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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.

Lobi altar figure
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Tribal art > African Statues > Lobi Statues

Ex Belgian tribal art collection.
This effigy of a sacred ancestor was carved after various rituals prescribed by the diviner in which the descendants participated. When the lineage was extinguished, the statue was yielded or abandoned. Standing on narrow legs, the tall female figure has a cambered back, marking the abdominal bulge, while the arched shoulders are extended by very long arms clinging to the bust. The features, framed by cylindrical ears placed at jaw level, are prominent. The lips cut in perfect rectangle animate the face. The physiognomy and the general attitude express a form of introspection collected. Granular residues mixed with bird down, resulting from ritual libations, are scattered throughout the work. Streaks are also slightly visible. Excellent general ...


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Grebo Kru mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Grebo mask

The Kru are divided into twenty-four sub-groups, including the Grebo, who live in southern Liberia and southwestern Côte d'Ivoire.
Their chief is the Bodio, who lives in seclusion. Their masks with tubular outgrowths are said to be of Obi origin, and may symbolize the mythical creatures that inhabit the forests on the banks of the Cavally, which the people address through ritual ceremonies.
The interest of cubist painters and modern sculptors in the abstract forms of the Grebo mask can be seen in some of their works, such as Picasso's 1914 metal guitar.
The series of tubular eyes are associated here with clairvoyant faculties. The curved nasal bridge runs towards a quadrilateral mouth. Behind the mask stands a sculpted human figure, masked by the Grebo, ...


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650.00  520.00

Double jarre Mangbetu
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Tribal art > African Jar > Jarre Mangbetu

Named the generous in African art, these urns are intended to collect palm wine. This double jar with handles has cephalomorphic necks arranged face to face. Golden brown nuanced oiled patina.
asebli in the forest in northeastern Zaire, the Mangbetu kingdom has expressed itself through architectural works that impressed European visitors in the 19th century. Their furniture, weapons, adornments 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 nicknamed " The cannibal king". The body lines on the characters, like those of the face, include the traditional paintings of the ethnic group, inspired by the tattoos of the nearby Asua pygmies, and which ...


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Dan Zapkei mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Dan mask

The African masks dan named zapkei ge 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.
A beautiful mahogany brown patina distinguishes this ancient mask. The realistic face with its careful modeling bears checkered keloidal markings around the eyelids and highlight the ribbed forehead. The metal spikes at the outer corners of the eyes are noteworthy. Smooth patina.
For the Dan, or Yacouba, living in the west of the Ivory Coast and in Liberia, the "dü" force that animates the world manifests itself in the sculpted masks. It is in this way that it seeks to bring knowledge to man in order to ...


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Ngil s Fang Mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Fang Mask

In the category of the very large masks of Africa, the fang masks, generally coated with kaolin (the white color evokes the power of the ancestors), intervened in the middle of the night, their appearance arousing fright. They were used by the male society ngil which no longer exists today. This secret society was in charge of initiations and fought against witchcraft. The ngil consisted of a purifying fire rite symbolized by the gorilla. Matte and velvety patina, golden. Fingerprints of xylophagous animals now eradicated.
The Fang, formerly called Pahouin, are divided into several subsets in three countries, Cameroon, Gabon, and the mainland of Equatorial Guinea. Mainly hunters, they also practice agriculture. The wearers of these masks, always in large numbers, made ...


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Zigua initiation figure
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Tribal art > African Statues > Zigua figure

Spherical head framed by large ears and pierced pupils, tubular bust and semi-flexed legs, this statue without arms is swaddled in a cloth on which dark residues crystallize.
Among the Zigua, this type of sculpture was used as a support for initiation. The Sukuma of northern Tanzania use similar figures.
This piece of tribal art comes from the northeastern region of Tanzania, bordering Kenya, facing the Indian Ocean, where the Paré, Shamba, Zigua, and Mbugu tribes live. A relative homogeneity characterizes the productions of these groups, recalling some of the Malagasy and Batak with whom, via maritime trade, contact could once have been established. This sculpture was probably used for didactic purposes during male initiations. It could also embody an ancestor or a ...


