Goldberg Coins and Collectibles



Sale 118

The Nov 14-15, 2020 Collectibles Auction


African, Mexican & Oceanic Arts
 
 
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Lot 579
Striking, Large, Vintage, Tapa Cloth (Barkcloth) Wall or Table Tapestry from Fiji. Tapa is a barkcloth made in the islands of the Pacific Ocean, primarily in Tonga, Samoa and Fiji (where it is called uha or masi), and even as far as Niue (called hiapo), Cook Islands, Futuna, Solomon Islands, Java, New Zealand, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea and Hawaii (where it is called kapa). Captain Cook's travels to the islands introduced to the world this indigenous islands cloth. Fijian tapa usually form a grid of squares, each of which contains geometric patterns with repeated motifs such as fish and plants. Traditional dyes are usually black and rust-brown, although other colors are known. The paper mulberry tree is the source of choice for many of these islands. Making this cloth is completely by hand and is fascinating given the level of hand pummeling with wooden mallets to get the wood into strips and after numerous steps convert into whole cloth.
Offered is a quite large, museum quality example of tapa (uha and or masi) very representative of the traditional geometric patterns of the island. Purchased in Fiji almost 65 years ago. Piece measures 66 x 41" and are of two matching squares boasting incredible craftsmanship not only in the paper, but the overwhelming detail to every painstakingly painted checkered border, triangle, and square. Tapa is in superior condition, only briefly displayed then stored carefully for decades. The earth colors are intensely rich and exhibit no staining or fading. This would prove a spectacular accent piece displayed on a wall or draped over table. Note: Not unusual to cleanly separate piece into two matching panels for display. Estimated Value $400 - UP
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$210
Lot 580
Beautiful Vintage Tapa Cloth (Barkcloth) Long Table Runner from Fiji. Tapa is a barkcloth made in the islands of the Pacific Ocean, primarily in Tonga, Samoa and Fiji (where it is called uha or masi), and even as far as Niue (called hiapo), Cook Islands, Futuna, Solomon Islands, Java, New Zealand, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea and Hawaii (where it is called kapa). Captain Cook's travels to the islands introduced to the world this indigenous islands cloth. Fijian tapa usually form a grid of squares, each of which contains geometric patterns with repeated motifs such as fish and plants. Traditional dyes are usually black and rust-brown, although other colors are known.
The paper mulberry tree is the source of choice for many of these islands. Making this cloth is completely by hand and is fascinating given the level of hand pummeling with wooden mallets to get the wood into strips and after numerous steps convert into whole cloth.
Beautiful, vintage tapa (uha or masi) table runner (or wall hanging) 84" in length and 22" in width with one-sided length of fringe adding 4" to width. Minor evidence of display but colors 100% and the intricate details in the design are incredible. Estimated Value $300 - UP
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$180
Lot 581
Elaborate Balinese Barong Mask, Bali, Indonesia King of the Spirits and Leader of the Good. Fine example of the ceremonial Balinese Barong mask. Carved of wood and elaborately painted in colors and decorated with horsehair. Barong is a panther-like creature and character in the Balinese mythology of Bali, Indonesia. He is the king of the spirits, leader of the hosts of good, and enemy of Rangda, the demon queen and mother of all spirit guarders in the mythological traditions of Bali. Carved mask is 11 x 13" but the length of the braided horsehair is 44". Displays beautifully. We note one fang missing otherwise a wonderful mask. Can hang on wall or displayed on stand. Estimated Value $150 - UP
From The Private Collection of James Harrison Ring.

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$90
Lot 582
Unusual Bayaka (Yaka) Adulthood Initiation Mask, Congo; Carved Wood, Organic Pigments, Raffia, Fabric, and Wire. 20th Century. The most important event in the Yaka ceremonial cycle is the initiation of young boys into adulthood. To mark the end of the educational period, festivities are held in which the initiates perform with newly carved masks showcasing the most startling masks and the most spectacular dances as evident with this piece. Part of this festival mask is carved wood with pigments. The hat and raffia attaches to the mask to be worn as a whole headdress and it consists of wire, pigments and canvas. Front of mask need to be re-tacked to headdress if placed on stand (extremely easy to do.) 33 x 22" and will make for an incredible centerpiece to any decor. Estimated Value $200 - UP
From The Private Collection of James Harrison Ring.

