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Statue Igbo Ikenga
Tribal art > African Statues > Statue Igbo

Most often sporting a high horned headdress with complex elements, this type of African statues features a character with attributes such as jewelry and scarifications, sitting on a stool in a determined attitude. Two-tone patterns are painted on his face. Grainy matte patina.
This ethnic group is located in the southern Niger Delta region of Nigeria. the Ikenga is a personal altar belonging to a man. It is the symbol of accomplishment and personal success (okpossi), the representation of one's tutelary spirit (chi, vital energy), as well as the recipient of sacrifices offered periodically or prior to the commitment of an important action (most often to ifejioku, deity of the yam, or to ale, goddess of the earth). In addition, ike , the power, refers to the force that the right hand ...


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1650.00

Songye Kifwebe Kilume Mask
Tribal art > African mask > Songye Mask

Divided into large contrasting stripes, this songye mask has an imposing sagittal crest. The eyelids stretch towards the temples. Like a beak, the parallelepiped mouth is projected. Patina matte abrased. Desication crack. Height on a base: 110 cm.
This types of African Kifwebe masks are listed: the masculine (kilume) usually with a high crest, the feminine (kikashi) would present a more modest or absent crest, and finally the greater embodying power (kia ndoshi). In the 16th century, the Songyes migrated from the Shaba region to settle on the left bank of the Lualaba. Their society is organized in a patriarchal way. Their history is inseparable from that of the Luba to whom they are related through common ancestors. The Songyes have created impressive statues with powerful features ...


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950.00

Large Pende Mask
Tribal art > African mask > Pende Mask

Sophisticated ornamentation for this rare Mask of The Kasai Pende linked to the ceremonies of the mukanda. Tapestry nails form linear patterns, while metal plates adorn certain areas. Grainy brown patina. Height on a base: 59 cm .
The seed live on the banks of the Kwilu, while the have settled on the banks of the Kasai river downstream of Tshikapa. The influences of the neighbouring ethnic groups, Mbla, Suku, Wongo, Leele, Kuba and Salempasu, were imprinted on their large tribal art sculpture. Within this diversity the masks Mbuya, realistic, produced every ten years, have a festive function, and embody different characters, including the chef, the soothsayer and his wife, the prostitute, the possessed, etc. The masks of initiation and those of power, the minganji, represent the ...


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380.00

Two-headed Mangbe mangbetu awale game
Tribal art > Usual african items > Awale Mangbetu

Ex-collection Belgian African tribal art.
Creus of 28 alveoli, this awale game is part of the mancalas family of games. The foot is altered. The figurative motifs, in the form of carved heads, obey the stylistic canonical mangbetu and zande. Clear patina, slightly abraded. Small cracks. Established in the forest in northeastern Zaire, between Bomokandi and the River Uele, the Mangbetu kingdom was expressed through architectural works that fascinated European visitors in the 19th century. Their furniture, weapons, ornaments, pottery and statuary were imbued with a rare aesthetic quality. The Mangbetu story was based on the refinement of his court but also on cannibalistic customs. King Mangbetu Munza was so dubbed The cannibal king. The ethnologist G.A. Schweinfurth in 1870 described ...

Couple de fétiches Losso du Togo
Tribal art > African fetish > Fétiches Losso

In northern Togo, close to the Ewé of voodoo culture, live the Losso or Nawdba, who use anthropomorphic fetishes of summary structure in order to protect themselves from multiple nuisances. They sometimes put them in their grain granaries or in chicken coops. Geometric patterns are found on cylindrical, massive busts, presumably associated with tribal scarfications. They form parallel hatches on a fetish and in v on the second. The features are represented by notches incised on the faces and the pupils are pierced.


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440.00

Statuette Temne
Tribal art > African Statues > Statue Temne

Prodhomme's first art collection.
This finely detailed, figurative female sculpture depicts a dressed figure, standing, a cut in balance on the palm of one of his outstretched hands. Without specific information on its origin and use, this figure from the regions between Sierra Leone and Guinea, may have belonged to the women's society Temne, named Bundu or Bondo . The Mended voisins had similar effigies. These were used in healing rites for violators of the rules enacted by The Sandé Society. Black-brown oily patina, revealing under the usual abrasions a golden wood and some tiny notes of red pigments. Very good condition.
The Temnés organized themselves into chiefdoms led by a supreme leader. The society ragbenle or mneke, responsible for fertility, intervened at the death ...


