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Dogon mask
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Heavy stylized mask associated with monkey. The projecting forehead, flanked by ears, houses a concave space incised with slits for the eyes. Horizontal elements indicate the jaw. Oiled, velvety surface.
Erosions.
The Ko mask of the Dogon is one of three types of monkey masks: Dege figures a baboon, and the Ko and Omono masks depict thrush monkeys .
The monkeys feed on the fruit of the baobab tree and the ears of millet that they steal from the fields. This tribal mask was worn with a skirt made of sansevière fibers that concealed the dancer . The dancer's choreography was accompanied by warnings.
More than eighty types of Dogon masks are listed, of which the best known are the Kanaga, Sirigé, Satimbé, Walu. Most of them are used by the circumcised ...


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Dogon mask
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Among Dogon animal masks, masks associated with the antelope are found in slightly different aspects. One interpretation of the mask is that it plays a role similar to the Ci Wara of the Bamana, in connection with mythical beings of creation.
Velvety patina of use, residual pinkish and bluish pigments still perceptible among traces of kaolin. Cracks of desiccation. Height on base : 78 cm. Marcel Griaule counted no less than 78 types of Dogon masks during his fieldwork. This piece, with its stylized features, is characteristic of Dogon creations. The latter, influenced by their predecessors in the Bandiagara region, the Tellem, have retained this verticality in their pieces. In parallel with Islam, Dogon religious rites are organized around four main cults: the Lebe, ...


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Ngata Statue
Tribal art > African Reliquary > Ngata Statue

Named Bonganga or Efomba according to the authors, these very geometric anthropomorphic coffins were intended to accommodate the remains of dignitaries of the Ngata ethnic group. As in ancient Egypt, this type of sarcophagus was commissioned during their lifetime by high-ranking people. These " bonganga-nganga " sculptures stand out for their polychromy and beautiful alternation of geometric patterns. This ornamentation takes up the traditional scarifications, tattoos, paintings and textiles with which the deceased adorns himself. The hollow back acts as a receptacle in which horns have been placed. Smaller in size than those dedicated to the great chiefs (some of which can reach more than 2m), this type of sculpture could have been dedicated to a family cult, and not placed on the tomb ...


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Hopi Mask
Tribal art > African mask > Hopi Mask

Witnesses to the traditions of the Hopi Indian peoples of Arizona, the sculpted Katsinam objects (song. Kachina) are expressed during traditional dances accompanying the annual festivals in favor of the rain. This semi-cylindrical Hopi-type mask bears colored patterns edged in black, the choice of colors of which is not insignificant because it indicates the nature of the spirit represented. Large ears are set on either side of the volume of the face, while a tubular mouth forms a protrusion.
The patina is matte, velvety and grainy, desiccation cracks.


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Grebo mask
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br>African art from the banks of the Cavally and its fantastic masks. Four tubular pupils reflecting extra lucid faculties, a rectangular volume for the mouth, and a wide forehead surmounted by horns: these fascinating kru masks evoke a fantastic world. Polychrome speckled patina.
The Kru are divided into twenty-four subgroups, including the Grebo, which are located in southern Liberia and southwestern Côte d'Ivoire. Their leader is the bodio, who lives in a hut, the takae. Their masks with tubular excrescences would be of oubi origin, and could symbolize the mythical creatures which populate the forests of the banks of the Cavally, to which the people address themselves through ritual ceremonies. The interest of cubist painters and modern sculptors for the abstract ...


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Grebo Mask
Tribal art > African mask > Grebo Mask

African tribal art and "surrealist" masks.
The eight pupils adorning this Kru mask would be associated here with the expression often quoted in West Africa "four eyes", qualifying a person endowed with a power of clairvoyance. Two protruding mouths surround perforations in the surface. Polychrome speckled patina. Desication cracks, old restorations.

The Kru are divided into twenty-four subgroups, including the Grebo, who live in southern Liberia and southwestern Côte d'Ivoire. Their leader is the bodio, who lives in seclusion. Unlike most West African populations, they are not subject to Poro society. Their masks with tubular growths would be of oubi origin, and could symbolize the mythical creatures that inhabit the forests on the banks of the Cavally, to which the ...