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$132
Lot 583
Chinese/Southeast Asian Woven Straw Rain Cape and Apron, Early to Middle 20th Century. Chinese and Southeast Asian straw rain capes were used for centuries by the most humble farm worker or fisherman to the ruling elite in Southeast Asia and were made from a variety of grasses and or coir (the fibrous outer husks of coconuts). They consisted of a cape that went over the shoulders and then a straw apron tied around the waist and were used well in to the early 20th Century until more common treated fabrics and oil cloths became available. This type of garment can be seen in old silk paintings, porcelains and other arts. A fascinating piece and remains in excellent condition. We note just a slight bit of loss of the woven fiber at bottom of rain apron, but all ties and loops present and again, in excellent condition. A find for collectors of ancient textiles and dress that was used not only in China but Thailand and Vietnam as well. Displays beautifully. Cape across the shoulders is 37" wide by 19" and the rain skirt/apron 20 x 18". Estimated Value $200 - UP
From The Private Collection of James Harrison Ring.

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$308
Lot 584
Congolese Shamanic Fetish of Fish Vertebrae, Chicken Bones, Cloth and Yarn In Custom Shadow Box. Fascinating Congolese shamanic healing fetish; a small loosely woven bag about 6 x 6" and with braided necklace cord 13". Bag is covered with fish vertebrae and chicken bone and deep earthen pigments. It has been professionally mounted in a custom lucite shadow box measuring 16 x 11 x 5½" and is a compelling, intriguing piece for collectors of ethnographic artifacts. Excellent hand made condition. Estimated Value $200 - UP
From The Private Collection of James Harrison Ring.

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$120
Lot 585
Fine Collection of 4 Various Sized Sepik River, Papua, New Guinea Hand Carved Wood Masks Decorated with Shells, Raffia and Organic Pigments. Making for dramatic and striking wall decor, 4 carved wood masks from the Sepik River region in Papua New Guinea. The largest, which is particularly striking is 23 x 11" and the smallest 17 x 12". All wood of carved wood decorated with organic pigments raffia, cowry shells and the one mask split woven cane. In overall excellent condition only the largest mask has evidence of missing shells to right side, not at all a distraction. Together or displayed separately, this will add dramatic interest to any decor. Estimated Value $200 - UP
From The Private Collection of James Harrison Ring.

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$168
Lot 586
Five Appealing, 20th Century Turkana Dolls From Northern Kenya All on Custom Lucite Bases. Five Turkana carved dolls, a traditional type of doll from Northern Kenya, made by the Turkana tribe called a ngide. These are often mistakenly referred to as fertility figures but actually carved by fathers for their daughters and likely decorated by the mother frequently with her or the child's beads and found materials and scrap leather. Quite the striking variety here the tallest being 20" in height (including the lucite base) and is covered in ocher pigments, multicolor glass beads, seed pods, string and smashed bottle caps. The shortest is 14" (with base) and like all decorated in organic and found items. Individually or grouped together, these pieces are fantastic examples of dolls of the Turkana tribe and make for striking accent pieces. Estimated Value $250 - UP
From The Private Collection of James Harrison Ring.

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$144
Lot 587
Four (4) Polychrome Carved Wood Festival Masks from Guerrero, Mexico, Mid 20th Century. Four (4) carved festival masks from the State of Guerrero, mid 20th Century in traditional designs. All have usual minor scuffs, scratches and chips to colors with three of the masks intact with no cracks and the smallest mask having a repair to the zompantle wood. All display spectacularly for a striking look in any room. 1.) A terrific, colorful three serpent mask 21" x 8". 2.) Bearded mask with extended tongue and bat is particularly intriguing due to pastel colors and is 20 x 9". 3.) Mask with two flanking parrots, jaguar in center with armadillo in beard 14 x 8". 4.) Smaller mask with exaggerated nose 9 x 5 has had a crack repaired to right side. Estimated Value $100 - UP
From The Private Collection of James Harrison Ring.

