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Ibeji Collection Walter Grasser, Munich

The Munich Ibeji Collection

Ila Orangun along with Abeokuta, Oshogbo and Ekiti, this cities form one of the most important centres of traditional Yoruba wood carving. Sculptures from this region are among the best that the Yoruba have produced in this field.

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Collection Piet Lepelaar, Leiden

The collection Lepelaar (Part II)

Art collections reflect the passion and commitment of the collector in a special way. This frequently quoted sentence applies particularly to artist collections such as those of the Dutch artist Piet Lepelaar.

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Nigeria, Yoruba, Sambia, D. R. Congo, Bemba, Cameroon, Fang-Ngumba, Collection Walter Grasser

Africa, Oceania, Pre-Columbia

Art works from European estates and private collections. The Munich private collection of Dr. Walter Grasser. The Dutch collection of Piet Lepelaar (Part II).

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Jaroslav Drazil, Bernd Schirmer

Flood Disaster Charity Auction

Three months after the flood disaster, the people in the Rhine-Ahr region are still traumatised, the damage is immense. Solidarity is still vital. Together we can help!

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D.R. Congo, Bindji

Collector's Items Sale

Art creates universal subjects - and vice versa. An impressive example is this cubist-geometric Bindji mask with pointed facial features and lively red and white pigmentation.

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Transitional Art of the Tikar from Cameroon, David Zemanek, publication

New publication

The current publication "Transitional Art of the Tikar from Cameroon" by David Zemanek adds a new approach to the current restitution debate on traditional African art.

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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 486 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 female figure of the Bemba
Lot: 3048626

Zambia / D. R. Congo, Bemba

Ceremonial spoon "wa ke mia" or "wunkirmian"
Lot: 3048623

Côte d'Ivoire, Dan

Hair ornament
Lot: 3048618

Ghana, Akan / Ashanti


With our extensive catalogue and image database you can search for objects from our past tribal art auctions and discover their sale prices.

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97th Auction

Africa, Oceania, Pre-Columbia Fine old art from Africa, Oceania, Asia and America. The Munich private collection of Dr. Walter Grasser. The Dutch collection of Piet Lepelaar (Part 2).

Benefit Auction "Flood Disaster"

Charity project of the Lions-Hilfswerks Würzburg-West e.V. for the Lions Flood Fund 2021 of the German Lions.

Timed Online Auction: Collector's Items Sale

Non-European art and ethnographic works from European estates and private collections End of auction: Thursday, September 16, 2021

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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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