African Visions: Sculpture, Textiles, Paintings and West African Hairdresser Signs

November 5, 2004 to January 30, 2005

Philadelphia, PA - Indigo Arts Gallery in Old City demonstrates the many different expressions of African creativity with the exhibition African Visions, opening on November 5th. Like the ambitious exhibit currently at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, African Art, African Voices, the show includes work of many media and styles. Indigo Arts draws on its own extensive collection of traditional African art, collected over the last 36 years, as well as the work of contemporary African artists. Founded in 1986, Indigo is Philadelphia’s oldest established gallery for African Art.
The exhibit includes a variety of masks, sculpture and furniture from west and central Africa, ceramics from Nigeria and Mali, basketry from the Zulu of South Africa. There are raffia-cloth ceremonial skirts from the Kuba of Zaire, strip-woven kente fabrics of the Ashanti and Ewe of Ghana and ashoke cloth from the Yoruba of Nigeria. The bogolanfini “mudcloth” by Mali’s greatest living master of the art, Nakunte Diarra. Also featured are more contemporary folk arts such as hairdressers’ and barber-shop signboards from Ghana, Mali, Cote d’Ivoire and other countries in West Africa, and baskets, toys and other objects made from recycled tin cans and telephone wire.

Indigo Arts also exhibits work by some of Nigeria’s leading contemporary artists of the last forty years, notably the flamboyant painter and musician, Twins Seven-Seven (b. 1945). Prince Twins Seven-Seven was one of the original artists of the famed Oshogbo School (named for the city of that name), which arose in the newly independent Nigeria of the early 1960’s. Seven-Seven rapidly achieved international fame, with major exhibitions in Europe, Japan and Australia as well as the United States, and his work is now in museum and private collections around the world. Twins Seven-Seven's autobiography, a Dreaming Life, edited by Ulli Beier, was published in 1999 by Bayreuth African Studies, Bayreuth, Germany.
We are fortunate that today he lives in the Philadelphia area. One of Twins Seven-Seven’s paintings is featured in the Philadelphia Musem of Art show, African Art, African Voices, and he was interviewed in a recent Channel 10 (Philadelphia) television special.
Father and son artists Yinka and Kola Adeyemi, Adeniji Adeyemi, Isaac Akindele, Prince Layi Orogun Ademoinore the late Rufus Ogundele and Asiru Olatunde also came out of the Oshogbo art movement.

Five-panelled Ndebele Jocolo beaded apron
SKU: NDBS-02

Worn by bride on wedding day.
Ndebele People - South Africa, mid-20th century.
Sheepskin, Glass beads on canvas backing (22 1/2" h. x 18 1/2" w. x 3/4" d.).

$2500
Ijo Ivri Personal Shrine Figure
SKU: afs-31

mid-20th century
Wood with oil-based paint
(27 1/2" h. x 10" w. x 6 3/4" d.)

$1,800
Ifa Divination Tray - Yoruba
SKU: afs-069

mid-20th century.
Wood with organic & mineral pigments.
(16 1/4" d. x 1 1/4" d.)

$1,500
Dogon Man with Hoe
SKU: afs-072

mid-20th century
Wood with organic/mineral patina
(33 1/2" h. x 6 1/4" w. x 7" d.)

$1,500
Ikenga Figure Igbo
SKU: afs-02

mid-20th century
wood with remnants of white and green pigment (25"h. x 6"w. x 7" d.)

$1,200 (w custom stand)
Fang Reliquary Head
SKU: afs-23

mid 20th century
Wood with mineral pigments, nails, brass additions
(14 1/2" h. x 7 1/2" w. x 7" d.)
 

$1200
Seated Bamana Female Figure
SKU: afs-10

20th century
wood with mineral pigments, organic encrustation
(27" h. x 6 1/2" w. x 6 1/2" d.)

$950
Ibeji Twin Figures with cowrie jacket
SKU: afs-063

mid-20th century.
Figures wood with organic & mineral pigments. Jacket cotton fabric with cowrie shells.
(10 1/2" h. x 12 1/2" w. x 4" d. including the cowrie jacket)

Exhibited at Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, Millville, New Jersey (July to December, 2016) for exhibit:  Sankofa.

