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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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Baule, Côte d'Ivoire, Salefoue

Resurfaced: an object from the Saléfoué society

An unknown figure from the " Saléfoué Society treasures" has reappeared. For many decades it lay dormant in a private German collection. It is now to be auctioned.

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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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Open Sale

Are you interested in antique art from Africa, Australia, Asia, Oceania and The Americas ? In our depot you will find more than 630 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

Buffalo mask
Lot: 3043663

Cameroon Grassfields, Bamileke

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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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