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Dogon Kanaga mask
Tribal art > African mask > Dogon mask

Coll. art africain française Voltz, piece estimated around 1920 according to Zemanek-Münster where it was acquired.
In funeral rites, members of the Awa society, dance with the masks on the roof of the dead man's house, to lead his soul (nyama) to his eternal rest and to defend the living. The Kanaga mask is also used to protect hunters from the vengeance of the prey he has killed.
This example is designed according to a recurrent structure and the features evoke a bird's beak. As a preliminary to funerals or during the mourning period, numerous copies, almost all identical, appear on the dance floor, after having circulated in the village's alleys. Depending on the degree of initiation, this mask will not have the same meaning when it is brought out during the mourning ...

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Bamana animal mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Bamana mask

Very graphic mask, whose curved jaw would evoke the "sucking" of knowledge. The deep oiled patina is raised by geometrical patterns carefully incised on the surface. Erosions. Established in central and southern Mali, in a savannah area, the Bambara, "Bamana" or "unbelievers", as the Muslims have named them, belong to the large Mande group, along with the Soninke and Malinke. Mostly farmers, but also breeders, they make up the largest ethnic group in Mali. Groups of Bambara artisans nyamakala , more specifically the blacksmiths named numu , are in charge of sculpting ritual objects, endowed with nyama , occult energy. Using fire and magical objects, the role of healer and diviner is also attributed to them Six male associations, the Dyow , using Bambara masks, structure the Bambara ...

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Lengola Bukota Janiform figure
Tribal art > African Statues > Lengola figure

The African art stylized from the forest tribes.
Janiform figure symbolizing the male and female, lacking upper limbs, and treated in rectangular planes. This kind of object was used by the Bukota society. Lengola statues could also constitute ritual supports dedicated to therapeutic rites. The inclination of the head gives this sculpted work a great expression of gentleness.
Mottled polychrome and matte patina. Small crack.
The Lengola, are established near the Metoko in the center of the Congolese basin between the Lomami and Lualaba rivers, a primary forest people dedicated to the worship of a single God, a rare monotheism in Africa. Their society,the Bukota, welcoming both men and women, is the equivalent of the Bwami association of the Lega. Their ...

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Senoufo Kpeliye mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Senoufo mask

The African masks of the Senufo are worn by male members of the Poro society, an institution that controls political and economic life.
Devoid of fins, this rare type of mask "Kpélié" , or "mask that jumps", is also worn during initiations symbolically marking a death followed by a rebirth. A thick beard adorns the contours of the mask, composed of multiple finely braided plaits. Green pigmented patina, locally chipped. Missing and indigenous restoration on the contours.
Kept in the sacred enclosure named sezang in order to remove them from the gaze of the uninitiated, their function is to honor the elders or even appear at funerals. Anthropomorphic masks would mainly chase the spirit of the deceased from its place of residence. Living in a reserved area, the ...

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Statue "pestle" Deblé Senoufo
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Tribal art > African Statues > Senufo Statue

An oblong face, a graceful neck and arms, a narrow bust, legs sinking into a circular base, and a solemn attitude. This female figure with fine scarification marks also carries a talisman revealing the influence of Islam.
Beautiful brown abraded patina of use, cracks of desiccation.
The Senoufos, the name given to them by the French colonists, are mostly farmers who are scattered between Mali, the Ivory Coast, and Burkina Faso. Councils of elders, led by an elected chief, administer Senufo villages. Governed by matrilineal traditions, they are composed of clusters of dwellings named katiolo. Each has its own Poro association that initiates young boys from the age of seven in a succession of three cycles lasting seven years . They gather in a sacred enclosure called ...

