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Fetishes are emblematic objects in primitive African art. Used by fetishers and marabouts, they are linked to many occult practices such as those used by voodoo.


Nkisi Nkondi Solongo fetish
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Tribal art > African fetish > Solongo fetish

Belgian African tribal art collection.
Power betiches in African art. This naturalistic figure has an oval face whose style is generally attributed to the Solongo of Angola, the latter supplying the Kongo clans. The glassy gaze of the pinheaded pupils is wide open which "constitutes the prerogative of an elder. Indeed, only people of mature age can stare at us with such insistence in order to alert us to problems or blunders."
The head of an enemy forms the base of the character. Placed on the abdomen, behind a glass, ingredients make up the magical charge, whose iron nails larding the piece reinforce the power. Clayey libatory residues have clumped on the surface, locally draped with textile strips.
Beautiful dark oiled patina, granular aggregates of kaolin.
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Boli Bambara fetish
Tribal art > African Statues > Boli fetish

Called boli ( pl. boliw ), buffalo, 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 chieftaincies, initiation societies such as the Kono and Komo male initiation associations whose members progress through a process spanning decades, and even states.
The 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 conceived from revelations miraculously granted to the bush genies and transmitted to the diviners , employing active amalgams from nature and , or organic : daliluw. Animal bones, plant materials, honey and ...


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Songye Nkisi fetish statue
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Tribal art > African fetish > Songye fetish

Fetish statue Nkisi , nkishi (pl. mankishi ) anthropomorphic of the most fascinating, with a piercing gaze encrusted with cowries. The cone-shaped mouth reinforces the expressiveness of the face. A horn springs from the large head extended by a beard. The umbilicus and the beard are underlined by nails. Dark satin patina. Desiccation cracks and chips.

These protective fetishes for homes are among the most prized in Africa. The Nkisi plays the role of mediator between gods and men. The large examples are the collective property of an entire village, while the smaller figures belong to an individual or a family. In the sixteenth century, the Songyes migrated from the Shaba region to settle on the left bank of the Lualaba River. Their society is organized in a patriarchal ...


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Protective figure Rungu Kakudji
Tribal art > African Statues > Rungu figure

Streaked with vertical marks, the face of this human figurine has half-closed eyes stretched towards the temples, like some of the traditional masks of the group. The posture is rectilinear, the bust however hardly inclined forward, and the tips of the fingers rest on the pelvis. A hole on the top of the head has been filled in, suggesting that a horn must have been inserted. Lustrous patina, golden brown. Tribe of the Tabwa group, the Rungu are established in a region between the D.R.C. (Democratic Republic of Congo), Zambia and Tanzania. Under the influence of the neighboring Lubas and Bemba, the Rungu produced prestigious objects for dignitaries, stools, combs, spoons and scepters, frequently decorated with figures of couples or twins evoking the primordial ancestors. Their ...


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Kasongo Nkisi fetish figure
Tribal art > African fetish > Kasongo fetish

The therapeutic figures of the Kasongos, used by healers, were inspired by Songye fetishes. The magical charge, composed of ingredients of various origins, was inserted into the head cavity. The very dense wood is inlaid with metal like the Songye fetishes. The head of this stocky character, established in a quasi-crouched posture, is a Kasongo specificity. Matt patina. Abrasions, erosions and cracks.
The Kusu established on the left bank of the Lualaba have borrowed the artistic traditions of the Luba and the Hemba and possess a caste system similar to that of the Luba . The Kasongos form a Kusu subgroup, now scattered among the Luba, Songye, and Hemba. The singiti statues were kept by the fumu mwalo and honored in ceremonies during which sacrifices were ...


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Songye Nkishi statue
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Tribal art > African Statues > Songye statue

Ample head with the features of the kifwebe mask for this work sculpted by the Songye, dedicated to a traditional magical use. This large fetish was individualized by the nganga for his client through symbolic and ritual elements in the form of metal, animal skin skirt, belt forming a braided raffia coil, and summit horn.
Misses, velvety matt patina, cracks.
These protection fetishes intended for dwellings come in a variety of styles in the many chiefdoms of Songye country. The Nkisi, Nkishi, acts as a mediator between gods and men. The large specimens are the collective property of an entire village, the smaller figures being of private use.
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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Lengola Bukota Janiform figure
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Tribal art > African Statues > Lengola figure

The African art stylized from the forest tribes.
Janiform figure symbolizing the male and female, lacking upper limbs, and treated in rectangular planes. This kind of object was used by the Bukota society. Lengola statues could also constitute ritual supports dedicated to therapeutic rites. The inclination of the head gives this sculpted work a great expression of gentleness.
Mottled polychrome and matte patina. Small crack.
The Lengola, are established near the Metoko in the center of the Congolese basin between the Lomami and Lualaba rivers, a primary forest people dedicated to the worship of a single God, a rare monotheism in Africa. Their society,the Bukota, welcoming both men and women, is the equivalent of the Bwami association of the Lega. Their ...

