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  • LASSCO Voucher

    LASSCO Gift card

    £25£3,000 Stock code: giftcard
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    LASSCO Gift card

    Redeemable online or at any of the LASSCO stores, our gift cards are the perfect present for anyone. The LASSCO Gift Card is emailed to the recipient on a day of your choosing and they will know its from you as soon as they receive it. Need a present delivered today? Just select the amount you want to send, complete your order and the rest is taken care of.
    Stock code: giftcard
    £25£3,000
  • Pietra Dura marble table top

    £1,500 Stock code: BB094
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    Pietra Dura marble table top

    depicting an arrangement of foliage and birds.
    Dimensions: 60cm (23½") Wide, 2cm (0¾") Thick, 91cm (35¾") Long
    Stock code: BB094
    £1,500
  • Coco de Mer nut

    £850 Stock code: 79294
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    Coco de Mer nut

    adapted with hinge for use as storage.
    Dimensions: 25cm (9¾") High, 26cm (10¼") Wide, 14.5cm (5¾") Deep
    Stock code: 79294
    £850
  • Pale blonde Coco de Mer nut

    £850 Stock code: 79293
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    Pale blonde Coco de Mer nut

    sometimes known as 'Love Nuts', typically collected due to their natural resemblance to a human's buttocks.
    Dimensions: 25cm (9¾") High, 26cm (10¼") Wide, 16cm (6¼") Deep
    Stock code: 79293
    £850
  • Model ship

    An English cased scratch-built timber model of “The Guiding Star”

    £820 Stock code: 46610
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    An English cased scratch-built timber model of “The Guiding Star”

    the three-masted clipper, sails stowed, depicted on a naturalistic swell, the glazed case with stop-chamfered mouldings,
    Dimensions: 50cm (19¾") High, 70cm (27½") Wide, 36cm (14¼") Deep, the case
    Stock code: 46610
    £820
  • A mounted buffalo horn trophy-0

    A mounted buffalo horn trophy

    £780 Stock code: 41488
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    A mounted buffalo horn trophy

    mounted on a shield backplate,
    Dimensions: 57cm (22½") High, 89cm (35") Wide, 36cm (14¼") Deep
    Stock code: 41488
    £780
  • A ten point red deer stag's head trophy

    A ten point red deer stag’s head trophy

    £595 Stock code: 42740
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    A ten point red deer stag’s head trophy

    mounted on an oak shield back plate,
    Dimensions: 98cm (38½") High, 80cm (31½") Wide
    Stock code: 42740
    £595
  • Congolese Songye door

    £480 Stock code: AD1479
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    Congolese Songye door

    caved hardwood.
    Dimensions: 130cm (51¼") High, 51.5cm (20¼") Wide, 14cm (5½") Deep
    Stock code: AD1479
    £480
  • Luba female / male stool,

    £375 Stock code: AD1451
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    Luba female / male stool,

    Luba art relates most commonly to the Kings and Chiefs of the Congolese Luba tribe, who would assert their power by display of ceremonial objects during ceremonies. Stools were considered to be the most important of these objects as they would serve not only as a seat but as a receptacle for the Chief’s spirit. The ruler is thus figuratively and literally supported by a caryatid figure - in this case both male and female standing figures. The male is seen with inset cowrie shell eyes, believed by many African tribes to contain divine powers.
    Dimensions: 41cm (16¼") High, 29cm (11½") Wide
    Stock code: AD1451
    £375
  • Luba stool

    £375 Stock code: AD1449
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    Luba stool

    Luba art relates most commonly to the Kings and Chiefs of the Congolese Luba tribe, who would assert their power by display of ceremonial objects during ceremonies. Stools were considered to be the most important of these objects as they would serve not only as a seat but as a receptacle for the Chief’s spirit. The ruler is thus figuratively and literally supported by a caryatid figure - in this case a standing female ancestor. The carvings seen on her stomach allude to the maternal - such markings were common among many matrilineal societies in Africa to emphasise and protect the navel as the threshold between oneself, one’s mother and one’s own lineage.
    Dimensions: 43cm (17") High, 28.5cm (11¼") Wide
    Stock code: AD1449
    £375
  • Songye Kilumwe Kifwebe mask (A)

    £350 Stock code: AD1468
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    Songye Kilumwe Kifwebe mask (A)

    Very large Kifwebe mask with exaggerated sagittal crest. It is believed that the sagittal crest and conical protrusion contain the magical strength of the mask.
    Dimensions: 56cm (22") High, 24.5cm (9¾") Wide, 26cm (10¼") Deep
    Stock code: AD1468
    £350
  • Luba stool,

    £350 Stock code: AD1453
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    Luba stool,

    Luba art relates most commonly to the Kings and Chiefs of the Congolese Luba tribe, who would assert their power by display of ceremonial objects during ceremonies. Stools were considered to be the most important of these objects as they would serve not only as a seat but as a receptacle for the Chief’s spirit. The ruler is thus figuratively and literally supported by a caryatid figure - in this case a kneeling female ancestor with elongated and outstretched fingertips. The deep carvings seen on her stomach allude to the maternal - such markings were common among many matrilineal societies in Africa to emphasise and protect the navel as the threshold between oneself, one’s mother and one’s own lineage.
    Dimensions: 45.5cm (18") High, 33cm (13") Wide
    Stock code: AD1453
    £350
  • Tabwa stool

    £350 Stock code: AD1444
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    Tabwa stool

    Congolese Tabwa art has distinct similarities to that of the Luba tribe, and its stools are used also in ceremonies by the Kings and Chiefs of the community with a means of establishing power and authority. The key difference seen between the two is the Tabwa’s traditional depiction of braided hair as a carved extension of the head and checkerboard-style scarification of the woman’s body.
    Dimensions: 44.5cm (17½") High, 29.5cm (11½") Wide
    Stock code: AD1444
    £350
  • A mounted Waterbuck head-0

    A mounted Waterbuck head

    £350 Stock code: 41480
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    A mounted Waterbuck head

    in poor condition,
    Dimensions: 122cm (48") High, 58.5cm (23") Wide, 61cm (24") Deep
    Stock code: 41480
    £350
  • Songye Janus standing power figure,

    £325 Stock code: AD1489
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    Songye Janus standing power figure,

    Congolese double-faced maternal power figure, adorned with animal hide and cowrie shells. The Songye power figure serves to protect its community from evil spirits.
    Dimensions: 98cm (38½") High, 24cm (9½") Wide, base 24 cm diameter
    Stock code: AD1489
    £325
  • Songye standing male power figure,

    £325 Stock code: AD1495
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    Songye standing male power figure,

    Standing male power figure from the Congolese Songye tribe, beautifully adorned with natural fibres, animal hide, and miniature power figure. These wooden power figures would have served to protect the Songye community from evil spirits and practitioners.
    Dimensions: 91cm (35¾") High, 23cm (9") Wide, base 23 cm diameter
    Stock code: AD1495
    £325
  • Luba stool

    £325 Stock code: AD1450
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    Luba stool

    Luba art relates most commonly to the Kings and Chiefs of the Congolese Luba tribe, who would assert their power by display of ceremonial objects during ceremonies. Stools were considered to be the most important of these objects as they would serve not only as a seat but as a receptacle for the Chief’s spirit. The ruler is thus figuratively and literally supported by a caryatid figure - in this case a posed female ancestor with a carved headdress and jewellery.
    Dimensions: 38cm (15") High, 31cm (12¼") Wide
    Stock code: AD1450
    £325
  • Luba stool

    £325 Stock code: AD1448
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    Luba stool

    Luba art relates most commonly to the Kings and Chiefs of the Congolese Luba tribe, who would assert their power by display of ceremonial objects during ceremonies. Stools were considered to be the most important of these objects as they would serve not only as a seat but as a receptacle for the Chief’s spirit. The ruler is thus figuratively and literally supported by a caryatid figure - in this case a kneeling female ancestor adorned with beaded and carved jewellery. The deep carvings seen on her stomach allude to the maternal - such markings were common among many matrilineal societies in Africa to emphasise and protect the navel as the threshold between oneself, one’s mother and one’s own lineage. Damage to left hand.
    Dimensions: 41cm (16¼") High, 25.5cm (10") Wide
    Stock code: AD1448
    £325
  • Luba stool,

    £300 Stock code: AD1454
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    Luba stool,

    Luba art relates most commonly to the Kings and Chiefs of the Congolese Luba tribe, who would assert their power by display of ceremonial objects during ceremonies. Stools were considered to be the most important of these objects as they would serve not only as a seat but as a receptacle for the Chief’s spirit. The ruler is thus figuratively and literally supported by a caryatid figure - in this case a kneeling female ancestor with elongated and outstretched fingertips. The deep and patterned carvings seen on her stomach allude to the maternal - such markings were common among many matrilineal societies in Africa to emphasise and protect the navel as the threshold between oneself, one’s mother and one’s own lineage.
    Dimensions: 42cm (16½") High, 33cm (13") Wide
    Stock code: AD1454
    £300
  • Songye Luba mask (A)

    £280 Stock code: AD1498
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    Songye Luba mask (A)

    The people of Songye are mainly known as a farming community, however they also take part in hunting and trading with other neighbouring communities. The distinct Songye style is easily recognisable in the Kifwebe mask by the mass of closely carved lines and bold shapes such as the protruding sagittal crest and X carved mouth. The intertwining of the red, black, and white colouring in these masks are said to symbolise the struggle between good (white) and evil (black and red) - the combination of these colours embodying the positive and dangerous force held within the mask. The ruggedness of the Kifwebe mask and its long raffia beard are said to symbolise the underworld and the spirits that escape from it. Further, it is believed that the sagittal crest and conical protrusion contain the magical strength of the mask.
    Dimensions: 44cm (17¼") High, 22cm (8¾") Wide, 22cm (8¾") Deep, with raffia the total length is 125.5 cm
    Stock code: AD1498
    £280
  • Luba stool

    £275 Stock code: AD1447
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    Luba stool

    Luba art relates most commonly to the Kings and Chiefs of the Congolese Luba tribe, who would assert their power by display of ceremonial objects during ceremonies. Stools were considered to be the most important of these objects as they would serve not only as a seat but as a receptacle for the Chief’s spirit. The ruler is thus figuratively and literally supported by a caryatid figure - in this case a posed female ancestor with a carved headdress. The deep and patterned carvings seen on her stomach allude to the maternal - such markings were common among many matrilineal societies in Africa to emphasise and protect the navel as the threshold between oneself, one’s mother and one’s own lineage. The act of scarification will have often been used as a rite of passage, in order to symbolise a readiness for the pain of childbirth.
    Dimensions: 38cm (15") High, 23.5cm (9¼") Wide
    Stock code: AD1447
    £275
  • Tabwa stool

    £275 Stock code: AD1446
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    Tabwa stool

    Congolese Tabwa art has distinct similarities to that of the Luba tribe, and its stools are used also in ceremonies by the Kings and Chiefs of the community with a means of establishing power and authority. The key difference seen between the two is the Tabwa’s traditional depiction of braided hair as a carved extension of the head and checkerboard-style scarification of the woman’s body. Such markings were common among many matrilineal societies in Africa to emphasise and protect the navel as the threshold between oneself, one’s mother and one’s own lineage.
    Dimensions: 40cm (15¾") High, 22.5cm (8¾") Wide
    Stock code: AD1446
    £275
  • Kusu Nsembu mask

    £250 Stock code: AD1465
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    Kusu Nsembu mask

    The Nsembu mask was used exclusively by members of the Nkunda Secret Society for the purposes of adult initiation and divination; the mask representing the diviners spirit. The chequered pattern may represent the interaction of opposites - day and night, man and woman, good and evil - within ones spiritual journey. It is also reminiscent of certain scarification practices. The Kusu people inhabit the Ituri rainforests, located in the northeastern part of the Congo.
    Dimensions: 39.5cm (15½") High, 26cm (10¼") Wide, 9cm (3½") Deep
    Stock code: AD1465
    £250
  • Tchokwe Pwo mask,

    £245 Stock code: AD1486
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    Tchokwe Pwo mask,

    The Pwo is a classic Chokwe mask genre that honours their founding female ancestries as guardians of fertility and procreation. Chokwe masks were made and worn by men, often performed during the celebrations that mark a completion of initiation into adulthood and with means to honour women who had survived the difficulty of childbirth.
    Dimensions: 32cm (12½") High, 18.5cm (7¼") Wide, 9cm (3½") Deep
    Stock code: AD1486
    £245
  • Kusu Nsembu mask

    £240 Stock code: AD1467
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    Kusu Nsembu mask

    The Nsembu mask was used exclusively by members of the Nkunda Secret Society for the purposes of adult initiation and divination; the mask representing the diviners spirit. Painted with natual coloured pigments, its design is reminiscent of certain scarification practices. The Kusu people inhabit the Ituri rainforests, located in the northeastern part of the Congo.
    Dimensions: 28.5cm (11¼") High, 19.5cm (7¾") Wide, 9.5cm (3¾") Deep
    Stock code: AD1467
    £240
  • Songye Luba mask (B)

    £200 Stock code: AD1496
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    Songye Luba mask (B)

    The people of Songye are mainly known as a farming community, however they also take part in hunting and trading with other neighbouring communities. The distinct Songye style is easily recognisable in the Kifwebe mask by the mass of closely carved lines and bold shapes such as the protruding sagittal crest and X carved mouth. The intertwining of the red, black, and white colours in these masks are said to symbolise the struggle between good (white) and evil (black and red) - the combination of these colours embodying the positive and dangerous force held within the mask. Further, it is believed that the sagittal crest and conical protrusion contain the magical strength of the mask.
    Dimensions: 34cm (13½") High, 21.5cm (8½") Wide, 18cm (7") Deep
    Stock code: AD1496
    £200
  • Tchokwe Pwo mask,

    £195 Stock code: AD1483
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    Tchokwe Pwo mask,

    The Pwo is a classic Chokwe mask genre that honours their founding female ancestries as guardians of fertility and procreation. Chokwe masks were made and worn by men, often performed during the celebrations that mark a completion of initiation into adulthood and with means to honour women who had survived the difficulty of childbirth. Adorned with typical scarification designs to the face, with braided natural fibres alongside draped blue beads.
    Dimensions: 27.5cm (10¾") High, 19.5cm (7¾") Wide, 12cm (4¾") Deep
    Stock code: AD1483
    £195
  • Lega Idimu mask (E)

    £180 Stock code: AD1476
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    Lega Idimu mask (E)

    Similarly to the pipibudze masks of the Kwele tribe, the Lega’s Lukwakongo (miniature) masks have a heart-shaped face framed by a line formed by the nose, the eye rows and the planes of the cheeks. The wooden face is whitened and smoothed with kaolin clay, which is said to allude to the refined and perfected nature of the Bwami initiate, some of whom use the masks during initiation ceremonies. This mask would rarely be worn on the front of the face, but instead on the side of the face, the forehead, tied to the body, displayed on the fences, or dragged across the floor during Bwami meetings and ceremonies. The two faces share a mouth and a beard.
    Dimensions: 26.5cm (10½") High, 18cm (7") Wide, 8.5cm (3¼") Deep
    Stock code: AD1476
    £180
  • Kusu Nsembu mask

    £180 Stock code: AD1464
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    Kusu Nsembu mask

    The Nsembu mask was used exclusively by members of the Nkunda Secret Society for the purposes of adult initiation and divination; the mask representing the diviners spirit. Painted with natual coloured pigments, its design is reminiscent of certain scarification practices. The Kusu people inhabit the Ituri rainforests, located in the northeastern part of the Congo.
    Dimensions: 39cm (15¼") High, 15.5cm (6") Wide, 9cm (3½") Deep
    Stock code: AD1464
    £180
  • Luba-Hemba triple figural group,

    £175 Stock code: AD1472
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    Luba-Hemba triple figural group,

    Triple maternal power figure with draped cloth fibres and checkered scarification to the belly and head. These wooden power figures would have served to protect the Songye community from evil spirits and practitioners.
    Dimensions: 51cm (20") High, 16.5cm (6½") Wide, base 16.5 cm diameter
    Stock code: AD1472
    £175
  • Tchokwe Pwo mask,

    £175 Stock code: AD1484
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    Tchokwe Pwo mask,

    The Pwo is a classic Chokwe mask genre that honours their founding female ancestries as guardians of fertility and procreation. Chokwe masks were made and worn by men, often performed during the celebrations that mark a completion of initiation into adulthood and with means to honour women who had survived the difficulty of childbirth. Minimal scarification design to face and woven natural fibre covering.
    Dimensions: 30.5cm (12") High, 17.5cm (7") Wide, 16cm (6¼") Deep
    Stock code: AD1484
    £175
  • Luba Bilume Kifwebe mask (A)

    £175 Stock code: AD1481
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    Luba Bilume Kifwebe mask (A)

    The people of Songye are mainly known as a farming community, however they also take part in hunting and trading with other neighbouring communities. The distinct Songye style is easily recognisable in the Kifwebe mask by the mass of closely carved lines and bold shapes such as the protruding sagittal crest and X carved mouth. The intertwining of the red, black, and white colouring in these masks are said to symbolise the struggle between good (white) and evil (black and red) - the combination of these colours embodying the positive and dangerous force held within the mask. Further, it is believed that the sagittal crest and conical protrusion contain the magical strength of the mask.
    Dimensions: 37cm (14½") High, 24cm (9½") Wide, 12.5cm (5") Deep
    Stock code: AD1481
    £175
  • Tchokwe Pwo mask,

    £165 Stock code: AD1487
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    Tchokwe Pwo mask,

    The Pwo is a classic Chokwe mask genre that honours their founding female ancestries as guardians of fertility and procreation. Chokwe masks were made and worn by men, often performed during the celebrations that mark a completion of initiation into adulthood and with means to honour women who had survived the difficulty of childbirth. The occasion is also said to mark the dissolution of intimate bonds between mothers and their sons, which may be represented through the tear carvings and motifs seen on the face. Further, facial scarification as seen on this mask would have been used to make the person less desirable to the spirit of death, and in women specifically would mark the birth of a baby boy.
    Dimensions: 24cm (9½") High, 15cm (6") Wide, 14cm (5½") Deep
    Stock code: AD1487
    £165
  • Kneeling Luba figure

    £150 Stock code: AD1470
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    Kneeling Luba figure

    Congolese
    Dimensions: 50.5cm (20") High, 23cm (9") Wide, 23cm (9") in Diameter
    Stock code: AD1470
    £150
  • Lega Idimu mask (C)

    £140 Stock code: AD1474
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    Lega Idimu mask (C)

    Similarly to the pipibudze masks of the Kwele tribe, the Lega’s Lukwakongo (miniature) masks have a heart-shaped face framed by a line formed by the nose, the eye rows and the planes of the cheeks. The wooden face is whitened and smoothed with kaolin clay, which is said to allude to the refined and perfected nature of the Bwami initiate, some of whom use the masks during initiation ceremonies. Any holes running around the lower edge of the mask would have held a beard made of natural liana fibres. This mask would rarely be worn on the front of the face, but instead on the side of the face, the forehead, tied to the body, displayed on the fences, or dragged across the floor during Bwami meetings and ceremonies.
    Dimensions: 32.5cm (12¾") High, 23.5cm (9¼") Wide, 10cm (4") Deep
    Stock code: AD1474
    £140
  • Tchokwe Pwo mask,

    £125 Stock code: AD1485
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    Tchokwe Pwo mask,

    The Pwo is a classic Chokwe mask genre that honours their founding female ancestries as guardians of fertility and procreation. Chokwe masks were made and worn by men, often performed during the celebrations that mark a completion of initiation into adulthood and with means to honour women who had survived the difficulty of childbirth. The occasion is also said to mark the dissolution of intimate bonds between mothers and their sons, which may be represented through the tear carvings and motifs seen on the face. Further, facial scarification as seen on this mask would have been used to make the person less desirable to the spirit of death, and in women specifically would mark the birth of a baby boy.
    Dimensions: 27cm (10¾") High, 15cm (6") Wide, 8cm (3¼") Deep
    Stock code: AD1485
    £125
  • Pressed seaweed specimens,

    £95 each Stock code: P01198 K
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    Pressed seaweed specimens,

    Hand-pressed specimens framed in natural ash.
    Dimensions: 32cm (12½") High, 25cm (9¾") Wide, 2cm (0¾") Deep
    Stock code: P01198 K
    £95 each
  • Pressed seaweed specimens,

    £95 each Stock code: P01198 J
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    Pressed seaweed specimens,

    Hand-pressed specimens framed in natural ash.
    Dimensions: 32cm (12½") High, 25cm (9¾") Wide, 2cm (0¾") Deep
    Stock code: P01198 J
    £95 each
  • Pressed seaweed specimens,

    £95 each Stock code: P01198 H
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    Pressed seaweed specimens,

    Hand-pressed specimens framed in natural ash.
    Dimensions: 32cm (12½") High, 25cm (9¾") Wide, 2cm (0¾") Deep
    Stock code: P01198 H
    £95 each
  • Pressed seaweed specimens,

    £95 each Stock code: P01198 G
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    Pressed seaweed specimens,

    Hand-pressed specimens framed in natural ash.
    Dimensions: 32cm (12½") High, 25cm (9¾") Wide, 2cm (0¾") Deep
    Stock code: P01198 G
    £95 each
  • Pressed seaweed specimens,

    £95 each Stock code: P01198 F
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    Pressed seaweed specimens,

    Hand-pressed specimens framed in natural ash.
    Dimensions: 25cm (9¾") High, 32cm (12½") Wide, 2cm (0¾") Deep
    Stock code: P01198 F
    £95 each
  • Pressed seaweed specimens,

    £95 each Stock code: P01198 E
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    Pressed seaweed specimens,

    Hand-pressed specimens framed in natural ash.
    Dimensions: 25cm (9¾") High, 32cm (12½") Wide, 2cm (0¾") Deep
    Stock code: P01198 E
    £95 each
  • Pressed seaweed specimens,

    £95 each Stock code: P01198 D
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    Pressed seaweed specimens,

    Hand-pressed specimens framed in natural ash.
    Dimensions: 32cm (12½") High, 25cm (9¾") Wide, 2cm (0¾") Deep
    Stock code: P01198 D
    £95 each
  • Pressed seaweed specimens,

    £95 each Stock code: P01198 A
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    Pressed seaweed specimens,

    Hand-pressed specimens framed in natural ash.
    Dimensions: 25cm (9¾") High, 32cm (12½") Wide, 2cm (0¾") Deep
    Stock code: P01198 A
    £95 each
  • Baoulé Colon figure in a boat,

    £50 Stock code: AD1491
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    Baoulé Colon figure in a boat,

