Sculpture, Object, Installation


View into OMC Exhibition: ‘It Took A While To Find These Things’, Part Two


Objects from left to right:


Cobra 19th Century by Anonymous artist
Wood Sculpture with hand painted Decor(India)



Willie Bester – Cape Town, South Africa
Untitled 1998
Painting Oil on Canvas
Boxed in painted Metal Frame and Glass
Mounted in painted Wood Box



Anonymous Artist – South Africa
Hand painted Ornaments on Linen / Cotton Blanket 1970-80’s




Anonymous Artist (Cape Town, South Africa)
Man Sculpture
Iron Wood and Metal partially painted
The sculpture was used for stage performances by the artist
In the Town ships of Cape Town.



Anonymous artist (New Guinea) Abelam Tribe
Braided basket weave bird head mask with painted decoration
Using earthy Color Pigments
1960s -70s


Anonymous Artist (West Africa)
African Wood Dogon Tribe (Monkey) Wood Mask
The Dogon are an ethnic group living in the central plateau region of the country of Mali. Dogon art is primarily Sculpture. Dogon art revolves around religious values, ideals, and freedoms. Dogon sculptures are not made to be seen publicly, and are commonly hidden from the public eye within the houses of families.

Origin: 1970-1980’s
Dimensions: H: 18” to 6” to 11”
Wood hand carved and painted with color pigments, partially weathered off.


Anonymous Artist – Zaire
Wooden Giraffe Man Sculpture with Necklace
Mid 20th Century used in tribal ceremonies (rare to find today)


Anonymous Artist (Mali)
Bambara Antelope Mask
Origin: C.1960-1980’s
Dimensions: H: 30″ to 8” to 9.5″
Weathered Wood

Among Mali’s Bambara people, such masks are used by members of the tji (work) wara (animal) society that encourages the community’s cooperation to ensure a successful crop. A mythical antelope is believed to have taught men how to farm. Often these hand-carved mask are adorned with jute, dried grass and tufts of goat fur.


Anonymous Artist – (West Sahara)
Kitchen Tool (Mortar)
Wood with hand carved ornaments

53″ x3.5″


Tribal Nwantantay Plank Mask, Decor Burkina Faso
This mask was made by a member of the Bwa tribe in Burkina Faso. They are scattered across Mali, Burkina Faso and Cote d’Ivoire numbering somewhere in the region of 300,000 people.  Each Bwa village is governed independently by male elders devoid of a central political authority.
Bwa masks represent or embody bush spirits, who are invoked to benefit mankind and the natural forces on which life depends.  Bwa masks tend to be two dimensional and don’t extend to the back of the head.  Wood masks are more of a southern Bwa tradition, with the northern Bwa using leaf masks associated with the Do society.  Wooden masks are very family orientated, danced in various ceremonies from harvest celebrations to funerals.
Plank masks such as this represent flying spirits from the bush.  Bwa masks are believed to possess special powers which are controlled by those who wear the masks.  The religion associated with Bwa wooden plank masks is focused on the spirit Lanie whose power is manifested through the wooden mask.  Bwa people are predominantly farmers.  They speak Buamu primarily but some speak Jula and French.
The Bwa refer to God as Difini or Dolwemo.  Most Bwa still retain traditional animist beliefs.  Approx. 5% are Muslim and 10% Christians.
Checkerboard patterns often in black and white more rarely in different colors such as this mask represent the separation between good and evil, wise from stupid, male from female etc.
Origin: 1970-1980’s
Dimensions: H: 28” to 10” to 5”
Wood hand carved and painted with color pigments



Anonymous Artist – Zaire
Wood Giraffe Man Sculpture with Necklace and Horn
Mid 20th Century used in tribal ceremonies by Shaman (Very RARE)


Anonymous Artist (Ivory Coast/ West Africa))
Baule Tribe – Black/White/Red Moon
Carved by hand from wood, this stunning mask depicts the face of the moon. It’ss made by an artist of the Baule people of Côte d’Ivoire. “Such masks are used on the first day the moon appears, in celebration and gratitude for God’s blessings,”
Origin: 1960-1980’s
Dimensions: H: 18” to 14” to 21/2”
Wood hand carved and painted with pigments


Anonymous Artist (Nomadic Tribe West Sahara)
Wood Chair (hand made) very comfortable

Two pieces put together and easy to be detached



Anonymous Artist (Cape Town SA)
Painted ornaments embroidered (Keith Haring look) on Linen/Canvas Panel
Used for Wall or Ceiling Decoration
1970’s to 80’s


~ 6 yards x 2 feet


Willie Bester – Cape Town, South Africa
Untitled 1998
Painting, Oil on Canvas
Boxed in painted Metal Frame and Glass
Mounted in painted Wood Box



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