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Igbo or Eket Dance Crest
Tribal art > African mask > Igbo Mask

Endowed with a morphology with both feminine and masculine characters, this statue is erected on a base overhanging a calotte mask. The semi-flexed legs, however, evoke the tribal dance mbombo of the young girls during the Ogbom ceremonies, held before the altar at the close of the periods of seclusion. This danced ritual was dedicated to the deity of the earth named Ala among the Igbo, and Isong among the Ibibio . The crest masks were then kept near the chimney flues of the huts in order to be protected from insects. Thick cracked patina, colored highlights, localized abrasions. Old break on the nose and cracks.
The Eket , established in southeastern Nigeria, are a subgroup of the Ibibio ethnic group renowned for their expressive masks. They are a patrilineal society whose ...

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Igbo Agbogo Mmwo Mask
Tribal art > African mask > Igbo Mask

African art and the spectacular crest masks of the Igbo ethnic group.
African Igbo mask Agbogo Mmwo adopting traditional conventions glorifying youth and beauty, with narrow slits in the eyes, an emaciated face coated with white, scarifications and tattoos in checkerboards or ornamental pellets. The high headdress is composed of openwork half disks mixed with braids.
The white color of the mask refers to the ancestral spirits, these masks frequently accompanying the deceased during funeral rites. Indeed, mmwo means "spirit of the dead." Matt patina, cracks and abrasions.
The Igbo live in the forest in southeast Nigeria. They have managed to combine a strong sense of individuality with an equally strong sense of group belonging. Their political system is ...

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Kuba Ngeende Isheen imalu mask
Tribal art > African mask > Kuba mask

Nature spirits, the ngesh , were believed to be embodied in Kuba masks during the dances. The footprints of the dancers were then erased so as not to "hurt" the women venturing into the dance area. The mask on the other side appeared during initiation ceremonies, sometimes at the funerals of notables. This warrior mask, not belonging to the royal masks, named Ishyeen imaalu and also Pwoom itok , belonged to the babende society. It has exorbitant conical pupils set off by eyebrows extended with horns that refer to warrior headdresses. The pigments of the decorative motifs remain very weakly visible. Misses and cracks of desiccation. Height on base: 44 cm. The Kuba kingdom was founded in the 16th century by the main Bushoong tribe which is still ruled by a king today, and whose ...

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Ngombe Double Ngulu Execution Knife
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Tribal art > Usual african items > Ngomne Knife

Execution knives are also parade weapons, such as ngulu. In the north-west of Zaire, south of Oubangui, live the 6000 Moswea-Ngombe of Bantu language. Their neighbours are the Ngbandi and the Ngbaka and various groups banda . They knew no god but expected favors from their ancestors, including health and prosperity. Their jet knives used for hunting were used as coins.
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Statue pestle Debele Senoufo
Tribal art > African Statues > Statue Senoufo

The Ivory Coast in African tribal art Slender morphology and accentuated arching for this male figure with an oblong face. His slender legs sink into a base forming a drumstick called "sedine" or "dol" depending on the dialect. The necklace-talisman is called "korte". Satin shaded patina, abrasions and desiccation cracks.

Figurative statue Debele Senoufo, sometimes called "Child of the Poro" or "Spirit of the Bush", it intervened in pairs during funeral processions or during ceremonies marking the end of initiation rites. The initiates of the Poro society, which trained boys from the age of 7, carried them and pounded the ground rhythmically to the sound of drums, opening and closing the march. Kept in an enclosure, sezing ,they were supposed to protect these young ...

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Bobo Fing Nyanga Mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Bobo Mask

Anthropo-zoomorphic mask surmounted by rounded horns in arch. Abraded matte polychromy. Desiccation cracks. A Mandingo people, most of whom live in eastern Burkina Faso, but also in southern Mali, the culture of the Bobo Fing is similar to that of the Bambara . They are organized into lineages led by councils of elders. In each village altars are erected under the authority of blacksmiths , priests of the Dwo cult, but the Bobo also worship secondary spirits and those of ancestors. In addition to objects carved from wood, they also make masks from fiber sheets to wear during ceremonies in order to establish a relationship with the spiritual world. The most important of the wooden masks are the sacred altar masks ( molo and nwenke ), the accompanying masks ( nyanga ), and those for ...

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Men s statuette Metoko Kakungu
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Tribal art > African Statues > Statue Metoko

This male figure was kept in the hut of future circumcisers. It represents kakungu , a mythical being whose bulging eyes indicate that he would have been a victim of witchcraft. The engraved lines, encrusted with kaolin, evoke the traditional tattoos and scarifications in use. This carved figure was displayed alongside a similar female figure.
Kakungu cult statue belonging to the Metoko and Lengola, primary forest peoples dedicated to the worship of a single God, a rare monotheism in Africa. Their society comprising three ranks, the Bukota, structured daily life and accommodated both men and women. It represents the equivalent of the Bwami association of the Lega. The sculptures played a role during initiation ceremonies, and were then placed on the tomb of high rank initiates. ...