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$108
Lot 588
Four Balinese, Indonesian, Barong Festival Masks, Hand Carved and Painted, One Boasting Exceptional Detail. Outstanding collection of four Indonesian Barong Festival masks. All hand carved with polychrome paints and horsehair. The mask with the extended snout is exceptionally well carved with intricate incising and boasts remarkable details in the painting in scores of different pigments. These masks can add drama to any wall or when displayed on stands, create striking accents. All in excellent condition with the two of the masks having articulated jaws. Masks range in size from 12 x 9" to 6 x 7" and display beautifully. Estimated Value $200 - UP
From The Private Collection of James Harrison Ring.

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$252
Lot 589
Four Striking Sepik River, Papua New Guinea Hand Carved Wood Spirit Sculptures With Shells, Raffia, Ocher and Other Organic Pigments. Four carved wood from the Sepik River region of Papua, New Guinea boasting great appeal. The largest female form is notable for the cowry shell eyes, ocher pigment and interesting incised details throughout the body and stand 17" tall. Next tallest is 16" The piece with spiked headdress has some some breaks to spikes 15" tall but has tags attached as to its provenance. The smallest is 13" tall. All show wear and irregularities comensurate with age and handling. Estimated Value $100 - UP
From The Private Collection of James Harrison Ring.

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$86
Lot 590
Gable Mask From Ceremonial Sepik River House Facade, Papua New Guinea. Striking gable mask that would be hung above a "geko" or a ceremonial house found in every village of the East Sepik Province. These houses were usually quite spectacular and large where cult/ritual objects stored. The geko embodies the paramount female ancestor whose enormous face appears on the gable and whose name is given to the house. Gable masks are either carved from wood or woven using split rattan cane. This example is woven rattan and some wood, and features prominent forehead, organic pigments, accented with the carved wood tusk and trimmed on sides by cassowary feathers. This exceptional, mid-20th Century piece has been mounted in a museum quality display and ready to be exhibited. Mask itself about 23 x 13" and the plexi shadow box 37 x 24". In excellent condition. Estimated Value $1,000 - UP
From The Private Collection of James Harrison Ring.

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$600
Lot 591
Outstanding Giphogo Carved Wood Mask, Eastern Pende, West Kasai, Congo, Middle 20th Century. From the Eastern Pende people in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a superb example of a "Giphogo" mask. It is carved in lightweight wood and decorated with red, black and white organic pigments featuring an extensive beard with black and white geometric relief on the outer rim. There is a breathing hole under the blunt nose, large slit eyes, small protruding ears and accent on top of the head
These impressive helmet masks are among the symbols of power used by chiefs of the Eastern Pende. Only chiefs are allowed to dance with this type of mask on the occasion of initiations and rituals of the ancestor cult of Pende. Save for a small slight age split right side of beard, of little consequence, this is a superior example of a Ghiphogo mask and one of the better tribal art pieces in the auction. Estimated Value $200 - UP
From The Private Collection of James Harrison Ring.

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$204
Lot 592
Ifugao, Philippine Province, Hunter's Backpack, Woven Rattan and Palm Fiber, Mid-20th Century. From the landlocked province of Ifugao in the Philippines, an authentic "inabnutan", a backpack of rattan, wood and then covered with tiers of of palm fibres that men would carry on hunting expeditions. A versatile accessory, it was hands free, could carry provisions and best, the thick palm fibers rendered the back pack rain proof protecting the hunter and his provisions. This one clearly used as there is moderate wear to the shoulder and back areas. Nevertheless, in excellent condition and a striking example of the culture of a time past. 23 x 19", and displays beautifully. Estimated Value $200 - UP
From The Private Collection of James Harrison Ring.

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$246
Lot 593
Outstanding Igbo People, Nigerian African Water Buffalo Mask Mid-20th Century on Custom Stand. From West Africa, a striking water buffalo mask likely mid-20th Century. Carved of wood and decorated with mineral pigments and oil paint. The mask definitely exhibits age throughout, but very likely "revitalized" with the green, red and white paints. Mask worn on top of head and bite bar that the dancer would clench with his teeth to hold in place, present. Dramatic example of West African ceremonial masks, most especially the extended carved horns. 9 x 20 x 12" and comes with custom black stand for a total height of 18 inches. Mask comensurate with age wear but otherwise excellent. Estimated Value $250 - UP
From The Private Collection of James Harrison Ring.