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490.00  392.00

Gunye ge mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Dan Mask

An actor of the social order, the African art mask Dan is, according to Eberhard Fisher, female or male. Corresponding to the main criteria of the women's masks gle mu , with an oval and regular face, a fine nose and a protruding and luscious mouth, this copy is accompanied by a goatee of vegetable fibers. Masks equipped with round orbits (gunye ge), facilitating vision, are part of all the masks of the northern Dan and are used for racing events during the dry season. The zapkei ge , also equipped with circular orbits, are responsible for preventing fires by watching over domestic fires. They are accessorized with hats, braids, textile capes and raffia, the most prestigious of which is the go ge , royal mask reserved for exceptional events.
Glossy dark brown patina, ...


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Masque Chokwe Mukishi wa Pwo
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Tribal art > African mask > Chokwe Mask

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African Mask of reduced volume intervening during the initiation ceremonies of passage to adulthood, the mukanda , marking among other things the end of the privileged bond between a son and his mother. This mask symbolizing the first ancestor, devoid of accessories, is engraved with checkerboards forming stripes on the cheeks depicting traditional keloid scars. The mouth shows off lime teeth, a criterion of feminine beauty in the Chokwe. Black brown satin patina. Desication crack. Peacefully settled in eastern Angola until the 16th century, the Chokwé were then subjected to the Lunda empire from which they inherited a new hierarchical system and the sanctity of power. The African Chokwe pwo masks, among the many masks akishi (sing: mukishi, ...

Bangwa N Kétuok royal beaded statue
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Tribal art > African Statues > Bamileke statue

Colors and chieftaincies in African art 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.
This carved figure ("N'Kétuok") representing an ancestor wearing a breastplate, a cup between his legs, was first carved in wood and then wrapped in a rag cloth inlaid with imported glass beads. Complex and refined beaded decoration.
Within the important Bamileke people in western Cameroon, the Bangwa constitute a small kingdom composed of nine chiefdoms. The influence of the Bamileke on Bangwa statuary is notable for relatively comparable facial features and morphology. Typical of ...


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850.00  680.00

Female figure Lobi Bateba
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Tribal art > African Statues > Lobi statue

Ex Belgian tribal art collection.
Frontal posture, straight head, legs spread and arms pressed against the bust, this African Lobi statue, of a powerful character, offers a face whose modelling makes expressive features stand out.
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, intermediary being who fights against sorcerers and all other harmful forces.
The lumpy surface is the result of ritual libations.
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 ...


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Dogon figure
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Tribal art > African Statues > Dogon figure

Statuette representing a kneeling hermaphrodite figure, hands resting on his thighs. This type of sculpture associated with an individual cult adorned the Dogon family altar. Thick and dense grainy patina in greyish browns.
Carved for the most part on commission by a family, Dogon statues can also be the object of worship by the entire community. Their functions remain little known, however. In parallel with Islam, Dogon religious rites are organized around four main cults: the Lebe, relating to fertility, under the spiritual authority of the Hogon, the Wagem, the cult of the ancestors under the authority of the patriarch, the Binou invoking the world of the spirits and directed by the priest of the Binou, and the society of the masks concerning funerals.


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Ogoni Elu Mask, Ekpo, articulated jaw
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Tribal art > African mask > Ogoni Mask

Ex-collection of Belgian African tribal art.
The Ogoni live along the coasts of Nigeria, near the mouth of the Cross-River, south of the Igbo and west of the Ibibio. Their sculptures vary from village to village, but are mainly renowned for their masks with articulated jaws like some masks Ekpo Ibibio . Their masks were usually worn at funerals, festivities accompanying planting and harvesting, but also more recently to welcome distinguished guests. The acrobatic events related to the karikpo celebration, accompanied by the kere karikpo drum, were also an opportunity to display various zoomorphic masks. Attached with a wicker clasp, the lower jaw of the mask that would embody an ancestor or a high-ranking figure can articulate, revealing wooden sticks depicting a set of teeth. ...


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Baoule Blolo bia figure
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Tribal art > African Statues > Baule figure

The "inverted doubles" in the African art sculptures of the Baule
. Male figure representing a young man of medium build, with digited hands and feet, carefully carved.

About sixty ethnic groups populate the Ivory Coast, 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, in 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 diviners komien , the latter being selected by the spirits asye usu in order to communicate ...


