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2 Memorial figure "ngya"

Sudan, Bongo

wood, light brown patina, carved with a peaked cap, shorts indicated, a head with triangular facial plane without neck rising from broad shoulders, dam., missing parts (both foot tips, right shoulder), cracks, base; these statues represent the departed and serve as a monument for the living, but also scare off witches through their striking human features. Since each Bongo man could gain prestige by successfully hunting large animals and killing enemies in battle, his relatives would honour him a year after his death by erecting these "ngya" figures on his graveside and holding a feast. Apart from the effigy of the deceased, the relatives would also add large notched posts that recorded the number of the deceased's successful kills - human and animal - and sometimes effigies of his victims.

H: 56 cm
H: 22 inch

Provenance
Peter Loebarth, Hameln, Germany
Vera und Wolfgang Nerlich, Munich, Germany

Literature
De Grunne, Bernard, Bongo, Brussels 2011, p. 4

Price: 650 €

9 Standing figure

Mali, Dogon

light brown wood, mat patina, fragmentary legs carring an elongated trunk, flanked by long arms worked close to the body, crowned by an almost neckless head with tribe-typical facial features, collection number "H8" on the back, min. dam., missing parts (legs), cracks, metal base

H: 38 cm
H: 15 inch

Provenance
Vera und Wolfgang Nerlich, Munich, Germany

Price: 350 €

10 Door lock

Mali, Dogon

wood, dark brown, slightly encrusted patina, carved with notched and linear incised ornaments, crowned by a sitting pair of figures with tribe-typical facial features, bolt missing, min. dam., slight traces of abrasion, metal base

H: 29 cm
H: 11.4 inch

Provenance
Vera und Wolfgang Nerlich, Munich, Germany

Price: 350 €

19 Standing figure "bateba phuwe"

Burkina Faso, Lobi

wood, encrusted, mat patina, sacrificial traces, high-legged, angular shoulders and free worked arms, dam., missing parts because of insect caused damage, right arm missing, cracks, signs of abrasion, metal base

H: 83 cm
H: 32.7 inch

Provenance
Vera und Wolfgang Nerlich, Munich, Germany

Literature
Meyer, Piet, Kunst und Religion der Lobi, Zürich 1981, p. 76, ill. 49

Price: 600 €

21 Standing male figure

Burkina Faso, Mossi

heavy wood, reddish brown patina, traces of black paint, a long-legged slender body with sloping shoulders and overlength arms, dam., rep. (left arm), the left hand missing, as well as a part of the right hand, minor missing parts (neck, head, left heel), base; big figures could replace the body of a deceased chief at funeral ceremonies. Smaller anthropomorphic figures are used in honour of village chiefs.

H: 51,5 cm
H: 20.3 inch

Provenance
Inge Hett, Berlin, Germany
Vera und Wolfgang Nerlich, Munich, Germany

Literature
Förster, Till, Skulptur in Westafrika, Freiburg im Breisgau 1995, p. 23, ill. 1-33

Price: 650 €

40 Standing male figure "tugubele"

Côte d'Ivoire, Senufo

wood, partly encrusted dark brown patina, free carved arms presenting the palms of the hands, a narrow head with crested coiffure, min. dam., cracks, slight traces of abrasion, socle

H: 26,5 cm
H: 10.4 inch

Provenance
Vittelshuis, Delft, The Netherlands
Wolfgang Nerlich, Munich, Germany

Price: 800 €

57 Miniature mask

Nigeria, Eket

light-weighted wood, middle brown patina, black paint, kaolin, a small mask face with slanted face halves, rising to a raised vertical middle ridge, fit into a rectangular frame, slightly dam., paint rubbed off, traces of insect caused damage (at the lower rim and backside), drilled holes around the rim broken in parts

H: 17,5 cm
H: 6.9 inch

Provenance
Manfred Schäfer, Ulm, Germany
Vera und Wolfgang Nerlich, Munich, Germany

Price: 800 €

60 Mask

Nigeria, Eket

wood, slightly encrusted patina, remains of pigments, of round form, sickle-shaped pierced eyes, pierced around the rim, min. dam., traces of insect caused damage, slight traces of abrasion; the Eket are a small ethnic group belonging to the Ibibio and settling in about 45 villages. Salmons and Nicklin take the formal and ornamental elements as lunar signs, especially because the Eket are used to this imagery, which is expressed by the connection of their female deitiy or "Big Mother" ("eka abbassi") to the moon.

H: 19,5 cm
H: 7.7 inch

Provenance
German Private Collection
Vera und Wolfgang Nerlich, Munich, Germany

Price: 250 €

64 Face mask "ikpobi"

Nigeria, Idoma

wood, brown patina, kaolin, accentuated round cheeks, vertical forehead tattoo, drilled holes in the chin area for insertion of a fibre beard, drillings around the rim, slightly dam., paint rubbed off, cracks, metal base; in former times the "ikpobi" mask type was used on victory celebrations at dances performed by returning warriors, while the heads of killed enemies were presented as trophies. Nowadays "ikpobi" mask figures appear in pairs of male and female mainly at funeral ceremonies.

H: 24 cm
H: 9.4 inch

Provenance
Manfred Schäfer, Ulm, Germany
Vera und Wolfgang Nerlich, Munich, Germany

Literature
Hahner-Herzog, Iris, Das Zweite Gesicht, Genf, München, New York 1997, ill. 58

Price: 500 €

68 Mask

Nigeria, Igbo

light brown wood, whitened oval face with a flat nose, scarification marks, eyebrows, lips and coiffure accentuated by black paint, enclosed by big ears, pierced around the rim, traces of insect caused damage, paint rubbed off, small missing parts, base

H: 24 cm
H: 9.4 inch

Provenance
Manfred Sackmann, Berlin, Germany
Vera und Wolfgang Nerlich, Munich, Germany

Literature
Wittmer, Marcilene K. & William Arnett, Three Rivers of Nigeria, Atlanta 1978, p. 20 f.

Price: 450 €

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