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$228
Lot 594
Striking Pair of Kigango Carved Wood Memorial Posts from Kenya, for the Trade. For the trade and attributed to the Giriama people of the Southern Kenya coast, a pair of carved memorial kigango wood posts (plural vigango). These are not grave markers, but memorials found in huts called kigojo where men gather to meet and converse and also in open fields. The carvings of interlocking patterns and geometric shapes running vertically convey strength and honor for those passed and were often having colors of red, white and black/blue paints or plaster (and bits of fabric) but lose it over time. Vigango were "never awe-inspiring sacred objects. Rather they were seen to have aesthetic and practical value to evoke respect and to be linked in various ways to social and religious life" according to author and gallery owner, Ernie Wolfe III in his book Vigango: Commemorative Sculpture of the Mijikenda of Kenya. Representing two males standing at 59" and 58" respectively and approximately 8" wide, and in age, likely mid-20th Century. Both would make exceptional decor items in office or home given their vertical shapes, distressed condition and incised vertical cutouts. Shipping in the Continental US can be done in house, overseas will require outside shipping. Estimated Value $250 - UP
From The Private Collection of James Harrison Ring.

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$209
Lot 595
Fine Giriama Kigango Wood Memorial Post from Southeastern Kenya with Rounded Head Presented on Custom Lucite Stand. For the trade and attributed to the Giriama people of the Southern Kenya coast, a hand carved, kigango (vigango for plural) memorial post carved from wood. These are not grave markers, but memorials found in huts called kigojo where men gather to meet and converse and also in open fields. The carvings of interlocking patterns and geometric shapes running vertically convey strength and honor for those passed and were often having colors of red, white and black/blue paints or plaster (and bits of fabric) but lose it over time. Kigango were "never awe-inspiring sacred objects. Rather they were seen to have aesthetic and practical value to evoke respect and to be linked in various ways to social and religious life" according to author and gallery owner, Ernie Wolfe III in his book Vigango: Commemorative Sculpture of the Mijikenda of Kenya.
This is one is especially striking in that it has three dimensional carving of the head rather than the more commonly seen two dimensional,flat planked posts. Actual piece measures 45 x 6" and includes an exceptional custom lucite presentation stand, giving the sculpture a total of 50" in height. A fine addition to any home or office decor. Piece can be shipped in house within the Continental US however overseas will require outside shipping. Estimated Value $250 - UP
From The Private Collection of James Harrison Ring.

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$132
Lot 596
Kuba, Bwoom Royal Helmet Mask from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mid 20th Century. High quality Kuba mask, Bwoom royal helmet from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Striking tribal art, the mask is made of wood and richly decorated with copper sheathing, glass beads, cowrie shells, raffia, seed pods, organic fabric and cow hide. 13 x 11 x 11" the mask comes with a custom lucite stand 23" tall including base creating a dramatic show piece of African ethnographic art. Estimated Value $500 - UP
From The Private Collection of James Harrison Ring.

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$312
Lot 597
Kwakiutl First Nation Carved Wood Mask, "Raven Man" Signed by Master Carver Herman P. Bruce Jr. Herman Bruce Jr., Namgis Nation artist from Alert Bay, a village on Cormorant Island, British Columbia, Canada whose creations are found in prestigious galleries in Canada and the Northwest Coast. Offered is an original Bruce, hand carved mask entitled "Raven Man", raven spirits clearly evident along forehead fashioned from western cedar and hand painted with iron red, flat black and white paint and adorned with raffia and horse hair. A striking mask with artist signing in marker inside mask making the notation of "one that stands alone, three islands in one" and signing his name. 12 x 8" and in excellent condition. Estimated Value $200 - UP
From The Private Collection of James Harrison Ring.

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$540
Lot 598
Leather Quiver of 11 Arrows With Hand Hammered Metal Points from East Africa Plus Nine Additional Long Arrows from East Africa. Rare, exceptional tribal artifact of a tubular leather quiver still having 11 arrows with hammered metal tips of a variety forms depending on the prey. Quiver is about 24" in length, very stiff leather and clearly of some age and heavy use. Arrows are about 29" in length, with shafts in wood or bamboo and having hand attached feathers with notched ends to accommodate the bow string. Caution handling: These tips are sharp, with rust and dried black residue compound at base of points that demand adults only handling. Also included are much longer arrows a combination of wood tipped and metal points. 46 to 50" in length. Estimated Value $200 - UP
From The Private Collection of James Harrison Ring.

