussels, Belgium Mort Golub, USA (artist) Jan Kusters, Netherland Janus headed helmet mask from the Mbembe Akparabong tribe , Nigeria H: 42 cm. Wood, painted in black, white and red, cylindrical blackened corpus, carved with nearly identical faces, whitened with kaolin and crowned with short horns, showing differing scarification marks ( this small concentric circle motif is called “drum of ngbe”), writing on one side “ako…mone…47…”, sligh damages on paint, cracks, missing parts because of insect caused damage, paint rubbed off, water spots; various drilled holes proving that the mask originally was completely coated with skin, and was dyed at a later date, possibly there were feathers inset on top of the head and a further head crest that presumably was removed. TRIBE: The middle Cross River region is populated by several Bantoid groups Ejagham (Ekoi), Mbembe, Yakö, as well as by northeastern Ibo peoples. The most popular art form, the helmet mask with one or more faces, seems to be common to all of them. In most cases such masks were identified as Ibibio or Cross River Ibo, though, like the present one, they belong to the Ejagham complex and relate to the art of the Akparabong clan. Description courtesy of Zemanek, Münster, Würzburg – July 2009-nr.282. GVR Archives Registration Nr.: 0011227 Lit.: Wittmer, Marcilene K., Arnett, William, Three Rivers of Nigeria, Atlanta 1978, p. 77, ill. 181 Price: 4,000 € Buy the Mbembe Janus Mask:             Please follow and like us:

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Since summer is coming to an end I’m getting ready to ramp things up and start working with additional clients one-on-one. If you have an African Art collection with objects dating to before 1940 and you wish to sell, or if you are building a collection and have funding in place, let’s talk about how I can help you grow or reduce your collection. At this moment I am still looking for metal and wood Ofos from Nigeria, wooden fans from Nigeria (wooden only – not the metal ones), and important Luba material (pre-1930) for an American museum that is preparing an exhibition. Reply to this email, and let’s chat. Talk soon, David P.S.:Some recent acquisitions images below. —- If you also want to subscribe to my newsletter enter your email below Free African Art Newsletter: Build the African Art collection of your dreams. Subscribe above today Phone: +32 3 227.35.40  Contact David Norden    Please follow and like us:

WANTED: Nigeria wooden fan(s) and Ofo’s wanted.

Dear friends, I hope everything is going well with you, and that you have been able to find some nice African Art with which to enhance your collections. The gods of collecting have been very good to me lately – the enormous rise in prices for good quality items has seen numerous six-figure sums, beyond the range of we humble collectors. However, one side effect of this has been the collapse in the mid-range market as dealers scramble for the big ticket items, plenty of genuine objects are appearing in obscure little online auctions and art fairs. So some very good objects with provenance can be found at really reasonable prices. I was recently able to buy several objects with Sotheby’s provenances, and/or with famous collector pedigrees from the likes of Carlo Monzino, Franco Monti and Paolo Morigi. I could never have afforded (or even found) such items a few years ago. They are all proudly on display in my gallery in Antwerp – why not come along this summer to visit them? We would all be very happy to see you! I have been acting as agent for collectors with specific interests, who are looking for items to expand their collections. This month’s must-haves include Nigerian wooden fans and notable Ofos. Photos of similar items are shown below – if you have any such items, or know anybody who has, please get in touch. Equally, if you would like me to hunt things down for you, just let me know. If you want daily tips, ramblings, or want to learn more about the ins and outs of my take on the African Art world, just befriend me on Facebook:  (personal account)  ( page with only African Art )   ( page about objects ) Have a nice day! David Norden St Katelijnevest 27 B2000 Antwerpen Belgium +32 (0)3 227.35.40. Please follow and like us:

African Art

African Art Collectors are passionate. Welcome to the African Art World of David Norden, a dealer with more than 25 years experience in buying and selling African Art who can help you build and grow your collection. I am always interested in Buying original images, sculptures and masks coming from old collections, and can advise you in doing the same. The Treasure Hunt Starts in Antwerp When you collected African Art you will meet fellow collectors and discover that most of them are quite passionate but also a bit worried about having objects in their collection that where made for decoration. But on the other hand they often buy objects in Africa or on flea markets for 20 € and on online auction website that are not properly curated, or pay a thousand euro from a runner they don’t know well and are amazed  when after a few years they try to sell their collection, that nobody is interested in it. Wouldn’t it be better to buy less objects but from higher quality, and that you’ll know exactly what you are buying ? African Art dealers with good reputation and years of experience can be your best “partners in crime”, they deliver selected African Art objects with a complete written description, and don’t make it difficult to buy it back or exchange it for something better in case you want to UPGRADE your collection . On our site you will soon be able to buy from our inventory, or participate in our timed online auctions FIRST Auction will start on March 18, 2016 and end March 27, 2016 8:00 pm Auction ends: March  2016 12:00 pm David Norden St Katelijnevest 27 B2000 Antwerpen Belgium +32 (0)3 227.35.40. Please follow and like us: