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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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  • The Dance, by Henri Matisse, Jan – March 1939 / No. 4.

    £1,200 Stock code: P01273 G
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    The Dance, by Henri Matisse, Jan – March 1939 / No. 4.

    The Verve Review was a purposefully luxurious. It ran from 1937 to 1960, but with only 38 editions available, due to the high degree of design and editorial work dedicated to each issue. Each edition contained unique lithographic prints, commissioned by the editor, and each cover a double-page lithograph elaborated by one of the artists contained within. It was the brainchild of its editor Stratis Eleftheriades, a Greek National who moved to Paris in the early thirties to take part in the growing Modernist movement, writing under the name of Teriade.
    Dimensions: 50cm (19¾") High, 67cm (26½") Wide, 2cm (0¾") Deep
    Stock code: P01273 G
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    £800 Stock code: P01275 C
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    Head of a Girl by George Rouault, Verve Vol 2 / No. 5-6.

    The Verve Review was a purposefully luxurious. It ran from 1937 to 1960, but with only 38 editions available, due to the high degree of design and editorial work dedicated to each issue. Each edition contained unique lithographic prints, commissioned by the editor, and each cover a double-page lithograph elaborated by one of the artists contained within. It was the brainchild of its editor Stratis Eleftheriades, a Greek National who moved to Paris in the early thirties to take part in the growing Modernist movement, writing under the name of Teriade.
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    £800 Stock code: P01275 B
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    Figure by Georges Braque, Verve Vol 2 / No. 5-6.

    The Verve Review was a purposefully luxurious. It ran from 1937 to 1960, but with only 38 editions available, due to the high degree of design and editorial work dedicated to each issue. Each edition contained unique lithographic prints, commissioned by the editor, and each cover a double-page lithograph elaborated by one of the artists contained within. It was the brainchild of its editor Stratis Eleftheriades, a Greek National who moved to Paris in the early thirties to take part in the growing Modernist movement, writing under the name of Teriade.
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    £175 each Stock code: P01266 O
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    18th Century French Engravings of Dogs

    Published for, Histoire naturelle, générale et particulière (1749–1804), which was the first modern attempt to systematically present all existing knowledge in the fields of natural history, geology, and anthropology.
    Dimensions: 36cm (14¼") High, 31cm (12¼") Wide, 13cm (5") Deep
    Stock code: P01266 O
    £175 each