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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.

Luba statue
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Tribal art > African Maternity > Luba statue

Rare Luba statue of imposing size, standing on spread, semi-flexed legs. So-called "ear-shaped" scarifications, "tactile mnemonic code", cover the bust, enhancing the curves. This type of figure was also used in the context of fertility rituals: young women lacking breast milk came to touch the chest of the statue in the hope of breastfeeding more abundantly. These mothers then spoke audibly to the ancestor indicating that their grandchildren lacked milk. Dark satin patina.
The Luba (Baluba in Chiluba) 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”). The chiefdoms cover a small territory without any real border which includes at most three villages. The Luba of Kasai were subjected to ...


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Songye fetish
Tribal art > African fetish > Songye fetish

Magical nkishi (pl. mankishi) sculpture of the Songye whose face resembles the features of kifwebe masks. Depending on the case, she would also be in charge of the bishimba lodged in the horn or in the bead surrounding the bust. For the Songye, the addition of various accessories, metal, trinkets, etc... reinforced the "power" of the fetish. Glossy patina. Erosions and cracks.

These protective fetishes for homes are among the most popular in Africa. The Nkisi plays the role of mediator between gods and men. The large specimens are the collective property of an entire village, while the smaller figures belong to an individual or a family. 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 ...


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690.00

Yoruba sculpture
Tribal art > African Rider > Yoruba sculpture

Centered on the veneration of its gods, or orisà, the Yoruba religion relies on artistic sculptures with coded messages (aroko). This African altar sculpture, allowing communication with the afterlife according to the Yoruba, depicts one of the many female goddesses, the earth goddess Onilé ("owner of the House"), guarantor of longevity, peace, and resources, and linked to the powerful Ogboni society among theYoruba Egba and Ijebu. She could also symbolize Orunmila, goddess of divination. Hairstyle and integumentary ornaments also indicate the social rank of the character. Thick matte polychrome patina, locally cracked, cracks.

The kingdoms of Oyo and Ijebu arose following the disappearance of the Ifé civilization and are still the basis of the political structure of ...


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Kuba Box
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Tribal art > Usual african items > Kuba Box

The Kuba are renowned for the refinement of prestige objects created for members of the high ranks of their society. The Leus live in the west of the Kuba kingdom and share common cultural characteristics with the Bushoong of the Kuba country. Both groups adorn their prestige objects with similar motifs. The only ethnic group created a variety of lidded containers in which individual goods were stored, the Kuba adorned them with patterns similar to those of embroidered textiles. The top lid that forms here like a toque is engraved with a large decorative frieze. It rests on a flared pot, tightened in the center, under which an animal symbol forms a stylized pattern in relief. Very nice refined object, equipped with a clever system: a small internal hook allows to fit the lid on the edge ...


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Mumuye statue
Tribal art > African Statues > Mumuye statue

The fascinating design of the mumuye statues is illustrated here in a medium-sized version of beautiful symmetry. The ears distended by labrets envelop a slender face on which are traced summary features. Glossy dark patina. Desication cracks.
The statuary emanating from the northwestern region of the middle Benoué, from the Kona Jukun, to the Mumuye and up to the Wurkun populations is distinguished by a relative absence of ornamentation and a refined stylization. The 100,000 Adamawa language speakers form a group called Mumuye and are grouped into villages, dola, divided into two groups: those of fire (tjokwa) relating to blood and the color red, guardians of the Vabong cult, from among whom are elected the heads,and those of water, (tjozoza), related to humidity and the ...


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Low Masque
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Tribal art > African mask > Low Masque

This rare mask, named Gela , Geh-Naw , of Liberia's Bassa ethnic group, a talisman mask, has a crusty agglomerate on top, imprisoning magical-purpose elements, twigs, metal, textiles and other materials. The triangular chin, curved forward, is lined with metal slats, echoing the inlays that enhance the mouth. The lines and scarifications, dug in the wood, are coated with white clay.
The Liberia's Bassa group is based in the coastal region, particularly around Grand-Bassa. Its culture and artistic production have been influenced by the Dan and the neighbouring Kpellé, who are Mandé-speaking. The Bassa have women's and men's initiation societies, including the chu-den-zo that gave birth to this type of sculptural work. The mask geh-naw , or gela , was on the dancer's forehead, ...


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Dogon table
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Tribal art > African Chair > Dogon table

Traditional African furniture.
A figure of a ram supports the top of this sculpted monoxyl table, polished with use, offering a light brown golden patina.
Exceptional piece, acquired in situ.
Desiccation cracks.
The Dogon are a people renowned for their cosmogony, their esotericism, their myths and legends. Their population is estimated at around 300,000 souls living in the 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 at the top of the scree on the side of the hills, according to a unique architecture. The history of the migrations and settlements of the Dogon (ten main groups, fifteen different languages), bears on ...


