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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.

Baoule Ndoma mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Baoule mask

This Baule African mask, a portrait mask or ndoma, has many careful details illustrating Baule refinement. It is also embellished with fine scarifications named " ngole". Dark brown glossy surface.
Acquired at the Hotel des Ventes Giraudeau, ex. Parisian private collection.
Height on base: 39 cm.
Splits.
These portrait masks of the Baule, ndoma , which are part of one of the oldest Baule artistic traditions and frequently represent an idealized character, have the particularity of appearing at the end of ceremonies of entertainment dances.These are named, according to the regions, bedwo , ngblo , mblo , adjussu , etc.... Each of these masks differ in hairstyles, placement and choice of scarification. They perform during danced events accompanied by ...


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Mbala Bakungu / Kwese mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Mbala mask

Among the sacred symbols of authority (Pindi) of the Mbala, this imposing mask has a polychrome patina that gives it a rare character. Imbued with contemplation and serenity, a powerful physiognomy is imprinted on the heart-shaped face with rounded cheeks. The thick raffia adornment attached to the base, intended to conceal the wearer, remains well preserved. Lacks and abrasions. Minimal cracks. Coming from Angola in the 17th century, the Mbala settled in northwestern Zaire and east among the Pelende, Suku, Pende, and Yaka. Formerly matrilineal, they are made up of clans headed by the maternal uncle. The chief was in charge of the ancestor cult, although it was quite limited. Following a retreat of a few days, royal insignia and charms were given to him, intended to combat powers ...


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Igbo Agbogo Mmwo Mask
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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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Dogon horseman
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Tribal art > African Rider > Dogon horseman

Prestigious sculptures in African art from Mali This wooden sculpture features a Dogon chief with a scarred face, riding his mount. According to Gabriel Massa, only the wealthy could commission the blacksmith to make this type of rare, prestige sculpture for individual worship.
Old matt patina, erosion and desiccation cracks. The frequent representations of horsemen among the Dogon of Mali refer to their cosmogony and their complex religious myths. Indeed, one of the Nommos, ancestors of the men, resuscitated by the creator god Amma, came down on the earth carried by an ark metamorphosed into a horse. Moreover, the highest authority of the Dogon people, the religious chief named Hogon, paraded on his horse during his enthronement because according to the custom he should not put ...


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Makonde mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Makonde mask

Scaled down version for this African mask Makonde embodying an ancestral spirit. The ancestors would return masked to mark their satisfaction following initiation. A labret distorts the upper lip. The incised patterns refer to the traditional tattoos and scarifications of the Makonde.
Satin patina.
The Makonde of northern Mozambique and southern Tanzania wore mask-helmets called lipiko during initiation ceremonies for young men. The Makonde worship an ancestor , which explains the abundance of naturalistic female statuary. In addition to the facial masks worn during mapiko dances and ngoma ceremonies that instruct youth about the requirements of marriage and family life. the Makonde also produce body masks featuring the female bust. (Art and Life in Africa, C.D. Roy)


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Fang fetish object of the Byeri
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Tribal art > African fetish > Fang fetish

French African tribal art collection.
The African art of the Byeri cult is illustrated by various anthropomorphic sculptures acting as "guardians" and embodying the ancestor.
This rare object (reliquary guardian of atypical form?), is formed of a piriform body, with a hollowed center, surmounted by a figurative motif associated with the ancestors of the clan. Patina of use, greyish brown. Cracks. Among the Fang, the boxes containing the relics of illustrious ancestors were kept by the oldest man in the village, the "esa". Topped by a statue or a head that acted as a guardian of the "byeri" boxes, they were stored in a dark corner of the hut, supposed to divert evil influences to someone else. They were also used during the initiation ceremonies of young people linked to the ...


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Female figure Makonde Lisinamu
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Tribal art > African Statues > Makonde tatue

Ex-collection African tribal art American.
.Figure adorned with jewels, in dance position, bust stretched forward, arms free of the body and legs half bent. The broad face presents the traditional deformation of the lips due to the labret. Tattoos on the face were traced with beeswax, and scarified patterns were also printed for aesthetic purposes. This statue symbolizing an ancestor refers to the creation, according to which the first makonde man carved a female image that became the mother of his children and has been venerated ever since. Semi-matt patina, cracks of desiccation and missing on one foot.br /> The Makonde, a matrilineal Bantu population from northern Mozambique and southern Tanzania, wore masks called lipiko, mapiko , during initiation ceremonies for young ...

