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The Djembe, tam-tam, for musical instruments that they are are also tools of communication in the bush and the forest. From one ethnic group to another they are decorated with the mystical representations of the people who use them.


Bamileke Bangwa ritual rattle
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The rich production of African art among the people of the Cameroonian Grassland is illustrated mainly by traditional wood carvings: commemorative sculptures of kings, queens, princesses and titled servants, as well as the parents of twins.
Within the large Bamileke people in western Cameroon, the Bangwa constitute a small kingdom consisting of nine chiefdoms. The influence of the Bamileke on the Bangwa statuary is notable for relatively comparable facial features and morphology.
Typical of Bamileke country, Bangwa statues often represent fertility but also power and fighting spirit. This male figure is indeed camped on bent knees, arms spread from the bust. This dynamic position announces a ritual dance, a calabash in one hand. The figure is adorned with noble attributes, such ...

Mangbetu Olifant in ivory
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Mangbetu African tribal art, court art, was intended for the aristocracy of the society: this sculpted tusk, probably a hunting horn whose tip takes the form of a female figure, obeys the Mangbetu stylistic canon. Established in the forest in northeastern Zaire, between Bomokandi and the Uele River, the Mangbetu kingdom expressed itself 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. Mangbetu history was indeed based on the refinement of its court but also on cannibal customs. King Mangbetu "Munza" was nicknamed "the cannibal king". The ethnologist G.A. Schweinfurth in 1870 described the refinement, while testifying at the same time to ritual ...


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Nyamwezi zither guitar
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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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Baoule ritual drum
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Tribal art > Djembe TamTam > Baule drum

The object consists of a board supporting a drum whose interior is hollowed out, framed by two pairs of statuettes carved in the round. Decorative geometric motifs adorn the whole. In the Baule belief, there is an invisible universe parallel to ours where every individual is married from birth to a mystical spouse. These characters have their hands in front of their abdomen to underline the importance of the transmission of life. The use of the drum is reserved for the diviner who communicates by this means with the mystical spouse in order to solicit his help or his clemency.

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About sixty ethnic groups inhabit the Ivory Coast, including the Baule, in the center, Akans from Ghana, people of the savannah, practicing hunting and agriculture ...


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Sanza Kongo
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The diversity of African musical instruments

Tively prevalent in Central Africa, this musical instrument or sanza consists of a sounding board on which parallel metal blades have been attached. The soundboard formed by the support, with holes on the back, contains seeds that produce a sound when the object is manipulated. The slats, of varying lengths, are sometimes made of bamboo. The thumbs of both hands will lean on the board to vibrate the anterior ends of the tabs. In Zaire, however, where all fingers are used as for the piano, groups of instruments play on complementary registers. The instrument will also accompany, sometimes, a singer. Although sanzas are often decorated with traditional motifs, this copy is devoid of them.
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Ngbaka/Togbo prestige horn
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An ovoid head with large concave orbits surmounts this proboscis encrusted with metal strips. A chameleon motif, in relief, emerges on the wall. Among the aerophones, originally carved from antelope horns or the ivory of elephant trunks, this type of side-mouthed trunk was used to produce coded sounds for the purpose of communication within the group, in a context of hunting, rituals around hunting, or to play music supposed to please ancestral spirits during funeral ceremonies. The Ngala, Ngbaka, and neighboring groups produced various musical instruments with human-inspired motifs. Black patina, glossy, erosion and cracks.
Coming from the Banda group, the Togbo originally immigrated from the Lake Chad region to the territories of Ubangi. They rubbed shoulders with the ...


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Mangbetu Cowcow slotted drum
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A percussion musical instrument of the Mangbetu, this half-moon shaped monoxylean wooden idiophone has been fitted with a long slot that acts as a resonant opening. It has handles at each of the tapered ends and is also embellished with tapestry nails. Mahogany brown patina partially matted. Height on base : 30 cm. The Mangbetu kingdom produced architectural works that impressed European visitors in the 19th century. Their furniture, weapons, ornaments and statuary were imbued with a rare aesthetic quality. The slit drum is not only a musical instrument that animates the dance but also a vector of speech, since it is used to communicate messages: invitations to gatherings, various announcements, etc... In Central ...

Yaka Mukoku ngombu slot drum
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Ex-collection African tribal art American.
The Yaka like to surround themselves, in daily life, with charms decorated with cephalomorphic carved objects, such as this African musical instrument, Yaka slit drum, mukoku ngombu, for divination ceremonies and healing rites. The head, which would represent the diviner mediator wearing a high cap, has coffee bean eyes deeply surrounded. The neck is encircled by a cord made of plant fibers that attach it to the staff. Satin dark brown patina, locally abraded. Cracks of desiccation.
Among the Yaka, at the new moon, the diviner ngaanga ngoombu covers his face with kaolin before emitting an oracle. During its diurnal passage in the subsoil, the moon smears itself with this white clay. The night would convey the virtues of life. ...