Metoko Kakungu female figure
Tribal art > African Statues > Metoko figure

This female figure was kept in the hut of future circumcisers. It represents kakungu , a mythical being whose bulging eyes indicate that he would have been a victim of witchcraft. The engraved lines, encrusted with kaolin, evoke the traditional tattoos and scarifications in use.
Kakungu cult statue belonging to the Metoko and Lengola, peoples of the primary forest dedicated to the worship of a single God, a rare monotheism in Africa. Their society comprising three ranks, the Bukota, structured daily life and accommodated both men and women. It represents the equivalent of the Bwami association of the Lega. The sculptures played a role during initiation ceremonies, and were then placed on the tomb of high rank initiates. Kakungu in particular was surrounded by other carved objects ...

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Figure of reliquary Kota Mbulu ngula
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Tribal art > African Reliquary > Kota Reliquary

Stylistic variation of a striking abstraction of Kota art: metal plates are stapled on a wooden core with a face on top. Image inspired by visions, the head is crossed by a ridge forming the nose, punctuated by upholstery nails, whose copper color contrasts with the golden metal.
Baskets containing the relics of illustrious ancestors, usually surmounted by two reliquaries, were kept in temples in the village. One embodied the founder of the lineage, and the second embodied his descendants. The cult of ancestors, the bwete (North 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 were made during ceremonies in which reliquaries were taken ...

Tsogho Reliquary Box
Tribal art > African Jar > Tsogho Box

This box with handles was intended for the relics of an ancestor, the bust figure surmounting its lid reproducing the silhouette of the "garde" reliquary of the bwete, or bwiti , in the Mitsoghos. Desication cracks, shrapnel. Patine mate.
The Mitsogho ethnic group, Sogho, is established in a forested area on the right bank of the Ngoumé River, Ngounié, near the Kwele. The Bwiti company, which has a system of reliquaries comparable to that of the Fang and Kota, formed the cohesion of the matrilineal clans mitsogho. Their masks were displayed at the funeral, and stored in the male ebanza initiation house. Like the other etnies of Gabon, they practice the rites of the Bwiti which would have spread in this way among the coastal peoples. Their sculptural production is varied, in the ...

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Male figure Senoufo Tugubele of Poro
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Tribal art > African Statues > Senoufo Statue

Ex-collection of Belgian African tribal art.

An oblong face topped with shells evoking a stylized bird, a long narrow bust, proportionally reduced legs, and a solemn attitude. This male figure with fine scarification also wears a talisman revealing the influence of Islam. Usually appearing as a couple, this statue embodies a spirit of nature. Black patina, grainy and shiny.
The Senoufos, the name given to them by French settlers, are mostly composed of farmers who have dispersed between Mali, Côte d'Ivoire, and Burkina Faso. Councils of elders, led by an elected chief, administer the Senoufo villages. Governed by matrilineal traditions, they are composed of clusters of dwellings named katiolo . Each of them has its own association Poro which initiates young boys from the ...

Tabouret guéridon Hemba/ Luba Kihona
Tribal art > African Chair > Tabouret Hemba

Supporting the circular tray of a seat with her fingers placed in a fan shape, a female figure forms the "receptacle of a deceased sovereign chief" (Luba, Roberts). Carved in the style of the "master of Buli" in the Hemba territory, she has a characteristic face, with large eye sockets and prominent cheekbones. Dark patina with orange highlights, minimal cracks. The prominent scarifications, in spikes, dot 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 and again kitenta ("seat of authority"), according to the sources, constitutes the meeting point of the ruler, his people, and the protective spirits and ancestors, where past ...

Crest Ekoi Ejagham
Tribal art > African mask > Crest Ekoi

Scroll crests in Ejagham/Ekoi African art.
From a circular base decorated with mirrors rises a realistic type head, carried by a high neck. The headdress is made of braids gathered in volutes. The dancer's costume consisted of a large mesh of raffia cords, and more recently, cotton fabric. The masks were coated with palm oil before use, and placed in daylight so that their leather would soften and take on a satisfactory luster. Oily, shiny patina.
Leopard societies, such as the Kpe male society, Ngbe among the Aro, used this model of crest for initiation ceremonies or funerals of association members, but also during agricultural rituals. The hairstyle would represent the hairstyle of the young women named Moninkim at the end of their traditional seclusion during which the ...

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Dogon Ritual Sculpture
Tribal art > African fetish > Dogon Altar

Created with great sensitivity, this sculpture, which belonged to a lineage, reflects one of the many facets of the Dogon worldview. The statuette at the top represents the incarnation of an ancestor, the ladder allowing the ascent of spirits to the afterlife. The gradations also form an image of the different stages of an individual's life toward the ultimate goal. The gobo , iron hook, is stuck into the wood, recalling the sacred role of the blacksmith. Grainy sacrificial patina, light chips.
The Dakar-Djibouti mission of 1931, led by Marcel Griaule, was charged with studying in depth the rites of this population established in the region of the Bandiagara cliffs. The Dogon are thought to be composed of several peoples who found refuge there following repeated droughts or ...