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

Ex-collection Swiss African art.
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, ...

Dogon Tellem statue
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Tribal art > African Statues > Dogon statue

African Dogon art.
Male figure with columnar bust standing on bent legs. Short, small arms frame the face. Grainy matte surface, cracks.
The African tribal statues of the Dogon may 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. The figures with raised arms always symbolized a prayer to Amma for the granting of the rain that is essential to all life, and it could also be a gesture of contrition following the violation of a law that led to a drought. The southern part of the plateau ...


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Mangbetu Olifant in ivory
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Tribal art > Djembe TamTam > Cor Mangbetu

Mangbetu African tribal art, court art, was intended for the aristocracy of the society: this sculpted tusk, probably a hunting horn whose tip takes the form of a female figure, obeys the Mangbetu stylistic canon. Established in the forest in northeastern Zaire, between Bomokandi and the Uele River, the Mangbetu kingdom expressed itself 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. Mangbetu history was indeed based on the refinement of its court but also on cannibal customs. King Mangbetu "Munza" was nicknamed "the cannibal king". The ethnologist G.A. Schweinfurth in 1870 described the refinement, while testifying at the same time to ritual ...


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Double Kuba neck support
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Tribal art > African Chair > Tabouret Kuba

Original design, reserved for a couple according to some, this neck rest stands out thanks to its curved double support. The glossy supports, supported by three colonial feet emerging from a rectangular base, are engraved with geometric patterns arranged in regular triangles. This piece of furniture, widely distributed throughout the African continent, could have different uses: "dream support" preserving elaborate hairstyles, but also transportable seating, sometimes deliberately unstable in order to be able to cradle children, the base sometimes forming tablet, this utilitarian object, among some tribes of South Africa, became an object of seduction offered to the future wife.
Smooth, dark patina. Localized erosions.
The Kuba of the Democratic Republic of Congo, established ...


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Angas / Afo iron coinage
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Tribal art > African Currencies > Angas Currency

These primitive large hoe-shaped coins were used for offerings, wedding dowries, and of course for major festive and ceremonial occasions. The Angas tribes of the Jos Plateau in northern Nigeria offered such objects as dowries to the father of the bride-to-be. These coins also had a ceremonial function during the celebration of the union. Some people, however, attribute these specially shaped coins to the Afos, a neighboring tribe settled below the Jos plateau. The Afos speak a Benue-Congolese language: Eyoli. Two parts stand out, a narrow handle and the lower part of rectangular shape known as the shovel shape which is also found among the Mambilas.
The oxidation of the iron offers an inimitable patina.


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Dogon blade mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Dogon mask

Topped with a high flat crest, this African Dogon mask is one of the many stylistic variations of Dogon masks, icons of Dogon tribal art. Angular features, eyes hollowed out in a triangle, thin protruding lips, and a protrusion extending the nose, characterize this mask carved in a dense wood, with a grainy surface. Polychrome crusty patina with local flaking. The Dogon are a people renowned for their cosmogony, their esotericism, their 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 ...


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Wurkun/Bikwin Vertical Mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Wurkun Mask

Classical design for a so-called anthropomorphic "shoulder" mask, the torso being represented thanks to the boxed base, a powerful neck protruding from it, supporting the head topped with a crest. Fine scarifications can be seen on the face, whose upper lip bears the circular imprint of a labret. The center of the cup-shaped ears has an opening. The small nipples grouped together on the panel with no opening for the eyes could symbolize healing marks. The vegetal fibers that were attached to the perforations of the contours made it possible to completely hide the wearer.
Dark, satiny patina, locally rubbed with ochre pigments.
Good general condition.
Vertical masks of this nature were used in procession by neighboring groups, Wurkun/Bikwin , Mumuye, and Jukun, ...

Figure Niombo Bwendé, Bwemde
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Tribal art > African Statues > Bwendé Statue

Ex-collection African art from Belgium.
This is a reduction figure of the niombo, a sometimes giant funerary anthropomorphic "bundle" representing the deceased, buried at funerals during ancestor cults. The doll is made of a wickerwork frame dressed in textile. It was kept in the house of the chiefs. The Vili, the Lâri, the Sûndi, the Woyo, the Bembé, the Bwende, the Yombé and the Kôngo constituted the Kôngo group, led by the king ntotela. Their kingdom reached its peak in the 16th century with the ivory and copper trade and the slave trade. With the same beliefs and traditions, they produced a statuary with a codified gesture in relation to their vision of the world. The sculptures of the Bwendé were strongly inspired by those of the neighboring Beembe.


