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79th Tribal Art Auction

2015, March 21

2 pm
cover 189

Wed, March 18 to Fri, March 20 –
10 am to 7 pm
Sat, March 21 – 9 am to 1.30 pm

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Lot 298, Nigeria, Yoruba

Lot 298: Male twin figure "ere ibeji"

Nigeria, Yoruba

Price: 250 - 500 €

Lot 169, Côte d'Ivoire, Baule

Lot 169: Portrait mask "ndoma" of the "mblo"- group

Côte d'Ivoire, Baule

Price: 16000 - 25000 €

Lot 134, Mali, Dogon

Lot 134: Figure of a hermaphrodite

Mali, Dogon

Price: 10000 - 20000 €

Lot 48, Papua New Guinea - Sepik

Lot 48: Neckrest

Papua New Guinea - Sepik

Price: 1500 - 2500 €

Lot 151, Burkina Faso, Lobi

Lot 151: Couple "bateba phuwe"

Burkina Faso, Lobi

Price: 2500 - 5000 €

Lot 103, Liberia, Mano

Lot 103: Rare Mask

Liberia, Mano

Price: 4500 - 9000 €

Lot 361, Gabon, Kota, Obamba or Mindumu

Lot 361: Reliquary figure "mbulu-ngulu" ("spirit of a deceased")

Gabon, Kota, Obamba or Mindumu

Price: 6000 - 12000 €

Lot 171, Côte d'Ivoire, Baule

Lot 171: Portrait mask "ndoma" of the "mblo" group

Côte d'Ivoire, Baule

Price: 20000 - 40000 €

Lot 356, Gabon, Fang

Lot 356: Reliquary guardian figure "eyema bieri"

Gabon, Fang

Price: 20000 - 40000 €

Lot 51, Papua New Guinea - Wosera

Lot 51: Sago peg or clamp "tapak"

Papua New Guinea - Wosera

Price: 300 - 600 €

Lot 464, D. R. Congo, Mbala

Lot 464: Standing female figure

D. R. Congo, Mbala

Price: 3000 - 6000 €

Lot 170, Côte d'Ivoire, Baule

Lot 170: Excellent portrait mask "ndoma" of the "mblo" group

Côte d'Ivoire, Baule

Price: 30000 - 40000 €


African Art – objects of great expressivness

The tribal art auction house Zemanek-Münster in Würzburg (est. 1978) specializes in fine tribal art. They have been involved in African art since the beginning of the nineties and have become Europe's only auction house specializing exclusively in non-European art. Serious collectors of high-quality, non-European tribal art from Africa, Australia, Oceania, and Asia as well as for Pre-Columbian, masks, sculptures, ritual objects, ceramics and textiles should start and end their search here.

The fascination – especially for African masks and sculptures - arises from their extraordinary and remarkable expressiveness. While ethnologists appreciate their ritual function, the art collector is focused on their aesthetic qualities. For both, the tribal art auction house holds auctions four times a year, featuring a variety of tribal art objects, especially works of the Luba, Baule, Lobi, Senufo, Songye, Fang and Punu tribes, as well as works from Oceania for the international market.

Since January 2011 Zemanek-Münster’s Pre-Columbian and Classical Art Department is now also based in New York. With expert Howard Nowes at the Upper East Side a long-desired co-operation is become perfect.

The company is now widely regarded for its professional qualifications, integrity, reliability and fairness in dealing with collectors and consignors in Europe and the United States over the past 20 years. Zemanek-Münster is the only auction house in tribal art that guarantee the authenticity and originality of their objects. These standards have qualified the auction house for admission to the Association of German Art Auctioneers (Bundesverband deutscher Kunstversteigerer or BDK) in April 2007.

For several years Zemanek-Münster has been represented with its associated Gallery for non-European Art at international tribal art shows, like the Tribal & Textile Art Shows in San Francisco and New York. Zemanek-Münster is also present in Maastricht at the tribal art exhibition "Art from another world" – a brand-new and prosperous show for non-European tribal art, that started for the first time in March 2011.