$950/pair
Ghanaian Otter Coffin
SKU: afs-067

c.1990
Wood, painted with metal hardware,
(27" h. x 27" w. x 69" d.)

$950
Makonde Face and Body Mask
SKU: afm-102

wood w/ mineral pigments
(19" h. x 8 1/4" w. x 5" d.)

$950
Kuba Dance Skirt
SKU: KS-104

Raffia dance skirt (20th cent.)
Hand-woven raffia cloth with hand-sewn raffia cloth applique.  Natural dyes.  Seven panels.
(182" l. x 27" w.). 
Ex. collection of Mary Sue and Paul Peter Rosen.

675
COIFFURE MA LUMIERE - TRESSE TISSAGE DEFRISSAGE - Hair Sign
SKU: BS-384

by Romain, Togo, c.2005
Oil paint on plywood with wood frame - two hinged panels (51 1/2" x 23")

$625
Paris - Dakar Two-sided Hairdresser's Sign
SKU: bs-305

By Joel Adjame - Ivory Coast
Oil paint on plywood (22 1/2" x 48")
c. 1990

$625
Kran Judgement Mask
SKU: afm03

Kran people, Liberia
wood, earth, animal skin and hair (9" h.)

$575
Kuba Dancing Skirt
SKU: KS-101

Old raffia dance skirt (early to mid-20th cent.)
Hand-woven raffia cloth with open work, cowrie shells and raffia balls on the border.  Natural dyes. Six panels.
(139"l. x 30"w.). 
Ex. collection of Mary Sue and Paul Peter Rosen.

$575
Refuge
SKU: NDB-9101

Ndabagera - Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
1991
Oil on canvas (17 1/2" h x 35 1/2"w)

 

$550
Product Status: 
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Fine Old Ibeji Figure - Yoruba
SKU: afs-062

20th century
Wood
(13" h. x 3 1/2" w. x 3 1/4" d.)

$450
Product Status: 
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Adam and Eve
SKU: TF-1507

Toyin Folorunso, Oshogbo, Nigeria
2015
Hammered aluminum relief
(20 1/8" h x 16"w)
Exact details may vary.

$425
Product Status: 
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Oshun Festival
SKU: TF-1402

2014
Hammered aluminum relief
(20 1/4" h x 15 1/2"w)

$425
Product Status: 
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The Animal Kingdom 4
SKU: TF-1403

2014
Hammered aluminum relief
(20" h x 15 1/4"w)

$425
Product Status: 
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SKU: zwb-628

Recycled telephone wire w/ steel wire core
(14 3/4" d x 2 1/2" h)

$375
Product Status: 
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Hercule Hairdresser's Sign
SKU: BS-301

Oil paint on plywood (13 1/2" x 67.5")
c. 1990

$325
Product Status: 
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Imbenge Zulu "Hardwire"Wire Basket - pictorial style
SKU: zwb-599

by Zodwa Mzwara - South Africa
Recycled telephone wire w/ steel wire core
(14 1/4"d x 1 1/2" h)

$310
Product Status: 
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Sis. Alareba Special Food - Signboard
SKU: SN-207

Restaurant sign-board.  
By Edmund Art, Ghana, c.2000
Oil paint on plywood (24" x 48").
Note:  Plywood is thin and somewhat warped, but can be straightened in mounting.
 

$295
Product Status: 
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Hair-braider's Sign
SKU: bs-148

by Lebené, Togo, c.1990's
Oil paint on plywood (23 1/2 x 20)

$275
Product Status: 
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Mamy Wata 2
SKU: TF-0909

2009
Hammered aluminum relief
(15 3/4" h x 10"w).
Exact details may vary.

$210
Product Status: 
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Imbenge Zulu "Hardwire"Wire Basket - geometric style
SKU: ZWB-637

Nompumelelo Mkhize - South Africa.
Recycled copper telephone wire w/ steel wire core
(11 1/2"d x 1 1/4" h) 

 

$185
Product Status: 
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Beaded Mermaid Doll
SKU: CPD-15

Capetown, South Africa
Glass beads, cotton fabric.
(8" h. x 18" l.)
 

