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Bassa/Mano zoomorphic figure
Tribal art > African Statues > Bassa statue

French African art coll. Rare Bassa hybrid sculpture, featuring a dog whose mouth supports a human head. This face reproduces the African mask named Gela , Geh-Naw , from the Bassa ethnic group of Liberia. A second face associated with talisman masks appears in relief on the back of the animal. Object with protective purpose, simialire p.24 in Tribal Art of Black Africa" J.B.Bacquart. Velvety patina, matt, greyish brown. Erosions. Residues of kaolin whitewash.
The Bassa group of Liberia is established on the coastal region, specifically around Grand-Bassa. Its culture and artistic production have been influenced by the neighboring Mande-speaking Dan and Kpelle. The Bassa have female and male initiation societies, including the chu-den-zo which gave rise to this type of ...


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Yoruba maternity figure
Tribal art > African Statues > Yoruba figure

This African sculpture naturalistic, allowing according to the Yoruba communication with the afterlife, features as a maternal figure one of the many female goddesses, the earth goddess Onilé ("owner of the House"), guarantor of longevity, peace, and resources, and linked to the powerful Ogboni society among the Yoruba Egba and Ijebu. It could also symbolize Orunmila , goddess of divination.
Intended to be enthroned on an altar, she was worshipped by members of the powerful Ogboni, or Osugbo, society in charge of justice.
Satin polychrome patina, abrasions.
Centered on the veneration of its gods, or orisà, the Yoruba religion relies on artistic sculptures with coded messages (aroko). The kingdoms of Oyo and Ijebu arose following the demise of the Ife ...


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Nana Yakoma Ovimbundu anthropomorphic tobacco pot
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Tribal art > African Statues > Statue Angola

This exceptional sculpted, stylized female figure features a container on the back with metallic sheets on the back. Parallel legs are like tied at the ankles by copper wire. The digitized hands are gathered at the bust, under the breasts of a young girl. In the rectangular volume of the legs evoking a loincloth, a deep orifice has been arranged. Circular facial scarifications can sometimes be found in neighbouring Chokwe and Luena. The character is said to be associated with the mythical ancestor "nana yakoma", guardian of the sacred fire. This type of sculpture was reserved for the exclusive use of chefs. It is on the Benguéla plateau in Angola that the Ovimbudu , Ovimbundu, composed of farmers and herders, have been established for several centuries. They belong to Bantu speakers, such ...

Dogon male figure Tellem
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Tribal art > African Statues > Tellem statue

This traditional African art object was made to order by a family and was in this case placed on the family altar Tiré Kabou. African tribal statues of the Dogon can also be the object of worship by the entire community when they commemorate, for example, the founding of the village. These statues, sometimes embodying the nyama of the deceased, are placed on ancestor altars and participate in various rituals including those of the seed and harvest periods. Their functions, however, remain little known. Influenced stylistically by the Tellem whom they replaced in the Bandiagara region from the 15th century, the Dogon adopted this same vertical position in their statuary. Inheritors of the Tellem works abandoned in the region, they adopted some of them that they resacralized to use in ...


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Kongo Yombe couple
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Tribal art > African Statues > Kongo

These naturalistic figures, carved at the direction of the nganga, priest-devin, feature a couple whose glazed eyes are associated with mediumistic abilities. The Kongo believed that they fostered these gifts through the intake of hallucinogenic plants.
Bright patina with touches of red pigment.
In the 13th century, the Kongo people, led by their king Ne Kongo, settled in a region at the crossroads between present-day DRC, Angola and Gabon. Two centuries later, the Portuguese made 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 kingdom following an election held by a council of tribal governors. This king, also called ...


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Kongo Yombe figure
Tribal art > African fetish > Yombe figure

Ex Belgian tribal art collection. The Yombe statuette opposite, devoid of body scarification, was originally intended to hold a weapon. This type of individual fetish, activated by magical formulas and possible additional accessories, was supposed to protect or inflict vengeance. The eyes evoke mediumistic qualities. Mahogany brown satin patina.

The Solongo cultures of Angola and Yombe were largely influenced by the Kongo kingdom from which they borrowed naturalistic statuary and religious rituals by means of carved nkondo nkisi fetishes. The Yombe settled on the West African coast, in the southwestern Republic of the Congo and in Angola. Their sculpture is primarily naturalistic, consisting of court regalia and emblems, anecdotal objects related to the ...


