AFRICAN TRIBAL ART
A LIFE-TIME HOBBY
In 1959, as a young army officer, I was given an opportunity to study Swahili at London University’s School of Asian and African Studies. The British Government's objective was to have officers with suitable language skills available to assist in future African independence negotiations but be that as it may, the sights, sounds and smells of my first magical after-dark arrival in Dar es Salaam remain vivid and were the beginning of a lasting love affair with Africa!
Since those early days I have been fortunate to have many opportunities to work and travel extensively throughout the continent. Visits to many countries including the Congo, Nigeria, Senegal, Ethiopia,Tanzania, Ivory Coast and many others have enabled me to acquire items of authentic tribal art at source to form what has become an eclectic, somewhat whimsical and rather large but authentic collection. Latterly, having lived mainly in South Africa, I have had many opportunities to add further to my collection as time, money and opportunity allowed.
Sadly, I have now reached that stage of life where dispersal makes more sense than acquisition. Accordingly I am offering items from my collection for sale in the hope that they will provide as much enjoyment to others as they have to me. Inquiries from collectors or institutions to purchase the complete collection at a very favourable price would also be welcome.
All artifacts illustrated on the site have been acquired by me personally over more than fifty years and are my sole property. I do not claim to be an ''expert'', merely an educated collector. While every effort has been made to verify origin, age and provenance, in the case of items which have been purchased from reputable auction houses, deceased estates or in some cases from roadside vendors, this has not always been possible.
Unfortunately with age some damage to authentic old pieces is inevitable. Additional photographs for each item shown on the site can be provided on request and advice and guidance from fellow collectors is always welcome!