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Hungaan Fetish
Tribal art > African fetish > Hungaan Fetish

Very expressive sculpture of a small, stocky character, represented with hands united under the chin, with characteristics also kwésé, according to the hatching of the face. Orifices have been pierced on either side of the head for possible suspension, sex for ritual purposes. Grainy velvety patina, partially abraded, desication cracks.
The Kwésé are established among other tribes such as the Mbala and the Hungaan, along the banks of the Kwango River in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Their sculpture is inspired by that of their neighbors and sometimes made by the Mbalas at the request of the Kwese.
The headdress shares great similarities with the mukote headdress which, among the Western Pende with whom the Mbala shared mukanda circumcision rituals, became a symbol of ...


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Calao statue
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Tribal art > African Statues > Calao statue

Sculpture associated with the primordial bird that is one of the five animals of the Senoufo cosmogony, the first stage of Senoufo creation, and more precisely the hornbill. Evoked for morphological and behavioral criteria, it decorates in an emblematic way, in its miniature version, many Senufo African art objects. Its long beak, "interpreted as the figuration of the male sexual organ" perpetuating the life of the community, comes back to rest on the animal's abdomen. Enhanced with chevrons and parallel lines, the matte patina is velvety. Desication cracks, losses on the base.
Linked to the Poro society which initiated young boys from the age of seven in a succession of three cycles lasting seven years, this sculpture of Setien was placed in the sacred enclosure , where , ...


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Ibibio Puppet
Tribal art > Puppets > Ibibio Puppet

Statue of the "colon" type, whose squat anatomy is embellished with long movable arms. The round head wears a headdress dividing into two lobes, the sides of the face are notched with orifices arranged at regular intervals. Mat patina of use, particularly velvety. Desication cracks, erosions.
The Ibibios, people of West Africa mainly present in the south-east of Nigeria (State of Akwa Ibom), are also present in Ghana, Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea. 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, related to fallen spirits, ...


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490.00

Yoruba head
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Tribal art > African bronze > Yoruba head

In African art, the artistic movement of which these sculptures are a part bears the name of the ancient religious capital of Nigeria, Ifè, one of the many city-states established by the Yoruba. This civilization succeeded the Nok civilization. This city-state of Ilé-Ifé, whose rise culminated from the 12th to the 15th century, had an artistic tradition of royal portraits imbued with realism, funeral effigies in bronze but also in terracotta. The parallel folds traced on the neck would evoke the folds of flesh of the prosperous notables, and the hollowed out parts which accompany it were to be used to fix the beaded veil of the king. The parallel lines of the face represent the traditional scarifications. The openings around the mouth presumably represented a beard created by the ...


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Igbo statue
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Tribal art > African Statues > Igbo statue

br>Intended to be placed in the obu (Sing.: obi), houses of the men of the Cross River, these statues figured in a classical posture formed the tops of pillars . The bodies bear body patterns named "uli". Regional body markings, tattoos and scarifications indicated the rank reached in the initiation society. The thick kaolin patina is partially abraded. The Igbo culture has its origins in the mythology of the Nri Kingdom of Nigeria, according to which the gods brought believers palm oil, cassava, and medicines made from yams.
The Igbo live in the forest in southeastern Nigeria. They managed to combine a deep sense of individuality with an equally strong sense of belonging to the group. Their political system is complex and little known. The village is the largest social unit, the ...


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Luluwa figure
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Tribal art > African Maternity > Luluwa figure

Multiple symbolic scarifications are inscribed on the body of the sculpted effigy with a protective vocation. This highly detailed statue, carrying two children, features a locally blackened orange patina. A summit excrescence depicting high braids rises from the headdress. Beautiful work featuring a balanced alternation of protruding reliefs.
The different types of Luluwa, Lulua, or even Béna Lulua statues, with multiple scarifications, glorify local chiefs, motherhood, fertility and the female figure. This sculptural art was subject to the influences of neighboring ethnic groups (Chokwe, Luba, Kuba, ...)
It is in the south of the Democratic Republic of Congo that the Lulua, or Béna Lulua, settled from West Africa. Their social structure, based on caste, is similar to that ...


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Chamba statue
Tribal art > African Statues > Chamba statue

The chamba statuary presents a certain geometry reminiscent of the design of the works of the Mumuye, including a very particular morphology. Here, a columnar bust around which the relief of disproportionate arms is cut out in a diamond shape towards stocky, crenellated limbs. The head marked with parallel scarifications, on which a hat seems to rest in balance, sinks into the shoulders. The abdominal niche conceals imprints of seeds of abrus and remains of feathers.
Velvet red ocher patina. Desication crack, losses.
Installed since the 17th century on the south bank of the Benue in Nigeria, the Chamba have resisted the attempts of conquest by the Fulani, nomads who have settled in large numbers in northern Nigeria. They are known for their famous buffalo mask with its two ...


