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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 193, Côte d'Ivoire, Guro

Lot 193: Superb mask "djela"

Côte d'Ivoire, Guro

Price: 15000 - 30000 €

Lot 4, Philippines - Luzon

Lot 4: Spoon

Philippines - Luzon

Price: 500 - 1000 €

Lot 217, Côte d'Ivoire, Senufo

Lot 217: Spoon

Côte d'Ivoire, Senufo

Price: 200 - 400 €

Lot 250, Benin, Fon

Lot 250: Processional group: Chief accompanied by his entourage

Benin, Fon

Price: 450 - 900 €

Lot 27, India, Naga

Lot 27: Two ceremonial knives "dao" and a ceremonial spear

India, Naga

Price: 300 - 600 €

Lot 48, Papua New Guinea - Sepik

Lot 48: Neckrest

Papua New Guinea - Sepik

Price: 1500 - 2500 €

Lot 30, Tibet

Lot 30: Two lid of a skull-receptacle "kapala"


Price: 300 - 600 €

Lot 101, Liberia, Gola

Lot 101: Helmet mask "gbetu"

Liberia, Gola

Price: 450 - 900 €

Lot 38, Papua New Guinea - Highlands, Simbai Valley

Lot 38: War shield

Papua New Guinea - Highlands, Simbai Valley

Price: 600 - 1200 €

Lot 332, Nigeria, Yoruba

Lot 332: Ceremonial sword

Nigeria, Yoruba

Price: 2000 - 4000 €

Lot 165, Côte d'Ivoire, Baule

Lot 165: Seated female figure "asie usu"

Côte d'Ivoire, Baule

Price: 4000 - 8000 €

Lot 196, Côte d'Ivoire, Guro

Lot 196: Mask with figural superstructure

Côte d'Ivoire, Guro

Price: 600 - 1200 €


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.