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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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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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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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Tribal art > African Statues > Dogon figure

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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490.00

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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780.00

Calao Senufo
Tribal art > African Statues > Calao Senufo

Large African animal sculpture that refers to the primordial bird that is one of the five animals of the Senufo cosmogony, the first stage of Senufo creation, the hornbill. It is evoked for morphological and behavioral criteria. The tapered beak is "interpreted as the representation of the male sexual organ" perpetuating the life of the community. The patina is polychrome. Erosions on the base and minimal cracks.
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 , despite its weight, carried on the head during a procession. The great initiates consider his bulging belly as the spiritual gestation of newcomers within the Poro. Poro is ...


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3950.00

Bambara statue
Tribal art > African Statues > Bambara statue

Tutelary femininity within African art Bambara, this sculpture of "little favourite", Nyeleni in Bambara, is soberly described, releasing a haughty and powerful altitude. The arms spread away from the body, extended by flattened hands, also give a particular dynamic. Lumpy greasy patina, cracks, erosions.
The Bambara of central and southern Mali belong to the large Mande group, like the Soninke and the Malinke. Large masked parties close the initiation rites of the dyo association and the gwan ritual of the Bambara in the south of the Bambara country. Spread over a period of seven years for men, they are less demanding for women. The new initiates then celebrate, in groups, from village to village, their symbolic rebirth. It is the sons of the blacksmiths who dance around these ...


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Statue Senoufo
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Tribal art > African Statues > Statue Senoufo

Endowed with a tubular excrescence for gripping, this sculpture of a female figure is fixed in a classical attitude, palms arranged around the abdomen, legs disappearing into a pedestal forming a pestle called " sedine " or " dol " according to the dialect. The figuration of bracelets around the wrists and waist should be noted: In order to honor the wisdom and knowledge of the elders, the Senoufo adorned themselves with jewels that could also be placed on the altars. Brown-black oiled patina, glossy. Cracks of desiccation, localized erosions.
These figurative tribal statues Debele , Deblé , sometimes called " child of Poro " or " bush spirit ", were used in pairs during funeral processions or during ceremonies marking the end of initiation rites. The initiates of the ...


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Punu mask
Tribal art > African mask > Punu mask

Remarkable for its balanced volumes, the harmony of its features and the contrast of colours, this Punu African mask underlines the refinement of traditional sculpture linked to Bwiti rites. The hairstyle is arranged here in a spectacular curve composed of a high central shell extended laterally by oblong braids, the latter emphasizing the contours of the face. Minor abrasions.
The white African masks of Gabon, itengi, (pl. bitengi) 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 the Punu men belonged, and whose emblem was the caiman (hence, for some, the pattern with saurian scales). The mask, evocation of a deceased young woman, was exhibited ...


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780.00

Wurkun Mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Wurkun Mask

Classical design for a so-called anthropomorphic "shoulder" mask, the torso being represented thanks to the boxed base, a powerful neck protruding from it, supporting the head topped with a crest. Fine scarifications can be seen on the face, whose upper lip bears the circular imprint of a labret. The center of the cup-shaped ears has an opening. The small nipples grouped together on the panel with no opening for the eyes could symbolize healing marks. The vegetal fibers that were attached to the perforations of the contours made it possible to completely hide the wearer.
Dark, satiny patina, locally rubbed with ochre pigments.
Good general condition.
Vertical masks of this nature were used in procession by neighboring groups, Wurkun/Bikwin , Mumuye, and Jukun, ...


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Baoule statue
Tribal art > African Statues > Baoule statue

A cynocephalic monkey presents an offering cup. These sculptures were erroneously named Gbékré (mouse) because "of Delafosse's misunderstanding of two cults" (Boyer, "Baulé" 5Continents). Often linked to Mbra cults of divination and possession, these monkey statues belong to the group of "force-beings" or amwin, intermediaries between God and men and given to Baoulé by their Creator, just like the sacred masks whose wide gaping jaws they share. It would also be a minor deity called barked . With a propitiatory aim, these sculptures were to constitute the habitat of the spirits to which offerings were presented and on which libations were practiced. Grainy sacrificial patina, drips, cracks and native restorations (staples).


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1250.00

Gurunsi mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Gurunsi mask

Among the Gurunsi, the Lela, Winiama, Nuna and Nunuma are the main mask carvers. They influenced the style and meaning of the masks of their neighbors Mossi and Bwa. Several animals can be represented: buffalo, antelope, warthog, hyena, hornbill, snake and crocodile and their combined attributes. The plate is extended by a stylized bird mask with a rectangular bifid beak. Geometric patterns have a symbolic significance.
Crusty matte patina, locally abraded. Desication cracks.
These masks, spirits of the bush, were worn by the members of the village, fully concealed under plant fiber outfits, during ritual dances. The ritual was to bring fertility and prosperity to the village, provided it was performed correctly. They also still occur during funeral ceremonies of notables, ...


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Senoufo statue
Tribal art > African Statues > Senoufo statue

The stylized figures of African tribal art
This female figure offers fine proportions, the chest is sagging on the narrow bust, the upright posture carried by semi-bent legs. Heterogeneous patina with burgundy highlights, desiccation cracks.
The Senoufos, the name given to them by the French settlers, are mainly composed of farmers who have dispersed between Mali, Côte d'Ivoire, and Burkina Faso. The villages have their own Poro association which initiates young boys from the age of seven in a succession of three cycles lasting seven years. They gather in a sacred enclosure called sinzanga located near the village, among the trees. Upon the death of one of the members of the Poro, the statues named pombibele were exhibited. Although exclusively male, the Poro society in ...


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