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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.

Protective figure Tumbwe callipyge
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Tribal art > African Statues > Tumbwe statue

Tribes in the southeastern region of the DRC around Lake Tanganyika, such as the Tumbwe and the Tabwa, worshiped the mipasi ancestors through sculptures held by chiefs or witch doctors. A magical charge ( dawa )was inserted at the top of the statues' heads. Our female figure does indeed have a charge inserted at the top of the head. The diviners-healers ngango used this type of statuette-fetish to reveal witchcraft and protect against malevolent spirits.
Satin golden brown patina, cracks and abrasions.

Simple cultivators without centralized power, the Tabwa federated around tribal chiefs after coming under the influence of the Luba. It was mainly during this period that their artistic current was expressed mainly through statues but also masks. The ...


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Pende Mbangu mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Pende mask

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African "disease" masks Pende Mbangu (deformed mouth) or Bwala-Bwala , illustrate, by their outraged features, the patient in epileptic seizure or the result of facial paralysis caused by witchcraft rituals. The dancer who wears this comedy mask is wearing a hat made of feathers gifuatu of guinea fowl, coucal or touraco, or the lumbandu, a crown of leaves. It is also often equipped with a hump on the back, then exaggerating the disabled appearance of the character.
This mask of the Pende people established in the Upper Kwango is distinguished by its bent nose and deformed mouth. It is divided into contrasting colors.
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. ...


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Statuettes Baule Blolo white
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Tribal art > African Statues > "Colon" Baule

This African sculpture of a young man adopts some of the canons of the statues baule, known as "colonists". It is, however, a blolo bian figure, associated with the spouse of the afterlife. Polychrome patina. Abrasions. br> Some sixty ethnic groups populate Côte d'Ivoire, 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, within 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 komien diviners, the latter being selected by the asye usu spirits ...

Lobi maternity figure
Tribal art > African Statues > Lobi maternity figure

Carved maternity embodying a thil, named thilbou khè bambi , supposed to protect mother and child.

Glossy brown-black patina.
The populations of the same cultural region, grouped under the name "lobi", form one fifth of the inhabitants of Burkina Faso. Although they are not very numerous in Ghana, they have also settled in the north of the Ivory Coast. In the late 18th century, the Lobi came from northern Ghana and settled among the indigenous Thuna and Puguli, the Dagara, Dian, Gan and Birifor. The Lobi believe in a creator God named Thangba Thu, to whom they turn through the worship of numerous intermediate spirits, the Thil, who are supposed to protect them, with the help of the diviner, against a host of plagues. The geniuses of the bush, red-haired beings ...


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Fang statue
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Tribal art > African Statues > Fang statue

French African tribal art collection.
This anthropomorphic sculpture depicting a young woman is distinguished by the quality of the modeling depicting shapely muscles and by its orange patina. Among the characteristics of the style of the Ntumu from the regions between Gabon, Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea, the pout inscribed in the prognathic jaw.
Glossy patina, abrasions.
Among the Fang of Cameroon and in Gabon, each family has a "Byeri", or reliquary box, in which the bones of ancestors are kept. These boxes were guarded by the oldest man in the village, the "esa." The reliquary boxes were surmounted by a statue or a head that acted as a guardian of the "byeri" boxes. These were kept in a dark corner of the hut, and were intended to divert evil influences to ...


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

Spectacular African mask used for protective purposes, it was 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. A mask with a long jaw, intended to communicate with the spirits of the forest, it was worn at an angle on the head. Matte polychromy locally flaked. Abrasions, cracks.
Mixed with the Nalu and Landuman, the Baga live along the coast of Guinea-Bissau in swampy regions that are flooded six months of the year. They believe in a creator god called Nagu , Naku , whom they do not represent, and who is accompanied by a male spirit, one of whose ...


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Nawantante Bwa Vertical Blade Mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Bwa mask

This African Bwa mask is topped with a plank and a male figure carved in round-bump. Decorative engravings adjoin with a hooked beak evoking the bird. According to Gabriel Massa and Chantal Dewé, the concentric circles symbolize the original sacred wells, the triangles the footprints of the antelopes, and the curved hooks the calao, an animal associated with divination. Dry and abraded matte patina.
The African art sculptures of the Bobo, Bwa, Kurumba and Mossi, living in Burkina Faso, frequently pick up and combine stylized elements borrowed from humans, animals or insects. It is the spirits of nature that are supposed to determine the well-being and prosperity of an individual, and adversity will be seen as the result of neglect of collective rites. It is therefore during ...


