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The aftersale of our 78th tribal art auction has been started. Some pieces are still available. Maybe you discover one piece or another to add to your collection.
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Ivory works from the Lega [Lots 439-452]

Ivory insignia of the ‚bwami‘ society more...

African Dolls from the Bofinger Collection, Stuttgart, Germany
[Lots 85 - 128]

The category »AFRICAN DOLLS« is showcasing 40 objects from the private collection of Brigitte and Wolfgang BOFINGER, Stuttgart, Germany. It features a wide variety of types, materials and shapes of dolls from the sub-Saharan regions. These dolls, most of which have been published, are a very accessible way of starting a collection of African figures. more...

Lot 132, West Africa

Lot 132: Five necklaces

West Africa

Price: 300 - 500 €

Lot 121, Tanzania, Ha

Lot 121: Doll

Tanzania, Ha

Price: 400 - 800 €

Lot 245, Côte d'Ivoire, Senufo

Lot 245: Anthropomorphic figure "kafigelejo"

Côte d'Ivoire, Senufo

Price: 8000 - 16000 €

Lot 496, D. R. Congo, Songe

Lot 496: Power figure "nkisi" with turned head

D. R. Congo, Songe

Price: 4500 - 9000 €

Lot 525, Somalia, Somal

Lot 525: Shield

Somalia, Somal

Price: 300 - 600 €

Lot 54, Tonga

Lot 54: Figure of a goddess


Price: 12000 - 20000 €

Lot 387, Cameroon Grassfields, Bamileke

Lot 387: Figure of mother and child "lefem"

Cameroon Grassfields, Bamileke

Price: 8000 - 16000 €

Lot 363, Nigeria, Yoruba

Lot 363: Oracle tapper "iroke ifa"

Nigeria, Yoruba

Price: 200 - 400 €

Lot 310, Nigeria, Isoko

Lot 310: Dignitary staff

Nigeria, Isoko

Price: 250 - 450 €

Lot 467, D. R. Congo, Mangbetu

Lot 467: Sickle knife "trumbash"

D. R. Congo, Mangbetu

Price: 4000 - 8000 €

Lot 205, Côte d'Ivoire, Baule

Lot 205: Standing male ancestor figure "blolo bian"

Côte d'Ivoire, Baule

Price: 2000 - 4000 €

Lot 145, Mali, Bamana

Lot 145: Standing female figure "jo nyeleni"

Mali, Bamana

Price: 1000 - 2000 €


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.