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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 242, Togo, Moba

Lot 242: Male ancestor figure "bavong tchitchiri"

Togo, Moba

Price: 400 - 800 €

Lot 101, Liberia, Gola

Lot 101: Helmet mask "gbetu"

Liberia, Gola

Price: 450 - 900 €

Lot 6, Indonesia - Nias

Lot 6: Ancestor figure "adu zatua"

Indonesia - Nias

Price: 600 - 1200 €

Lot 67, Mexico, Chontal

Lot 67: Stylized anthropomorphic stone figure

Mexico, Chontal

Price: 450 - 900 €

Lot 94, Sudan, Bari

Lot 94: Neckrest

Sudan, Bari

Price: 500 - 1000 €

Lot 151, Burkina Faso, Lobi

Lot 151: Couple "bateba phuwe"

Burkina Faso, Lobi

Price: 2500 - 5000 €

Lot 209, Côte d'Ivoire, Senufo

Lot 209: Mask "kpelié"

Côte d'Ivoire, Senufo

Price: 9000 - 18000 €

Lot 192, Côte d'Ivoire, Guro

Lot 192: Zoomorphic mask "zamble"

Côte d'Ivoire, Guro

Price: 8000 - 12000 €

Lot 127, Mali, Bamana

Lot 127: Door lock

Mali, Bamana

Price: 600 - 1000 €

Lot 166, Côte d'Ivoire, Baule

Lot 166: Standing female figure "blolo bla"

Côte d'Ivoire, Baule

Price: 10000 - 20000 €

Lot 13, Indonesia - Java

Lot 13: Dagger "keris wranka"

Indonesia - Java

Price: 250 - 400 €

Lot 443, D. R. Congo, Luba

Lot 443: Rattle

D. R. Congo, Luba

Price: 400 - 800 €


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.