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Ambete reliquary statue
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Tribal art > African Statues > Mbete statue

The variety of reliquaries in the African art of the Mbede, Mbete, or Ambete Ancestor worship, among the Mbete, is accompanied by these statues in which a dorsal cavity plays the role of a reliquary. This statue plated with metal leaves presents arms bent at right angles and attached to the bust. The bending of the muscular legs evokes a ritual dance. Nails form linear patterns marking certain volumes, some of which are inlaid in the mouth. Golden copper shaded patina with greenish reflections.

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 conflict against the Teke. They do not have a centralized political organization, practice ancestor worship and use statues instead of ...


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Songye Nkisi statue
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Tribal art > African Statues > Songye statue

African Nkisi, nkishi (pl. mankishi )statue of the Songye, whose head takes on the features of the kifwebe mask. The arms surround the bust, providing, as dictated by custom, a space to grasp the sculpture with metal hooks. Here, the magical bishimba charge appears to have been introduced at the top of the head from which a horn rises. The piece has likely been stripped of its accessories.
Grayish brown matte patina with kaolin encrusted residue. Slight lacks on the base and abrasions. These protective fetishes for homes are among the most prized in Africa. The Nkisi plays the role of mediator between god and men, responsible for protecting against various evils. The large examples are the collective property of a whole village, and the smaller figures belong to an ...


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Table/ stool Luba Hemba Lupona
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Tribal art > African Chair > Tabouret Lupona

Supporting with her fingers placed in a fan shape the circular tray of a seat, or of a shelf, the object can also be used as a pedestal table, a female figure forms the "receptacle of a deceased sovereign chief" (Luba, Roberts). The protruding scarifications, in ears, are scattered across the bust where the umbilicus forms the "center of the world" associated with the lineage, and on the lower abdomen, horizontal, they symbolize fertility. This stool named lupona ,or kioni or kipona , kiona , according to the sources, is the meeting point of the sovereign, his people, and the protecting spirits and ancestors, where past and present symbolically and spiritually mingle. It once formed the foundation on which the king was enthroned. The seats were laid out on leopard skins when the new ...

Dogon statue
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Tribal art > African Statues > Dogon statue

This hermaphroditic figure, with a narrow, tubular anatomy, has a head characteristic of Dogon statuary. Prominent eyes, close together, a beard in a tray. The desiccated surface has a natural patina, without any libatory residue, indicating its function. Unlike sculptures intended for ancestor altars, it was presented during funerals of wealthy men, placed on the terraces, and then kept by the hogon. Chevron patterns, symbolizing the original ancestor Lebe metamorphosed into a snake, form a belt on the bust. Desiccation cracks.
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 ...


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Masque Yoruba Ekiti Epa
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Tribal art > African mask > Masque Ekiti

Ex-collection of Belgian African tribal art.

The Ekiti of the northeastern part of the yoruba region use polychrome heaume masks associated with the Epa cult, illustrating the prosperity of the community. They appear during funerals or rites of passage. The base of the mask, named ikoko, is surmounted by a plateau on which two zoomorphic figures are carved in a round-bump. These masks, which will have been painted by their owners, are taken out every two years. Despite the weight of the masks, the dancers perform spectacular acrobatic demonstrations. These ceremonies are also supposed to increase fertility. Clear patina with polychrome highlights. Cracks, slight abrasions, and xylophagous impressions.
The Yoruba, more than 20 million, occupy the southwestern ...


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Masque Agbogo mwo Igbo
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Tribal art > African mask > Igbo Mask

Ex-Swiss African art collection.

The voluminous headdresses of the Ikorodo masks in the African art of Nigeria.
This African Igbo mask named Ikorodo in the Nsukka region of southern Nigeria glorifies youth and beauty, with narrow eye slits, a face with sharp white coated features, scarification and tattoos. The headdress is composed of three openworked wings topped with circular protrusions, hence the name "cap" headdress.


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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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Ijo Otojo zoomorphic crest mask
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This African mask, a figure in a pangolin, was sculpted to honor the spirits of nature during the masquerades owu. It was worn horizontally on the top of the skull. The open element at the top is removable. Grainy matte patina. br/> Ijo masks are creatures born of the imagination that are generally related to aquatic life. Indeed, the Ijo-Kalabari live mainly from fishing and their small villages located in swampy areas, their cosmogony naturally centered around this environment.
They masks and other artistic productions are intended to honor the aquatic spirits, oro, whom they venerate and to whom sacrifices were intended. Fishermen had to be careful not to offend these spirits or they could destroy their wrath by means of the various dangerous animal species in the region, such as ...





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