Tribal art takes center stage at Rago Auctions in Lambertville

Lobala, Buffalo-Form Slit Gong, Congo

Rago Arts in Lambertville will host an auction of significant tribal art from the collection of Allan Stone and others on Friday, Oct. 19.

The event will feature more than 250 pieces, mostly African in origin, along with art from Oceania, Asia and the Americas.

Ibibio, Ebok Monkey Statue, Nigeria

Allan Stone was one of the great collectors of the 20th century, and tribal arts were among his strongest passions. This sale, vetted and catalogued by specialist-in-charge John Buxton, includes the Flores Island couple featured as the frontispiece in “The Eloquent Dead: Ancestral Sculpture of Indonesia and Southeast Asia,” a well-known Fiji Island figure with provenance to the James Hooper Collection, and other important artifacts from Melanesia and Polynesia.

Luba-Songye, Kifwebe Mask, Congo

Also on tap are several fine objects from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, notable among them a Royal Bamileke sculpture, a fine Lobala drum, and an important Igbo totemic Ikenga post.

The auction begins at noon on Oct. 19.  The pieces will be exhibited on Oct. 13 (12-5 p.m.), Oct. 18 (12-7 p.m., and Oct. 19 (beginning at 9 a.m.).

Holo, Helmet Mask, Congo $7-10,000

To see more of this spectacular collection of tribal art, view the catalog online at Rago Arts.

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