Rob Temple is based in Gent, Belgium and trades primarily in African tribal art. His collection is carefully curated, angular wood sculptures with a highly modernist feel sit next to pieces with intricately decorative surfaces.
Baule Goli Glin Mask
63cms long approx
Carved in the form of a stylised bushcow, antelope and crocodile amalgam with a striking red, black and white painted decoration. A reglued repair to top of horn (right hand side as you look at it).
18/19th C Ashanti Bronze Gold Weights
Various figures including birds, antelope, lions with prey and beetles cast from nature.
Priced individually or as a group.
Tsonga prestige staff
South Africa / Mozambique
1st Half 20th Century
The shaft carved with three twisting snakes spiralling up the shaft of the staff and terminating in two figures in conversation. Carved from a single piece of wood.
Barrdgadubu bark painting
2nd Half 20th Century
Fine large bark painting of a "Wada freshwater fish" signed to the reverse.
19th C Shallow Wooden Bowl
Fine wooden food bowl in the abstract form of a turtle.
Senufo Bronze Bracelets / Cuffs
Ivory Coast, 19th / Early 20th Century
17.5 & 10.5cms tall.
The first doubling as a currency and the second decorated with a finely detailed beetle? although the collector's sticker suggests spider (unlikely, I think, looking at the head of the creature).
Ex. Belgian collection.
Larger Cuff SOLD & £250
Ashanti Lion & Gilt Porcupine
Ghana, Early 20th Century
17 & 18cms long
Finely patinated painted lion (losses to tail) & gilt wood porcupine (many spines missing), probably a linguist staff top. Ex. German collection.
£250 & Porcupine SOLD
Edo / Early Meiji Period Drumstick?
Japan, 19th Century
Richly patinated wood stick (possibly a drumstick?) with monkey surmount, the monkey with inlaid bone and metal eyes.