This category is dedicated to the varying art and customs of ethnographic and indigenous people throughout the world. Here, you can purchase rare tribal art and artifacts from Australia, Africa and the Americas. Find objects from cultures everywhere from Colombia to Papua New Guinea, and many places in between. The finest offerings in African tribal masks, African art, Native American art, Pre-Columbian art, and Aboriginal tribal drawings, are sold in this notable collection, which features impressive tribal art, like Punu masks, fertility figures, tribal rugs, and other beautiful cultural artifacts. We also offer a comprehensive selection of Native American textiles and wooden carvings.
Objects made by indigenous people are not limited to North America, as we also carry items created by members of African tribes and Asian artisans. In this category, dealers sell unique, handmade objects that are relatively hard to come by elsewhere, but are conveniently grouped together here for an enhanced purchasing experience. If you are interested in a particular part of the globe, you may shop our ethnographic collection by location and culture: African, Native American, South American, Central American, Oceanic, and Asian. Nearly every major ethnic center is represented here, providing you with a broad and thorough offering or cultural artifacts.
The pieces in the ethnographic category were made for display purposes, décor and wearables. While you will not find much wall art here, or items once used functionally as furniture or cookware, you will discover many different figures, pottery, statues, sculpture, earrings, bracelets, masks, textiles and more. Experience the best African masks for sale, as well as cultural art that the world has to offer and dive into the growing interest of ethnography through these rare and untainted collectibles. Our dealers are ready to serve you with some of the finest pieces in this category, and the resources to develop a comprehensive gathering of the world’s best creations by indigenous people.
There is plenty of Native American art to choose from here, and our dealers offer a variety of Native artifacts, namely carvings and weavings. Items important to the history of Native American cultures, such as a Hopi mask and an Aleutian shaman’s mask can be found among the works that define indigenous cultures of the US continent. The genres included in Native American art vary greatly and encompass a culture that is very skilled in multiple artistic subjects, like pottery, weaving, textiles and wood-working.
You will see a big selection of rugs, saddle bags, brightly colored weavings, and Navajo blankets as you peruse the many items presented here. Many of them were woven out of wool and their brightly colored patterns—which have been preserved until today—were created from organic pigments. The rugs and blanks feature patterns of geometric shapes, human figures, significant to the tribe culture or time period. Saddles bags that were used in villages are also available with decorative beading and pockets.
Woven baskets and wooden boxes are also a huge part of the Native American collection displayed here. Wooden bowls in superb condition display the woodworking expertise of the community. There are also several doll sets of a mother doll with doll baby that are made entirely by hand and with natural materials and textiles. The range of art made by the early 20th century and later 19th century Native American community follows a range of life from the smallest member of the community to the leaders.
In the South and Central American category, our dealers offer artifacts from many eras and regions. These range from a Veracruz seated shaman and a pair of Chancay wood carved standing figures, to a Huari painted textile panel, a Shavin stirrup-handle vase, and a Zapotec funeral urn. Faces are a consistent motif throughout these works in the form of masks and stone figures. The majority of these works are still in prime condition, with little weathering or signs of aging. For the best in Latin ethnographic art, browse the items displayed here.
There are an assortment of figures portraying couples, and single figures representing ancestral figures and notable persons in the culture. The figures, dating to the first century were made out of terracotta. The figures are both male and female, some are larger such as the Crouching Elder from 300 BC Mexico. Some of the figures double as other vessels, such the Mexican seated god figural urn, while others are more abstract figures that loosely represent a standing or seated person. There are also a few sculptures that depict animals, like a feathered serpent.
You can also choose from a mixture of textiles, such as a loincloth or apron. One of the most unique pieces is a feather ponchito from the Nasca culture of Peru made completely out of various colored feathers. There are also bowls and cylinders featuring markings, art and design on the sign in bold colors. Experience the bold, daring color and composition of art from South and Central America in this collection of native and tribal artwork from native artisans.
Ethnographic art is not all textiles, wooden carvings and figurines. This collection gives you the opportunity to view important ethnographic and Asian jewelry from around the world. Inside, find rare African Ivory bracelets, Eskimo made earrings and coral and silver anklets from Algeria. The same materials used in other ethnographic art combine here with precious stones and gems to create vibrant, wealthy jewelry pieces that are great artistic pieces on their own. Dealers have selected and chosen these as some of the rarest and finest examples of jewelry from ethnic and native cultures.
Some of the finest Aboriginal works make up this collection of Arts. View Aborigine shields, Australian carved emu eggs, and other rare and cultural artifacts in this category. From dealers located around the world, we offer items such as a superb aboriginal Lonka Lonka.
In the Central Asian portion of this category, find artifacts and jewelry including a rare beetlewing and shell ear ornament and a turquoise, pearl, and gold ear ornament for an official. Here also find other items from a variety of Central Asian cultures and eras.
In the Middle Eastern section of the Ethnographic and Tribal Arts category, view objects of rare and exquisite beauty originating in the Middle East. Items such as a Moroccan rug display a variety of carpet weaving techniques and ancient protection symbols. Here, The Curator’s Eye brings together middle eastern artifacts from leading private dealers in this category.
Our dealers put forth an impressive offering of the hand clubs, staffs, and ancestor figures available in the Oceanic segment of our Ethnographic and Tribal Arts category. Also on offer are a Nukuoro Atoll coconut stool, a Maori patu, and a set of New Guinea disc clubs, all from countries such as Fiji and Australia. Collectors can browse many works from islands and cultures in Oceania that are rare and significant to understanding the tribes and art processes of the region. We offer paintings, sculpture and more so there is a selective, yet varied offering for your collection.
This section offers some of the rarest items on the market, like an early 19th century fine Fijian ceremonial fork in excellent condition with a superb, deep patina. The fork is carved from a single piece of wood and was used by those in the community during special occasions. Its longevity is simply breathtaking. You may also be touched by the vision of an original Aboriginal painting: Two Dogs Dreaming, which depicts the wanderings of two dogs, Jampijinpa and Napangardi, as they walked along a dry creek.
This collection is comprised of an elite gathering of art from island and oceanic cultures, ready to be shared with the rest of the world. The figures sold in this category also reference ancestry, spirituality and tradition. A Malagan figure from the South Pacific, made entirely from wood features carvings, detailed stylistic patterns and fine-line accent painting, completed in the early 20th century. A pre-contact hand-carved Hawaiian umeke made of Kou wood is in excellent condition from the 1700s, repaired by Wright Bowman in the 20th century.
In the Southeast Asian portion of our Ethnographic and Tribal Arts category, the rarest of antiquities come to the private market from our distinguished and trustworthy dealers based around the world. The Curator’s Eye features such exquisite and historic items as a dance mask from Dayak, Borneo and an early Nias chief ancestor figure.
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