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Benin, Nigeria, Benin Kingdom, Bronze

Royal court art from Benin

»Benvenuto Cellini (1500 - 1571) could not have moulded better«, wrote Felix von Luschan in 1898 about Benin bronzes and their high artistic value. A work of this high culture will be shown in our upcoming Tribal Art auction.

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Mama, Nigeria, traditional Tribal Art versus western Modern Art

Rare Mama figure

In the traditional art of the Mama, they are considered unique because they were only carved for a very specific cult. Collectors of classical modernism appreciate them for their abstract and intense form.

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Items Native North Americans

Native North Americans

Children's baby carrier from native North Americans are rarely seen in german collections. A very beautiful and well preserved piece from the Ute tribe coming from the Pysik collection (Aachen) is on offer in our upcoming March auction.

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Dr. David Zemanek, Ethnology, Expert, Tribal Art

Change of owner at Zemanek-Münster

As of January 1 this year, Dr. David Zemanek took over the management and overall responsibility for Germany's leading Tribal Art auction house Zemanek-Münster.

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Tribal Art Expert David Zemanek

ÌMÒ DÁRA Interview - Dealer Spotlight

»Be passionate about the work you collect. Don't only look at the provenance of an object but also consider its artistic qualities. There is no masterpiece waiting for you ...«

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Baule, Agba workshop, Côte d'Ivoire

A masterpiece from the Agba workshop

This very graceful and detailed „maternité" sculpture from around 1920 is from the Agba workshop of the Baule. It is part of the extensive Tribal Art auction offered on the 11th of November, 2017. Insights even now!

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Open Sale

Are you interested in antique art from Africa, Australia, Asia, Oceania and The Americas ? In our depot you will find more than 524 tribal art objects from European collections, which you can directly purchase at the minimum price.

There is always something to discover !

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Rare club
Lot: 3043148

Australia, Victoria

Messenger stick, before 1931
Lot: 3043147

Australia, Northern Territory

Hammock bar, ca 1890/1900
Lot: 3043146

Sierra Leone, Mende


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87th Tribal Art Auction

Non-European art from international private collections: Gabun masks and memorabilia from the Albert Schweitzer collection coming from the Emmy Martin estate. The second part of the Heinz Kolerski collection (1936-2012). Small figures and fetishes from the african collection of the german artist Günther Filla (1952-2015). Heddle pulleys coming from the collection Mona Etienne (ethnologist in the 1960s/70s). Fine old tribal art from Africa, Asia, Oceania and North America.

86th Tribal Art Auction

Volume I: The collection Walter Schmidt – classic tribal art in post-war Germany (special catalogue). Volume II: Fine old tribal art from Africa, Asia, Oceania and North America. The Berlin collection from the architect and artist Ludwig Leicher (1895-1963). Objects from the Africa collection of the artist Bernhard Jäger.

85th Tribal Art Auction

Classic, traditional and exceptional art works. Notable carving works, ex. collection Edith Hafter, Solothurn, Switzerland. The Ethiopian Collection of Sachau-Zeies. The second part of the Rielau Collection. Masks and sculptures from the peoples of Gabon. An important gold jewellery collection from the Akan peoples. Small 'mu po' sculptures from Cameroon. Oceanic and South Pacific art.

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»Wurzburg - the tranquil underdog« was the title in a large German business magazine, that gave top ranking to the metropolis on the River Main in southern Germany in the fields of culture, science and business.

For experts of the tribal art market, Wurzburg is no longer an insider tip.

Wherever in the world non-European art plays a role, the name Zemanek-Münster in Wurzburg is on peoples lips.

The specialists have long been an international hub for the tribal art market, a hub though that proudly stands outside of the major art centres....

The numbers speak for themselves. 2,000 carefully selected works in four auctions per annum, many of which are from old private collections. This is only a small part when compared with the thousands of objects that we have reviewed over previous years whether that be on-site or at the auction house, that is in a former boilermakers workshop with a skylight roof.

We take our time ! Time for tribal art, for our customers and collectors, no matter how much experience they have. Building a successful collection cannot be done in passing but is a lengthy process of training the eye. There isn’t a fast-food recipe for this ! ...

We give you time ! Whether for consultations, estimates, assessments, or if you want to dissolve an estate. Our team of experts in Wurzburg, as well as our representatives in Antwerp and New York, are ready to support you with their knowledge and expertise.

You will find world-class Tribal Art in Wurzburg ! Since 2006, Zemanek-Münster has been listed in the 'Bundesverband deutscher Kunstversteigerer e.V. (BdK)'. It is a small select circle, for leading German art auction houses that have been chosen on recommendation.

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