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$117
Lot 599
Five Masks: (4) Polychrome Carved Wood Festival Masks from Guerrero, Mexico, Mid 20th Century and One Made from Ayotochtli. Four folk art festival masks from Guerrero, Mexico of soft carved wood, and colorful paints and one entirely of Ayotochtli (Aztec name) The largest mask with open eyes has an articulated jaw and appears to be of some age as does the red and black coyote mask especially in how the jaws move. The others more recent which includes the male mask, the jaguar and the shell mask. Largest measures 14 x 9" the smallest 11 x 8". All exhibit wear and chipping as is the norm. A very nice grouping of five sure to add immeasurably to any office, home or restaurant. Estimated Value $200 - UP
From The Private Collection of James Harrison Ring.

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$192
Lot 600
Four Mask from Africa: One Makonde Helmet Mask, Three Pende Masks from Democratic Republic of Congo. Four tribal masks from Africa. 1.) Makonde mask (one without fabric) called Lipico is especially fine. Makonde masks are the helmet masks which are used to mark a boy`s initiation into adulthood. Overall good condition, likely early to mid-20th Century with a nice aged patina, visibletraces of wear and tear with a small section missing. On verso is inset with hair. 7½ x 9 x 8" 2) The other three are Pende masks are from the Democratic Republic of Congo. The largest with the impressive carving of the face and old woven raffia fabric is especially striking (11 x 9 x14"). The medium sized mask with open mouth 11 x 8 x 8" and smallest
All in fine condition, comensurate with age and hand craftsmanship. 10 x 6 x 6" A great collection for dealer and collector alike. Estimated Value $200 - UP
From The Private Collection of James Harrison Ring.

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$192
Lot 601
Roy Speck: Kwakiutl Mask of "Grouse", Hand Carved, Signed and Dated 1986. Roy Speck, celebrated Kwakwaka'waka carver, Turnour Island, British Columbia, Canada whose creations have won acclaim throughout the world and whose works are found in prestigious galleries in Canada and the Northwest Coast. Offered is an original Roy Speck, hand carved mask of a grouse, fashioned from western cedar and hand painted with iron red, flat black and white paint and adorned with raffia and feathers. Absolutely spectacular, with artist signing in marker inside mask, titled "Grouse" and "Kwakiutl" and dated June, 1986 and in excellent condition. Estimated Value $300 - UP
From The Private Collection of James Harrison Ring.

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$720
Lot 602
Four (4) Sepik River Papua New Guinea Masks; Carved Wood, Earthen Pigments, Cowry Shells and Raffia, One Small Figure. Very appealing Middle Sepik River, Papua New Guinea tribal masks. The largest 32" by 9" by far is the most appealing with its array of organic pigments and intricate tribal designs and the extensive use of cowry shells and raffia for hair and beard. The two reddish masks measure 27 x 7" and less finely carved nevertheless striking pieces. Both are missing several cowry shells (not uncommon given they are affixed by mud) but not in anyway distracting. Finally the deep brown/black pigmented "spirit hook" with detailed carvings along the body, cowry shells and raffia measures 31 x 8" rounds out this set of four. Together, these make for a striking and memorable display for home, office, business or club. Estimated Value $150 - UP
From The Private Collection of James Harrison Ring.

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$271
Lot 603
Three (3) Large Sepik River, Papua, New Guinea Hand Carved Masks: Wood, Woven Cane, Raffia, Organic Pigments and Cowry Shells. Three large wood carved Sepik River mask from Papua, New Guinea. Each quite striking especially given how diverse their shapes. The oval mask is painted in earthen pigments, framed in a halo of woven cane and accented with cowry shells (right side length of shells missing (not at all uncommon given they are affixed only with mud) but not a distraction. 21 x 19" and such a striking piece. The longest mask also boasts organic, earth tone pigments, accented with tiny cowry shells around mouth and beard (almost all present), with raffia accentuating the beard, 33 x 11". Finally the darkest mask is deeply carved, heavier than most all the masks in auction, boasts remarkable exotic detail including the small animal head, tongue touching nose and the polished white shell eyes. Most of the cowry shells are missing, but the breaks revealing the red mud and pigment adds immeasurably to the appeal. Raffia completely surrounds the mask. 25 x 12" Together or separate, these three are quite striking. Estimated Value $150 - UP
From The Private Collection of James Harrison Ring.

