African, Oceanic and Pre-Columbian Art

Bonhams African, Oceanic and Pre-Columbian Art sales are held annually in New York in May and November. Bonhams Art of the South Seas sale, the only annual international sale solely devoted to Oceanic Art, is held in San Francisco each February.

Our sales feature a wide range of unique and traditional works from sub-Saharan Africa, Polynesia, Melanesia, Micronesia, Indonesia and Australia created in the early 20th century or earlier, and works from Central and South America created prior to European contact in the 16th century. Made by the artists for religious, ceremonial or secular use within their culture, objects in the sales include figurative sculpture, masks, reliquaries, shrines, architectural ornaments, clubs, shields, vessels, stools, neck rests, instruments, body adornment and many daily utilitarian objects.

Rare Drum, Hawaiian Islands

Sold for US$ 68,750 inc. premium

Fine Bwa Mask, Burkina Faso

US$ 12,000 - 18,000
€8,900 - 13,000

Rare Benin Head of Queen Mother, Nigeria

Sold for US$ 32,500 inc. premium

Superb Ceremonial Paddle, Austral Islands

Sold for US$ 16,250 inc. premium
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