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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.

Tabwa ancestor figure
Tribal art > African Statues > Tabwa statue

A figure of an ancestor or clan leader, this perosnnage perched on a circular seat bears the facial and body scarifications of the Batabwa clans.
Golden patina, cracks and abrasions.
The Tabwa ("scarify" and "write") are an ethnic group found in southeastern DRC, around Lake Tanganyika. Tribes in this region, such as the Tumbwe , worship ancestors mipasi through carvings held by chiefs or sorcerers. A magical charge ( dawa )was frequently inserted atop the statues' heads. The diviners-healers used this type of object to reveal sorcery and protect against malevolent spirits.
Simple farmers without centralized power, the Tabwa federated around tribal chiefs after having been influenced by the Luba. It was mainly during this period that their artistic ...


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Reliquary keeper of the Byeri Fang
Tribal art > African Statues > Fang statue

Eket sculptural art spread via the lagoon to neighboring countries. Its influence can be seen on the face of this statue sculpted by the Fang of Cameroon, which was intended to be placed in a reliquary basket by the rear stalk. Very thick oily patina, locally lumpy. Missing at the level of a foot, cracks of desiccation.
The boxes containing the relics of illustrious ancestors were guarded by the oldest man in the village, the "esa". Surmounted 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 "So" society. During the festivals, the statues were separated from their boxes and carried in ...


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Dan seat
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Tribal art > African Chair > Dan stool

Several ethnic groups in the Ivory Coast have seats similar in design to this Dan stool, but it is distinguished by its carved decorative motifs and sculpted legs. The sculptor has preserved the natural shape of a branch for the back. Desiccation cracks, patina of use, dark, oiled.
For the Dan people of the Ivory Coast, also called Yacouba, two very distinct universes are opposed: that of the village, composed of its inhabitants and its animals, and that of the forest, its vegetation and the animals and spirits that inhabit it. In order for these spirits to establish themselves, a specific area of the forest is designated and always preserved outside the dan villages. Sacrifices are also required in order to communicate through these spirits. Different types of Dan masks have ...


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Punu /Shira Mask
Tribal art > African mask > Punu Mask

Coated with white and devoid of scarification, this mask presents a face covered with a single non-striped shell, slightly perched in an oblique visor. The rounded eyelids follow the pattern of the eyebrows, while the fine nose overlooks a well-drawn mouth. These hairstyles, which come in different forms, illustrate women's fashion during the 19th century in Gabon. This mask was intended to establish a link with the world of the spirits and ancestors to whom protective and beneficial virtues were attributed. Semi-matt patina.
Okuyi masks were exhibited during rituals of ancient origins in which dancers on stilts were waving in order to invoke the spirit of a deceased person with a mask representing a beautiful young woman.


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Female figure Sakalava
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Tribal art > African Statues > Statue Sakalava

Ex-collection Belgian African art.
The tropical island of Madagascar is located off the coast of Mozambique. Its first inhabitants are said to have been Polynesians who have taken refuge on the east coast of Africa, but have been repelled by Arab-Muslim traders. Several kingdoms developed there as early as 1500, including Sakalava on the west coast of the island. The most famous plastic achievements of the Malagasy consist of a statuary linked to funeral rites. While the Mahafaly statues were an integral part of pillars aloalo, fragments of panels above the heads bearing witness, the figures of ancestors Sakalava, in round-bump, frequently represent the deceased and his companion of the opposite sex. The north-east of the tomb, sacred position associated with the aurora, the ...


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Statue ritual jukun
Tribal art > African Statues > Statue Jukun

It is during funerals, agricultural festivals or in case of danger that this type of carved figures are exposed in the north of the Benoue river. Their role is that of mediator between the afterlife and the priest. The flat, rectangular head appears to be wearing a helmet with distended ears and pupils that form the only projection of the face. The hands rest on the hips in a circular plateau, while part of the legs are eroded. Dark patina, residue clayey. Abrasions and desiccation cracks.
The Jukuns are a West and Central African population living mainly in Nigeria in the upper Benue Valley, also in north-west Cameroon. With the expansion of the former Jukun Empire, the Jukun or Wurbo of Nigeria have scattered into two groups: one settled south of the Donga River, ...


