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81 Tribal Art Auction

2015, October 31

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Zemanek-Münster is pleased to announce the 81 tribal art auction, featuring important and powerful sculptures and masks from Africa, Australia, Asia and Oceania // Sensitive and delicate barkpaintings from the western Arnhemland // Samurai armaments from the Edo Period // A fine old Netsuke collection // Ceramics from the Nazca culture as well as works from the Inuit and First Nations, to name but a few.

More than 500 stunning and inspiring non-European art objects from the property of esteemed collectors and distinguished experts!



Lot 210, Côte d'Ivoire, Baule

Lot 210: Standing male ancestor figure "blolo bian"

Côte d'Ivoire, Baule

Price: 1800 - 3000 €

Lot 495, D. R. Congo, Songe/Tetela

Lot 495: Standing male power figure "nkisi"

D. R. Congo, Songe/Tetela

Price: 15000 - 20000 €

Lot 15, Nepal, Middle Hills

Lot 15: Ancient shaman mask, 17th century

Nepal, Middle Hills

Price: 2500 - 5000 €

Lot 407, Gabon, Fang

Lot 407: Complete "bieri": Receptacle and guardian figure

Gabon, Fang

Price: 5000 - 10000 €

Lot 176, Sierra Leone, Temne

Lot 176: Standing male figure

Sierra Leone, Temne

Price: 3500 - 7000 €

Lot 177, Mali, Bamana

Lot 177: Antelope dance crest "sogi ni kun" or "tijwara"

Mali, Bamana

Price: 800 - 1500 €

Lot 251, Côte d'Ivoire, Senufo

Lot 251: Female bowl bearer

Côte d'Ivoire, Senufo

Price: 2000 - 3000 €

Lot 209, Côte d'Ivoire, Baule

Lot 209: Standing female figure "blolo bla"

Côte d'Ivoire, Baule

Price: 500 - 1000 €

Lot 363, Nigeria, Yoruba, Ila area

Lot 363: Female twin figure "ere ibeji"

Nigeria, Yoruba, Ila area

Price: 2500 - 5000 €

Lot 361, Nigeria, Yoruba, Illorin, Oyo

Lot 361: Male/female pair of twin figures "ere ibeji"

Nigeria, Yoruba, Illorin, Oyo

Price: 400 - 800 €

Lot 85, Papua New Guinea - Sepik

Lot 85: Mask

Papua New Guinea - Sepik

Price: 800 - 1500 €

Lot 169, Liberia, Toma, Macenta area

Lot 169: Mask "anbai" or "nyangbai"

Liberia, Toma, Macenta area

Price: 8000 - 15000 €


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.