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Sanza Kongo
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Tribal art > Djembe TamTam > Sanza Kongo

The diversity of African musical instruments

Tively prevalent in Central Africa, this musical instrument or sanza consists of a sounding board on which parallel metal blades have been attached. The soundboard formed by the support, with holes on the back, contains seeds that produce a sound when the object is manipulated. The slats, of varying lengths, are sometimes made of bamboo. The thumbs of both hands will lean on the board to vibrate the anterior ends of the tabs. In Zaire, however, where all fingers are used as for the piano, groups of instruments play on complementary registers. The instrument will also accompany, sometimes, a singer. Although sanzas are often decorated with traditional motifs, this copy is devoid of them.
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Bamana, Bambara Rider
Tribal art > African Rider > Bamana Rider

The Bamana, like the Dogon, magnify the ancestors through representations of cavaliers. The latter are major characters in the puppet theater organized by youth associations.
These works also evoke the horse races between young Bamana. The character rides without stirrups, and is wearing the traditional cap.
Grayish matte patina. Misses.
The Bambara of central and southern Mali belong to the large Mande group, like the Soninke and Malinke. Groups of Bambara artisans nyamakala , more specifically the blacksmiths named numu , are in charge of carving ritual objects, endowed with the nyama , occult energy. Using fire and magical objects, the role of healer and diviner is also attributed to them. Their powers are transmitted to their women, who alone have the right ...


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490.00

Baga Banda-kumbaduba mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Baga mask

Unusual volume for this version of the Banda mask used for protective purposes, formerly used by the initiates of male secret societies during their initiation rites and funerals. It was also supposed to protect young circumcised men from evil influences. This mask dances to the sound of a three-slit drum, imitating all the attitudes of the animals represented. An ancient mask with an impressive jaw, surmounted by horns and decorated with a saurian figure, it was intended to communicate with the spirits of the forest, and was worn at an angle on the head. Matte polychromy locally flaked. Erosions, cracks and marks of use.
Mixed with the Nalu and Landuman, the Baga live along the coasts of Guinea-Bissau in swampy areas that are flooded six months of the year. They believe in a ...


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Large Pende Giwoyo Mask
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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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Pende Ceremonial cup
Tribal art > African Jar > Pende cup


Cephalomorphic headdress with a handle, a figurative chief's insignia marked by Tschokwe influence. The headdress would be of the "guhota sanga" style worn around the 1950s . (p.7 "Pende" Z.S. Strother - ed. 5Continents) Black glossy patina.
The Western Pende live on the banks of the Kwilu, while the Eastern have settled on the banks of the Kasai downstream from Tshikapa. The influences of the neighboring ethnic groups, Mbla, Suku, Wongo, Leele, Kuba, and Salempasu have been imprinted on their extensive tribal art sculpture. Within this diversity the Mbuya masks, realistic ,produced every ten years, have a festive function, and embody different characters, including the chief, the diviner and his wife, the prostitute, the possessed, etc.... The masks of initiation and those ...


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Yoruba offering box
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Tribal art > African Jar > Yoruba box

A lidded vessel, decorated with various subjects, human figures, associated with ancestors and spirits orisa, and bird figures symbolizing divination are carved in the round. Bas-relief interlacing adorns the rectangular chest. Faded polychromy, matte patina, minimal cracks and abrasions.
Centered on the veneration of its gods, or orisà, Yoruba religion relies on artistic sculptures with coded messages ( aroko ). These spirits are believed to intercede with the supreme god Olodumare . The cups are intended for votive offerings, gifts for visitors, or for divination. Sculptures of this type decorated palaces in Yoruba country. Linear scarifications mark the faces of the characters with the aim not only of increasing their physical beauty, but also of identifying the rank or ...


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Luba Mikisi statue
Tribal art > African Statues > Luba statue

ThisAfrican female Luba figureis depicted in a classical pose, hands on her chest. Her headdress , behind a wide band uncovering a traditionally shaven forehead, is similar to those worn by luba women in the early 20th century. Through her symbolic gesture she indicates that the secrets of royalty (the bizila) belong to women through their role as political and spiritual intermediaries. The raised scarifications dot her bust. Dark brown satin patina. Desiccation crack.
The Luba (Baluba in Tchiluba) are a people of Central Africa. Their cradle is Katanga, more precisely the region of the Lubu River, thus the name (Baluba, which means "the Lubas"). They were born from a secession of the Songhoy ethnic group, under the leadership of Ilunga Kalala, who had the old king ...


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390.00

Dogon stool with caryatids
Tribal art > African Chair > Dogon stool

Circular monoxyle seat in the center of which caryatids, arranged around a central pillar, support the upper plate. The contours are engraved with jagged friezes, a symbol related to water and creation. The wood is polished by use at the level of the seat. Cracks and erosions testify to the life of this original piece. The Dogon are a people renowned for their cosmogony, esotericism, myths and legends. Their population is estimated at about 300,000 souls living southwest of the Niger loop in the Mopti region of Mali (Bandiagara, Koro, Banka), near Douentza and part of northern Burkina (northwest of Ouahigouya). The villages are often perched on the top of scree on the side of hills, according to a unique architecture. The history of the migrations and settlements of the Dogon (about ...