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Ogbom Eket Crest
Tribal art > African mask > Statue Eket

Private Belgian collection of African tribal art J. Putteneers.

This anthropomorphic dance crest features a face surmounting a stylized body composed of superimposed arcs anchored on a conical foot. Decorated with field diamonds whose once contrasting colours barely retain their polychrome pigmentation, it remains extraordinarily expressive thanks to a concave face in which the bulging eyelids are modestly lowered. This mask was used during the Ogbom ceremonies. Thick crusty matte patina. Desication cracks.
The Ekets are a subgroup of the Ibibio ethnic group known for its expressive masks. These Ogbom cimiers are among the most conceptual pieces of African art and relate to the most modernist expressions of the ancient statuary Eket.Il are open masks with a crusty ...


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Luba/Kanyok mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Luba mask

Ex-collection Belgian African art. Rare mask with a spherical face surrounded by a collar, decorated with striated flat areas of contrasting colors. The grooves of the face could reproduce the facial paintings accompanying the initiation ceremonies. According to Marc Léo Félix, this type of mask was used during the gatherings of the bambudye, a Luba fraternity associated with power. Grainy matte patina locally chipped.
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 Kongolo, who has since been venerated in the form of a ...


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Queen Bambara Guandoudou statue
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Tribal art > African Statues > Bamana statue

Always represented sitting on a stool, this Bambara statue, with its piercing gaze, has a high "shell-shaped" chest. The hands placed in front form large flat areas, framing a narrow columnar bust. Beautiful golden brown patina alternating satin and velvety areas. Abrasions. Cracks and missing parts.
These female statues , or Bambara queens , Guandoudou , Gwandusu associated with fertility and fecundity, were surrounded by statues representing their servants, presenting offering cups or supporting their chest. The blacksmiths of the Dyo society, Djo or Do , used them every seven years during the fertility ritual. Infertile women then had to sacrifice a bird, wash the figures with a peanut soap, segue, then anoint them with shea oil. They also adorned them with necklaces to ...


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Mossi helmet mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Mossi Mask

Incarnating a spirit, this mossi mask has a summit ridge between two curved horns extended by a bird's beak. The geometric patterns on which it is decorated are enhanced by a polychrome patina, attenuated and chipped by time. The black patina was originally obtained from charcoal and gum pods. The holder of the mask and his family worshipped the object through offerings such as millet beer, while invoking its protection.
The Mossi masks, personal or lineage, are an incarnation of guardian spirits offering their support. They perform at funerals, at the funerals of clan leaders, protect crops. True altars without their costume, they can receive libations such as millet beer in order to honor the ancestors. Their appearance is now common during entertainment shows. Upper Volta, ...


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Ewé ritual fetish
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Tribal art > African fetish > Fetish Ewe

African art and tribal cult vodun the ewe and fon
sking sculpture depicting a woman standing, arms without hands glued to the bust, is draped up to the bust of a colorful cotton wool. The waist and head are coated with indigo crusty pigments and kaolin residues, and clumped plant fibers. An opening at the top of the head introduced the magic charge. Splashed matte patina.
As african fetishes are part of rituals according to the intentions of their owner. The fetishists, following the divination ritual of fa using palm nuts, make them to order to offer protective and medicinal virtues but also offer versions ready to use more conventional.


The Ewe, often mistaken for the Minas, are Togo's largest ethnic group. They are also found as minorities in Ghana, Benin, ...


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Game of awale Mangbetu two-headed
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Tribal art > Usual african items > Awale Mangbetu

Ex-collection Belgian African tribal art.
Creus of 28 alveoli, this awale game is part of the mancalas family of games. The foot is altered. The figurative motifs, in the form of carved heads, obey the stylistic canonical mangbetu and zande. Clear patina, slightly abraded. Small cracks. Established in the forest in northeastern Zaire, between Bomokandi and the River Uele, the Mangbetu kingdom was expressed 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. The Mangbetu story was based on the refinement of his court but also on cannibalistic customs. King Mangbetu Munza was so dubbed The cannibal king. The ethnologist G.A. Schweinfurth in 1870 described ...