Kongo Nkisi fetish dog
Tribal art > African fetish > Kongo fetish

Kongo fetishes are famous in African art.
This is a sculpture of a two-headed dog whose eyes are encrusted with pieces of glass. The body which separates the two heads is, on both sides of leather socks, covered with nails. In the center, the cavity is inhabited by the magic charge. The Kongo use this type of object to try to resolve a difficulty and intimidate or repel the person who caused it.
"These sculptures, anthropomorphic or zoomorphic, have long been classified as vengeful spirits, but their function is much more ambivalent. It is when the nganga completes the sculptor's work by driving the nails into the nkonde that it acquires its magical charge. His action is not secret; on the contrary, his mission is public. Once the evils and their culprit are determined, the ...


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Dogon ritual altar Kutugolo
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Tribal art > Usual african items > Dogon altar

Dogon altar, made of a mass of clay in which miniature irons and ladders are stuck. Piece collected in the mid-20th century by Monsieur Arnaud, accompanying Alain Bilot, renowned collector of Dogon art during study trips to Mali. These objects decorated the niches of the Ginnas. ("Dogon" H.Blom , p.234) The Dogon blacksmiths form an endogamous caste among the Dogon called irim. Today they produce weapons, tools, and also work with wood. "Masters of fire" associated in Dogon cosmogony with the primordial beings "Nommo" created by the god Ama, they are also supposed to cure burns. Small metal objects, made using the lost ...

Fang fetish object of the Byeri
Tribal art > African fetish > Fang fetish

French African tribal art collection.
The African art of the Byeri cult is illustrated by various anthropomorphic sculptures acting as "guardians" and embodying the ancestor.
This rare object (reliquary guardian of atypical form?), is formed of a piriform body, with a hollowed center, surmounted by a figurative motif associated with the ancestors of the clan. Patina of use, greyish brown. Cracks. Among the Fang, the boxes containing the relics of illustrious ancestors were kept by the oldest man in the village, the "esa". Topped by a statue or a head that acted as a guardian of the "byeri" boxes, they were stored in a dark corner of the hut, supposed to divert evil influences to someone else. They were also used during the initiation ceremonies of young people linked to the ...


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Protective figure Tumbwe callipyge
Tribal art > African Statues > Tumbwe statue

Tribes in the southeastern region of the DRC around Lake Tanganyika, such as the Tumbwe and the Tabwa, worshiped the mipasi ancestors through sculptures held by chiefs or witch doctors. A magical charge ( dawa )was inserted at the top of the statues' heads. Our female figure does indeed have a charge inserted at the top of the head. The diviners-healers ngango used this type of statuette-fetish to reveal witchcraft and protect against malevolent spirits.
Satin golden brown patina, cracks and abrasions.

Simple cultivators without centralized power, the Tabwa federated around tribal chiefs after coming under the influence of the Luba. It was mainly during this period that their artistic current was expressed mainly through statues but also masks. The ...


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Ewé ritual fetish
Tribal art > African fetish > Fetish Ewe

African art and tribal cult vodun the ewe and fon
sking sculpture depicting a woman standing, arms without hands glued to the bust, is draped up to the bust of a colorful cotton wool. The waist and head are coated with indigo crusty pigments and kaolin residues, and clumped plant fibers. An opening at the top of the head introduced the magic charge. Splashed matte patina.
As african fetishes are part of rituals according to the intentions of their owner. The fetishists, following the divination ritual of fa using palm nuts, make them to order to offer protective and medicinal virtues but also offer versions ready to use more conventional.


The Ewe, often mistaken for the Minas, are Togo's largest ethnic group. They are also found as minorities in Ghana, Benin, ...


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Janiform Songye fetish
Tribal art > African Statues > Songye statue

French African art collection.
Intriguing fetishes that are Songye sculptures...the only accessories with which this ritual statue is equipped consist of a thin tie girdling the hips and a skin coil around the ringed neck. The kifwebe mask of the Bwadi ka bifwebe society appears here in a janiform appearance.
Satin patina, locally glossed, cracks.
The fetish Songye , magical sculpture Nkisi , nkishi (pl. mankishi ) , plays the role of mediator between gods and men. If the large specimens are the collective property of a whole village, the more modest figures belong to an individual or a family. In the 16th century, the Songyes migrated from the Shaba region to settle in Kasai, Katanga and South Kivu. Their society is organized in a patriarchal manner. ...


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Songye Kalebwe Nkishi fetish statue
Tribal art > African fetish > Songye statue

French coll.traditional African art. This carved figure Nkisi, nkishi (pl. mankishi ) is equipped with magical charges bishimba which were inserted into the skull cavity if the abdomen did not have them. The power of the fetish would be further enhanced by the presence of various accessories, metal, quolifichets, etc... Beautiful orange-brown patina. Slight accidents and cracks of desiccation.
These protection fetishes intended for the houses are among the most appreciated of Africa. The Nkisi plays the role of mediator between gods and men. The large examples are the collective property of an entire village, while the smaller figures belong to an individual or a family. In the sixteenth century, the Songyes migrated from the Shaba region to settle on the left bank of ...


