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Igbo statue
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Tribal art > African Statues > Igbo statue

Type of sculpture called "ugonachonma" depicting nubile young girls, intended to be staged in village squares during dry season entertainment ceremonies. These figures are specific to the village age groups of the north central Igbo region, around Onitsha and Awka. The woman has specific criteria of Igbo beauty, including uli tattoos. Locally flaking crusty patina, desiccation cracks.
br>The Igbo revere a considerable number of deities known as alusi, or agbara, considered to be the descendants of Chuku, or Chukwu, and as such constitute intermediaries to whom sacrifices such as kola nuts, money, kaolin, are granted in order to enjoy their favors. These sculptures produced in several regions range from about forty centimeters to human size, and are adorned with more or less ...


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Fang mask
Tribal art > African mask > Fang mask

Collection of French African art.
Intended to unmask sorcerers, this type of African mask was carved on the eve of ceremonies. The austere physiognomy was meant to counter occult powers. Accompanied by words, gestures, dances and sacrifices, it also intervened during initiations out of sight of the profane. Matte grainy patina. Minimal abrasions, small chips.
The appearance of these masks generally coated with kaolin (the white color evokes the power of the ancestors), in the middle of the night, could cause terror. This type of mask was used by the ngil male society which no longer exists today. This secret society was in charge of initiations and fought against witchcraft. The ngil was a rite of purifying fire symbolized by the gorilla. Guarantor of peace, he also fixed ...


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890.00

Luluwa statue
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Tribal art > African Statues > Luluwa statue

Ex-Belgian African art collection.
Many sculptures associated with the prestige of the chiefs were made by the Lulua, such as this unusual statue. His rectangular torso could have been hollowed out in order to constitute a reliquary chest. The motifs carved in relief refer to the integumentary signs of dignitaries, which constituted marks of beauty with symbolic value, revealing extraordinary physical and moral qualities.
Brown satin patina, residues of ocher pigments, abrasions and slight lacks.
Lulua is a generic term, which refers to a large number of heterogeneous peoples who inhabit the region near the Lulua River, between the Kasaï and Sankuru rivers. The Lulua people migrated from West Africa during the 18th century and settled in the southern part of the ...


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Pipe Mumuye
Tribal art > African tribal pipes in wood or bronze > Pipe Mumuye

This prestigious object consists of a copper bowl decorated with decorative motifs, extended by a section in wood carved with a traditional figurative subject, then by a tapered end piece draped in leather. Cat's whiskers, identity scarifications found among the neighboring Chamba, are inscribed on the statuette. Height on base: 54 cm.
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 cult vabong , among which the chiefs are elected, and those of water, ( tjozoza ), related to humidity and the color white. It is from among the latter that the priests of the rain are chosen, initiates of the vadosong cult. The Mumuye are ...


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390.00

Nimba statue
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Tribal art > African Statues > Nimba statue

This statue embodying a spirit of the village was used by the old baga to request the favor and protection of the ancestors. A box in the center of the village housed these statues which were the subject of offerings. Some of them were used for divination. Sheet metal plating remains rare. The head reproduces the morphology of the Baga Nimba mask, whose hooked nose refers to the beak of the hornbill, and incised hair divided by a crest. This national symbol can reach up to 50 kg in its largest versions. With his real name Demba / D'mba (or Nimba in the Baga language), he evokes the nurturing woman, but also the fertility of the hornbill . Supposed to increase harvests, encourage pregnancies, the mask is exhibited at various ceremonies, parties and funerals.
Mixed with the ...


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Animal bronze
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Tribal art > African bronze > Animal bronze

Object from northeastern Nigeria near Lake Chad, around Maiduguri, in the relatively inaccessible Borno state because it is controlled by armed Islamist groups. The dominant language is Kanuri.
It is a rare piece, associated with protective spirits, which was buried in the ground in order to preserve crops from animals or thieves. The Damosaka families, a very little known minority ethnic group in the region, had this type of ritual object. We have no information about them. The sculpture consists of a figurative and fairly detailed representation of a ram offering realistic proportions. Spongy-looking metal clusters remain on subject's back and between forelegs. A verdigris patina appears under an ocher brown film.


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Baga mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Baga mask

Mixed with the Nalu and the Landuman, the Baga live along the coasts of Guinea-Bissau in areas of swamps flooded six months a year. They believe in a creator god called Nagu, Naku, whom they do not represent, and who is accompanied by a male spirit whose name is Somtup, represented by a large cage covered with raffia whose top is a bird's head. Another spirit adopts a serpent form, the bansonyi, leader of the initiates of the to-lom classes. Each family has, among a variety of consecrated objects, an altar in the form of a composite figure of bird and human, a-tshöl or elek, which rises from a circular base. Frequent sacrifices are said to reactivate the protective power of the elek. Other headdresses depict the bird, including the mask a-nok or the mask opposite which was placed on the ...


