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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.

Figure of reliquary keeper of the Byeri Fang
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Tribal art > African Statues > Statue Fang

Reliquary guardians in African art from Gabon. This female figure embodies the spirit of an ancestor. This tribal sculpture, kept by the esa, the oldest man in the family, was intended for a reliquary in which the bones of ancestors were kept. Very present, the tubular element indicating the umbilicus symbolizes the filial bond. Lumpy matt patina. Powdery ochre residue, abrasions. Underlying light wood.
This type of object was placed in a dark corner of the hut. The relics of the most notable ancestors were kept in cylindrical bark boxes near the bed of the head of the lineage, the initiate of the family cult of the Byeri . Topped with a human effigy that affirmed their identity, they contributed to the protection of their descendants through regular sacrifices . Their ...

Grand masque Grebo/Kru
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Tribal art > African mask > Kru Mask

Tribal art of the Ivory Coast and its fantastic masks
. Featuring six pairs of tubular eyes, in reference to the oft-quoted West African phrase "four eyes", qualifying a person with divination powers, this Kru plank mask, coated with kaolin and indigo, features a quadrangular mouth incised with teeth. The top offers horns that meet. Abrasions.
The Kru are divided into twenty-four subgroups of which the Grebo, settled in southern Liberia and southwestern Côte d'Ivoire, are a part. Their chief is the bodio , who lives reclusively. Unlike most of the populations of West Africa, they are not subject to the Poro society. Their masks with tubular outgrowths are said to be of Ubi origin, and may symbolize the mythical creatures that inhabit the forests on the banks of the ...


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Large kifwebe mask kikashi Songye
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Tribal art > African mask > Kifwebe Mask

Ex-American tribal art collection.
This great African mask Songye, the kikashi, embodies a positive force. The palpebral, half-closed slits are stretched towards the temples, nose and mouth in rectangular protruding. The flat naso-frontal crest indicates that it is a female mask. Parallel lines are dug on the pigmented surface of white. Abrasions and cracks are worth noting. Imposing raffia beard attached to the contours of the object. Three variants of this mask Kifwebe (pl. Bifwebe) or 'chasing death' (Roberts), from the society of the same name, stand out: the masculine (kilume) usually with a high crest, the feminine (kikashi) with a very low crest or absent, and finally the greatest embodying power (kia ndoshi). This type of mask, still used today, appears to come from the ...

Large mask Tshibangabanga Binji
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Tribal art > African mask > Binji Mask

The Binji are a small people from the Bushoong branch, established to the east of the ancient Kuba kingdom. This type of mask forms a stylized extrapolation to the extreme of the Bwoom mask. There are many differences in regional stylistic interpretations of the Bwoom mask, but the most marked features of the mask are invariably its bulging forehead and wide nose. The swollen cheeks suggest that he embodies an extroverted or violent character. This mask appears mainly during initiation ceremonies and funerals. Semi-mate dark brown patina, erosions and slight desication cracks.

More than twenty types of masks are used in the Kuba, with meanings and functions that vary from group to group. Three types of masks have been associated with dances that take place in the royal ...

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Ejagham Ekoi Mask
Tribal art > African mask > Ejagham Mask

This mask has an extravagant volute hairstyle that represents the hair extensions of young girls at the end of their period of initiation reclusion. The wood is covered with animal skin, most often antelope. The mouth reveals metal teeth.
Height on base: 47 cm. The dancer's costume was made up of a large lattice of raffia cords and, more recently, of cotton fabric. The masks were coated with palm oil before use, and placed in daylight so that the leather would soften and take on a satisfactory sheen. Leopard societies, such as the male Kpe, Ngbe society among the Aro, used crests for initiation ceremonies or funerals of association members, but also during agricultural rituals. The headdress would represent that of young women after their traditional seclusions during ...


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Gunye ge mask
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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Head Hemba Singiti
Tribal art > African Statues > Head Hemba

Carved by the bwana mutombo this head, a fragment of a singiti statue, offers delicately carved features highlighted by chevrons depicting a fine beard collar. Usually made of iroko, these objects were revered by a particular clan and stored in burial quarters in the chief's house. Abraded light brown patina. Erosions. br> Height on base: 38 cm.
The Hemba have long been subject to the neighboring Luba Empire, which has had a definite influence on their culture, religion and art. Ancestor worship is central to Hemba society. Genealogy guarantees privileges and the distribution of land. All aspects of the community are permeated by the authority of the ancestors. For example, the ancestors are considered to have influence over justice, medicine, law and sacrifice. Skilled in ...


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Fang of the Byeri Reliquary Head
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Tribal art > African Statues > Head Fang

African art and funerary rites
A head with inlaid pupils, offering a heart-shaped face under a wide forehead, a rectangular mouth projecting forward, and a helmet-like headdress are some of the characteristics of the Ntumu style. This type of sculpture fulfilled the same function as the byeri statuettes. Dark oiled patina, eroded wood.
Among the Fang of Cameroon and Gabon, each family has a "Byeri", or reliquary box, in which the bones of the ancestors are kept. These boxes were kept by the oldest man in the village, the "esa". The reliquary boxes were surmounted by a statue or a head that acted as the guardian of the "byeri" boxes. These were kept in a dark corner of the box, and were meant to divert evil influences to someone else. They were also used during the ...

