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Each work presented on this site of tribal art comes from private European and American collections. All of them have been meticulously appraised, and are accompanied by a certificate of authenticity, and are worthy of inclusion in the most beautiful collections of African art.
A permanent exhibition
Launched on June 1, 2019, the permanent exhibition "When the primitive arts express themselves" welcomes you from Monday to Saturday in the premises of Essentiel Galerie, to allow you to physically discover a wide variety of objects, regularly renewed. Do not hesitate to come and visit it at 73 rue de Tournai 7333 Tertre in Belgium. Phone: +32 65 529 100
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Tribal art > African mask > Lumbu mask
Ex Belgian African tribal art collection.
Within the group named Shira ,the Lumbu Loumbu, Balumbu, of Bantu origin and originally from the Congo kingdom, settled on the coastal part of Gabon, and in the Republic of Congo, in the middle Ogooue. This rare mask with a face whitened with kaolin, devoid of scarification marks and therefore masculine, was performed during initiation ceremonies. The Punu and Lumbu also have white masks of the same type for neighboring
groups, such as the Vili.
Among the Lumbu, the boyo is a local equivalent of the mwiri: he was responsible for maintaining order and making the women obey. Appearing especially at night, through the voice of a mirliton, he demanded fish and palm wine from the women, sometimes mats or loincloths.
Tribal art > African mask > Metoko mask
African mask of the Metoko , Mituku , usually displayed at funerals. The network of parallel lines, related to traditional scarification, reveal the status of the embodied character, a dignified old man who had been a victim of witchcraft, kakungu, whose pupils are exorbitant.
The Mbole, Yela, Lengola, and Metoko ethnic groups, whose iniatic societies include similarities, live on the left bank of the Zaire River, the Lualaba region in the former Katanga. The plastic works of these groups also have similarities.
Their society ,the Butoka , welcoming both men and women, is the equivalent of the Bwami association of the Lega. The sculptures, often geometric and decorated with colored patches, played a role in the context of initiation ceremonies, ...
Tribal art > African Statues > Kongo Crucifix
Ex. Belgian African tribal art collection.
Among chiefs Kongo in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the crucifix held the place, among the chieftaincy regalia, of a symbol of power the authority. A ceremony at the investiture of the chief required the future ruler to receive from the hands of a dignitary, in a codified ritual, a nkangi kiditu . This badge of power, inspired by ancient Christian crucifixes imported by the Portuguese in the sixteenth century, could also have a therapeutic function, and, in addition to various uses, was brandished during funeral ceremonies in which the object was subjected to libations of oil or palm wine.
Desiccation cracks, satin patina.
The cross ...
Tribal art > African Dolls > Ashanti doll
Ex-French African art collection.
Used among the Ashanti and Fantis of Ghana, the Akuaba (plural Akua'mma)doll statuettes are amulets used by Ashanti women to promote fertility. They are easily identified by their stylized appearance. Their flat and circular head has a high forehead occupying the upper part, the features are generally drawn in the lower third of the head.
This doll is of an unusual type, its stretched form carrying a small cubic bust on which the breasts point.
Black glossy patina.
Worn on the back of women, these statues are also accompanied by various rites, such as the ingestion of a potion, or the placement of the object on the family altar. After the birth of the child, the sculpture is used as a toy, and sometimes still offered to the healer in ...
Tribal art > African mask > Toma mask
Ancient African mask bakrogui, Simogui, or Angbaï, of the Toma of Guinea, relating to the ancestors. This mask intended to impress is equipped with a thick skin hood, lined with various elements, mirrors, cowries. It is extended by a heavy cape made of embroidered textile and velvet with colored patterns, edged with red fabric. Metal bells adorn the contours of the mask. Only members of the Poro were allowed to contemplate the bakrogui mask.
The Toma of Guinea, called Loma in Liberia, live within the forest, at high altitude. They are renowned for their landai board masks intended to enliven the initiation rites of the poro association that structures their society, and which represent spirits of the bush. As soon as the landai mask appeared, the initiates would go to the ...
Tribal art > African Statues > Songye statue
French African art collection.
Intriguing fetishes that are Songye sculptures...the only accessories with which this ritual statue is equipped consist of a thin tie girdling the hips and a skin coil around the ringed neck. The kifwebe mask of the Bwadi ka bifwebe society appears here in a janiform appearance.
Satin patina, locally glossed, cracks.