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Dogon couple figure
Tribal art > African Statues > Dogon couple figure

Belgian African tribal art collection.
This African sculpture depicting mythical protective beings would form the primordial couple, associated with the Nommos, at the origin of Dogon creation.
Their morphology is characteristic of the central part of the Bandiagara cliff, bombou-toro. The narrow faces topped with crests surmount the rectangular block of the shoulders.
The slender arms frame a long bust, while slender legs extend from slender feet resting on the discoid base.

Dark matte patina, eroded surface and desication cracks.


Sculpted for the most part on order placed by a family, the Dogon statues can also be the object of worship on the part of the whole community when they commemorate, for example, the foundation of the village. ...


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780.00

Fetish Bembe
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Tribal art > African Statues > Fetish Bembe

Balanced volumes and harmonious proportions for this statuette embodying the spirit of a female ancestor. The keloid tattoos bear witness to the successive stages of the initiation to which the individual was subjected. Sometimes set with ivory or earthenware, the almond eyes are encrusted with bone. Beautiful glossy chocolate patina. Established on the plateaus of the People's Republic of Congo ex. Brazzaville, and not to be confused with the Bembé group of northern Lake Tanganinyika, the small Babembé group, Béembé, was influenced by the Téke rites and culture, but especially by that of the Kongo.Installed in the present-day Republic of Congo, the Beembe originally formed the kingdom of Kongo, along with the Vili, Yombé, Bwendé and B. They were under the tutelage of the king ntotela ...


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Monkey Fetish
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Tribal art > African Statues > Monkey Fetish

This cynocephalic monkey with a cup with its combined hands is dressed in a linen loincloth. With his eyes raised to the sky, he is frozen in an attitude of supplication. There are several representations of the same type, with different names depending on the use that is made of them. They were mistakenly named Gbékré (mouse) because of Delafosse's misunderstanding of two cults" (Boyer, "Baulé" 5Continents). Often linked to the cult Mbra of divination and possession, they belong to the group of "êtres-force" or amwin , intermediaries between God and men and given to the Baoulé by their Creator, as well as the sacred masks whose wide gaping jaw they share. It would also be a minor deity named barked . For propitiatory purposes, these sculptures were to constitute the interior of the ...


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Bamoun Defenses
Tribal art > African Chair > Bamoun Defenses

These wooden horns, once ivory elephant tusks, framed the throne on which the king sat during his weekly meetings with the people. Beaded, open sections, or sculpted with relief decorative motifs follow one another on the ensemble. Figures of buffalo heads, lizards or caimans, and royal effigies and dignitaries refer to the hierarchy of bamoun and bamileke society and to the prestige and wealth of the region. Zoomorphic figures are associated with the divination, power and qualities expected of the sovereign.
Lustrous mingable, fine desication cracks.
Situated in the border region of Nigeria, the northwestern province of Cameroon , the Grassland is made up of several ethnic groups: Tikar, Anyang, Widekum, Chamba, Bamoun and Bamileke. Several centralized chiefdoms, or ...


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2995.00

Mossi figure
Tribal art > African Statues > Mossi figure

This crestless figure, an attribute of Mossi women, is established on long curved legs. The narrowness of the shoulders, extended by the arms spaced from the trunk, contrasts with the hips, which gradually flare out from the arched bust. Traditional linear scarifications stand out on the head. These carvings have become rarer due to their owners' conversions to Islam. The patina usually comes from renewed applications of shea butter. The Mossi chiefs have prestigious statues gathered in the house of ancestral spirits, and those of the soothsayers, representing ancestors, have a sacrificial patina. Beautiful patina of use, desication cracks. Ocher residual pigments.
Upper Volta, Burkina Faso since independence, is made up of the descendants of the invaders, horsemen who came from ...


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750.00

Ikwara Mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Ikwara Mask

The African art Punu and its African masks of ancestors.
This African mask for ikwara was used, according to Alisa LaGamma, during difficult palavers. A vigilante mask dancing on small stilts, he is wearing a headband tinged with dark red with a top hat with short side duvets. Linear scarifications are inscribed on the face covered with a locally abraded black patinaAbrasions, erosions. Black and burgundy patina.
The white masks of Gabon, itengi, (pl. bitengi) were associated with the various secret societies in Gabon, including the Bwiti, Bwete , and the Mwiri ("diriger"), the latter spanning several levels of initiation, to which all Punu men belonged, and whose emblem was the Caiman. The Punu did not involve any masks in the rituals of the Bwiti, unlike Tsogo . These ...