$165
Product Status: 
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Beaded Doll from Capetown
SKU: CPD-14

Capetown, South Africa
Glass beads, cotton fabric.
(19" h.)

$165
Product Status: 
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Imbenge Telephone Wire Basket (shallow flared shape)
SKU: ZWB-632

Recycled telephone wire (14 3/4" w x 3 1/2" h)

$135
Product Status: 
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Beaded Doll from Capetown
SKU: CPD-21

By Elsie - Capetown, South Africa
Glass beads, cotton fabric.
(18" h. x 9" w.)

 

$128
Product Status: 
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Beaded Horse
SKU: CPD-40

By Unathi Mvinjana - Capetown, South Africa
Glass beads, cotton fabric.
(9" h. x 2 1/2" w. x 9 1/2" l.)

$115
Product Status: 
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Beaded Horse
SKU: CPD-39

By Nololamo Mjanboa - Capetown, South Africa
Glass beads, cotton fabric.
(6 1/2" h. x 2" w. x 9 1/2" l.)

$110
Product Status: 
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Hair Sign
SKU: bs-232

by Kofi Art, Togo, c. 2004
Oil paint on plywood (16 " x 12")

$110
Product Status: 
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Imbenge Telephone Wire Basket (shallow flared shape)
SKU: ZWB-633

Recycled telephone wire (11 3/4" w x 3" h)

$110
Product Status: 
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Shoowa "Velvet" Raffia Panel
SKU: kc-107

mid-20th cent.
Raffia cloth panel flat-weave and cut-pile embroidery, natural dyes
(19 1/2" x 21")

$95
Product Status: 
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Recycled steel Springbok Mask from Zimbabwe
SKU: ZMSK-02

Recycled steel from automobiles.  (17 1/2" x 13 1/2" x 3.5").
Exact colors will vary depending on the original car!

$88
Product Status: 
Temporarily out of stock
La Fidelité Coiffure - Hair Sign
SKU: bs338

Desir Art -Benin, c.2010
Oil paint on plywood (9 34" x 5 3/4")

$88
Product Status: 
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Bogolanfini Mud-cloth Pillow
SKU: MCP-04

Bogolanfini Mud-cloth Pillow
By Habibou Coulibaly, Burkina Faso.
Strip-woven cotton w/ Kolanut, other dyes
(approx 18" l. x 18" w.)

$88
Product Status: 
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"Merveilleuse tresse Beninoise" Hair Sign
SKU: BS-417

c. 2010
Oil paint on plywood (7 " x 9 3/4")

$88
Product Status: 
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Beaded Buck
SKU: CPD-43

By Thozama Mvitiyo - Capetown, South Africa
Glass beads, cotton fabric.
(7" h. x 2 1/4" w. x 7" l.)

$85
Product Status: 
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Hope Basket
SKU: RWB-023

Natural dyed sisal and sweet grass fiber.
(12 1/4" diam. x 3 3/4" h.)

$78
Product Status: 
Temporarily out of stock
Hope Basket
SKU: RWB-024

Natural dyed sisal and sweet grass fiber.
(12" diam. x 3 1/2" h.)

$78
Product Status: 
Temporarily out of stock
Beaded Doll from Capetown
SKU: CPD-33

Capetown, South Africa
Glass beads, cotton fabric.
(13 1/2" h. x 3" w.)

 

$72
Product Status: 
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Beaded Doll from Capetown
SKU: CPD-32

Capetown, South Africa
Glass beads, cotton fabric.
(12 1/2" h. x 3" w.)

$72
Product Status: 
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Bogolanfini Rouge - Kola-cloth scarf by Habibou Coulibaly
SKU: BMS-1f

By Habibou Coulibaly
Strip-woven cotton w/ Kolanut, other dyes
(approx 95" l. x 10 1/2" w., including fringe)

$70
Product Status: 
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Beaded Doll from Capetown
SKU: CPD-25

Capetown, South Africa
Glass beads, cotton fabric.
(12 1/2" h. x 3" w.)