The fetish Songye , magical sculpture Nkisi , nkishi (pl. mankishi ) , plays the role of mediator between gods and men. If the large specimens are the collective property of a whole village, the more modest figures belong to an individual or a family. In the 16th century, the Songyes migrated from the Shaba region to settle in Kasai, Katanga and South Kivu. Their society is organized in a patriarchal manner. ...
Tribal art > Usual african items > Hemba sword
The carved handle of the sword depicts a forefather singiti whose features appear very finely engraved. The faces are bordered by a frontal diadem and a tenuous beard collar in slight relief. The singiti refer to local chiefs, founders of royal lineages, or warlords. T he sword is engraved with discreet decorative motifs. Very beautiful object with a glossy black-brown patina, kaolin residues.
Base on request in addition.
The Hemba, established in southeastern Zaire, on the right bank of the Lualaba, were for a long time subject to the neighboring Luba Empire, which had a definite influence on their culture, religion and art. Ancestor worship, whose effigies have long been attributed to the Luba, is central to hemba society. Genealogy is indeed the guarantor of ...
Tribal art > Door shutter > Dogon door
Coll.art africain française.
The closing systems of the Sudanese regions in African art.
The door is made of two boards assembled by staples.
Anthropomorphic figures, schematized, as well as the symbolic decorative motifs, appeal to the rich Dogon cosmogony. The figures may symbolize previous generations, mythical ancestors, and the owners of the granary are also frequently featured.
Beautiful alternation of geometric volumes for this ancient Dogon door of uncommon size. Thick black patina, locally chipped.
According to Dogon mythology, The Nommo founded the eight Dogon lineages and instilled weaving, the art of blacksmithing, and agriculture in their human descendants.
The patterns on doors in Mali, apart from their decorative value, are intended to deter ...
Tribal art > African mask > Tschokwe mask
Ex-collection African art from Belgium.
The Tschokwe, in African tribal art , have a male association, the mukanda, which makes use of some thirty African masks , made of wood, related to ancestors, for various social purposes: the cikugu mask, the cihongo, the pwo mask, kalelwa, cikunza. They were also joined with colorful cotton cloth and often also various small objects. The abundant braided headdress is a specificity of Chokwe masks. However, this example does not have the usual motifs linked to the group's scarifications, only the oblique lines, symbolizing tears, are perceptible on the cheeks.
Height on base: 48 cm.
Velvety black patina, cracked.
The Tschokwe, of Bantu culture, had established themselves in the east of Angola, but also in Congo and ...
Tribal art > Head rest > Headrest Tumbwe
Ex Belgian African art collection.
Rectangular neckrest, dense and massive, adopting cephalomorphic handles. Patina of use, veined wood, glossy.
The Tabwa ("to scarify" and "to write") constitute an ethnic group present in the southeast of the DRC, around Lake Tanganyika. Tribes in this region, such as the Tumbwe , worship ancestors mipasi through carvings held by chiefs or sorcerers.
Simple cultivators with no centralized power, the Tabwa federated around tribal chiefs after coming under the influence of the Luba. It was mainly during this period that their artistic current was expressed mainly through statues but also masks. The Tabwa practiced ancestor worship and dedicated some of their statues to them. Animists, their beliefs are anchored around the ngulu , nature ...
Tribal art > African mask > Songola Mask
Ex-American African tribal art collection.
Recalling a famous painting by Munch, this flat mask presents a bloodless face, with small circular eyes housed under eyebrow arches carved in heart, and provided with a gaping mouth that seems indeed to emit a cry. Heterogeneous brown patina, granular residues, cracks of desiccation.
Height on pedestal: 51 cm.
Mixed by alliance with the Lega, Ngengele and Zimba, the Songola or Babili , or Goa , are governed by the elders of the lineages. They borrowed from the Luba and Songye the Luhuna institution composed of dignitaries and that of the Bwami by their lega wives. The Songola live from hunting and fishing, they are engaged in sculpture although the objects associated with the cult of the Bwami come from the Lega. Among their ...
Tribal art > African mask > Chewa mask
This mask comes from the Chewa of Malawi. It is used during the ceremonies of the initiation society Nyaun or Nyao , an association found in the regions near Lake Malawi: eastern Zambia, western Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe among immigrants from Malawi.
These masks featuring rounded faces are painted in bright colors, such as this Chewa face mask whose slightly asymmetrical features, framed by ears with developed auricles, feature painted eyes, prominent cheekbones, short, slightly upturned nose, gaping mouth with fleshy lips.
The forehead is covered with a hood and fragments of various textiles halo the contours.
Abraded polychrome patina.
Height on base : 49 cm.