Statue Nebeli Mangbetu
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Tribal art > African Statues > Statue Mangbetu

The motfs inscribed on the face and body of this female figure depict the traditional paintings of the ethnic group, inspired by the tattoos of the nearby Asua pygmies, which varied according to the circumstances. Among the Mangbetu from an early age, upper-class children suffered a compression of the cranial box, held tight by raffia ties. Later, the hair was 'knitted' on wicker strands and a headband would enser the forehead to bring out the hair and form this majestic headdress accentuating the elongation of the skull. The ancient names beli anthropomorphic figures embodying ancestors, stored out of sight, and comparable to those belonging to their secret society nebeli . Eroded wood. Fingerprints of treated xylophages.
The Mangebetu Kingdom in northern Congo produced ...


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Fang Ntumu s ancestor figure of the Byeri
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Tribal art > African Statues > Statue Fang

Covered with braids gathered in three top shells, the horizontal lips forming a wide pout, this reliquary figure displays the characteristics of the Ntumu style from the regions between Gabon, Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea. Matt oily patina, eroded areas. Lacks in the feet.
Among the Fang of Cameroon and Gabon, each family has a "Byeri", or reliquary box, in which the bones of the ancestors are kept. These boxes were kept 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 box, and were meant to divert evil influences to someone else. They were also used during the initiation ceremonies of young people linked to the "So" society. During ...

Ibibio mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Ibibio mask

Rare Ibibio mask, with a flat structure, on which appears a bone model treated with mastery. The mask is coated with an old polychrome patina, flaking in places. Cracks of desiccation. Height on base: 38 cm.
The Ibibios are a people of West Africa, mainly present in south-eastern Nigeria (Akwa Ibom State), but also in Ghana, Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea. 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. Ancestor worship is under the authority of the highest ranking members of the Ekpo. The latter use masks such as the idiok , linked to fallen spirits, and the mfon , representing saved souls. Statues and puppets are used by the ...


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Yoruba monumental cup with offerings
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Tribal art > African Jar > Yoruba Cup

Monumental sculpture of African art from the Yoruba region. Lidded vessels, adorned with a variety of subjects, are superimposed above figures of caryatids framing a central, seated figure. The human figures, evocations of fertility, ancestors, and orisa spirits, were carved in the round while bas-relief motifs adorn the walls of the central rectangular bowl. The various scenes refer to Yoruba mythology. Faded polychromy, matt patina, minimal cracks and abrasions. Centered on the veneration of its gods, or orisà, Yoruba religion relies on artistic sculptures with coded messages ( aroko ). These spirits are believed to intercede with the supreme god Olodumare . The cups are intended for votive offerings, gifts for visitors, or for divination. Sculptures of this type decorated ...

Statue Nkondi Solongo
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Tribal art > African Statues > Kongo Fetish

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Power betiches nkonde in African art.
This naturalistic figure has an oval face characteristic of the Solongo of Angola, the latter supplying the Kongo clans. The glassy gaze of the pinheaded wards is wide open, which "constitutes the prerogative of an elder. Indeed, only the middle-aged can stare at us with such insistence in order to alert us to problems or blunders." ("The Kongo Gesture")
Placed on the abdomen, in a quadrangular cavity sealed with glass, various ingredients constitute a magical charge.
Matt, grainy patina, clay residue.

In the Kongo kingdom, the nganga performed rituals by activating a spiritual force with a nkondi (pl. nkissi). The term nkisi was later used to refer to notions of "sacred" or "divine". The most influential ...


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Female figure OviMbundu Nyaneka
Tribal art > African Statues > Statue OviMbundu

Adorned with tin bracelets, earrings and anklets, multiple necklaces of tubular beads, this slender figure of a young OviMbundu woman rises, imbued with dignity. Devoid of scarification marks, the body is represented naked. This type of sculpture could have been associated with female initiation rituals, fertility, or divinatory rites, the hairstyle evoking that , fashioned with oil and red ochre, of young girls nyaneka following the efuko ritual. Orange-brown oiled patina, desiccation cracks. . It is on the Benguela plateau in Angola that the Ovimbudu , Ovimbundu , composed of farmers and herders, have been established for several centuries. Forming the largest ethnic group in Angola, they belong to the Bantu speakers, such as the Nyaneka , Handa , Nkhumbi , and other groups of ...


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Bamileke Bangwa Kunga Mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Bamileke Mask

The most African bamileke masks are face masks, unlike bamoun masks intended to be placed on the head. They are the members of the " companies Mandjong" and " Lali" who use them during their dances. Several types of masks are listed: zoomorphic masks, usually buffalo, cephalomorphic but with horns, janiform masks, masks with a tiara-like crown, and masks evoking a blower with large bulging cheeks. Some are dressed in natural hair braids, such as our copy, which displays a thick hair composed of black hair and human hair to which various greys are added: toucan skull and ossicles, all fixed on a thick canvas nailed to the contours of the mask. Black-brown satin patina on which ochre pigments remain. Desication cracks. Missing on an eyelid. Located in the border region of Nigeria, the ...