Mangbetu Slot Drum
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Ast-href-like percussion music instrument https://www.wikiwand.com/Mangbetu_ (people) - Mangbetu, this half-moon-shaped wooden idiophone (3 kg) monoxyle was fitted with a long slit that acts as a resonance opening. With handles at each end, one side is also encrusted with upholstery studs forming stripes and decorative patterns. Black patina, satin.
The Mangebetu Kingdom produced architectural works that impressed European visitors in the 19th century. Their furniture, weapons, adornments and statuary were imbued with a rare aesthetic quality. The slot drum is not only a musical instrument animating dance but also a vector of speech, since it serves to communicate messages: invitations to gatherings, various announcements, etc. In Central Africa, the ritualist, the ...


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Sanza figurative Luba/Zela
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Widespread in Central Africa, this musical instrument or sanza consists of a resonance box on which metal blades have been arranged in parallel. The thumbs of both hands will lean on the soundboard to vibrate the front ends of the tongues. In Zaire, however, where all the fingers are used as for the piano, groups of instruments play on complementary registers. Satin golden brown patina, abrasions. Formerly subject to the Luba, then the Lundas, the Zela adopted many of their customs and traditions. Established between the Luvua River and Lake Kisalé, they are now organized in four chiefdoms under the supervision of leaders of Luba origin. They venerate a primordial couple frequently represented in the statuary, mythical ancestors, and dedicate offerings to the spirits of ...


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Suku Nko-nku Slot Drum
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Like the Yaka group, the lineage chief Suku surrounded himself with prestigious objects, while the soothsayer Mwana-Ngombo used a figurative gong, such as this slot drum whose cylindrical sounding board is surmounted by a handful composed of an antelope's head. The object was intended for healing and divinatory rituals, and ingredients were also mixed for medicinal use. Beautiful satiny golden brown patina. Cracks and xylophageal prints.
The ethnic groups Suku and Yaka , very close geographically in the south-west of the Democratic Republic of Congo, have the same social and political structure as well as similar cultural practices. Their sculpted works can only be differentiated by their stylistic variations. Hierarchical and authoritarian, composed of fearsome warriors, Yaka ...


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Tambour africain Zande U+0022SendeU+0022
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African musical instruments. Among the Zande in the Uele region (northeastern Congo), as in the whole of the African continent, these large drums accompany with their rhythm various ceremonies. The skin is stretched on the sound box thanks to ingeniously crotched leather straps, forming a beautiful decorative effect on the sides of the instrument. The Sende opposite is a smaller version of the Gaza which can exceed 1 m in height. It also has a basket belt.
Zande drums
Ref.: Royal Museum of Central Africa, Musical Instruments J. Gansemans.

Mangbetu Cowcow Slot Drum
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Percussion musical instrument of the 'a target'_blank' 'rel'nofollow' href'https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Mangbetu_ (people)'' Mangbetu, , this wooden idiophone (3 kg)monooxyle in the shape of a half-moon has been fitted with a long slit that acts as a resonance opening. With handles at each end, it is lined with upholstery nails forming stripes and decorative patterns. Smooth, satin patina with warm reflections. Height on a base: 36 cm.
The slot drum is not only a musical instrument animating dance but also a vector of speech, since it serves to communicate messages: invitations to gatherings, various announcements, etc. In Central Africa, the ritualist, the only one authorized to use the instrument, also seeks to attract the attention of the spirits through the sound produced by ...


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Yangere Slot Drum
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This zoomorphic monoxyle wood idiophone was equipped with a long rectangular slit that acts as a resonant opening. Featuring a handle featuring the elegant stylized head of a bovid, it is also streaked with decorative parallel grooves. A flank is eroded. Smooth, satiny, warm-reflected patina.
The Yangere are based in the north of the Central African Republic and in Chad, some groups live in Sudan and the Cameroonian hinterland. The slot drum is not only a musical instrument animating dance but also a vector of speech, since it serves to communicate messages: invitations to gatherings, various announcements, etc. In Central Africa, the ritualist, the only one authorized to use the instrument, also seeks to attract the attention of the spirits through the sound produced by the ...


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Large drum Baga caryatidic Timba
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French African art collection.
Three male figures with Nimba's heads support this spectacular, conical baga drum, adorned with a well-preserved polychromy. The skin of the drum, stretched and held by ropes and large studs, has many traces of use. Called timba by the Baga, matimbo by the Pokur and The Nalu, this musical instrument was played by men with chopsticks during ceremonial rituals.
Mêlés aux Nalu and Landuman , the Baga live along the coasts of Guinea-Bissau in areas of swamps flooded six months a year. These Baga groups based on the coast and living from rice farming are made up of seven subgroups, including the Baga Kalum, Bulongic, Baga sitem, Baga Mandori, etc. They believe in a creative god called Nagu, Naku, which they do not represent, and which is accompanied ...


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Anthropomorphic Baoule music stick
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Ex Belgian African art collection.
Anthropomorphic music stick made in a light wood giving a honey patina.
The top of the stick probably represents the royal couple. Each of the characters has their hands affixed to their stomachs. The top of the headdresses meets at the top to become one. It ends at the back forming a half circle.
The handle is decorated with horizontal and vertical motifs. It is fitted with a perforation at the bottom to allow a cord to pass through it. The Baoulé live in the south-east of Côte d'Ivoire. They are part of the Akan group. One can notice that their craft is not scary. The living conditions of the Baoulé are certainly among the best in the whole country and this can be read on their serene masks and sophisticated statuary.





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