    African colon figures originated among the Ivory Coast’s Baoulé tribe as an often satirical artistic response to colonisation and European influence. The hand-carved wooden statues commonly depict a Europeanised African middle class, or stereotypical attributes of European design - official uniforms, suits, tobacco pipes, distinct hairstyles and hats. The Baoulé waged one of the longest wars of resistance against French colonisation, and the colon style would achieve international popularity following the second World War. The figure depicts a settler travelling sturdily by canoe boat, the two pieces are not attached. Crossed-sword decorative marking motif may have symbolised a readiness to fight evil.
    Dimensions: 27.5cm (10¾") High, 11.5cm (4½") Wide, 38cm (15") Deep
    Stock code: AD1491
    £50
  • Baoulé Colon figure,

    £50 Stock code: AD1490
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    Baoulé Colon figure,

    African colonial figures originated among the Ivory Coast’s Baoulé tribe as an often satirical artistic response to its colonisation and the European influence. The Baoulé waged one of the longest wars of resistance against French colonisation, and the Baoulé colon style would achieve international popularity following the second World War. Their hand-carved wooden statues commonly depict a Europeanised African middle class, or stereotypical attributes of European design such as official uniforms, suits, tobacco pipes, distinct hairstyles and hats. With this figure however, the man stands nude and tall in typical Baoulé posture, half-closed eyes symbolising a peaceful attitude, self-control and patience. The lack of clothing and pigment suggest that this figure did not represent a settler, but a Baoulé person unscathed by or prior to the European influence.
    Dimensions: 22.5cm (8¾") High, 4.5cm (1¾") Wide, 5.5cm (2¼") Deep
    Stock code: AD1490
    £50
  • Baoulé Colon figure,

    £50 Stock code: AD1493
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    Baoulé Colon figure,

    African colon figures originated among the Ivory Coast’s Baoulé tribe as an often satirical artistic response to colonisation and European influence. The hand-carved wooden statues commonly depict a Europeanised African middle class, or stereotypical attributes of European design - official uniforms, suits, tobacco pipes, distinct hairstyles and hats. The Baoulé waged one of the longest wars of resistance against French colonisation, and the colon style would achieve international popularity following the second World War. The figure’s clothing style and pigmentation symbolises a distinct sense of European modernity, whereby fashion and status were key symbols.
    Dimensions: 24cm (9½") High, 8.5cm (3¼") Wide, base 7 cm x 6 cm
    Stock code: AD1493
    £50
  • Baoulé Colon figure,

    £50 Stock code: AD1458
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    Baoulé Colon figure,

    African colon figures originated among the Ivory Coast’s Baoulé tribe as an often satirical artistic response to colonisation and European influence. The hand-carved wooden statues commonly depict a Europeanised African middle class, or stereotypical attributes of European design - official uniforms, suits, tobacco pipes, distinct hairstyles and hats. The Baoulé waged one of the longest wars of resistance against French colonisation, and the colon style would achieve international popularity following the second World War. The male figure wears pigment-patterned clothing and clutches a baton above his head. Whether the original statues were intended for ornamental or ritual purpose at the time is debated by anthropologists.
    Dimensions: 31.5cm (12½") High, 9cm (3½") Wide, 9cm (3½") Deep, base 7 cm x 7.5 cm
    Stock code: AD1458
    £50
  • Baoulé Colon figure,

    £50 Stock code: AD1457
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    Baoulé Colon figure,

    African colon figures originated among the Ivory Coast’s Baoulé tribe as an often satirical artistic response to colonisation and European influence. The hand-carved wooden statues involve at least three craftsmen: the sculptor, the sander, and the painter. They commonly depict a Europeanised African middle class, or stereotypical attributes of European design - official uniforms, suits, tobacco pipes, distinct hairstyles and hats. The Baoulé waged one of the longest wars of resistance against French colonisation, and the colon style would achieve international popularity following the second World War. The male figure stands slumped slightly forward, wearing nothing but a pair of brightly coloured blue shorts and belt. European missionaries would encourage African people to ‘cover up’ in order to instil concepts of puritanism and purdor.
    Dimensions: 29cm (11½") High, 9cm (3½") Wide, 7cm (2¾") Deep, base 6.5 cm x 7 cm
    Stock code: AD1457
    £50
  • Baule Colon figure,

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