We have here another wonderful find in this Important Collection of Antique African Artifacts.
We have been told that these items originally belonged to an early African Explorer-Type Person. Some of these items are older than others. In addition, we are not certain from which Tribes or countries they may have originated.
This collection is composed of various items including Sun Hats, various types of Beads and Beaded Jewelry, Metal Chokers and Bracelets, a Mbira - thumb piano, Hair Combs, Spear, Bowl, Baskets, Large Beads, One Shell, One Small Rock, one Wooden Knob.
Specifically, the group is composed of the following items in the order shown in the photographs which we have provided for your inspection:
2 Basket-Weave Sun Hats
The smaller Sun Hat has an approximate 11 inch Diameter while the larger one has a Diameter of about 12 1/4 inches. They have a most interesting dense weave and possibly suggest farmers' hats in a sub- Saharan extremely arid climate.
The smaller of the two retains one remaining original Leather Tie strip for securing under chin while the larger sun hat has very old elastic for holding in place. We believe that the elastic was probably added after the original creation of this hat, but still appears to be extremely aged - with just about complete loss of its stretchiness - and - quite soiled from many years of wear out in the fields. We are hopeful that you might be able to identify the Tribe or Country from the various views in the photographs.
1 Sticking Knife
This Knife - including its beautiful Hilt - measures about 5 1/2 inches in length. Its Exquisitely executed Sheath is about 3 7/8 inches in length and in addition to featuring exquisite carvings, has also been given an added Jewelry type feature of Copper 'binding' wrapped in an artistically Expert Fashion. The Wood used is both Dark and Light in Tone.
We have been told by several knowledgeable collectors that an animal for slaughter was either stuck with a knife like this and left to bleed out- or killed first - and - then hung to bleed out.
1 Mbira or Kalimba
We have also been told that it also known as a Likembe as well as a Mbila; that this is an African Thumb Piano of the Shona people in Zimbabawe.
It measures nearly 10 inches in length and has a width of about 5 3/4 inches. It makes a very interesting sound when strummed. You can see that this is a completely handcrafted piece with no artistic added elements.
2 Hair Combs
The Larger Comb - is quite Impressive and exquisitely executed by an extremely talented Artist. It measures about 9 inches in length and has a width, measured across upper edge of nearly 3 inches. It appears to have been crafted of a Hardwood - most likely Ebony - and is Magnificently detailed on both sides.
The Smaller Comb - is beautifully woven and also incorporates what appears to be knotted string within its design. It measures about 6 inches in length and has a width, measured across its upper edge - of about 1 1/3 inches.
1 Beaded Round Choker-Type Ornamental Jewelry
We are really not certain what this beautiful piece is. At first glance, it appears to be a Choker/Necklace - however - there is no way to open it for placing over one's head. It evidently is for some other ornamental purpose. It has an inside diameter of only about 4 1/2 inches and is made of extremely tiny Brown and Beige Beads - first strung on a very thin - but very strong thread - and then wrapped around a rounded base. The rounded under-base also appears to have been hand-crafted. It is difficult to know for sure what it is actually made of - or its manner of construction.
3 Flat Strips of beading + some loose pieces
These were possibly for adding to another item - or as stand-alone ornamentation.
This appears to be beautifully woven Bead Work in various earth tones of Russets, Creme tones, and Rose-Beiges. The longest strip has a length of approximately 19 inches; the others are shorter. Their width is about 5/8 of an inch. They seem to incorporate about 6 beads running across - in Color Block Fashion while we also have some with a Design. Perhaps this is a Tribal Identification.
Both are composed of Brown and Rose-beige Pink Little Beads.
One measures about 18 inches and has a width of about 5/8 of an inch. Its pattern is that of Two Center Beads in the Rose Beige running all around - while the edges' beads alternate colors and direction.
The Smaller, thinner Necklace has a length of about 17 inches and is about 1/4 inch in width. The theme if its bead work is similar, but not exact, to the above-described necklace/choker.
1 Small Animal Spear
This wonderful Handcrafted Spear measures about 15 1/2 inches in length. We can see from all of its visible marks that it had been hand-beaten. We believe it was most likely used to spear small animals, possibly a deer or smaller antelope.
Hard Metal Round Chokers and Bracelets
This group is composed of 8 Round Chokers and 25 Bracelets. The Chokers' Diameters range from about 4 1/2 inches to about 5 inches. The Bracelets' Diameters range in Diameter from about 2 1/4 inches to about 4 inches.
As shown in the many photographs of this group, the Chokers all have an opening, have different sizes and may possibly have been executed in Bronze.
The Bracelets are quite interesting and have been conceived and executed in varying styles. Some might be Brass. What works of art they are!
This Bowl's Diameter is about 10 inches and has been made of a light wood with quite a Dense Grain. It is the type of wood that would lend itself both to shaping and also to holding liquid contents.
4 Glass Beads, One Small Shell and One Small Rock
We are fairly sure that the 4 Beads are made of Glass. The larger one is about 1 1/4 inch in width while the other three are about 3/4 of an inch. They have a kind of soft grey-ish/blue-ish cast.
The Sea Shell has a width of about 2 1/4 inches and features lovely 'threaded' lines and beautiful brown coloration.
The Small rock is about 1 3/4 inches long at its longest area and features soft lovely colors and markings.
Two Baskets and One Wooden Knob
The Baskets do not appear to be as old as the other items listed here. One is round and has a diameter of nearly 12 1/4 inches. The other is Oval and measures about 8 inches by about 11 inches. The Wooden knob appears to have quite a bit of age. We are really not sure as to what it originally belonged.
This wonderful Collection of Antique African Artifacts is quite a treasure and should be a fantastic addition to your own African Art collection. It can only continue increasing in value as more and more time goes by bringing you much pleasure and very many compliments.