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83rd Tribal Art Auction

2016, May 28

2 pm
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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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Join us in Wuerzburg for the exhibition of our upcoming sale of non-European tribal art works, which will be open from Wednesday the 25th until Saturday the 28th of May. Even now we invite you to view the exhibition online. more...

The Nias collection of Heinrich Sundermann

* Born October 29, 1849 in Ladbergen, Germany
† April 1919 in Göttingen, Germany
Protestant missionary and honorary doctor of the University of Halle, Germany



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 354, Gabon, Kota

Lot 354: Reliquary guardian figure "mbulu-ngulu" ("spirit of a deceased")

Gabon, Kota

Price: 15000 - 30000 €

Lot 345, Cameroon, Bangwa

Lot 345: Royal memorial figure "lefem"

Cameroon, Bangwa

Price: 30000 - 50000 €

Lot 166, Côte d'Ivoire, Baule

Lot 166: Portrait mask "ndoma" of the "mblo" group

Côte d'Ivoire, Baule

Price: 6000 - 8000 €

Lot 392, D. R. Congo, Hemba

Lot 392: Standing male ancestor figure "singiti"

D. R. Congo, Hemba

Price: 10000 - 20000 €

Lot 336, Cameroon Grassfields, Oku region / Bafut

Lot 336: Beautiful old mask of leader "kam"

Cameroon Grassfields, Oku region / Bafut

Price: 12000 - 25000 €

Lot 241, Nigeria, Afo

Lot 241: Standing female figure

Nigeria, Afo

Price: 15000 - 30000 €

Lot 344, Cameroon, Bangwa/Bamileke

Lot 344: Royal memorial figure "lefem"

Cameroon, Bangwa/Bamileke

Price: 20000 - 40000 €

Lot 38, Indonesia - Sumatra, Batak

Lot 38: Guardian statue "pagar"

Indonesia - Sumatra, Batak

Price: 18000 - 25000 €

Lot 348, Cameroon, Bangwa

Lot 348: Anthropomorphic face mask

Cameroon, Bangwa

Price: 4000 - 8000 €

Lot 7, Indonesia - North Nias

Lot 7: Male ancestor figure "siraha salawa", around 1900

Indonesia - North Nias

Price: 3000 - 5000 €

Lot 423, D. R. Congo, Luba

Lot 423: Caryatid stool "kihona"

D. R. Congo, Luba

Price: 45000 - 90000 €

Lot 425, D. R. Congo, Luba

Lot 425: Neckrest "musamo"

D. R. Congo, Luba

Price: 6000 - 12000 €


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.