Aboriginals Tribal Art

African Tribal Art Gallery

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African tribal art appears in several ways.

Masks are used in tribal dances:

to placate the spirit world,

to propitiate good health,

to promote ample harvest,

to protect deceased loved
ones as they journey to the 'other' world,

to discipline and to educate.


Carvings are made to protect a village from bush spirits or to please a spouse in the other world.

Textiles are created to clothe, decorate and demonstrate domestic skills.

Jewelry is crafted to adorn the body.

Pottery, musical instruments, and implements are made to reinforce cultural values and bring beauty to every day life.

From the time we entered the African Tribal Art field, 40-some years ago, we've seen changes. Among them have been the splintering of the "market" into three parts.

At the top, are ancient pieces that have resided in ethnographic museums. They are priced beyond the means of most people who would be interested in purchasing them.

The bottom tier is cheap mass-produced tribal-like wall art. They are brought to America by container ships.

Old hands refer to this segment as "airport art". Some of it pretends to be African in origin but much is actually from Asia.

In the middle is where we serve. Everything from Africa that we offer, we acquired personally, either in Africa or from trusted dealers in African tribal art. It is all quality art, if not at the top of the category. None of it is "airport art".

We include Certificates of Authenticity, explaining the history of the item and how it came into our possession. (Some of it has been exhibited in museums, and is so noted.)

Below is a link to a list of tips for how to evaluate
and select African Tribal
Art that appeals to you.

Link to African tribal art buying tips

Baga Masks
African Baga tribe 'nimba' mask

A257 - Nimba


African tribal art Baga 'elek' shrine figure

X276 - Elek

Baule Masks
and objects

African Baule mask
H056 - Baule

X747 - Baule

African Baule tribal janus-lidded medicine bowl
A253 - Baule

African Baule tribal janus heddle pulley
A357 - Baule

African tribal Baule serpent and lizard mask
DF35 - Baule

Zoomorphic mask with bite stick
F067 - Baule

Benin - objects

Quen bust from Benin
E784 - Benin

A015 - Benin

V362 Benin

Dan masks

Dan Guerre mask of many eyes
DE79 - Dan

Dan mask with fabric ear drops
C419 - Dan

Dan hornbill mask
W548 - Dan

African Dan tribal art mask
H106 Dan

Dan hornbill mask with monkey fur
F072 - Dan

V224 - Dan

Dogon Masks
and objects

F180 Dogon

V247 Dogon

CT14 - Dogon

C420 - Dogon

Ibo - Igbo Masks and Objects

V356 - Ibo

Ibo tribal mask with movable jaw
H553 - Ibo

Ibo African tribal dance wand with movable jaw
V217- Ibo

Ibo African bowl, with lids, for storing and serving kola nuts

X099 - Ibo

Kuba Masks
and Objects

Carved wood Kuba drum with symbolic hand hold
A064 - Kuba

Kuba African Ngaady dance mask
D305 - Kuba

Kuba African dance mask with raffia trim
F414 - Kuba

Kuba Shoowa raffia panelT065 - Kuba

Kuba Shoowa raffia panelT066 - Kuba

African Kuba dance mask wuth carved scarification
V115 - Kuba

African tribal container by Kuba carver

W947 - Kuba


Senoufo African tribal helmet mask
X252 - Senoufo

African Senoufo stool and divination figure

E839 - Senoufo

Senoufo tribe African stool and divination object
E838 - Senoufo

helmet mask from Senoufo with birds that can removed and added, representing achievement in harvest activities
V234 - Senoufo

Yoruba Masks
and artifacts

Yoruba beaded bird crown
E481 - Yoruba

F553 - Yoruba

A107 - Yoruba

E722 - Yoruba

F415 -Yoruba

Yoruba Oshe Shango wands

What are Oshe Shango Wands?
Shango is a religion of the Yoruba people of Nigeria. It takes its name from the principal god of believers, known for power and justice. He is celebrated with cermonial dances. Adherents of the cult dance with oshe Shang wands refleting their supplication to Shango. Carvers use many different elements to pay tribute, depending on their individual beliefs.

Many of these wands display partial nudity, a reflection of traditional attire for Yoruba natives. If this offends you, please skip this portion the website.
For more information about Shango, click here.

A086 Yoruba Shango

D085 Yoruba Shango Wand

D087 Yoruba Shango Shrine Figure

E911 Yoruba Shango Shrine Figure

Yoruba shango wand, front, right
V197 Yoruba Shango

African Yoruba oshe Shango dance wand
V198 Yoruba Shango

Yoruba blurred male shango
V199 Yoruba Shango

V232 Yoruba Shango

V474 Yoruba Shango

Yoruba Oshe Shango dance wand
V495 Yoruba Shango

X237 Yoruba Shango

X238 Yoruba Shango

X239 Yoruba Shango

Other Tribes
and Areas

V271 - Attie

Granary door lock from 
Bambara tribe
F176 - Bambara

African Bambara Ntomo mask
E713 - Bambara

African Bassa Bundu mask
X121 - Bassa

Africa Bobo animated leopard mask
DE31 - Bobo

E852 - Mambila

African Cameroon water buffalo mask
W097 - Cameroun

DB29 Tikar Cameroun

African Cameroon basket rattle with male figure
DB53 - Cameroun

E487 Fang

African Gurunsi Fanana mask
D481 - Fanana

F416 - Fon

X770 - Guro

Bakongo African nail fetish
DA78 - BaKongo

Lobi African tribal dance wand
E506 Lobi

F550 - Lobi

Mande musical string instrument
V163 - Mangbetu

E915 - Ogoni

H583 - Fang

F008 - Hembe

V109 - Mumuye

W976 - Pende

W463 - Pende

Pende Tribe Fetish House extendable mask

F089 Pende

W476 - Songye

Tchokwe chair with carved scenes from life
W246 - Tchokwe

Teke tribe mask with raffia beard
H574 - Teke

H289 - Wolo

BaYaka tribal ancestor figure
W474 - BaYaka



Now any item with a purchase price of more than $200 may be purchased on extended payments through our Tribalworks Collector's Club

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