Gu Guro mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Guro mask

Mask represented topped with an amulet like those that women inserted in their hair. It was used with Zamble and Zaouli, but is no longer used today. ("Guro", ed. 5Continents, pl.13) Numerous erosions.
Among the Mande group in the south, in central Côte d'Ivoire, on the banks of the Bandama, the Gouro are organized into lineages, and are the western neighbors of the Baoulé who have borrowed several features of their African tribal art creations. Animists, they have used since the 1950s a family of masks associated with the Zaouli dance. Indeed like the African Goli masks of the Baule, the set of Guro masks, relating to the genies of nature, comes in two zoomorphic masks followed by a third anthropomorphic one, which is considered the wife of the zamblé mask, the Gu. Priest ...

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Dan Gunyeya "racing" mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Dan mask

An actor of the social order, the African Dan mask would, according to Eberhard Fisher, be of the female or male type. The almond-shaped face, with protruding, full lips, is pierced by large circular eyes. Abraded patina of use, erosions, grainy matte areas.
The masks equipped with round orbits ( named gunyeya or gunye ge), facilitating vision, are part of the mask set of the Northern Dan and are used for racing events in the dry season. As for the zapkei ge , equipped with a gaze highlighted with red textile pierced with circular orbits, they are responsible for preventing fires by watching over domestic fires. They are worn accessorized with caps, braids, textile cape and raffia, the most prestigious of them being the go ge , royal mask reserved for exceptional events. ...

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650.00  520.00

Hemba Mambwe simian mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Hemba masker

Exceptional mask of character representing a monkey, and whose power is expressed through features and volumes skillfully rendered. Marks of use, velvety patina, small accidents and abrasions. Residues of red pigments.
Only two types of Hemba masks have been identified: that of an anthropomorphic type with regular features, whose pointed chin is reminiscent of statuary, and those depicting monkeys,the soko mutu , and whose functions remain little known, but which probably belonged, according to J.Kerchache, to the secret societies bugabo and bambudye . The smallest specimens ( about twenty centimeters) would have been carried in the hand during rites intended for the protection of the home and fertility. In addition to the janiform statuettes kabeja , the statues of male ...

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750.00  600.00

Statuette Baoule Blolo bia
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Tribal art > African Statues > Colon Baule

This African statuette, Blolo bia, adopts certain canons of the Baule statues, including muscular legs with protruding calves and a frontal posture. Beautiful abraded polychrome patina. br> About sixty ethnic groups populate Côte d'Ivoire, including the Baule, in the center, Akans from Ghana, people of the savannah, practicing hunting and agriculture just like the Gouro from whom they borrowed ritual cults and sculpted masks. Two types of statues are produced by the Baoulé, Baulé, within the ritual framework: The Waka-Sona statues, "being of wood" in Baoulé, evoke an assié oussou, being of the earth. They are part of a type of statues intended to be used as a medium tool by the komien diviners, the latter being selected by the asye usu spirits in order to communicate revelations ...

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290.00  232.00

Bamoun Rider
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Tribal art > African Rider > Bamoun Rider

This Bamoun rider controlling a prancing horse would represent King N'Doya in his victory over the Peuls in the 19th century. Dark brown leather dresses the shapes of the character and his frame, lighter leather covers the hooves. The king armed with a sword is dressed in a traditional costume, the Hausa having introduced clothing transformations among the Bamoun, he wears leather stirrups connected by a rigid wicker rod. The various decorative elements and materials used here form an exceptional work.
The Bamun live in a region full of wooded landforms as well as savannahs. This large territory called Grassland located in the southwest of Cameroon is also the seat of other nearby ethnic groups such as the Bamiléké and the Tikar. Bamoun art is illustrated by bas-relief ...

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1250.00  1000.00

Dogon ritual altar Kutugolo
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Tribal art > Usual african items > Dogon altar

Dogon altar, made of a mass of clay in which miniature irons and ladders are stuck. Piece collected in the mid-20th century by Monsieur Arnaud, accompanying Alain Bilot, renowned collector of Dogon art during study trips to Mali. These objects decorated the niches of the Ginnas. ("Dogon" H.Blom , p.234) The Dogon blacksmiths form an endogamous caste among the Dogon called irim. Today they produce weapons, tools, and also work with wood. "Masters of fire" associated in Dogon cosmogony with the primordial beings "Nommo" created by the god Ama, they are also supposed to cure burns. Small metal objects, made using the lost ...

