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19th C. African Baule Leather Belt Pouch w/ Shells

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19th C. African Baule Leather Belt Pouch w/ Shells
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West Africa, Ivory Coast, Baule people, ca. late 19th to early 20th century CE. A goat leather pouch hand sewn and decorated with large pink shells. The bag has a crescent body - flat top and the front flap contains the shell adornments, and the top is decorated with crosshatching stitches. A leather strap extends from one side and a second strap, now absent, would extend from the opposite end for attaching to a belt. While the leather is aged and stiff, the flap can move just enough to see the bag still contains several loose white cowrie shells. Shells were prestige items that were often sewn to knife sheaths, belts, and other leather items. Size: 7" L x 3.125" W x 3.5" H (17.8 cm x 7.9 cm x 8.9 cm)

Provenance: Private Arlington, Virginia, USA collection

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PLEASE NOTE: Due to recent increases of shipments being seized by Australian & German customs (even for items with pre-UNESCO provenance), we will no longer ship most antiquities and ancient Chinese art to Australia & Germany. For categories of items that are acceptable to ship to Australia or Germany, please contact us directly or work with your local customs brokerage firm.

Display stands not described as included/custom in the item description are for photography purposes only and will not be included with the item upon shipping..

#167596
Condition
Missing leather strap on one side and loss to tip of remaining leather strap. Leathering is stiff with cracking areas, and the flap does not completely open. Pouch holds several loose cowrie shells. Dark patina and mineral deposits on leather and shells.
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19th C. African Baule Leather Belt Pouch w/ Shells

Estimate $450 - $675
Jun 22, 2022
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Starting Price $225
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0230: 19th C. African Baule Leather Belt Pouch w/ Shells

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Est. $450 - $675Starting Price $225
Variety Auction | Antiquities & Ethnographica
Jun 22, 2022 10:00 AM EDT
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Lot 0230 Details

Description
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West Africa, Ivory Coast, Baule people, ca. late 19th to early 20th century CE. A goat leather pouch hand sewn and decorated with large pink shells. The bag has a crescent body - flat top and the front flap contains the shell adornments, and the top is decorated with crosshatching stitches. A leather strap extends from one side and a second strap, now absent, would extend from the opposite end for attaching to a belt. While the leather is aged and stiff, the flap can move just enough to see the bag still contains several loose white cowrie shells. Shells were prestige items that were often sewn to knife sheaths, belts, and other leather items. Size: 7" L x 3.125" W x 3.5" H (17.8 cm x 7.9 cm x 8.9 cm)

Provenance: Private Arlington, Virginia, USA collection

All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.

A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to recent increases of shipments being seized by Australian & German customs (even for items with pre-UNESCO provenance), we will no longer ship most antiquities and ancient Chinese art to Australia & Germany. For categories of items that are acceptable to ship to Australia or Germany, please contact us directly or work with your local customs brokerage firm.

Display stands not described as included/custom in the item description are for photography purposes only and will not be included with the item upon shipping..

#167596
Condition
...
Missing leather strap on one side and loss to tip of remaining leather strap. Leathering is stiff with cracking areas, and the flap does not completely open. Pouch holds several loose cowrie shells. Dark patina and mineral deposits on leather and shells.

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