Our Ethnic and Tribal art category encompasses the traditional art of Aboriginal Australian, African, Oceania, Indian, pre-Columbian and Native American art as well as more modern ethnic art from Africa, India, Australia and South America. Objects such as masks, figures, headrests and staffs made from an array of materials including wood, shell, ivory, leather, feathers, beads and metal.
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At the top end of the market, collectors usually look for works of art which are authentic and were created prior to and including the beginning of the 20th century. There is a preference for objects often ceremonial or utilitarian, made by employing traditional techniques and materials, and that were used within the culture which produced them. Some more recent works of art, such as sculptures by Yoruba master carver Olowe of Ise (c 1875 - c 1938) and other named artists, are now also highly collectable. If you'd like to get an Ethnic & Tribal Art valuation from our online specialist, simply upload a photograph and tell us any other details you know about the item.
After receiving her Bachelors of Arts in Art History and Archaeology, our Pre-Columbian Art expert received her Masters in Archaeology at New York University. A polyglot, she speaks five languages including Spanish, Turkish and German. As the European Director of Pre-Columbian Art Department at Sotheby’s in New York she saw a 70% increase in participation in biannual auctions. After launching Sotheby’s Zurich salesroom and 7 years of directing exhibitions and events she left Sotheby’s in 2001 to become an Art Advisor in the Ancient and Ethnographic Arts.