Songye Nkishi statue
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Tribal art > African Statues > Songye statue

Ample head with the features of the kifwebe mask for this work sculpted by the Songye, dedicated to a traditional magical use. This large fetish was individualized by the nganga for his client through symbolic and ritual elements in the form of metal, animal skin skirt, belt forming a braided raffia coil, and summit horn.
Misses, velvety matt patina, cracks.
These protection fetishes intended for dwellings come in a variety of styles in the many chiefdoms of Songye country. The Nkisi, Nkishi, acts as a mediator between gods and men. The large specimens are the collective property of an entire village, the smaller figures being of private use.
In the 16th century, the Songyes migrated from the Shaba region to settle on the left bank of the Lualaba. Their society is ...

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Small circumcision mask Zombo
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Tribal art > African mask > Zombo mask

Ex. Belgian African Art Collection.
The nzo longo male circumcision ceremonies of the Zombo are accompanied by masked dances. These rituals take place around the retreat of the young, for several months, during which the necessities of social, village and religious life will be taught to them.
This mask topped by a rounded visor crest is divided into areas of contrasting colors. The nose, eye sockets and mouth are delicately carved. An abundant ornament of raffia accompanies the whole. Velvety pigmented patina. Height on base: 51 cm.

Neighbors of the Yaka , the Nkanu and the Kongo in the west of the former Zaire, on the border with Angola, the Zombo fear, like the Kongo clans, the god named Nzambi. Their diviners use fetishes comparable to those of the ...

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1150.00  920.00

Dogon masker
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Tribal art > African mask > Dogon masker

Dogon mask carved in dense wood, with an expressive physiognomy, whose particularity resides in a small, narrow, bulbous forehead, large hollowed out eyes, a typically Dogon nose, all in length ending in an arrow, and an apparent dentition. Ochre patina with dark, grainy residues, resulting from libations.
More than eighty types of Dogon masks are listed, of which the best known are the Kanaga, Sirigé, Satimbé and Walu. Most of them are used by the circumcised initiates of the Awa society, during funeral ceremonies. The Awa refers to the masks, their costumes, and the set of Dogons serving the masks. Some evoke animals, in reference to the rich cosmogony and mythology of African Dogon art. The "nyama", the life force of the mask, is activated by various rituals to develop ...

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Dogon Walu mask
Tribal art > African mask > Dogon mask

Ex-French African art collection.
The presence of horns on this ancient Dogon mask recalls the walu, an animal linked to Dogon cosmogony. High rectangular depressions have been fitted with cavities for vision. An ancient polychromy, white spotted with ochre, remains faintly. Velvety surface, cracks of desiccation. Marcel Griaule counted no less than 78 types of Dogon masks during his fieldwork. This piece, with its stylized features, is characteristic of Dogon creations. The latter, influenced by their predecessors in the Bandiagara region, the Tellem, have retained this verticality in their pieces. In parallel with Islam, Dogon religious rites are organized around four main cults: the Lebe, relating to fertility, the Wagem, ancestor worship under the authority of the ...

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Simian figure Zande
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Tribal art > African Statues > Zande statue

Rare Zande ritual sculpture, summarily carved in angular planes, with a head that looks like a monkey. The arms are flattened on the bust, the straight legs without feet. The eyes, deeply sunken under a prominent forehead, are encrusted with pearls. The top is hollowed out with an orifice, probably for therapeutic or magical ingredients. This piece was collected by its former owner in Bafwasende in 1974, in the former Zaire. Zaire.
Cracks, indigenous repairs, dark brown satin patina.
The Zande produced two types of works, the Kudu , between 30 and 50 cm high represent ancestors, and the Yanda statues of 10 to 20 cm, animal or human form, having an apotropaic role, exhibited during divinatory rites during the rituals of the Mani society. Formerly referred to as ...