 

$68
Product Status: 
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Ndebele Ceremonial Doll - large
SKU: NDB-03d

Ndebele Ceremonial Doll - large (#ndb-03d)
Ndebele People - South Africa
Cotton fabric, glass beads, string, plastic "wire"
(18 to 19" h.) Assorted colors and designs.

$65
Product Status: 
Temporarily out of stock
beaded Doll from Capetown
SKU: CPD-23

By Victoria - Capetown, South Africa
Glass beads, cotton fabric.
(12 1/2" h. x 3" w.)

 

$58
Product Status: 
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 Imbenge Zulu Telephone Wire Basket (bowl shape)
SKU: ZWB-634

Recycled telephone wire (7 3/4"w. x 3 1/4" h.)

$58
Product Status: 
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Beaded Doll from Capetown
SKU: CPD-57

Capetown, South Africa
Glass beads, cotton fabric.
(13" h. x 2 1/2" w. x 1 1/2" d.)

$58
Product Status: 
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"Taxi Moto du Togo" (#2) Mini Signboard
SKU: SN-215

by A. Folly, Togo, 2016
Oil paint on plywood (5 1/8" x 6 1/4")

$54
Product Status: 
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Beaded Doll from Capetown
SKU: CPD-58

By Monic Jayiya - Capetown, South Africa
Glass beads, cotton fabric.
(13" h. x 2 1/2" w. x 1 1/2" d.)

$48
Product Status: 
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Painted Giraffe (large size)
SKU: ZIM-14

Recycled soda-can and wire animal, hand-painted
(approx. 15 1/2" h. x 3 1/2" w. x 7" l.)

$48
Product Status: 
Temporarily out of stock
Medium Black "Unity" basket
SKU: RWB-027-M

Natural dyed sisal and sweet grass fiber.
(9 3/4" diam. x 2 1/2" h.)

$48
Product Status: 
Temporarily out of stock
Ndebele Fertility Doll
SKU: NDB-04

Ndebele People - South Africa
Cotton fabric, glass beads, string, plastic "wire"
(6 3/4" h.)  Assorted colors and designs.

$44 each
Product Status: 
Temporarily out of stock
Hongera Barack Obama Khanga
SKU: obk-05

Yellow background
Printed khanga cloth commemorating the inauguration of President Barack Obama
(62" x 40")

$38
Product Status: 
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Sisal Basket from Swaziland
SKU: SWZB-01

by  Philile, Swazi people - Swaziland
Sisal fiber (6 3/4"diam. x 2" h.)

$38
Product Status: 
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Sisal Basket from Swaziland
SKU: SWZB-04

by  Sibongile, Swazi people - Swaziland
Sisal fiber (6 1/2"diam. x 2" h.)

$38
Product Status: 
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Sisal Basket from Swaziland
SKU: SWZB-05

by  Sitemi, Swazi people - Swaziland
Sisal fiber (6 1/4"diam. x 2" h.)

$38
Product Status: 
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Sisal Basket from Swaziland
SKU: SWZB-06

by  Thabile, Swazi people - Swaziland
Sisal fiber (6 1/4"diam. x 2" h.)

$38
Product Status: 
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Beaded Lion
SKU: CPD-44

Capetown, South Africa
Glass beads, cotton fabric.
(3 1/2" h. x 1 1/2" w. x 4 1/2" l.)

$36
Product Status: 
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Beaded Buck
SKU: CPD-46

Capetown, South Africa
Glass beads, cotton fabric.
(3 3/4" h. x 1 1/2" w. x 4 1/2" l.)

$36
Product Status: 
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Beaded Elephant
SKU: CPD-47

Capetown, South Africa
Glass beads, cotton fabric.
(3 1/2" h. x 1 1/2" w. x 4 1/2" l.)

$36
Product Status: 
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Beaded Zebra/Horse
SKU: CPD-48

Capetown, South Africa
Glass beads, cotton fabric.
(3 1/2" h. x 1 1/2" w. x 4 1/4" l.)

$36
Product Status: 
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Beaded Antelope
SKU: CPD-49

Capetown, South Africa
Glass beads, cotton fabric.
(4" h. x 1 1/2" w. x 3 1/2" l.)

