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Dan mask
Tribal art > African mask > Dan mask

For the Dan, or Yacouba, living in the west of the Ivory Coast and in Liberia, the "dü" force that would animate the world would manifest itself in the sculpted masks. It is in this way that she seeks to bring knowledge to man in order to support him, and first uses the channel of dreams. The spirits then indicate how to name the mask they wish to see made. These masks of different types are endowed with social, spiritual and political functions, often changing over time. Balanced, harmonious volumes, for this specimen of a dan déangled mask whose lozenge-shaped mouth suggesting luscious lips forms a constant, and whose slit eyes, here edged in white, belong to the déanglé type, mask portrait. It is embellished here with a thick braided hairstyle, strands of raffia and a textile ...


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490.00

Pende Statue
Tribal art > African Statues > Pende Statue

Statue depicting a woman wearing a helmet mask. Polychrome satin patina. Erosions.
The Western Pende live on the banks of the Kwilu, while the Eastern settled on the banks of the Kasaï downstream from Tshikapa. The influences of neighboring ethnic groups, Mbla, Suku, Wongo, Leele, Kuba and Salempasu imprinted on their large tribal art sculpture. Within this diversity, the realistic Mbuya masks, produced every ten years, take on a festive function and embody different characters. The masks of initiation and those of power, the minganji, represent the ancestors and occur successively during the same ceremonies, agricultural festivals, initiation and circumcision rituals mukanda , enthronement of the leader. Governed by heads of families, the Djogo, with a priestly function, the ...


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750.00

Songye fetish
Tribal art > African fetish > Songye fetish

Magical nkishi (pl. mankishi) sculpture of the Songye whose face resembles the features of kifwebe masks. Depending on the case, she would also be in charge of the bishimba lodged in the horn or in the bead surrounding the bust. For the Songye, the addition of various accessories, metal, trinkets, etc... reinforced the "power" of the fetish. Glossy patina. Erosions and cracks.

These protective fetishes for homes are among the most popular in Africa. The Nkisi plays the role of mediator between gods and men. The large specimens are the collective property of an entire village, while the smaller figures belong to an individual or a family. 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 ...


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690.00

Mumuye statue
Tribal art > African Statues > Mumuye statue

The fascinating design of the mumuye statues is illustrated here in a medium-sized version of beautiful symmetry. The ears distended by labrets envelop a slender face on which are traced summary features. Glossy dark patina. Desication cracks.
The statuary emanating from the northwestern region of the middle Benoué, from the Kona Jukun, to the Mumuye and up to the Wurkun populations is distinguished by a relative absence of ornamentation and a refined stylization. The 100,000 Adamawa language speakers form a group called Mumuye and are grouped into villages, dola, divided into two groups: those of fire (tjokwa) relating to blood and the color red, guardians of the Vabong cult, from among whom are elected the heads,and those of water, (tjozoza), related to humidity and the ...


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790.00

Hungaan Fetish
Tribal art > African fetish > Hungaan Fetish

Very expressive sculpture of a small, stocky character, represented with hands united under the chin, with characteristics also kwésé, according to the hatching of the face. Orifices have been pierced on either side of the head for possible suspension, sex for ritual purposes. Grainy velvety patina, partially abraded, desication cracks.
The Kwésé are established among other tribes such as the Mbala and the Hungaan, along the banks of the Kwango River in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Their sculpture is inspired by that of their neighbors and sometimes made by the Mbalas at the request of the Kwese.
The headdress shares great similarities with the mukote headdress which, among the Western Pende with whom the Mbala shared mukanda circumcision rituals, became a symbol of ...


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480.00

Ibibio Puppet
Tribal art > Puppets > Ibibio Puppet

Statue of the "colon" type, whose squat anatomy is embellished with long movable arms. The round head wears a headdress dividing into two lobes, the sides of the face are notched with orifices arranged at regular intervals. Mat patina of use, particularly velvety. Desication cracks, erosions.
The Ibibios, people of West Africa mainly present in the south-east of Nigeria (State of Akwa Ibom), are also present in Ghana, Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea. Secret societies are numerous among the Ibibio settled west of the Cross River. Without a centralized government, their social organization is comparable to that of the neighboring Igbo. Ancestor worship is under the authority of the highest-ranking members of the Ekpo. The latter use masks such as the idiok, related to fallen spirits, ...


