I have been a member of the group since mid-2005 as mcnev77 and kept up with the dialogue over the years thru forwarded email. I have re-joined now as mcnev5, but will still get forwarded mail, I think, sent to mcnev77.
Bottom line is that I am selling some pieces to make room for new ones. I have been living and collecting in central and east Africa for the last 15 years and have a small but select collection of mostly ethnographic pieces. If anyone is interested in discussing any of the pieces that I am selling, pls contact me separetely at mcnev7@...
for pictures, provenance, and prices.
You can view some pieces in the photo file, DTM that I post back in 2005:
I still have most of these, but some friends have dibs on several pieces and several pieces were destroyed in a fire.
Some of the items: 2x Masai Shields (19th and early 20th century), 2x Luo Shields (massive, 19th century), 1 eack Kikuyu and Meru Dance (muumburo) Shields (early 20th century), collection of 20 mortar and pestles for tribal medicine from Kikuyu and Meru groups, each one different, but similar to the 2 in the photos, 15x 3-sword Kikuyu and Meru sets forged from indigenous iron ore, again similar to the 2 posted in the photo folder, dozens of headrests and stools from dozens of groups (all exquisite), Karamojong and Turkana honey containers, dozens of items from Sudan ranging from Posts to Didinga/Toposa walking sticks with ceremonial balls, Mbole Hanging Man (ekanga) Post, Chokwe Chabinda Ilunga (masterpiece), 3x Songye statues (exquisite) bangles, masks,fly whisks, all special pieces, etc.
75 percent are museum quality, 25 percent are above average representations of extremely rare pieces.