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Nigeria, Eket

Insights into the showroom

This high relief mask is one of the few known board masks of the "ekpo" society. It impresses with its extremely compositional structure.

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Mumuye, Nigeria, El Hadj Yende Amadou

Well documented

A complete provenance history? For Tribal Art this is considered an absolute rarity. We have been successful though with a group of Mumuye figures from a German private collection. A perfect provenance chain!

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Kota reliquary figure, Gabon

Auction announcement

They even fascinated Pablo Picasso! Kota reliquary figures are considered to be one of the sources of modernity. They have ensured their place as icons of world art.

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Gerd Hanebeck, Tribal Art Collection

Gerd Hanebeck's Africa collection

120 selected works from his Africa Collection. From the so-called "Second Art Collection of Han Coray" are some works, including an anthropomorphic monkey figure "amwin" Baule, that was published in 1968 by Paolo Morigi in 1968 in “Meisterwerke Altafrikanischer Kultur aus der Sammlung Casa Coray, Agnuzzo-Lugano“.

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D.R.Congo, Luba, Kabinda Territory, Kifwebe, Songye

Rare Kifwebe mask rediscovered

Collected situ by a Belgian missionary around 1920. This Kifwebe mask, so-called "hut mask" can be found in former papers from Jean Willy Mestach.

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Benin, Nigeria, Benin Kingdom, Rudolf Mosse, Berlin, Restitution

Revealed: Royal Benin head from Jewish art collection

It is now scientifically proven: The Benin head from the Bassenge estate is a work from the 19th century and was once part of the Rudolf Mosse art collection, which was forcibly auctioned in Berlin in 1934. Restitution negotiations and an amicable agreement with the heirs took place shortly before the publication of the auction catalogue.

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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 553 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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Helmet mask "gelede" with elaborate coiffure
Lot: 3043679

Nigeria, Yoruba

Model war canoe "waka taua"
Lot: 3043673

New Zealand, Maori

Dance club "ebongo"
Lot: 3043661

D. R. Congo, Kuyu


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88th Tribal Art Auction

Non-European art from international private collections: Classic tribal art from the Berlin Collection Gerda Bassenge (1915-1995). Native American Art from the private collection Christian Pysik, Aachen. Fine old tribal art from Africa, Asia, Oceania and North America.

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.

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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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