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Songye mask
Tribal art > African mask > Songye mask

African polychrome mask offering a certain "cubist" structure. The center is carved with large eyelids placed obliquely, extended by a geometric nose and mouth. The lower part of the face continues in a very slightly concave flat tint. Deep colored grooves emphasize the volume of the skull and the flatness of the cheeks.
The term Kifwebe designates the mask, the society of masks, and the wearer of the mask belonging to the male secret society bwadi bwa kifwebe which ensured the social control. Matte polychrome patina, erosions. Cracks.
In the 16th century, the Songyes migrated from the Shaba region to settle on the left bank of the Lualaba, in Katanga and Kasai. Very present in their society, divination made it possible to discover sorcerers and to shed light on the causes ...


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Dogon figure
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Statuette representing a kneeling hermaphrodite figure, hands resting on his thighs. This type of sculpture associated with an individual cult adorned the Dogon family altar. Thick and dense grainy patina in greyish browns.
Carved for the most part on commission by a family, Dogon statues can also be the object of worship by the entire community. Their functions remain little known, however. In parallel with Islam, Dogon religious rites are organized around four main cults: the Lebe, relating to fertility, under the spiritual authority of the Hogon, the Wagem, the cult of the ancestors under the authority of the patriarch, the Binou invoking the world of the spirits and directed by the priest of the Binou, and the society of the masks concerning funerals.


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Mambila statue
Tribal art > African Statues > Mambila statue

Executed according to traditional criteria, these statues supposed to embody the ancestors frequently wear small wooden tenons as a bristling hairstyle, such as this massive figure established in a kneeling posture, projecting its bust forward. The flat face bears expressive features, including a hallucinated gaze evoking trance.
Erosions and abrasions, velvety matte patina. .
Crusty ocher matte patina, locally chipped. Cracks.


Despite their small number, the thirty thousand Mambila(or Mambilla, Mambere, Nor, Torbi, Lagubi, Tagbo, Tongbo, Bang, Ble, Juli, Bea)(the "< i>men" , in Fulani), settled in the northwest of Cameroon, created a large number of masks and statues easily identifiable by their heart-shaped faces. Although the Mambila believe in a creator god named ...


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Songye figure
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Tribal art > African fetish > Songye figure

African sculpture magical nkishi (pl. mankishi ) of the Songye whose face has appropriated the features of African masks kifwebe. 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... would reinforce the "power" of the fetish. Golden brown patina.

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, the reduced 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 ...


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Statue Bobo
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Tribal art > African Statues > Statue Bobo

This statue is dedicated to the rituals dedicated to Wuro, creator of the earth and animals. His son Dwo incarnated in the masks would have stayed to help the men. The character's crest-hairstyle is that of the Bobo of Mali. With his very singular face-tube muzzle, the character forms a supernatural being. The grid of the surface would refer to the suits made of leaves or fibers worn by masked dancers. The forearms are mobile, the elbows being wrapped in canvas. Red textile strips are knotted on the hips and head, dumb seeds adorn the helmet and have been inserted into the mouth. Cords are wrapped around the neck, sheep horns are trimmed. Remains of clay libations form ochre deposits on the matte wood. br /
Mandingo, most of which lives in eastern Burkina Faso, but also in southern ...


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Yoruba cup
Tribal art > African Maternity > Yoruba cup

Maternities in the Traditional African Art of Nigeria. Refined sculpture featuring a cup carrier. The mother, or priestess, her face streaked with scarifications, is kneeling and has a zoomorphic cup with a lid, which is intended for offerings or divination. 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 Yoruba religion is based on artistic sculptures with coded messages (aroko). These spirits are believed to intercede with the supreme god Olodumare.
Grainy polychrome patina. Deep desication cracks.
(source: "Yoruba", B.Lawal, ed. 5 Continents)


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Keaka statue
Tribal art > African Statues > Keaka statue

Sculpture of great sobriety and yet of great expressive force, it depicts a male being whose narrow bust gradually widens towards bowed legs. Thick forearms surround the umbilicus. The sketchy head is simply notched. This type of statue was used during funeral and initiation rites. Nuanced ritual patina, erosions.

The Kaka ethnic group, or Keaka, so named by the German settlers, is located in a border area between Nigeria and Cameroon. Their statuary shows a certain influence from other ethnic groups such as the Mumuye, whose statues also have short, bent legs surmounted by a slender body. Their very thick and crusty patina, their wide feet as well as the wide open mouth are however typical features allowing them to be distinguished from neighboring ethnic groups.


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