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The site Art Tribal offers a wide selection of tribal art objects, masks, statues, bronzes and everyday objects. All these tribal works are rigorously selected from international private collections.

Kongo Yombe or Vili Mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Yombe Mask

This African mask was used by the nganga, soothsayer priest. A mediator mask, also present in the initiation processes, it was also used by the fetishist during healing rituals. At the same time, it could be used to identify individuals who, through their actions, could disturb the harmony of the community. Light wood with a patina of kaolin of which there are still some film residues.
In the 13th century, the Kongo people, led by their king Ne Kongo, settled in a region at the crossroads of the borders between present-day DRC, Angola and Gabon. Two centuries later, the Portuguese came into contact with the Kongo and converted their king to Christianity. Although monarchical, the Kongo political system had a democratic aspect because the king was actually placed at the head of the ...


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Baule Kplé kplé mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Baoule Mask

Ex-collection Belgian African art. br>This circular African mask, says junior, has protruding eyes and offers a rectangular mouth in which a dentition is chiseled, in reference to the traditional image of teeth in young people. The female kplekple mask, according to some authors (African Barbier-Mueller Masks, p.116) is said to be red. Vogel (Baule) indicates, however, that in the Baoulé version of the Goli the male mask is painted red, and the feminine in black. It is likely that this allocation varies from village to village. Grainy matte patina. Abrasions and restoration of horns. Height on suitable base: 108 cm.
Dedicating the manifestation of a series of family masks Goli, this circular mask with rounded horns evoking the antelope, is considered in some cases as a male mask, ...


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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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Fon terracota jar pair
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Tribal art > African Jar > Fon Jar

From the ex private collection of African Art Emile Robyn ( Brussels, Belgium ).

It's a pottery linked to the worship Mawu-Lissa, who is a creator deities in the voodoo religion. This divinity is known in the Ewe and Mina people from Togo and the Fon people from Benin in west Africa. Mawu-Lissa means " What we can't overcome " . It's also used by the Christians to designate God in the Bible or in the Christian liturgy.

It's the grandfather of Emile, Abel Robyn, that started the collection in 1850, who was transmitted over three generations. At the death of Abel in 1895, his son, Jérôme Robyn did inherited the collection which he continued to fulfil until his death in 1968.

Emile Robyn inherited from his father and also continued this ...


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Matakam Jar
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Tribal art > African Jar > Matakam Jar

African art through terracotta Matakam pottery is known for its very fine patterns, sometimes resembling ropes, and this jar rests on three feet and its diameter shrinks before it disappears. Other pieces of brick color, this one is grayer.A small aliasing is also present on the edge.The Matakam also called Mafa are a population of Central Africa, especially present in the extreme north of Cameroon, also in Nigeria. are known to have been the first in contact with the German colonizer Monotheists, they believe a god of humans" named Jigile whose spelling may vary.However, they remain animists and thus, make sure to attract and to preserve the benevolence of the forces of nature, the ancestors being the mediators between the world of the living and Jigile, the Matakam thus practice the ...


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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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Masque Nsembu Kumu, Komo
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Tribal art > African mask > Masque Kumu

Among the first art masks, this mask named Nsembu occurred in male-female pairs, and was used by the society of soothsayers Nkunda at the clans living in the north of the Uituri region. The surface is coated with a polychrome dotillage, an allusion to the animal world, and the color pigments that adorn the bodies during the initiation rites. Patine mate. Height on suitable base: 44 cm.

The Kumu , Bakumu, Komo, live mainly in the North-East and central Democratic Republic of Congo. Their Bantu language is komo or kikomo. Several ethnic groups are closely intertwined, with similar associations: the Mbole, the Yela, the Lengola, and the Metoko. Their artistic production also has great similarities with that of the Metoko and Lengola. Their divination masks were displayed during ...


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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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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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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

Female figure Nebeli Mangbetu
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Tribal art > African Statues > Statue Mangbetu

Classic Mangbetu cannons but a great sensitivity in the treatment of this small female sculpture. A conveyor belt made of plant fibres is also attached to the character's ears. The body lines, like those of the face, are the traditional paintings of the ethnic group, inspired by the tattoos of the nearby Asua pygmies, which varied according to the circumstances. Indeed, in the Mangbetu from an early age, the children of the upper classes were compressed from the cranial box, held tight by raffia bonds. Later, the hair was \

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

Songye Fetish
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Tribal art > African fetish > Songye Fetish

Receptacle of a healing force, this bust figure, with a thick circular base, was hollowed out in its center from the head of the character to the base. A magic charge was introduced by the soothsayer.\


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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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Mask crest Ci Wara kun of Bambara
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Tribal art > African mask > Ti Wara Mask

The Ti-wara, Ci wara, in African art.
This would be an animal - genius called Ciwara who would have taught the Bambara to cultivate the land. The latter recall the myth through the stylized representation of a hipporague antelope, whose name ci wara signifies of the earth. In addition to a decoration engraved with fine geometric patterns, the end of the horns is wrapped in leather and hair. Successive arches feature the wide neckline with a mane. The characteristics allow it to be attributed to the stylistic canons of the Ségou region. Light brown patina.
Ported to the top of the skull and held in place by a sort of small basket, these cimiers accompanied the dancers during the rituals of the tion , an association dedicated to agricultural work. The masks bound the field as ...

Salampasu Mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Salampasu Mask

Divided into contrasting tones, this ceremonial African mask is linked to the society of warriors and initiation rites. It was also exhibited at funerals in connection with the deceased's previous initiations, and for payment in many cases. The power of some masks was also so feared that their name alone caused women and children to flee. These masks are distinguished by their bulbous forehead, wide nose and mouth revealing cut teeth. Mate grainy patina, erosions.
Shunting and farming, warrior people, the Salampasu form a tribe of the Lulua group and are settled between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola, east of the Kasai River. They are surrounded to the west and south of the Tschokwe and Lunda, and to the north and east of Kete and Lwalwa. A hierarchy of masks, simple ...


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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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