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Dan Gunyéya masker
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Tribal art > African mask > Dan masker

Collection African art from Belgium.
African mask Dan from the Ivory Coast "with round hollowed out eyes, known as a "gunyéya" or "gunye ge" used for racing events during the dry season. This specimen would also be a zapkei ge, responsible for preventing fires by watching over domestic fires, a tiny fragment of red textile indicating that the eyes were originally stretched with textile. Elegant metal base enhancing a finely carved antique piece.
Height on base: 35 cm. It is following dreams in which the spirits would manifest themselves that the masks were sculpted according to precise indications in order to be honored through their appearances. The Dan also carve, always according to the indications of the diviner, miniature masks on the model of the large ...


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Dogon altar statue
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Tribal art > African Statues > Dogon statue

A strong presence emanates from this Dogon sculpture. Represented seated, the female figure has her hands placed on a vertical protrusion of the seat. The semi-shaven head has a sagittal crest running to the nape of the neck and lateral braids. Irregular grainy patina, with pink ochre residue of laterite.

Sculpted mostly 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 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. In ...


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Dan Tankaglé mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Dan mask

This African dan mask is equipped with a headdress embroidered with cowrie shells and extended by numerous fiber mats. The face is lined with textile, seed beads and raffia. The dancer wearing this mask is called takanglé. It is following dreams in which the spirits manifested themselves that the masks were sculpted according to precise indications in order to be honored through their appearances. The Dan also carve, still according to the indications of the diviner, miniature masks on the model of the large masks. They are worn as amulets by children. The Dan masks, of varied workmanship, are generally performed during very theatrical entertainment festivals where women play a predominant role. The "mocking" mask called Déanglé defines an ideal of beauty and benevolence ...


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Kwésé/Mbala mask
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Ex. collection African tribal art from Belgium.
African mask capped with a skullcap and featuring a face imbued with contemplation. The features are framed by circular ears with detached pavilions. The raffia ornament attached to the base, intended to conceal the wearer, remains preserved. Velvety matt patina, abrasions. 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 opposing the hunt, social peace, and the crops. The Kwésé are, ...


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Nyamwezi zither guitar
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Tribal art > Djembe TamTam > Nyamezi guitar

Traditional musical instruments in African art.
The hollowed out bust of this anthropomorphic figure is the sound box of a cordophone. The pupils of the figure are pierced, round beads were frequently inserted into them. Dark oily patina, mahogany highlights.
The Nyamwezi , Nyamezi ,("the people of the west" and sometimes "the people of the moon") form the largest group among the tribes living in north-central Tanzania. Coming from diverse origins, although sharing similar cultural specificities, their ritual and artistic production consequently presents very different formal aspects. The cult of ancestors and chiefs, of major importance within their culture, has imprinted their statuary. The Sukuma and the Nyamézi have produced statues represented in a static ...


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Makonde Lipoko mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Makonde mask

Embodying the spirit of an ancestor, this African mask cephalomorph of the Makonde adopts realistic features of great expressiveness. The ancestors would return masked to mark their satisfaction following initiation. Some of these masks have wax tattoos or scarifications incised into the wood. On some of these masks, such as this one, the implantation of human hair, as with the Tiv, contributed to reinforcing the realistic character.
Satin patina, locally abraded, small accidents. The Makonde of northern Mozambique and southern Tanzania wore helmet-masks 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 ...


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Makonde Maternity Figure
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Tribal art > African Statues > Makonde statue

It is for aesthetic purposes that the ears, as well as the lips, were deformed with the help of labrets among the Makonde tribal groups. This female effigy with a slender morphology shows an infant. Facial tattoos were drawn with beeswax, and scarified patterns were also printed for aesthetic purposes. This statue symbolizing an ancestor also refers to 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.
Orange-brown patina, residual ochre inlays.
The Makonde, a matrilineal Bantu population of northern Mozambique and southern Tanzania, wore helmet-masks called lipiko, mapiko , during initiation ceremonies for young men. The Makonde venerate an ancestor , which explains the ...


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Vili Lumbu mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Lumbu mask

Ex Belgian African tribal art collection.

Within the group named Shira ,the Lumbu Loumbu, Balumbu, of Bantu origin and originally from the Congo kingdom, settled on the coastal part of Gabon, and in the Republic of Congo, in the middle Ogooue. This rare mask with a face whitened with kaolin, devoid of scarification marks and therefore masculine, was performed during initiation ceremonies. The Punu and Lumbu also have white masks of the same type for neighboring groups, such as the Vili. Among the Lumbu, the boyo is a local equivalent of the mwiri: he was responsible for maintaining order and making the women obey. Appearing especially at night, through the voice of a mirliton, he demanded fish and palm wine from the women, sometimes mats or loincloths.
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