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490.00

Chamba statue
Tribal art > African Statues > Chamba statue

The chamba statuary presents a certain geometry reminiscent of the design of the works of the Mumuye, including a very particular morphology. Here, a columnar bust around which the relief of disproportionate arms is cut out in a diamond shape towards stocky, crenellated limbs. The head marked with parallel scarifications, on which a hat seems to rest in balance, sinks into the shoulders. The abdominal niche conceals imprints of seeds of abrus and remains of feathers.
Velvet red ocher patina. Desication crack, losses.
Installed since the 17th century on the south bank of the Benue in Nigeria, the Chamba have resisted the attempts of conquest by the Fulani, nomads who have settled in large numbers in northern Nigeria. They are known for their famous buffalo mask with its two ...


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950.00

Sangu reliquary
Tribal art > African Reliquary > Sangu reliquary

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Exceptional Sango reliquary sculpture offering a head resting on a long metal-encircled neck. The radically abstract body unfolds in a diamond shape, following the classic structure of reliquary figures.
Among the Shira-Punu group, The Massango, Mashango, Sango, Sangu, settled on the Chaillu massif in Gabon and in the province of Ngounié. The use of baskets and also bundles of reliquaries with the bones of the deceased, on which sculptures of this type were enthroned, was widespread throughout Gabon, among the Fang, the Kota, but also the Mitsogho and the Massango > , in which this cult takes the name of Bumba , Mbumba. The sculptures playing the role of "medium" between the living and the dead who watched over the descendants, were associated with the bwete rites among ...


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1450.00

Nyamwezi mask
Tribal art > African mask > Nyamwezi mask

Carved in dense wood, the features of this mask compose a neutral yet powerful physiognomy accentuated by the contrast of colors. Heavy white-coated eyelids draw attention to protruding cheeks and a projecting mouth. Polychrome patina.
The Luo, Kuria, Haya and Ziba, the Kéréwé, Karagwé, Sukuma and Nyamézi are settled in the west central and central region of Tanzania. The Nyamwezi, Nyamézi,("western people" and sometimes "moon people ") form the largest group among the tribes living in north central Tanzania. Coming from diverse origins, although sharing the same cultural specificities, their ritual and artistic production consequently presents very different formal aspects. The cult of ancestors and chiefs, of major importance within their culture, marked their statuary.


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480.00

Yoruba statue
Tribal art > African Statues > Yoruba statue

Sculpture depicting a priestess or a follower with a face marked with "kpélé" vertical scarifications.
Chipped orange patina. Crack, abrasions.
Yoruba society has several associations whose roles vary. While the male egbe society reinforces social norms, the aro unites the farmers. The gelede has more esoteric and religious aims. Notables come together in a society called esusu. Offering cups, some of which were used to store kola nuts or other gifts for visitors, were once placed in royal palaces in the Ekiti and Igbomina regions of Yoruba country. The kingdoms of Oyo and Ijebu arose following the disappearance of the Ifé civilization and are still the basis of the political structure of the Yoruba . The Oyo created two cults centered on the Egungun and Sango societies, ...


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680.00

Yaka Statue
Tribal art > African Statues > Yaka Statue

African art, the charms of lineages
State of African tribal art Yaka whose singularity lies in the trumpet nose, phallic symbol also associated with the elephant. These primitive African statues, which provided protection from enemies and were linked to fertility, were made according to the instructions of the Nganga ngoombu and the object's sponsor. This powerful object of tribal art was then activated using rituals and incantatory formulas. This statue with a golden patina comes from the vast collection of African tribal art of Mr. Guy Mercier, now deceased, consultant for the Solvay group, which began it at the beginning of the 20th century. While radiating in West and Central Africa as part of his work, and collecting in-situ works, the majority of his collection is nevertheless ...


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750.00

Calao Senufo
Tribal art > African Statues > Calao Senufo

A rich artistic tradition has manifested itself among the Senoufo through various African masks, anthropomorphic sculptures, everyday objects and statuettes embodying spirits of nature or divination. The latter benefited from sacrificial libations based on palm oil. During the rites of the Poro society, the leaders of the initiates also used bird statues, some of them large. Sober copy depicting a bird with an arched morphology, whose long beak rests on a curved abdomen. Nice golden beige patina. Excellent condition.
The Senoufo, the name given to them by French settlers, are mainly composed of farmers who have dispersed between Mali, Côte d'Ivoire, and Burkina Faso. Councils of elders, headed by an elected chief, administer Senufo villages. Governed by matrilineal traditions, they ...