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Fetish Boccio, Botchio, Fon
Tribal art > African fetish > Statuette Vodou

This feminine figure collected at Porot Novo is devoid of ritual accessories. She springs from a fragment of wood on narrow legs. In the same axis, the bust is framed by half-bent arms that seem to be tightened on the abdomen in a protective gesture. Positioned high up, the small chest is pointed. An enigmatic face surmounts the whole. Weathered wood, granular furrowed surface of soft and satiny texture. Blackish prints resulting from libations.
The botchio (from bo : "evil spell" in Fon, and tchio , "corpse") erected at the top of a pole was erected at the entrance of the village or a house in order to keep away from it any threat, physical or spiritual. Some of them took minimalist forms, barely sketched around a central trunk. The multitude of gods fon (the vodun), ...


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Female figure Zande
Tribal art > African Statues > Statue Zande

The Zande mainly carved two types of statues, the Kudu, between 30 and 50 cm high represent ancestors, and the Yanda statues of 10 to 20 cm, animal or human form, having an apotropaic role, exhibited during divinatory rites during the rituals of the Mani society. This female figure, with arched, muscular arms, offers a tubular, reduced torso and stocky, spread-out lower limbs. The face is characteristic of statues of ancestors not belonging to the categories mentioned above, and appearing in pairs. Brown patina, localized granular aggregates. Desiccation cracks. Formerly known as "Niam-Niam" because they were considered to be anthropophagous, the tribes grouped under the name of Zande, Azandé, settled from Chad on the border of the DRC (Zaire), Sudan and the Central African ...


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Masque Kumu, Komo
Tribal art > African mask > Masque Kumu

African kumu mask whose pastillage bears the imprint of the pygmy influence. A ridge divides the forehead and extends over the nose, while the widely hollowed-out eyes are surrounded by kaolin. The protruding lower lip reveals a sharp set of teeth. According to M.L. Félix, the African masks produced by the clans living in the north of the Ituri region mostly adopt stylized features sculpted on a shallow base, and their decoration evokes the animal world, accompanied by color pigments similar to those that adorn the bodies during initiation rites. Similar masks, decorated with dotted lines, were however worn in Ubangi by the Ndunga and Zande of the northeast, where initiates and elders wore this type of body paint on certain occasions. Light pigments applied with a finger on a ...


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Head Ngbandi Ngbirondo
Tribal art > African Statues > Head Ngbandi

Ex-collection African tribal art American.
.This fine-featured head is thought to have come from a carved Ngbirondo figure embodying a family ancestor. Funerary statues were also used by the Ngbandi, and sculptures of a couple yangba and his sister, equivalent to the Seto and Nabo ancestors of the Ngbaka.
The pointed chin and scarification on the bridge of the nose are characteristic of the ethnic group. Dense black patina, numerous erosions. Height on base: 41 cm.
The Ngbaka form a homogeneous people from the northwest of the D.R.C., south of the Ubangui. The Ngbandi live in the east ( on the left bank of the Ubangi) and the Ngombe in the south. The initiation of youth, "gaza" or "ganza" (which gives strength) among the Ngbaka and Ngbandi, has many similarities, ...


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Punu Okuyi Mask
Tribal art > African mask > Punu Mask

Ex Belgian tribal art collection.

Among the great variety of African Punu masks, this one is topped by a high shell framed by braids ending in curved crescents. The face offers a carefully modeled and pointed chin. The traditional scarification is raised with red ochre. These white masks from Gabon, named bitengi (sing.: itengi), were particularly used at funerals and during the initiation of young boys. Abraded matt patina.
The masks of the Punu were associated with the various secret societies of Gabon, including the Bwiti, Bwete, and the Mwiri ("to lead"), the latter being spread over several levels of initiation, to which all Punu men belonged, and whose emblem was the caiman. The Punu did not use any mask in the rituals of the Bwiti, unlike the Tsogo. These powerful ...


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Dan Maou Mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Masque Dan

Thematic of the Bird in African Art A curved, curved beak evoking the calao extends the lower part of this African mask Dan Maou . Equipped with a beard of blond hairs, this face that borrows the round eyes of the running mask Gunye ge , hesitating between two natures, turns into a zoomorphic piece. This type of composition is recurrent in African tribal statuary. The Dan populations known as Yacouba of Côte d'Ivoire and the Maou de Touba (Maouka), after borrowing them from the people mandé neighbor, use them in secret male ceremonies including the Koma Maou and the Poro des Dan society. Ritual, vegetal libations formed a grainy coating on the middle part of the face, while a resinous headband holds the cotton cloth on the upper contours of the mask. The mottled patina is shades of black ...


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