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HAND AND STRING PUPPETS. Ghana. (A) Male hand puppet with calabash head and hands, cowrie shell eyes, wood pipe, and colorful wax print cloth. Custom base. H 17in. (B) Female string puppet articulated at shoulders, elbows, waist, hips, and knees. Wears wax print dress and kerchief and white sandals. H 15.5in.

HAND AND STRING PUPPETS. Ghana. (A) Male hand puppet with calabash head and hands, cowrie shell eyes, wood pipe, and colorful wax print cloth. Custom base. H 17in. (B) Female string puppet articulated at shoulders, elbows, waist, hips, and knees. Wears wax print dress and kerchief and white sandals. H 15.5in.

HAND PUPPET WITH PIPE. Ghana. The head and hands are small calabash gourds and the eyes are cowrie shells.

HAND PUPPET WITH PIPE. Ghana. The head and hands are small calabash gourds and the eyes are cowrie shells.

African art statue of man holding cane, detailed carved decoration, approx 33"T. African Art Auction ending 5/29/13

African art statue of man holding cane, detailed carved decoration, approx 33"T. African Art Auction ending 5/29/13

IBEJI TWINS. Yoruba people, Nigeria. Adorned in robes covered by cowrie shells, a sign of wealth, these miniature figures represent deceased male and female twins.

IBEJI TWINS. Yoruba people, Nigeria. Adorned in robes covered by cowrie shells, a sign of wealth, these miniature figures represent deceased male and female twins.

Carved figural statue of a man with his hand in the air, wearing a carved necklace. Purchased in the 2nd quarter of the 20th C.

Carved figural statue of a man with his hand in the air, wearing a carved necklace. Purchased in the 2nd quarter of the 20th C.

OLD FEMALE ROD PUPPET DANCE STAFF. Bamana people, Burkina Faso. Collected in a village near the Malian border. She wears a traditional hair style with braids. Arms attached to pulley-like articulations at shoulders are moved by pulling strings. On custom base. Wood, string. H 18 in.

OLD FEMALE ROD PUPPET DANCE STAFF. Bamana people, Burkina Faso. Collected in a village near the Malian border. She wears a traditional hair style with braids. Arms attached to pulley-like articulations at shoulders are moved by pulling strings. On custom base. Wood, string. H 18 in.

CROSS PENDANTS Ethiopia. One in the form of a Star of David. H 2in.-3in. Hand cast nickel-silver alloy.

CROSS PENDANTS Ethiopia. One in the form of a Star of David. H 2in.-3in. Hand cast nickel-silver alloy.

African Chokwe style mask with Cowrie shells sewn throughout approx 15"T. African Art Auction ending 5/29/13

African Chokwe style mask with Cowrie shells sewn throughout approx 15"T. African Art Auction ending 5/29/13

Item # 40 -- OLOJU-FOFORO FACE MASK. Yoruba people, Nigeria. Face masks are rare among the Yoruba people. Oloju-foforo means “the owner of deep set eyes”. Masks such as this were used by the Ekiti Yoruba during various festivals. The central kneeling female figure is a priestess of Oshun, the goddess of curative medicinal waters. Her right hand holds a string of cowrie shells and her left hand rests on a female attendant who holds a bowl for offerings to the goddess. H 31.5in. Wood, pigment…

Item # 40 -- OLOJU-FOFORO FACE MASK. Yoruba people, Nigeria. Face masks are rare among the Yoruba people. Oloju-foforo means “the owner of deep set eyes”. Masks such as this were used by the Ekiti Yoruba during various festivals. The central kneeling female figure is a priestess of Oshun, the goddess of curative medicinal waters. Her right hand holds a string of cowrie shells and her left hand rests on a female attendant who holds a bowl for offerings to the goddess. H 31.5in. Wood, pigment…

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