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750.00

Mahongwe reliquary
Tribal art > African Statues > Mahongwe reliquary

Embodying the founder of a lineage, this wooden sculpture of the Mahongwe, from the extreme north-east of Gabon, on the Congo border, is lined with metal threads. The concave ogival face surmounted by an excrescence would symbolize for some the serpent naja. The pattern on the back recalls the hairstyle of certain dignitaries.
The baskets containing the relics of illustrious ancestors, generally surmounted by two reliquaries, were kept in temples in the village. One of them embodied the founder of the lineage, and the second his descendants. The worship of ancestors, the bwete (Northern Kota) was at the heart of the social and religious life of the Kota and presents many analogies with that of the Fang . In the exclusive presence of initiates, the major decisions of the clan ...


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1450.00

Mbede statue
Tribal art > African Statues > Mbede statue

Collection of African art P. Malisse.
Ancestor worship in the African art of the Mbede, Mbete, or Ambete

The cult of the ancestors, among the Mbete, is accompanied by these sculpted figures whose dorsal cavity frequently plays the role of a reliquary. This remarkable female statue, sculpted in wood then lined with metal sheets, has a flat face carved into a spherical head without a headdress. The morphology expresses vigor and stability. Attached to the swollen bust, the arms are bent at a right angle. The bending of the thick and muscular legs announces a ritual dance. Abraded black patina. Eroded feet.
The Mbete form a tribe of Gabon, on the border of the Middle Congo, neighboring the Obamba, whose history has been marked by a long-term conflict against the ...


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Mossi mask
Tribal art > African mask > Mossi mask

Figurative animal mask, uncommon, representing the head of a mammal. Diamond patterns, based on natural pigments, are painted on the surface.
Matte patina of use, small chips.
The African art sculptures of the Bobo, Bwa, Kurumba and Mossi, living in Burkina Faso, frequently take up and combine stylized elements borrowed from men, animals or even insects. It is the spirits of nature who are believed to determine an individual's well-being and prosperity, and adversity will be seen as the result of neglect of collective rituals. It is therefore during different celebrations that the mask will personify a spirit of nature or that of an ancestor in order to influence the daily lives of members of the ethnic group. They appear to honor the deceased during funeral rites, and to ...


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750.00

Chamba statue
Tribal art > African Statues > Chamba statue

The chamba statuary has certain points in common with that of the Mumuye. This copy adopts a design offering the particularity of a curved bust, framed in height by short folded arms. The bust widens, extending hips in cylindrical relief. The legs are classically cut, stocky and semi-flexed. The simple-featured head is distinguished by a high crest and huge circular ears.
Slightly satiny reddish brown patina.
Installed since the 17th century on the south bank of the Benue in Nigeria, the Chamba have resisted the attempts of conquest by the Fulani, nomads who have settled in large numbers in northern Nigeria. They are known for their famous buffalo mask with its two flat jaws extending the head. The statuary, less frequent, is divided into figures of protection (tauwa, sing. tau) ...


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450.00

Statue Tabwa
Tribal art > African Statues > Statue Tabwa

Ex-French tribal art collection.
Statues Tabwa, traditional sculptures of prestige in African art.
The Luba dominated the Tabwa in the Lake Tanganyika region between Zaire and Zambia. "Tabwa" or " being attached" presumably refers to the system of slavery practiced in the past by Islamic merchants.
The Tabwa then regained their independence thanks to the wealth provided by the ivory trade. Just as the influence of Luba is noticeable in the societies and rites of the Tabwa , tanzanian tribes have also marked the statuary tabwa with regard to geometric decorative motifs.

Linear checkerboard scarifications run through the face and bust of this leader who is supposed to protect, according to François Neyt, the village from the sorcerers. Its headdress is also ...


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350.00

Hemba head
Tribal art > African Statues > Hemba head

This African head singiti Hemba, which was carved by the bwana mutombo, presents the traditional criteria of Hemba statuary . A chiseled frieze emphasizing the face indicates a beard; the lavish hairstyle was further outlined by a tiara. Usually made of iroko, these objects were venerated by a particular clan and stored in burial rooms in the chief's house.
Grainy patina. Erosions and cracks.
Height on base: 35 cm.
The Hemba have long been subject to the neighboring Luba empire, which has had a certain influence on their culture, their religion and their art. Ancestor worship is central to Hemba society. Genealogy is indeed the guarantor of privileges and the distribution of land. All aspects of the community are imbued with the authority of the ancestors. Thus, ...


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