PRESENTING A GORGEOUS piece of African Tribal Art, namely, a Vintage West African Gourd. Probably…
PRESENTING A GORGEOUS pair of pieces of African Tribal Art, namely, a Pair of Vintage West African Axes
Probably made in either The Congo or Cameroon, early 20th Century.
Probably made by the Luba Tribe.
Appears to be made from some kind of exotic hardwood with iron axe blades.
Each is profusely carved and cross hatched and one has a gorgeous little lizard carved on the handle.
These are in superb original condition with only some natural aging AND it has a GORGEOUS natural patina acquired with real age.
The previous owner acquired it in the 1970’s whilst on Safari in West Africa. He also collected a number of exceptional African articles on his trip which we also have in our collection, now being offered.
The Luba people or Baluba are an ethno-linguistic group indigenous to the south-central region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Majority of them live in this country, residing mainly in its Katanga, Kasai, and Maniema provinces. The Baluba consist of many sub-groups who speak various dialects of Luba (e.g. Luba-Kasai, Luba-Katanga) or other languages, such as Swahili.
The Baluba developed a society and culture by about the 400s CE, later developing a well-organised community in the Upemba Depression known as the Baluba confederation. Luba society consisted of miners, smiths, woodworkers, potters, crafters, and people of various other professions. Their success and wealth grew greatly over time, but this also caused their gradual decline to marauding bands of slavers, robbers, and terrorists from among Portuguese and Omani led or influenced invasions.
The Luba people tended to cluster in single street villages, with homes with rectangular thatched roofs on both sides of the street whose lineage is usually related. The homes were in the savanna and forests. They hunted, fished in abundant waters near them, gathered food such as fruits from the wild and had mastered agriculture. In contemporary era, they grow cassava, corn, raise livestock. Some Luba carve wood and produce artist handicrafts.
Pair of Vintage West African Axes.
Provenance: From a Private Dallas Collection
Condition: Very good.
Dimensions: The one with the lizard is 19.5 ″ Tall, 7″ Wide and 1.25 ″ Deep.
The other one is 18.5 ″ Tall, 7″ Wide and 1.25 ″ Deep.