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Yaka n-kisyan-khanda mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Yaka Mask

An elaborate structure, based on textile-trimmed basketry, has a single circular tray framed by antennae for this northern Yaka mask. The Zombo also used similar masks sculpted by the Yaka. The visor here is broken. Insiders could wear these single-platform masks that appeared in pairs. Very beautiful locally abraded granular polychromy.
As initiation songs accompanied the appearance of the African Yaka mask, which incorporates the category of high-ranking masks thanks to its tiered headdress. Their design aroused the creativity of the sculptors whom the chefs rewarded for their talent. Hierarchical and authoritarian, composed of fearsome warriors, Yaka society was governed by lineage leaders with the right to life and death over their subjects. Hunting and the resulting prestige ...

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440.00  440.00

Pillar of Toguna Dogon
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Tribal art > Posts, Dogon, Lobi, Sogho, Oron, Toguna > Dogon Pillar

Post for supporting a toguna hut, a Dogon architectural element made of hard, dense and heavy wood, with a patina of use.
The fork is wide open, a female figure and a lizard are carved in high relief.
The base is badly eroded where it was deeply embedded in the ground.
The toguna ("men's shelter") is the place where the men meet to discuss village affairs; it is also a community place where the word of the elders is the law. There may be a central toguna in the village, but also other small secondary toguna in the neighborhood. This open shelter is generally made up of eight pillars that support beams, themselves covered with eight layers of straw tied into bundles. These eight levels, as well as the eight pillars, refer to the eight ancestral nommo at the origin of ...

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Bamileke Bangwa ritual rattle
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The rich production of African art among the people of the Cameroonian Grassland is illustrated mainly by traditional wood carvings: commemorative sculptures of kings, queens, princesses and titled servants, as well as the parents of twins.
Within the large Bamileke people in western Cameroon, the Bangwa constitute a small kingdom consisting of nine chiefdoms. The influence of the Bamileke on the Bangwa statuary is notable for relatively comparable facial features and morphology.
Typical of Bamileke country, Bangwa statues often represent fertility but also power and fighting spirit. This male figure is indeed camped on bent knees, arms spread from the bust. This dynamic position announces a ritual dance, a calabash in one hand. The figure is adorned with noble attributes, such ...

Chokwe Mwana pwo mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Chokwe mask

A basketry helmet, on which a large number of textile braids form a sumptuous headdress evokes that of the Chokwe women, coated with red earth. The harmonious features of the face are finely chiseled, enhanced by traditional scarified motifs. Smooth orange-brown glossy patina.
Height on base: 46 cm. Peacefully settled in eastern Angola until the 16th century, the Chokwe were then subjected to the Lunda empire from which they inherited a new hierarchical system and the sacredness of power. Nevertheless, the Chokwe never fully adopted these new social and political contributions. Three centuries later, they eventually seized the capital of the Lunda weakened by internal conflicts, contributing to the dismantling of the kingdom. The Chokwé did not have centralized power but ...

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Lobi Bateba phuwé statue
Tribal art > African Statues > Lobi statue

Depicted head-on, with arms placed along the bust, this Lobi figure has a sunken head with a serious face. The large closed eyelids have been treated horizontally like the mouth. This ancient wooden sculpture, the Bateba, was placed on the altar after a ritual to become the receptacle of a bush spirit, the Thil, and thus become an active being, an intermediary who fights against sorcerers and all other harmful forces. The golden patina is particularly lustrous. Small xylophagous damage stopped.
When honored, these spirits manifest their benevolence in the form of abundant rains, good health, numerous births; Ignored, they withdraw it and bring devastating epidemics, drought and suffering. These spirits convey to the diviners the laws that followers must follow to receive ...

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