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Attié female statue
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Tribal art > African Statues > Statue Attié

This fine-deed statue has a body free of ethnic scarifications. The ovoid head, with an internalized appearance, is haloed with a braided hull. The curved arms are extended from hands to shells resting on the rounded hips of the legs firmly anchored. Glossy, dark patina.
The Attié are a lagoon population, located in the east of Côte d'Ivoire, and belongs to the large Akan group. The latter also includes the Ebrié and Abouré. The artistic achievements of these different ethnic groups thus possess a similar aesthetic. The Attié, of Akye-Fo, "the holders of the blade", are divided according to the north and the south. This ethnic group lives mainly from palm oil production and the harvest of yam, banana and maize. Artifacts made by the Attié ethnic group were used in ceremonies and ...


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Idoma Okua crest mask
Tribal art > African mask > Idoma mask

This rare example of the African Okua mask associated with funerary rites has thin walls for contours. Under the incision of the eyes, the cheekbones are hollowed out. The fine lines, highlighted with black and red pigments, are enhanced by the visibly old kaolin patina. The numerous perforations of the contours show irregular formats. Erosion of the contours. The Idoma settled at the confluence of the Benue and Niger rivers. Numbering 500,000, they were farmers and traders. The neighborhood and therefore the influences of the Igbo, the ethnic groups of the Cross River and Igala have generated stylistic borrowings and great tribal similarities. The royal lineage members of their oglinye society, glorifying courage, use masks and crests during funerals and festivities. They also ...


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Masque Eket Ibibio
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Tribal art > African mask > Masque Eket

The Eket carve circular masks for agricultural festivals and funeral ceremonies of the society Ekpo . In the center, the small face would be associated with the "Grandmother", creative spirit linked to the full moon. The triangular decorative motifs symbolize the necklaces of animal teeth worn by members of the Idiong diviner society during certain ceremonies. A collar came to halo the mask, fixed to the perforations of the contours. Crusty matt patina. Height on base : 38 cm.
The secret societies are numerous among the Ibibio settled west of the Cross River. Without a centralized government, their social organization is comparable to that of the neighboring Igbo. The cult of ancestors is under the authority of the highest ranking members of the Ekpo. The latter use masks ...


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Dogon Scale
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Tribal art > Ladder > Dogon Scale

This ladder allowed access to the Dogon millet granaries, earthen architecture distinguished by a conical straw roof. These granaries are equipped with a high opening closed by a shutter and allow the storage of seeds protected from rodents and insects. Very nice patina, surface abraded and polished by use. Cracks of desiccation and erosions.
M. Brunel, a chemist by training, travelled the world before becoming fascinated by Africa, which he discovered thanks to his eldest daughter. Zaire, Kenya, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Guinea,... Until his death, he will have accumulated nearly 600 pieces. His legatees have decided to put this collection on sale through our gallery.
The Dogon people are renowned in African art for the myths and beliefs related to their cosmogony. ...


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Statue pestle Deble Senoufo
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Tribal art > African Statues > Statue Senoufo

Slender proportions for this masculine sculpture of the Poro, whose hands placed in a fan on either side of the lower abdomen evoke equine hooves. The stretched neck, under the concave face with fine features, reinforces the majestic character of this being with certain zoomorphic features. Gracilic, the legs spread apart and barely bent disappear in a high base named "sedine" or "dol" according to the dialect. Dark brown satin patina.br> 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, headed 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 ...

Hemba Mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Hemba Mask

The Hemba are a subgroup of the Luba ethnic group living in southeastern Dr. Congo, east of the Lualaba River, best known for their statuary representing chiefs. The pieces called soko mutu , suku muntu , (from Swahili," man's brother", and KiHemba, ibombo ya soho : "face de singe") belonged to the cult of ancestors and existed in two forms: on the one hand large masks used in ritual dances, and on the other hand, small masks or statuettes used as gifts, were hung in the boxes as protective amulets. These masks have recently been renamed mwisi gwa so'o , which expresses a concept that it is a chimpanzee spirit that would be embodied in the mask. This type of mask seems to be a version with human features. The broad, grimacing mouth forms a horizontal gap in the lower part. The eyes are ...