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780.00

Lega Bwami Salimatwematwe statue
Tribal art > African Statues > Lega statue

African Lega Art and Sakimatwematwe (Multi-headed) Initiation Materials
. Related to a Lega proverb, this statue illustrates the need for a global view of events, and thus the prudence, wisdom and impartiality that should follow.(Biebuyck 1973) Belonging to a Bwami initiate, a series of faces pointing to the four cardinal points surmount a kisumbi seat, an emblematic element of the Yananio level of the Bwami. Each of the initiates of this rank had indeed a stool that he kept until his death. This object forms a metaphor for the moral values of the Bwami, its meaning evolving according to the initiatory performances... The teacher guided the aspirant to a place where masks and statuettes were displayed, and it was through careful observation that the future initiate had to ...


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380.00

Ogoni mask with articulated jaw
Tribal art > African mask > Ogoni mask

Ex Belgian African tribal art collection. Attached with a wicker clamp, the lower jaw of the mask, which would embody an ancestor or a high-ranking character, can be articulated, revealing wooden sticks representing a dentition. Two-tone satin patina. Height with base: 43 cm.


The Ogoni live along the coast of Nigeria, near the mouth of the Cross-River, south of the Igbo and west of the Ibibio. Their carvings vary from village to village, but are primarily renowned for their jointed jaw masks such as some Ekpo Ibibio masks. Their masks were usually worn at funerals, festivities accompanying planting and harvesting, but also more recently to welcome distinguished guests. Acrobatic demonstrations linked to the karikpo celebration, and accompanied by the kere karikpo ...


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390.00

Ngombe Ngulu execution knife
Tribal art > Usual african items > Ngombe knife

"Execution" knives are also parade weapons, such as this ngulu whose wooden handle is wrapped with a copper strip. Each side has fine decorative hatching. In northwestern Zaire, south of the Ubangi,live the 6000 Moswea-Ngombe of Bantu language. Their neighbors are the Ngbandi and the Ngbaka and various banda groups. They knew no god but expected favors from their ancestors, among them health and prosperity. Their throwing knives used for hunting were used as currency.
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Pende mask
Tribal art > African mask > Pende mask

African mask of initiation, Mbuya, endowed with a look with large protruding eyelids giving it a surprisingly expressive physiognomy. Velvety and abraded matte patina. Height on base: 34 cm. The Western Pende live on the banks of the Kwilu, while the Eastern Pende have settled on the banks of the Kasai downstream from Tshikapa. The influences of the neighboring ethnic groups, Mbla, Suku, Wongo, Leele, Kuba and Salempasu have been imprinted on their extensive tribal art sculpture. Within this diversity the Mbuya masks , realistic, produced every ten years, have a festive function, and embody different characters difficult to differentiate without their costume, including the chief fumu or ufumu, the diviner and his wife, the prostitute,the jester, tundu , the possessed, etc... ...


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Punu / Shira Mask
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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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Yoruba Arugba Caryatid Cup
Tribal art > African Jar > Yoruba statue

The monumental sculpture of African art from the Yoruba region.
A container with a lid, symbolizing the world, is supported by a seated female subject. Human figures, evocations of fertility, ancestors and orisa spirits, were sculpted in the round while faces adorn the cup. The different scenes refer to mythology and Yoruba gods. Matt polychrome patina, minimal cracks.
Centered on the veneration of its gods, or orisà , the Yoruba religion is based on artistic sculptures with coded messages ( aroko ). These spirits are believed to intercede with the supreme god Olodumare . The cups are intended for votive offerings, gifts for visitors, or for divination. Sculptures of this type decorated the palaces of the Yoruba country. Linear scarifications mark the faces of the ...


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690.00

Lobi Buthib figure
Tribal art > African Statues > Lobi figure

Lobi sculptures and African art.
Naturalist carved figurine with a protective purpose, polished by use.
These statuettes were placed on the altar after a ritual to be the receptacle of a bush spirit, the Thil, and thus become an active being, an intermediary fighting against wizards and all other harmful forces. When honored, these spirits would manifest their benevolence in the form of abundant rains, good health, and numerous births; ignored, they would withdraw it and bring devastating epidemics, drought, and suffering.
They are supposed to transmit to the diviners the laws that the followers must follow in order to enjoy their protection.
They are represented by wooden or copper sculptures called Bateba (large or small, figurative or abstract, they adopt ...


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