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390.00

Mende Bundu/Sowei mask
Tribal art > African mask > Mende Mask

In African art, African masks sowei form an idealized representation of female beauty through Mende culture. They embody aquatic spirits. This cephalomorphic mask forms a copy of the type of masks named bundu the most important in the Mendes. The face has a high bulging forehead forming the upper half, while the narrow features are concentrated in the lower part. The face seems to be engulfed in a neck where the folds appear an abundance of flesh, a symbol of prosperity. From the top, between the fins of the hairstyle, springs a cephalomorphic figure worn by an equally ringed neck.
Peint in black or tinted with a brush of leaves, the mask was then rubbed with palm oil. Velvet matte patina, Ochre residual inlays, erosions, slight desication cracks.br>The Mende, Vaï and Gola cultures ...


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490.00

Crucufix Congo Nkangi Kiditu
Tribal art > Usual african items > Crucufix Congo

Among the Kongo in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the crucifix was a symbol of power legitimising its authority among the chief regalia. A ceremony at the inauguration of the chief required the future leader to receive from a dignitary, in a codified ritual, a nkangi kiditu . This insignia of power, inspired by ancient Christian crucifixes imported by the Portuguese in the 16th century, could also have a therapeutic function, and, in addition to various uses, be brandished during funeral ceremonies during which the object was subjected to libations of oil or palm wine. Height on a base: 29 cm.
The cross would not be a specific motive for the Christian world, the Kongo considering that the four branches refer to the cycle of human existence. The Kongo also used an initiation ...


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390.00

Altar figure Bombou-toro Dogon
Tribal art > African Statues > Statue Dogon

The sculpted figure depicted sitting on a stool comes from the central part of the Bandiagara cliff, Bombou-toro, in the Sangha region. This angular statue is distinguished by a linear body with graceful limbs. Bracelets are engraved on the arms and scarfed patterns are inscribed on the face and body. A bent tubular element develops from its lower abdomen, rises vertically, and ends in a cup under the breasts. On his back also appears a circular growth. The symbolic presence of these elements is probably related to the complex mythology of the dogon creation, the character depicting in this case a Nommo, being original supernatural. Dry clear matte patina, localized residual deposits of kaolin mixed with pink ochre, resulting from libatory practices.
Sculpted mostly by a family, ...


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6250.00

Punu / Shira Mask
Tribal art > African mask > Punu Mask

Lacking scarifications and a beautiful sobriety, this mask offers a face with a helmet shell extended with thick jugular mats. The bulging, arched eyelids reflect the pattern of the eyebrows, while a flat nose rises above a protruding mouth to the regular lips. These hairstyles come in different forms and illustrate women's fashion during the 19th century in Gabon. This mask was intended to establish a link with the world of spirits and ancestors to which were attributed protective and beneficial virtues. Satin patina, glossy, dark brown and light golden brown. Abrasions..
The okuyi masks were displayed during rituals with very ancient origins in which dancers mounted on stilts agitated in order to invoke the spirit of a deceased with a mask depicting a beautiful young woman.


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780.00

Couple figures Dan L m
Tribal art > African Statues > Statues Dan

Rare figures of young couple dan, engraved with multiple scarifications, and wearing braids gathered in shells falling in 'dreadlocks' on both sides of the face. A very subtle differentiation of the faces marks the genre. Beautiful old patina deeply encrusted with kaolin. Desication cracks, slight erosions.
As gifts of women, food, festive ceremonies and honorable status once rewarded the dan sculptors to whom this talent was granted during a dream. The latter was the means of communication of Du, invisible spiritual power, with men. Statuary, rare, played a prestigious role with its holder. These are mainly effigies of wives, la m , wooden human beings. These are not incarnations of spirits or effigies of ancestors, but prestigious figures representing living people, often ...


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2450.00

Igala Shrine Figure
Tribal art > African Statues > Statue Igala

Ex-collection Belgian tribal art.
Three human figures spring from a zoomorphic-looking base, a strange mythical, spherical animal, set on all fours, with vertical ears and a gaping, toothed mouth. The central figure has a sacrificial machete and a sword or scepter. This sculpted, honorary composition, named okega , symbolizes the status of the clan to which it belongs. Crusty grey patina.
Andeblis near the Niger estuary, speaking a kwa language, the Igala formed a powerful kingdom until colonization that marked its decline by the ban on the holidays and the suicide of the king or ata . Human sacrifices once accompanied these ritual feasts, giving this people a reputation as headhunters. The Igalas have large helmet masks named during ceremonies honoring their king. Other ...