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Kongo Yombe figure
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Tribal art > African fetish > Yombe figure

Ex Belgian tribal art collection. The Yombe statuette opposite, devoid of body scarification, was originally intended to hold a weapon. This type of individual fetish, activated by magical formulas and possible additional accessories, was supposed to protect or inflict vengeance. The eyes evoke mediumistic qualities. Mahogany brown satin patina.

The Solongo cultures of Angola and Yombe were largely influenced by the Kongo kingdom from which they borrowed naturalistic statuary and religious rituals by means of carved nkondo nkisi fetishes. The Yombe settled on the West African coast, in the southwestern Republic of the Congo and in Angola. Their sculpture is primarily naturalistic, consisting of court regalia and emblems, anecdotal objects related to the ...


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Songye Nkishi Statuette
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Tribal art > African fetish > Songye Fetish

Ex-collection African tribal art French.
This fetish statuette is the result of cooperation between the nganga, the artisan and the client. Treated according to the indications of the ritual priest, the figure intended for the client is then loaded with the bishimba elements intended to counter any evil force. The head is studded with tapestry nails, a likely reference to the pox. In African culture, metal is endowed with magical, therapeutic and apotropaic properties. The physiognomy, which adopts the features of a middle-aged man, recalls both thekifwebe mask.
Satin black brown patina.
The fetish Songye , magical sculpture Nkisi , nkishi (pl. mankishi ) , plays the role of mediator between gods and men. The large specimens are the collective property ...


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Couple of figures Boccio, Botchio, Fon
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Tribal art > African Statues > Vaudou statue

These two carved figures, collected in Bohicon, Benin, are free of accessories. The vigorously carved forms rise from a block. Large digitized hands close over the bust, and the faces express a powerful concentration. Wood coated with pink ochre, velvety surface.
The botchio (from bo : "evil spell" in Fon, and tchio , "corpse") erected at the top of a pole was erected at the entrance to the village or a house in order to ward off any threat, physical or spiritual. Some of them had minimalist forms, barely sketched around a central trunk. The multitude of fon gods (the vodun), similar to those of the Yoruba under different names, are represented by fetishes of all shapes and nature. Their shrines are found in Togo, Dahomey, and western Nigeria. Statuettes embodying ...

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Dogon fetish statuette
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Tribal art > African Statues > Dogon Statuette

Exceptional African Dogon statuette collected in the 1950s by Monsieur Arnaud, accompanying Alain Bilot,
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renowned collector of Dogon art during study trips to Mali.

This sculpture depicts a woman wearing an elaborate headdress, standing with her legs tightly bent halfway, perched on a small pedestal. She presents an infant resting on forearms of inordinate length. An interesting grainy patina attests to the libations administered. Carved for the most part on commission by a family and in this case arranged on the family altar Tiré Kabou, the Dogon tribal statues can also be ...


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Dogon figurines
Tribal art > African fetish > Dogon figurines

Belgian African art collection.
Effigy of figurative ancestor seated, hands resting on knees. In African tribal art, this type of sculpture associated with individual worship adorned the Dogon family altar. Thick ritual crusty patina.

Carved for the most part on commission by a family, Dogon statues can also be the object of worship by the entire community. However, their functions remain little known. 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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Statue Nkisi Nkondi Solongo / Woyo
Tribal art > African Statues > Nkondi statue

African Kongo art and its spiritual receptacles
This village fetish relating to the khimba society, has, in Kongo tribal culture, a protective function against witchcraft. This tribal sculpture studded with nails is qualified as a "nkisi" object thanks to the cylindrical receptacle on the abdomen loaded with "bilongo" magical ingredients (organic and vegetable matter). It is closed by a mirror on which a resin has been applied. The glazed look constituting the famous Kongo look suggests an extralucid capacity.

Matt patina, polychrome highlights, cracks. In the 13th century, the Kongo people, led by their king Ne Kongo, settled in a region at the crossroads between the present-day DRC, Angola and Gabon. Two centuries later, the Portuguese came into contact with ...


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Lobi Bateba masculine figurine
Tribal art > African Statues > Lobi figure

This Lobi statuette "Bateba" was placed on the altar after a ritual to become the receptacle of a bush spirit, the Thil, and thus become an active being, an intermediary who fights against sorcerers and all other evil forces. The small spherical head, slightly tilted to the side, surmounts a narrow bust with drooping shoulders and arms that are placed alongside the body. The figure stands upright on wide feet. Golden brown glossy surface showing the wood grain.
When honored, these spirits manifest their benevolence in the form of abundant rains, good health, numerous births; Ignored, they withdraw it and bring devastating epidemics, drought and suffering.
These spirits transmit to the diviners the laws that the followers must follow to receive their protection.
They ...


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