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African Sculptures & Statues

African sculptures and statues remain as popular as ever before, appreciated by collectors for their contribution to modern art, most notably fauvism, expressionism, and cubism, as well as their enchanting aesthetic. Their artistic sensibilities and portrayal of the human body put forward by African sculptures and statues offered a radically divergent aesthetic from those that existed in Western art.

Instead of striving for realism or the perfection of human proportions as European art had since the time of Ancient Greece, African statues distorted and exaggerated aspects of the human body. This resulted in African carved wooden figures that looked otherworldly and at times were frightening portrayals. While such depictions of the human figure were viewed as naïve, crude, or aesthetically offensive by some, they were celebrated by others, such as Pablo Picasso, who was greatly inspired by these mystical forms.

The influence of African sculpture and African statue is easily perceptible in the asymmetric proportions and alien forms of many of Picasso's portraits. This influence is believed to have played a seminal role in advancing modern art away from realism towards abstraction.


Quick Facts

  • Sotheby's sold an African Fang sculpture in December 2015 for 423,000 euros
  • The village of Igbo-Ukwu in the Niger Delta boasted a casting tradition which dates the way back to the 9th century. Clay figurines have been found in this region from around 500 B.C., making them the oldest discovered examples of African sculpture
  • El Anatsui is one of the world's most celebrated contemporary artists, continuing the tradition of African sculpture and African carved wooden figures with great critical and commercial success
  • View other African artifacts, sculpture and <a href=”https://www.invaluable.com/african-masks/sc-FT5EU1IZ6M/”>African masks for sale</a> on Invaluable.

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Phineas Kamangria ,Two African Shona Sculptures Height 36cm
Feb 22, 2:00 PM AEDT
Phineas Kamangria ,Two African Shona Sculptures Height 36cm
by Lawsons
Est: AUD100- AUD150
AUD506 Bids
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LOT OF AFRICAN CARVED FIGURES INC. PAIR OF DAGGERS, ASHTRAY
Feb 22, 9:00 AM AEST
LOT OF AFRICAN CARVED FIGURES INC. PAIR OF DAGGERS, ASHTRAY
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD203 Bids
Igbo Carved Wood Female Ancestor Figure
Feb 21, 11:00 AM CST
Igbo Carved Wood Female Ancestor Figure
by Neal Auction Company
Est: $100- $200
$1003 Bids
Three Senufo Statues
Feb 21, 9:00 AM PST
Three Senufo Statues
by Abell Auction
Est: $300- $500
$1752 Bids
UNKNOWN ARTIST - Large Akua'ba
Feb 25, 1:00 PM CST
UNKNOWN ARTIST - Large Akua'ba
by Saskatchewan Network for Art Collecting
Est: $80- $100
$342 Bids
African Wooden Statue of Tribal Elder
Mar 08, 12:00 PM GMT
African Wooden Statue of Tribal Elder
by TimeLine Auctions
Est: £80- £100
£51 Bid
African Style Female Nude Wood Sculpture
Mar 12, 11:00 AM EDT
African Style Female Nude Wood Sculpture
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $200- $400
$501 Bid
UNKNOWN ARTIST - Untitled - Elongated Face
Feb 25, 1:00 PM CST
UNKNOWN ARTIST - Untitled - Elongated Face
by Saskatchewan Network for Art Collecting
Est: $70- $100
$281 Bid
South African Tsonga Female Figure, Early-Mid 20th C.
Feb 29, 10:00 AM EST
South African Tsonga Female Figure, Early-Mid 20th C.
by Material Culture
Est: $300- $500
$1501 Bid
Kurumba artist, Antelope Adone (headdress)
Feb 29, 11:00 AM CST
Kurumba artist, Antelope Adone (headdress)
by Toomey & Co. Auctioneers
Est: $700- $900
$501 Bid
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Silver statuette 800 AFRICA.
Feb 24, 10:00 AM CET
Silver statuette 800 AFRICA.
by Auktionshaus Eppli
Est: €240- €260
€2401 Bid
South African Ndebele Beaded Doll
Feb 24, 10:00 AM MST
South African Ndebele Beaded Doll
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
UNKNOWN ARTIST - Akua'ba Comb
Feb 25, 1:00 PM CST
UNKNOWN ARTIST - Akua'ba Comb
by Saskatchewan Network for Art Collecting
Est: $60- $90
$281 Bid
AFRICAN SCHOOL - Statues With White Eyes
Feb 25, 1:00 PM CST
AFRICAN SCHOOL - Statues With White Eyes
by Saskatchewan Network for Art Collecting
Est: $70- $90
$161 Bid
UNKNOWN ARTIST - Untitled - Couple
Feb 25, 1:00 PM CST
UNKNOWN ARTIST - Untitled - Couple
by Saskatchewan Network for Art Collecting
Est: $180- $240
$481 Bid
UNKNOWN ARTIST - Akua'ba
Feb 25, 1:00 PM CST
UNKNOWN ARTIST - Akua'ba
by Saskatchewan Network for Art Collecting
Est: $60- $90
$281 Bid
UNKNOWN ARTIST - Tall Akua'ba
Feb 25, 1:00 PM CST
UNKNOWN ARTIST - Tall Akua'ba
by Saskatchewan Network for Art Collecting
Est: $60- $90
$281 Bid
A Bird Decoy Headdress, Hausa People, Nigeria
Mar 04, 6:00 PM AEDT
A Bird Decoy Headdress, Hausa People, Nigeria
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD200- AUD400
AUD1001 Bid
Two sculptures of male riders, Dogon, Mali, 2nd half of
Feb 24, 10:30 AM CET
Two sculptures of male riders, Dogon, Mali, 2nd half of
by Henry's Auktionshaus
Est: €400- €500
€4000 Bids
African Baule Standing Female Figure, Ivory Coast, Mid 20th C.
Feb 29, 10:00 AM EST
African Baule Standing Female Figure, Ivory Coast, Mid 20th C.
by Material Culture
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
African Cheetah Bronze Bust Sculpture Inspired By Mene On Marble Base - 10" x 3"
Feb 29, 9:00 PM EST
African Cheetah Bronze Bust Sculpture Inspired By Mene On Marble Base - 10" x 3"
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $450- $650
$2500 Bids
African Elegance: Original Bronze Sculpture of Nude Woman Balancing Water Jug on Head - 12" x 3.5"
Feb 23, 9:00 PM EST
African Elegance: Original Bronze Sculpture of Nude Woman Balancing Water Jug on Head - 12" x 3.5"
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $600- $900
$2900 Bids
wooden African statue
Mar 16, 10:00 AM EDT
wooden African statue
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$200 Bids
5 wooden statues, African women
Mar 16, 10:00 AM EDT
5 wooden statues, African women
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$200 Bids

Sellers Who Sell African Sculptures & Statues


Auktionshaus Rheine

Auktionshaus Rheine

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Old Stuff For You

Saskatchewan Network for Art Collecting

Saskatchewan Network for Art Collecting

Auktionshaus Plückbaum

Auktionshaus Plückbaum