The smaller of the two figures is carved in the very distinct style of the Songye people from the Democratic Republic of Congo. My guess is that this one was made in the late 20th Century. Traditional examples of Songye statues or "power figures" are called Nkishi and often contain horns, shells, leather, and other fetish material which are added along with a magic substance or charge that activates the power figure to protect and bring good fortune to the community or individuals. See Rand's site for more details http://www.randafricanart.com/you_be_the_judge.html
The taller one is certainly not African and most likely originates from an Oceanic region such as Indonesia or Papua New Guinea. This piece also seems fairly contemporary based on the style. I have no idea what it represents as I have never seen anything quite like it.
I must ask, was it frightening running into this fellow in the storage unit?
--- In African_Arts@yahoogroups.com, "lauri62fl" <lauri62fl@...> wrote:
> Hi everyone! I found three large African (?) statues in a storage cleanout. The large one is about 5 feet tall, and quite heavy with moveable arms and legs. They are hand carved. It looks as if the teeth may be real... maybe pigs teeth? And the hair is haylike but courser, I'm thinking buffalo. The medium size one is built much like the larger one. Height is about 3 1/2 - 4 ft. He has male anatomy. The small one is very unique. It's materials are different. There is a wood base, but alot of bone and or horns are used, as well as shells and who know's what else. The head looks like it is covered in burlap? See photo of back of head, and almost looks like the shape of a coconut. The small one is about 3 feet tall. I have found similar style to the smaller one. But nothing like the 2 larger ones. If anyone can offer any kind of information I would be very thankful. I will list photos in a file lauri62fl. Thanks!