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Double figurative cut Luba Kiteya
Tribal art > African Jar > Luba Cup

Female figures embodying spirits encircle a double cylindrical container mboko, which was usually filled with kaolin, an image of purity and the spiritual world. The whole is supported by an animal. These vessels were used by different Luba societies, and groups of prophets, more generally by the mediums of the divination society Kilumbu , Bilumbu , or by the healers of the society Buhabo . It was, individually or collectively, to consult the spirits of the ancestors through specialists. This type of cup also played a role during the investiture of the Luba king.
Maroon patina encrusted with kaolin residues.
The Lubas (Baluba in Tchiluba) are a people of Central Africa. Their cradle is Katanga, more precisely the region of the Lubu river, thus the ...

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Statue Bambara Nyeleni
Tribal art > African Statues > Statue Bamana

Female figure called "little favorite", Nyeleni in Bambara, erected on a circular base, arms spread out from the body, breasts in "shell" on a narrow bust. The face is topped with a ridged crest. The statuette, adorned with decorative motifs associated with traditional scarification marks, has a dull, abraded patina of age, revealing an underlying light wood. Desiccation cracks. The Bambara of central and southern Mali belong to the large Mande group, like the Soninke and Malinke. They believe in the existence of a creator god generically called Ngala who maintains the order of the universe. His existence coexists with another androgynous god called Faro, who gave all qualities to men and who makes the fruits of the earth grow. Great masked festivals close the initiation rites ...

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Fetish statue Nkisi Vili
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Tribal art > African fetish > Vili Fetish

Ex American tribal art collection.

Consecrated by the nganga, endowed with a magic charge (bilongo) housed in a box closed by a mirror, this statuette meets the criteria of nksi objects. The Vili produced a variety of sculptures of individual use nkisi , to which multiple virtues were attributed. The glazed eyes, encircled with resin, symbolize clairvoyance in a face with naturalistic features. Various accessories are present, some of which would accentuate the power of the object, metal in the form of a padlock, basketry backpack lined with textile, headdress made of leather, strips of fabric and feathers. Eroded base. Chocolate shiny patina.
The Vili, the Lâri, the Sûndi, the Woyo, the Bembé, the Bwende, the Yombé and the Kôngo formed the group Kôngo, led by the king ...

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Yaka Mukoku ngombu slot drum
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Tribal art > Djembe TamTam > Yaka Drum

Ex-collection African tribal art American.
The Yaka like to surround themselves, in daily life, with charms decorated with cephalomorphic carved objects, such as this African musical instrument, Yaka slit drum, mukoku ngombu, for divination ceremonies and healing rites. The head, which would represent the diviner mediator wearing a high cap, has coffee bean eyes deeply surrounded. The neck is encircled by a cord made of plant fibers that attach it to the staff. Satin dark brown patina, locally abraded. Cracks of desiccation.
Among the Yaka, at the new moon, the diviner ngaanga ngoombu covers his face with kaolin before emitting an oracle. During its diurnal passage in the subsoil, the moon smears itself with this white clay. The night would convey the virtues of life. ...

Kuba lid pot
Tribal art > African Jar > Pot Kuba

This milk container has a handle and a rounded lid. The decorative friezes are made of pearls and cowrie shells, the latter symbolizing material wealth and having constituted a currency of exchange during the 19th century in Africa. Soft and satin surface, glossy patina. Minimal cracks.
The Kuba and the tribes settled between the Sankuru and Kasai rivers, including the Bushoong and Dengese also from the Mongo group, are renowned for the refinement of prestige objects created for members of the higher ranks of their society. Several Kuba groups produced anthropomorphic ceremonial objects with refined designs, including cups, drinking horns and goblets. The Kuba kingdom was founded in the 16th century by the Bushoong who are still ruled by a king today. It is the most prolific ...

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Lwalwa Mvondo Mask
Tribal art > African mask > Lualua Mask

The African masks Mfondo and Nkaki , with a barely dissimilar nasal profile, are difficult to differentiate. The Nkaki is said to possess a nose that is lost in the hairstyle, sometimes extending into a crest. The Mvondo indeed has a shorter nose, here topped by a triangular hairstyle reproducing the angular forehead. Red ochre patina, misses and abrasions.
The Lwalwa live near the Kasai River, between Angola and Zaire. Historically having a matrilineal society, the Lwalwa after undergoing Luba and Songye influence, adopted a patrilineal system within their rudimentary political and social organization. The male mask nkaki, carved from mulela wood, is one of four types of masks produced by the privileged caste formed by their carvers: These artisans, according to their ...

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Masque Kumu Nsembu
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Tribal art > African mask > Komo Mask

Ex-German African tribal art collection.
Among the primitive art masks, this African mask named Nsembu occurred in male-female pairs, and was used by the Nkunda soothsayer society within the clans living in the north of the Uituri region. Vast eye openings framing a thick nose, housed beneath the volume of a flat skull, and a toothed mouth cut into the lower flat of the face, form the main features of this kaolin-coated mask. Matt patina.
The Kumu, Bakumu, Komo, live mainly in the northeast and center in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Their Bantu language is komo or kikomo . Several ethnic groups are closely intertwined with similar associations: the Mbole, Yela, Lengola, and Metoko. Their artistic production has also great similarities with that of the Metoko ...

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