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Nkisi Nkondi Solongo fetish
Tribal art > African fetish > Solongo fetish

Belgian African tribal art collection.
Power betiches in African art. This naturalistic figure has an oval face whose style is generally attributed to the Solongo of Angola, the latter supplying the Kongo clans. The glassy gaze of the pinheaded pupils is wide open which "constitutes the prerogative of an elder. Indeed, only people of mature age can stare at us with such insistence in order to alert us to problems or blunders."
The head of an enemy forms the base of the character. Placed on the abdomen, behind a glass, ingredients make up the magical charge, whose iron nails larding the piece reinforce the power. Clayey libatory residues have clumped on the surface, locally draped with textile strips.
Beautiful dark oiled patina, granular aggregates of kaolin.
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Songye Kikashi mask with ornament
Tribal art > African mask > Songye mask

French African art collection, acquired from Zemanek.
African mask of the Songye kikashi equipped with its ample fiber suit. It offers a flat nasofrontal crest. Parallel striations carved into the surface of the wood symbolize feathering and the connection to death.
Three variants of this Kifwebe mask (pl. Bifwebe) or "chasing death" (Roberts) can be distinguished: the masculine (kilume) generally with a high crest, the feminine (kikashi) with a very low crest or even absent, and finally the largest embodying power (kia ndoshi). This type of mask, which is still used today, seems to come from the area bordering the northern Luba and the Songye of the southeast. They are worn with a long suit and a long beard made of natural fibers during the most important ...


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Luba Kipona Headquarters
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Tribal art > African Chair > Luba Seat

Sacredness of the carved seats, regalia of prestige, in the primitive African art. A severely stylized caryatid supports the circular tray. The female figure is the "receptacle of a deceased sovereign chief"( Luba, Roberts). This tabouret named lupona ,or kioni ,kipona , kiona , depending on the source, constitutes the meeting point of the ruler, his people, and the protective spirits and ancestors, where past and present are symbolically and spiritually intermingled. It was once the seat on which the king was enthroned. The seats were placed on leopard skins during the investiture of the new chief. It was only after sitting on it that his speech took on a royal and divine character. Apart from these exceptional circumstances, the seats were not used and remained stored in secret ...


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Bobo hippotrague helmet mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Bobo Mask

Ex-collection African tribal art from France
. The African masks animal from Burkina Faso
This helmet mask of imposing dimensions embodies a large antelope from West Africa, the hippotrague, with its ringed horns tilted back. Semi-satin patina, desiccation cracks and abrasions.
The Bobo Fing are a Mandingo people, most of whom live in the east of Burkina Faso, but also in the south of Mali. Their culture is similar to that of the Bambara. They are organized in 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 venerate secondary spirits and those of the ancestors. In addition to objects carved from wood, they also make masks from fiber sheets to wear during ceremonies in ...

Dogon Statuette
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Tribal art > African Statues > Dogon Statuette

African Statuette Dogon collected in the mid-20th century by Monsieur Arnaud, accompanying Alain Bilot, renowned collector of Dogon art during study trips to Mali.

This sculpture depicts a woman in a raised arms posture. A grainy patina is evidence of the libations administered. One hand is missing. Desiccation cracks.
Carved for the most part on commission by a family and in this case placed on the family altar Tire Kabou, the Dogon tribal statues 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 ...


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Dan Zapkei or Gunye ge mask
Tribal art > African mask > Dan mask

African mask of Côte d'Ivoire distinguished by its circular eyes surrounded by metal surrounded by orbits engraved in the heart. The lips are trimmed with metal sticks evoking teeth. This so-called 'race' mask (sharp face, hollowed-out round eyes, tanned mouth) was held against the face with cotton strips attached to the perforations of the contours and knotted behind the head. Tradition has it that its wearer is pursued by an unmasked runner; if he is caught, he must pass the mask to the winner, who in turn will be pursued by another rider. These races were once designed to train men in running and fighting. This type of event is now very often linked to the holidays announcing the beginning of the dry season and those related to the initiation of young children. Glossy black brown ...


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