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Fang Mask
Tribal art > African mask > Fang Mask

African Art Fang
Wearing a visor headdress framed by triangular buns, this mask offers a face with squinted eyes and a protruding grimacing mouth. A ribbed scarification runs from the tip of the nose to the top of the forehead, and divides along the eyebrow arches. Heterogeneous gray beige patina, erosions.
This type of mask was used by the male ngil 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. The wearers of these masks, always in large numbers, appeared at night, lit by torches. Their intervention was also linked to the judicial function by pointing out the culprits of bad deeds within the village. The Fang ethnic group, established ...


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Statue Baoulé
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Tribal art > African Statues > Statue Baoulé

This statue forms, for the Baoulé, an idealized, individual image of the celestial spouse. Its characteristics were carved on the indications of the diviner for his client in an attempt to remedy various problems.

Polychrome, matte and abraded patina.
Two types of statues are produced by the Baoulé in the ritual context: TheWaka-Sona statues, "being of wood" in Baoulé, evoke a assié oussou, being of the earth. They are one of a type of statues intended to be used as medium tools by Komien soothsayers, the latter being selected by the asye usu spirits in order to communicate revelations from beyond. The second type of statues, made according to the indications of the diviner, are the spouses of the beyond, masculine, the Blolo bian or feminine, the blolo bia . About ...


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Yoruba statue
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Tribal art > African Statues > Yoruba statue

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. It is surmounted by a hairstyle composed of heads.
Intended to be enthroned on an altar, this type of object was venerated by members of the powerful Ogboni, or Osugbo, society responsible for justice.
Hairstyle and integumentary ornaments also indicate the social rank of the character. ...


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Nyamezi Statue
Tribal art > African Statues > Nyamezi Statue

Belgian African tribal art collection.
A rough size for this seated figure, whose head with summary features is squeezed into a thick bust on which are pressed skinny arms. The prominent buttocks extend from irregular legs without feet. Matte dark patina. Irregular surface, cracks.
In the southern coastal region of Tanzania, around Dar-es-Salaam, a relatively homogeneous group produced most of the artistic productions. It includes the Swahili, Kaguru, Doé, Kwéré, Luguru, Zaramo, Kami. The second region is made up of a territory covering southern Tanzania to Mozambique, where some Makonde and the Yao, the Ngindo, Mwéra, and Makua live. In the North-East of Tanzania, the Chaga, Paré, Chamba, Zigua, Massaï, Iraqw, Gogo, and Héhé have an artistic production presenting ...


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Tschokwe Chair
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Tribal art > African Chair > Tschokwe Chair

Prestigious seat of Chokwe or related groups of Lunda origin carved in monoxyl wood. This African seat illustrates wealth and power through the central figure of the Chihongo dancer, wearing the royal winged headdress. Minor figures form the uprights. Abraded matte patina, desiccation cracks.
Peacefully settled in eastern Angola until the 16th century, the Chokwé were then subjected to the Lunda empire from which they inherited a new hierarchical system and the sacredness of power. Nevertheless, the Chokwé never fully adopted these new social and political contributions. Three centuries later, they ended up seizing the capital of the Lunda weakened by internal conflicts, thus contributing to the dismantling of the kingdom. The Chokwé did not have centralized power but large ...


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Mumuye Statue
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Tribal art > African Statues > Mumuye Statue

The vigorous size of this mumuye figure gave rise to a powerful anatomy of dynamic aspect. The sagittal crest, framed by thick distended lobes, composes like a helmet around summarily traced features, concentrated under the hairstyle. Velvety matte patina, lacks.
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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 speakers of the Adamawa language 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, among whom are elected the rulers, and those of the ...


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Luba Headquarters
Tribal art > African Chair > Luba Headquarters

The caryatid "receptacle of a deceased sovereign chief" (Luba, Roberts) supporting the top of this stool named lupona, or kioni or kipona, kiona, affirms the political role and spirituality of women in Luba society. This seat once formed the seat on which King mulopwe was enthroned. The seats were arranged on leopard skins during the investiture of the new leader. Only after sitting there did his speech take on a royal and divine character. Apart from these exceptional circumstances, the seats were not used and remained stored in undisclosed locations. Gray brown patina, erosions and losses.
The cradle of the Luba (Baluba in Chiluba) is Katanga, more precisely the region of the Lubu River. They were born of a secession from the Songhoy ethnic group. In the 16th century they created ...