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$234
Lot 604
Striking Khon Mask; Traditional Taiwanese Dance of Exceptional Extravagance and Discipline Spanning Centuries. Extravagant Khon dance mask, a centuries old Taiwanese dramatic dance of impressive extravagance, discipline and tradition. A stage spectacle of folklore, mythology, song, verse, deliberate movement, and stage effects. Offered is an magnificent example of the craftsmanship of these masks in heavy paper mache, bold colors, heavy gilt gold and heavily decorated in rhinestones within the gol creating a spectacular jeweled effect. 10 x 9 x 6" and in superior condition. Estimated Value $150 - UP
From The Private Collection of James Harrison Ring.

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$160
Lot 605
Strikingly Handsome Burkina Faso Festival Mask of Carved Wood, Organic Pigments. The art of the Burkina Faso, most especially their masks, are some of this most striking and remarkable pieces of tribal art from Africa. This Bobo helmet mask is worn with thick costumes made of long plant fibers, dyed in myriad colors and they are visually spectacular. Offered is an example of such a mask made of soft wood and decorated with organic pigments frayed fabric and cowry shells. Mask stands 27" tall and 13" deep and 8" across. Has minor splits in the wood from the dried wood but otherwise in terrific condition. Stands upright with no issue. One of the more striking masks in auction. Estimated Value $200 - UP
From The Private Collection of James Harrison Ring.

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$120
Lot 606
Suku Helmet Mask, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 20th Century. Fine, early 20th Century Suku helmet mask from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Carved wood, muted natural pigments and heavily adorned with raffia. Used for ceremonial rituals know this is a wonderful example from the region. Wood mask is roughly 9 x 11 x 11" with raffia collar 8-10" completely surrounding the fully carved head. Very appealing and shows evidence of age and use. Estimated Value $200 - UP
From The Private Collection of James Harrison Ring.

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$384
Lot 607
Three (3) Polychrome Carved Wood Festival Masks from Guerrero, Mexico, Mid 20th Century. Three (3) carved festival masks from the State of Guerrero, mid 20th Century in traditional designs. 1.) Mask with angel headdress is is 19 x 10" 2.) The king mask is 18 x 9" 3.) Vaguely Aztec mask 16 x 7½". All have usual minor scuffs to colors but the masks are intact with no cracks to the zompantle wood and display well for a striking look. Estimated Value $150 - UP
From The Private Collection of James Harrison Ring.

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$148
Lot 608
Three (3) Polychrome Carved Wood Festival Masks from Guerrero, Mexico, Mid 20th Century, One Especially Unique. Three (3) carved festival masks from the State of Guerrero, mid 20th Century in traditional designs. All have usual minor scuffs to colors but the masks are intact with no cracks to the zompantle wood and display spectacularly for a striking look in any room. 1.) Pink-faced mask is 22 x 8". 2.) Grey mask with lizard and fox in beard is 20 x 8". 3.) The spectacular mask with serpents, an angel and three heads atop seeming stages of temptation is 16 x 10". Estimated Value $100 - UP
From The Private Collection of James Harrison Ring.

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$288
Lot 609
Three (3) Polychrome Carved Wood Festival Masks from Guerrero, Mexico, Mid 20th Century, One Especially Unique. Three (3) carved festival masks from the State of Guerrero, mid 20th Century in traditional designs. All have usual minor scuffs, scratches and chips to colors but the masks are intact with no cracks to the zompantle wood and display spectacularly for a striking look in any room. These three are particularly fine 1.) A terrific diablo/demon mask 17" long including horns and 14" wide. 2.) Wonderful Aztec mask with spider is particularly intriguing is 17 x 10". 3.) A large mask with carved feathers and calf head in beard 22 x 8". Estimated Value $100 - UP
From The Private Collection of James Harrison Ring.