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NUNA Mask
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Tribal art > African mask > NUNA Mask

Combined with the magical power of the calao, this tribal mask of the gurunsi decorated with geometric patterns combines a bifid beak with a reduced figure of the bird, sculpted in the center, and placed in the opposite direction. At the top, an outgrowth acting as a handle, forlife of an orifice.
Polychromy of white, burgundy and black clay.
These globular-eyed African masks, depicting spirits from the bush, came out during ritual dances and were worn by village members wearing full-length plant-fibre outfits. The ritual was to bring fertility and prosperity to the village, provided it was properly accomplished. These masks were also used during funeral ceremonies of notables, to celebrate passages of initiation grades or simply for entertainment. It was during a two-week ...


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Boli Fetish
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Tribal art > African Statues > Boli Fetish

Ex-collection Belgian tribal art.
Called boli (pl. boliw), buffle, in African art, this fetish of varying size plays a central role in the ritual life of the Mandingo region. There are pocket "Boliw", and others that belong to chiefdoms, initiation societies such as the male initiation associations Kono and Komo whose members progress through a process spanning several decades, and even to Etats.La main function of a boli is to accumulate and control the natural life force called nyama for the spiritual benefit of the community. Used as altars or performed during dance performances, they are creations designed from revelations miraculously tuned to the geniuses of the bush and transmitted to the soothsayers, using active amalgams from nature and, or organic: daliluw . Animal bones, ...


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Sangu reliquary
Tribal art > African Reliquary > Sangu reliquary

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Exceptional Sango reliquary sculpture offering a head resting on a long metal-encircled neck. The radically abstract body unfolds in a diamond shape, following the classic structure of reliquary figures.
Among the Shira-Punu group, The Massango, Mashango, Sango, Sangu, settled on the Chaillu massif in Gabon and in the province of Ngounié. The use of baskets and also bundles of reliquaries with the bones of the deceased, on which sculptures of this type were enthroned, was widespread throughout Gabon, among the Fang, the Kota, but also the Mitsogho and the Massango > , in which this cult takes the name of Bumba , Mbumba. The sculptures playing the role of "medium" between the living and the dead who watched over the descendants, were associated with the bwete rites among ...


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Yoruba figure
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Tribal art > African Statues > Yoruba figure

This African sculpture naturalistic, allowing according to the Yoruba communication with the afterlife, features as a maternal figure one of the many female goddesses, the earth goddess Onilé ("owner of the House"), guarantor of longevity, peace, and resources, and linked to the powerful Ogboni society among the Yoruba Egba and Ijebu. It could also symbolize Orunmila , goddess of divination.
Intended to be enthroned on an altar, she was worshipped by members of the powerful Ogboni, or Osugbo, society in charge of justice.
Satin polychrome patina, abrasions.
Centered on the veneration of its gods, or orisà, the Yoruba religion relies on artistic sculptures with coded messages (aroko). The kingdoms of Oyo and Ijebu arose following the demise of the Ife ...


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Nyamwezi mask
Tribal art > African mask > Nyamwezi mask

Carved in dense wood, the features of this mask compose a neutral yet powerful physiognomy accentuated by the contrast of colors. Heavy white-coated eyelids draw attention to protruding cheeks and a projecting mouth. Polychrome patina.
The Luo, Kuria, Haya and Ziba, the Kéréwé, Karagwé, Sukuma and Nyamézi are settled in the west central and central region of Tanzania. The Nyamwezi, Nyamézi,("western people" and sometimes "moon people ") form the largest group among the tribes living in north central Tanzania. Coming from diverse origins, although sharing the same 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, marked their statuary.


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Yoruba Mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Yoruba Mask

The Ekiti in the eastern part of the yoruba region use polychrome hem masks illustrating the prosperity of the community. Our copy is topped with a male figure based on sceptres carved with human motifs. These subjects are associated with the various gods of the Yoruba pantheon. The release of these masks, which have been painted by their owners, takes place every two years. Despite the weight of the masks, the dancers perform spectacular acrobatic demonstrations. These ceremonies are also expected to increase fertility. Crusty polychrome patina.
Soruba, more than 20 million, occupy southwestern Nigeria and the central and southeastern region of Benin under the name Nago. They are patrilineal, practice excision and circumcision. The kingdoms of Oyo and Ijebu were born following the ...


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Yoruba statue
Tribal art > African Statues > Yoruba statue

Sculpture depicting a priestess or a follower with a face marked with "kpélé" vertical scarifications.
Chipped orange patina. Crack, abrasions.
Yoruba society has several associations whose roles vary. While the male egbe society reinforces social norms, the aro unites the farmers. The gelede has more esoteric and religious aims. Notables come together in a society called esusu. Offering cups, some of which were used to store kola nuts or other gifts for visitors, were once placed in royal palaces in the Ekiti and Igbomina regions of Yoruba country. The kingdoms of Oyo and Ijebu arose following the disappearance of the Ifé civilization and are still the basis of the political structure of the Yoruba . The Oyo created two cults centered on the Egungun and Sango societies, ...


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