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390.00

Makonde statue
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Tribal art > African Statues > Makonde statue

It is for aesthetic purposes that the ears, as well as the lips, were deformed with the help of labrets among the Makonde tribal groups. This female effigy with a slender morphology shows an infant. Facial tattoos were drawn with beeswax, and scarified patterns were also printed for aesthetic purposes. This statue symbolizing an ancestor also refers to creation, according to which the first Makonde man carved a female image that became the mother of his children and has been venerated ever since.
Orange-brown patina, residual ochre inlays.
The Makonde, a matrilineal Bantu population of northern Mozambique and southern Tanzania, wore helmet-masks called lipiko, mapiko , during initiation ceremonies for young men. The Makonde venerate an ancestor , which explains the ...


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Masque League
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Tribal art > African mask > Masque League

Flat and tapered, this lega initiation mask displays zoomorphic elements that allow its identification. Satiny light brown patina, residual kaolin. These masks indicated the stage that its holder had reached within the Bwami, a learning society composed of different ranks, and which joined the wives whose spouse had reached the third level, that of the ngandu.
Belle patina light brown, residual inlays of white clay around the eyes. Long raffia beard.

At the Lea, the Bwami society open to men and women, organized social and political life. There were up to seven levels of initiation, each associated with emblems. Following their exodus from Uganda in the 17th century, the Lega settled on the west bank of the Lualaba River in the DRC. Also known as Warega, these ...


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Lega mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Lega mask

Ex-collection of Belgian African tribal art.
This African Lega mask offers a shallow, narrow volume. Vertical horns stand at the top, and the eyes are treated in rectangles on either side of a very long nose. Light wood rubbed with a locally abraded dark coating. Erosion of the contours.
These masks indicated the stage their holders had reached in the Bwami, a learning society composed of different grades, and which was joined by wives whose spouses had reached the third level, that of ngandu. ngandu.


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Yela Mask
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African animal masks offer varied aspects, this example surmounted by horns, ears or antennae has a largely furrowed surface coated with contrasting mineral pigments. Height on base: 36 cm.

The province of Lualaba had several close ethnic groups with similar associations. The Mbole and the Yela, Kela, are known for their statues embodying, according to D. Biebuck, hanged men, named ofika. The lilwa , an association with dogmatic initiation rites, used to judge and condemn to hanging those guilty of breaches of the imposed rules. These offenses ranged from murder to adultery to breaking the secrecy surrounding the lilwa. Dishonored, the bodies of the condemned enjoyed no funeral and were buried in the forest. It was during the end of initiation ceremonies, presided over by a ...


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Nyangatom Apron
Tribal art > Jewels > Nyangatom Apron

Among the Nyangatom or "yellow guns" and the Toposa of the Omo Valley, women wore this type of triangle "hide-sex" apron called akwalac . Depending on the case, this garment-adornment which was adapted to the morphology of each one is made of animal skin and pearls of ostrich egg shells such as the model presented, the akwala na akirim, reserved for married women and paid for with small livestock. Some models feature metal beads, others in glass or plastic, and sometimes simultaneously.
Ref. : " Omo Peoples and Design" G. Verswijver, H.Silvester. Ed. de la Martinière, p. 47.


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1390.00

Senoufo statue
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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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Damosaka Fetish
Tribal art > African bronze > Damosaka Fetish

Extract from a Belgian African tribal art collection of 17 pieces representing different animals.

This object comes from northeastern Nigeria near Lake Chad, around Maiduguri, in the state of Borno, which is currently relatively inaccessible 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 forms a detailed figurative representation of a wild pig offering realistic proportions. A spongy-looking growth remains on the subject's back. A ...


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780.00

Kantana Mask
Tribal art > African mask > Kantana Mask

Vestige of an ancient African mask forming a crest embodying a spirit of the bush. It combines discreet human features at the end of the muzzle, protruding pupils and rounded horns. These very refined masks, associated with the mangam ceremonies of the Mama , or Kantana , of which the buffalo masks are better known, are used within the ethnicity by members of a male association responsible for maintaining social order and increasing or promoting agricultural production. It is indeed north of Benoué that several ethnic groups produce very stylized masks worn horizontally. Chipped dark patina. erosions. Height on base: 50 cm.

This mask whose horns symbolize fertility is therefore danced during festivals in relation to agricultural fertility and sometimes human fertility. ...


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850.00





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