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$68
Lot 610
Two (2) Outstanding Polychrome Carved Wood Festival Masks from Guerrero, Mexico, Mid 20th Century. Two (2) carved festival masks from the State of Guerrero, mid 20th Century in traditional designs. All have usual minor scuffs to colors but the masks are intact with no cracks to the zompantle wood and display spectacularly for a striking look in any room. 1.) The "diablo" mask is especially appealing measuring 17 x 7". 2.) The equally striking mask of bearded man with bat atop head and serpent down center of beard is 23 x 9". Estimated Value $100 - UP
From The Private Collection of James Harrison Ring.

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$312
Lot 611
Magnificent Yoruba Shango Priest, Elaborately Beaded Ceremonial Tunic Mid-20th Century. Ethnic masterpiece from the Yoruba people in Nigeria, worn by the Shango priest when officiating at ceremonies. The thousands of glass beads in intricate patterns and shapes are all hand stitched, with the embellishments in the tunic instrumental in delivering the spiritual powers conveyed upon the priests. The glass beadwork on the front and back is dense and completely covers every square inch. Figures of tribesmen, lions and a number of reptiles are exceptionally well beaded and also quilted, creating a remarkable work of dazzling shapes and raised contours interspersed with traditional geographic designs. One of the most dazzling pieces of ethnographic art we have ever offered, a masterpiece of the traditional textile arts of the Yoruba. Laid flat, the tunic is 82" x 32". It folds over to wear with its angular collar slipping over the head. Tunic is lined in rough cotton-like fabric and certainly displays age but integrity of hand stitching is very sound. A museum quality piece enhancing any collection. Estimated Value $4,000 - UP
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Lot 612
19th Century Stunning French Aubusson Tapestry of Pastoral Scene, Beautiful Colors. Beautiful wool Abusson tapestry circa 1870 France of exceptional quality. Lovely pastoral scene of boaters set against a backdrop of fall and pastel colors. In excellent condition consistent with age, the tapestry measures 68 x 61" (5'8" x 5'1") and has a professionally hand sewn wide strip of Velcro on verso the means by which it was displayed in the great room of a Beverly Hills estate (smokeless environment) where it proved an informal and striking wall hanging, and the source of much of the color scheme for the furnishings. Estimated Value $4,000 - UP
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Lot 613
Native American, 19th Century Beaded Tipi Bag: Sioux, c. 1880. Impressive 19th Century Sioux tipi bag made of hide with glass beads, metal cones, 31 red-dyed horsehair tassels, and sinew. Lane-stitched in various shades of glass seed beads against a green and white beaded ground. Flap is enhanced with traditional designs. Hide is supple and with moderate soiling. Back of bag has slight evidence of former museum mounting. Flap of bag has been secured shut and bag has been filled with acid-free paper. Approximately 14 x 20", in very fine condition and displays beautifully. Estimated Value $1,800 - UP
From The Private Collection of James Harrison Ring.

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$1,845
Lot 614
Northern Plains - Original Vintage Indian Buckskin Jacket. Circa Late 19th-Early 20th Century. Large tan buckskin jacket with four white feathers, silver, blue and yellow small beads form a star on each shoulder; the back is elaborately decorated with feathers and ribbons. Sewn turquoise and red beading adorn the two large front pockets with 3 brass buttons in front. Presented in a museum grade clear plastic case to an overall size of 36 x 38½"
Possibly inspired by the wildly popular Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, organized in 1883 by William F. Cody that featured horseback riding and marksmanship on a large scale; toured the United States and Europe. Estimated Value $1,200 - UP
From The Private Collection of James Harrison Ring.

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$600
Lot 615
Northern Plains Indian, Small Leather Hide Bag/Envelope. 19th Century Northern Plains Indian leather hide bag with some beading. Bag measures 9 x 7", has a flap closure and scattered remnants of fur. Bag is dry and stiff and has clearly been passed over numerous decades and along the way used heavily, beads replaced, some haphazardly added and the like. But the most arresting ornamentation is old sewn strip of half a zipper. No function but as a trim. Bag has a 7 inch section of copper, the size of a clothes hanger with an eyelet twisted on each end, tucked just under the flap, so bag could be hung for display. Noting the oxidation on copper, it has been for sometime. While condition rough, still very appealing and certainly stout. We note only a dab of adhesive used to keep flap folded in place. Estimated Value $200 - UP
From The Private Collection of James Harrison Ring.

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$114






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