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83rd Tribal Art Auction

2016, May 28

2 pm
cover 193

Wed, May 25 to Fri, May 27 – 10 am to 7 pm
Sat, May 28 – 9 am to 1.30 pm

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The Nias collection of Dr. Heinrich Sundermann (1849-1919), a missionary of the »Rheinischen Missionsgesellschaft« 1875-1910 on the island of Nias // Objects from the colonial collection of Anton Handl (1875-1954), who was employed as a Bavarian medical officer of Cameroonian „Schutztruppen” in Ebolowa in West Cameroon from 1903 to 1909 // Significant works of art from the Cameroon Grassfields. more...



Lot 165, Côte d'Ivoire, Baule

Lot 165: Portrait mask "ndoma" of the "mblo" group

Côte d'Ivoire, Baule

Price: 12000 - 20000 €

Lot 110, Liberia, Bassa

Lot 110: Mask "geh naw"

Liberia, Bassa

Price: 600 - 1200 €

Lot 196, Côte d'Ivoire, Senufo

Lot 196: Double faced mask "kpelié"

Côte d'Ivoire, Senufo

Price: 2000 - 4000 €

Lot 349, Cameroon, Kaka

Lot 349: Rare figural object of highly abstract form

Cameroon, Kaka

Price: 10000 - 20000 €

Lot 10, Indonesia - Nias

Lot 10: Male ancestor figure "adu zatua"

Indonesia - Nias

Price: 450 - 900 €

Lot 487, D. R. Congo, Yaka/Suku

Lot 487: Mask "kakuungu" or "kazeba"

D. R. Congo, Yaka/Suku

Price: 3000 - 6000 €

Lot 174, Côte d'Ivoire, Baule

Lot 174: Standing male figure "blolo bian"

Côte d'Ivoire, Baule

Price: 1500 - 3000 €

Lot 132, Mali, Dogon-Tomo kä, Seno-Gondo Plain

Lot 132: Standing female figure

Mali, Dogon-Tomo kä, Seno-Gondo Plain

Price: 10000 - 20000 €

Lot 283, Nigeria, Mumuye

Lot 283: Standing ancestor figure

Nigeria, Mumuye

Price: 1200 - 2500 €

Lot 204, Côte d'Ivoire, Senufo

Lot 204: Standing male figure

Côte d'Ivoire, Senufo

Price: 1000 - 2000 €

Lot 186, Côte d'Ivoire, Dan

Lot 186: Mask "deangle"

Côte d'Ivoire, Dan

Price: 600 - 1200 €

Lot 114, Sierra Leone, Mende

Lot 114: Helmet mask of the "sande" society "ndoli jowei"

Sierra Leone, Mende

Price: 450 - 900 €


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.