$36
Product Status: 
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Beaded Antelope
SKU: CPD-51

Capetown, South Africa
Glass beads, cotton fabric.
(3 1/2" h. x 1 1/2" w. x 3 3/4" l.)

$36
Product Status: 
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Samburu Beaded Bowls - Medium/Large
SKU: smb-med-lg

Glass beads and recycled copper and steel wire.
Baskets available in assorted colors and patterns.  Approximate sizes.

6 1/4" diam. x 2" h.

$34
Product Status: 
Temporarily out of stock
Imbenge - Small (bright multicolor)
SKU: zwb-sml-multi

Recycled telephone wire (4 3/4"w x 2 1/4" h)
Small baskets available in assorted bright colors and patterns, similar to samples above - available with or without the black color.

$29 each
Product Status: 
Temporarily out of stock
Small Tomato "Hope" Basket
SKU: RWB-032

Natural dyed sisal and sweet grass fiber.
(7" diam. x 2" h.)

$28
Product Status: 
Sold
Recycled rubber flip-flops
SKU: FLP-sm-1

Kenya
Recycled rubber flip-flops
(approx. 3" h. x 1 1/2" w. x 4 1/2" l.)
Assorted - animals and colors will vary.

$ 24 each
Product Status: 
Temporarily out of stock
Small Flip-flop Zebra
SKU: FLP-sm-3

Recycled rubber flip-flops
(approx. 3" h. x 1 1/2" w. x 4 1/2" l.)
Assorted -  colors and exact dimensions will vary.

$24
Product Status: 
Temporarily out of stock
Small Flip-flop Warthog
SKU: FLP-sm-4

Recycled rubber flip-flops
(approx. 3 1/2" h. x 1 1/2" w. x 5" l.)
Assorted -  colors and exact dimensions will vary.

$24
Product Status: 
Temporarily out of stock
Small Flip-flop Elephant
SKU: FLP-sm-5

Recycled rubber flip-flops
(approx. 4" h. x 2" w. x 5" l.)
Assorted -  colors and exact dimensions will vary.

$24
Product Status: 
Temporarily out of stock
Five-panelled Ndebele Jocolo beaded apron
SKU: NDBS-01

worn by bride on wedding day (#ndbs-1)
Ndebele People - South Africa, mid-20th century.
Sheepskin, glass beads. Custom mounted for display in wood "shadow-box" frame with linen backing.
(3 1/2" h.)

Price on Request
Product Status: 
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The Palmwine Tapper
SKU: T77-1602

c.2009
"Sculpture Painting" - Oil, acrylic, ink and pastel on plywood.
(36" h x 12"w)
Provenance:  Private collection, purchased directly from the artist.

Price on Request
Product Status: 
ON HOLD
The Palm Wine Tapper
SKU: T77-1106

Twins Seven-Seven (1944 - 2011), Oshogbo, Nigeria
c.1978
Ink, pastel and oli on cloth
(50 1/2" h x 30 1/2"w)

At the entry to the lane that leads to Prince's compound in Osogbo, a palm-wine tapper sits on a bicycle, welded to Prince's design out of scrap metal. In Amos Tutuola's "Palm-Wine Drinkard", the drinard hunts for his dead tapster in the domain of the dead.... 

"This is when I was working on the book of Amos Tutuola, like Palm-Wine Drinker, My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, and something like that."

"I made a poem about whoever want me to die earlier will be killed by a palm-wine tapper bicycle, because palm-wine tapper bicycle have no insurance. It was a song from, like, nineteen seventy-four."

from Prince Twins Seven-SevenHis Art, His Life in Nigeria, His Exile in America, by Henry Glassie

Price on Request
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Birds and Fish
SKU: KBDA-1705

From "Le Hangar" art workshop, Elisabethville, Belgian Congo,1958
Oil on canvas (65cm x 92cm, 25 1/2" x 36 1/4").  Framed.

Price on Request
Product Status: 
ON HOLD
Five Spotted Birds with Nest
SKU: MWA-1701

From "Le Hangar" art workshop, Elisabethville, Belgian Congo, 1959
Oil on canvas (46cm x 70cm, 18 1/4" x 25 1/2").  Framed.

Price on Request
Product Status: 
ON HOLD