Here again is an example of the African tribal art in my collection.

It’s been a lot of fun collecting it.

I think what I love is that I get to enjoy these creations without creating them myself. I guess that’s called living vicariously.

Djimini Mask from Ivory Coast


12″ x 7.5″ x 6″ & 0.5lb


ex Merton Simpson

ex Mark Eglinton

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Very important old Hemba statue from my collection

Hemba Statue from DR Congo


21.5″ x 6″ x 6″ & 9lbs


*ex Swiss Collection bought a couple years ago by Michel Koenig, Brussels

*Undersigned Francois Neyt certifies the authenticity of this ancestor Hemba Sculpture at the beginning of the 20th century, done in Brussels on 01/24/2013

*Published: African Tribal Art Book


*Christies London July 3, 1980 Lot 434

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Another cool one from my collection.

Why, you ask? What’s African art got to do with you, Dave Dahl? I’ll tell you what. Nothing. And that’s freaking great.

This mask is particularly cool.

Bamana Kore Mask from Mali


16″ x 6″ x 6″ & 2 lbs


ex Alfred L. Scheinberg, NY

ex Mark Eglinton, NY

ex Fily Keita

In the Bamana culture, there are six initiation societies, Kore being the last and is known as the stage of attaining divinity. They believe in endless re-incarnation and that each time he returns to earth, that God removes a portion of his spiritual nature and keeps it in Heaven. Therefore, if uninitiated, the deity will become completely reabsorbed. To ensure infinite reincarnations, the Kore teachings are essential.

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Another bad boy from my collection—Salampasu with great provenance.

Salampasu Frontal Mask from DR Congo

DDC_045321″ (with raffia) x 9″ x 7″ & 0.5lb


Collected in situ by Madeleine Christine Forani, Paris and stored in possession of family and purchased from granddaughter

.Photographed with Salvador Dali

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I know my collection doesn’t appeal to everyone. But here is another that I dig.

Yaka Ndeemba Mask from DR Congo

17″ x 7″ x 9″ & 0.5lb

Provenance:ex Richard Reitzes, New York

In Yaka culture, masks are worn for multiple occasions. When Yaka boys are ready for initiation they are taken to bush camps and are put through multiple rituals to prepare for manhood. Yaka masks are also worn during public festivals. The ndeemba style mask are worn by newly circumcised young men during their dances and marks their return to village life.

Bakongo Nkisi Nkondi

Nail Fetish Figure from DR Congo

23″ x 9″ x 10″ & 6.5lbs

Provenance: *May D&F Co. Denver, Colorado, before 1964

*Denver Art Museum, Colorado (inv.1964.292) acquired from the above, 1964

*Cole Harrell, New York, acquired from the above to benefit the Denver Art Museum Acquisitions Fund

Exhibited: Denver Art Museum, Colorado, Frederic C. Hamilton Gallery, 2006-2016

Bakongo Nkondi nail fetishes were used by communities for many reasons including protection against illnesses and evil spirits, and to set in stone contracts and decide argument outcomes. A holy person would activate the statue using magical substances. The Bakongo people also deeply believed in these figures ability to be effective tools to identify and punish wrong doers. The nails would be hammered into the sculpture to provoke action.

Love this Baule figure.

Baule is a tribe, not an in individual artist. We don’t know who carved it, but it appears to be by a “known hand”, and we are looking into it.

Provenance: Private French Collection (Richard Gabillet).

“Take a look at this beautiful seated Baule figure from the Dave Dahl Collection . Want to see it in person? Schedule a time to view the gallery and the rest of Dave’s incredible African art collection – message us here: Discover African Art

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