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Songye KIfwebe Mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Songye Mask

Large scale for this songye mask with large tricolour stripes tinged with natural pigments. The ridge of the nose extends towards the head of a majestic sagittal crest. The mouth points in parallelepiped. Eroded contours, cracks, grainy matte patina.
High on a base: 85 cm.
This types of African art mask Kifwebe are listed: the masculine (kilume) usually with a high crest, the feminine (kikashi) would present a more modest crest or absent, 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 ...


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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 ...

Double jarre Mangbetu
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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Figure of reliquary Fang of Byeri
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Tribal art > African Statues > Statue Fang

Ex-french African art collection.
Anthropic figure guardian of the reliquary containing the bones of the deceased, on which it was recorded by the posterior stalk. This concave-faced statue has a stretched bust in which the umbilical stands out and atrophied limbs. Its long neck is surrounded by a metal torque, with apotropaic virtues. The umbilical lozenge and the geometric representation of sex are associated with parentage. The hollowed-out orbits give a psychic look to the figure. The black brown patina, smooth and oiled, blends locally.
A disturbing reputation for cannibals accompanied the Fang people, carefully studied by ethnologist Louis Perrois. Rituals and ceremonies related to the worship of Theby also included taking a hallucinogenic drug, alan , in order to ...

Ngil s Fang Mask
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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Figure masculine Chamba
Tribal art > African Statues > Statue Chamba

Better known for their buffalo masks, worn horizontally, forming here the head of this sculpture, the Chambas communicated with the spirit world through statues. However, their functions remain little known. This protective figure has arms bent forward, and fingers spread out like palms. The legs, spread out in the extension of the hands, impart a particular dynamic. Crusty brown patina with reddish reflections. Cracks of desiccation, missing on one foot.
Settled since the seventeenth century on the southern bank of the Benue River in Nigeria, coming from the mountainous regions of the Cameroonian borders, The Chamba resisted the attempts to conquer the Fulani, nomads who settled in large numbers in northern Nigeria. They are known for their famous buffalo mask with its ...


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Statuette Metoko
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Tribal art > African Statues > Statuette Metoko

The African art of the forest tribes.
Initiation figure of the Bukota society, probably a variant of the "kakungu" effigy, this rare reworked statuette without arms offers a leather-corse bust. Dark oiled patina, residual incrustations of white and ochre pigments on the face.
This cult male effigy comes from the Metoko and Lengola, located in the center of the Congolese basin between the Lomami and Lualaba rivers, peoples of the primary forest dedicated to the worship of a single God, monotheism rare in Africa. Their society , the Bukota , welcoming both men and women, is the equivalent of the association Bwami of the Lega. Their sculptures, subject to the influence of the neighboring Mbole, Lega and Binja, played a role during initiation, funeral or circumcision ...


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Songye Kifwebe Ndoshi mask and costume
Tribal art > African mask > Songye Mask

This large African Songye mask, the kikashi, embodies a positive force. The half-closed palpebral slits are stretched toward the temples, the nose and mouth protruding rectangularly. The naso-frontal crest blends harmoniously with the forehead. Large circular bands are engraved on the surface. Chipped matte patina. Equipped with its raffia suit ( 100 cm) embroidered with seeds, extended on the back with a bunch of feathers.

Three variants of this mask Kifwebe ( pl. Bifwebe) or "chasing death"(Roberts),from the society of the same name, are 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, still used today, seems to come from the ...

Baga Bansonyi Snake Mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Bansonyi Mask

This African mask features a naja snake with dilated pupils. Polychrome orange motifs adorn its surface. Desication cracks. Eroded base reinforced by a metal base. Old room.
As african serpentiform initiation group used mainly by Bulongic (Kifinda village), subgroup Baga on Guinean coastline, its size can be up to 2.50 m. These masks were divided into two groups bearing the names Mosolo kombo and Sangaran , each with precise functions. Their design took shape in an esoteric context, at night in the forest. Privileges of initiated men, embodying a spiritual entity, the Baga Sangaran masks attended only circumcision, every 24 years according to the ethnologist Denise Paulme. During some dances the mask was placed on the head, balanced by a bamboo structure and by the arms of the ...


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