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1490.00

Statue Igbo Ikenga
Tribal art > African Statues > Statue Igbo

Wearing circular horns, this elegant sculpture depicts an asexual figure sitting on a stool, with his back straight, absorbed in the task of smoking. Its naturalistic morphology, which allows the musculature to be perceived, with thin ties, is surmounted by a stretched neck supporting a narrow face somewhat reminiscent of the so-called 'girl' masks. In one of the hands, in place of the trophy head, appears an unusual ovoid element, a reference to fertility or ritual sacrifices. Beautiful matte polychromy. Smooth surface. Fine desication cracks, very slight gaps, good general condition.
This ethnic group is located in the southern region of the Niger Delta in Nigeria. the Ikenga is a personal altar belonging to a man, which the latter kept in his meeting house in obi. It is the ...


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2950.00

Masque Dan Zapkei ou Gunye
Tribal art > African mask > Masque Dan

African mask of Côte d'Ivoire distinguished by its circular eyes surrounded by metal surrounded by orbits engraved in the heart. The lips are trimmed with metal sticks evoking teeth. This so-called 'race' mask (sharp face, hollowed-out round eyes, tanned mouth) was held against the face with cotton strips attached to the perforations of the contours and knotted behind the head. Tradition has it that its wearer is pursued by an unmasked runner; if he is caught, he must pass the mask to the winner, who in turn will be pursued by another rider. These races were once designed to train men in running and fighting. This type of event is now very often linked to the holidays announcing the beginning of the dry season and those related to the initiation of young children. Glossy black brown ...


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480.00

Toma Bakrogui plank mask
Tribal art > African mask > Toma Mask

Coll. French African art.
Rectangular plan depicts a face topped with horns, and whose nose and headband form the only reliefs. This exceptional mask associated with the ancestors, the bakrogui, has only reduced openings for vision but has a wide open mouth of teeth. At the top an element composed of wood, metal, strings and cauris, acting as a talisman, is coated with a crusty gangue. Only the members of the Poro were allowed to contemplate the mask bakrogui
Emprete of xylophas, smooth dark patina. Height on a base: 158 cm.
The Toma of Guinea, known as Loma in Liberia, live in the forest at high altitudes. They are renowned for their landai masks designed to animate the initiation rites of the association poro which structures their society, and which represent the ...


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950.00

Couple of Baoule Waka sona Blolo bia
Tribal art > African Statues > Statue Baule

Inverted doubles in the Baule African art sculptures.
Couple figures depicted sitting in an unusual attitude for man. The tegumentary ornaments, numerous scarifications in checkerboards and a neat headdress, bear witness to the concept of beauty of the Baoulé. Grainy speckled patina. Light cracks.
A sixty ethnic groups populate Côte d'Ivoire, including the Baoulé, in the centre, Akans from Ghana, the savannah people, hunting and farming, as well as the Gouro, whose ritual cults and sculpted masks they borrowed. Two types of statues are produced by the Baoulé, Baulé, in the ritual setting: The statues Waka-Sona, being of wood in baoulé, evoke a assed oussou, being from the earth. They are part of a type of statues intended to be used as a medium tool by the soothsayers komian, ...

Ijo Otojo zoomorphic crest mask
Tribal art > African mask > Masque Ijo

This African mask, a figure in a pangolin, was sculpted to honor the spirits of nature during the masquerades owu. It was worn horizontally on the top of the skull. The open element at the top is removable. Grainy matte patina. br/> Ijo masks are creatures born of the imagination that are generally related to aquatic life. Indeed, the Ijo-Kalabari live mainly from fishing and their small villages located in swampy areas, their cosmogony naturally centered around this environment.
They masks and other artistic productions are intended to honor the aquatic spirits, oro, whom they venerate and to whom sacrifices were intended. Fishermen had to be careful not to offend these spirits or they could destroy their wrath by means of the various dangerous animal species in the region, such as ...


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950.00

Large Pende Giwoyo Mask
Tribal art > African mask > Pende Mask

Called Kiwoyo with the Eastern Pende, Giwoyo ch those of the Centre, this african mask extended from a chin strap was usually worn in a cap over a soft hat, tumba . Most of the masks of the Central Pende, sculpted by the dancers, were worn tilted on the forehead, to be seen in profile. Originally associated with the deceased lying on his diaper, this mask was associated with funeral rituals. Nowadays he participates in peaceful and festive ceremonies. This rare and voluminous variant of kiwoyo, with widely split triangular eyelids, nevertheless forms a hem mask. It is decorated with large lozenges on which remain color pigments. Locally abraded velvety patina.

The seed live on the banks of the Kwilu, while the have settled on the banks of the Kasai river downstream of ...


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