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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.


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

Fang fetish
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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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Lengola 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 ...


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Songye statue
Tribal art > African fetish > Songye statue

Emblematic of Songye sculpture, this figure adopts the appearance of a Kifwebe mask character, perched on a pedestal. Beautiful nuanced patina, desication cracks.
Ingredients of various origins were introduced into the abdomen of the fetishes, into the horn, sometimes also into sachets attached to the loincloth, in order to reinforce the power of the object. Textiles, feathers and necklaces were also necessary attributes to guard against witchcraft. The Songye came from the Shaba region of the DRC and settled along the Lualaba River amid savannah and forests. Their history is inseparable from that of the Luba to which they are related through common ancestors. Very present in their society, divination made it possible to discover sorcerers and to shed light on the causes of the ...


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490.00

Bronze Nigeria
Tribal art > African bronze > Bronze Nigeria

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

This bronze sculpture 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 female figure wearing buns and whose arms are tight on the chest in a protective gesture wears a belt evoking a snake. Thick patina of verdigris ...


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Metoko Statue
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Tribal art > African Statues > Metoko Statue

Among the traditional African sculptures associated with the Bukota, this female figure, partially cut into flats, intervened during the initiation rites. In addition, combined with its male equivalent Ntanda, it guaranteed conflict resolution. Velvet matte patina, red and white ochre highlights. Crack on the base.
The Metoko and the Lengola, whose ritual sculptures are very close, are peoples of the primary forest dedicated to the worship of a single God, a monotheism rare in Africa. Their three-grade society, the Bukota, structured daily life and welcomed both men and women. It represents the equivalent of the association Bwami of the Lega. The sculptures played a role in the initiation ceremonies, and were then placed on the tomb of high-ranking initiates. Kakungu in particular ...


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Vili statue
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Tribal art > African fetish > Vili statue

The tribal fetishes of the Kongo kingdom have a magic charge generally lodged on the abdomen in a sealed cavity. The gaze encrusted with dark pupils is associated with extra lucid abilities. erosions.
The nganga , sorcerers but also healers, were in charge of religious activities and mediation with the God called Nzambi through this type of figure, most often consecrated anthropomorphic tribal sculptures, named nkisi.
Among the Kongo, the nganga was responsible for rituals by activating a spiritual force with a nkondi (pl. nkissi). The term nkisi was then used to designate the notions of "sacred" or "divine". The most influential category of "minkisi kongo" consisted of instruments to help regional chiefs enforce the law. A metal object was nailed to a wooden figure as ...


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Nuna Sculpture
Tribal art > African Statues > Nuna Sculpture

Support for a traditional cult, this two-headed sculpture that was placed on an altar consists of reclining bust figures. The abdomen that connects them is pierced with a thick metal peg. This accessory could represent the umbilicus associated with the lineage.
Old, velvety patina, desiccation cracks, thin blackish residual film.
Named Gurunsi, Gourundi, by their Mossi neighbors, the groups living to the west and south of the Mossi plateau, Lela, Winiama, Nuna and Nunuma are the main mask carvers. Religiously, the Gurunsi believe in a superior being, Yi, who withdrew from the world after creating it and whose altar occupies the center of the village. Yi has sent, to represent him, the spirit Su, embodied in all the masks and honored by an altar which can be replaced by a ...


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980.00

Statuette Dan
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Tribal art > African fetish > Statuette Dan

This naturalistic sculpture depicts a vigorous figure well camped on very large digitized feet, characteristic of the dan sculpture. Ritual anointings left crusty residues on the surface. The necklace accessorized with a cauri, symbol of fertility and wealth, also has a magical reach. Abraded spotted patina.
As gifts of women, food, festive ceremonies and honorable status once rewarded the dan sculptors to whom this talent was granted during a dream. The latter was the means of communication of Du, invisible spiritual power, with men. Statuary, rare, played a prestigious role with its holder. These are mainly effigies of wives, la m , wooden human beings. These are not incarnations of spirits or effigies of ancestors, but prestigious figures representing living people, often ...


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Fetish
Tribal art > African fetish > Fetish

African magic nkishi (pl. mankishi) sculpture of the Songye, finely detailed, and devoid of the summit horn in which the magic charge is inserted . 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 organized in a patriarchal way. Their history is inseparable from that of the Luba, to whom they are related ...


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380.00

Dogon statue
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Tribal art > African Statues > Dogon statue

French African tribal art collection.
Small Dogon altar figure, with a flat face extending to the center of the bust. A posture of devotion for this figure of ancestor coated with a black crusty patina resulting from periodic ritual unctions.
Carved for the most part on commission by a family, Dogon statues can also be the object of worship by the entire community when they commemorate, for example, the founding of the village. However, little is known about their functions. Alongside Islam, Dogon religious rites are organized around four main cults: the Lebe, relating to fertility, under the spiritual authority of the Hogon; the Wagem, ancestor worship under the authority of the patriarch; the Binou invoking the spirit world and led by the Binou priest; and the mask society ...


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Statue Songye
Tribal art > African Statues > Statue Songye

Of great visual power despite its starkness and the somewhat "frustrating" nature of its creation, this Songye fetish sculpture seems to have been stripped of its magical accessories. The ritual horn has given way to a cup at the top, and no metal or pearl necklace stands out against the greyish-beige patina of the surface.
Velvety patina, erosions and cracks.
The Nkisi songye plays the role of mediator between gods and men. The large specimens are the collective property of an entire village, the smaller 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 organized in a patriarchal way. Their history is inseparable from that of the Luba to which they are ...


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Doll Namji
Tribal art > African Dolls > Doll Namji

Loaded with a sumptuous disparate decoration, this large wooden doll of the Namji or Dowayo , animist mountain people living in the north of Cameroon, forms a refined version of a traditional African doll.
These African tribal dolls are carved in wood by the blacksmith, initially for the play of little girls. But these dolls are mainly used by sterile women in complex fertility rituals, the doll becoming a surrogate child that they will treat as such. In some cases the groom offered it to his future wife, the doll representing their future offspring. The decoration of the doll can also reproduce the finery of the new initiates after their period of confinement.


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Yombe Fetish
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Tribal art > African Statues > Yombe Fetish

Tribal statuette previously consecrated by the priest nganga , it has a magical charge lodged in the abdominal cavity blocked by glass. The load or bilongo consists of various ingredients from the natural environment including red clay, red wood powder tukula, white clay pembe... , but possibly human fragments such as teeth, nails, hair. This fetish of conspiracy, established on a pedestal, was therefore supposed to influence adversity. The circular pupils are encrusted with white clay. The face adopts a menacing appearance. The arms are positioned around the abdominal cavity and the back has a classic arch that protrudes the buttocks of the character. The headdress is characteristic of the statuary Beembé and Yombé, other tribes of the Kongo group. The ropes symbolize the action of ...


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Bronze Damosaka
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Tribal art > African bronze > Bronze Damosaka

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 consists of a very detailed, expressive evocation of a monkey in a seated position. Metal clusters (magic charge?), spongy in appearance, remain on the ...


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Damosaka Fetish
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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 hippopotamus offering realistic proportions. Very thick lumpy patina. A verdigris patina, alternating ...


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Bronze Nigeria
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Tribal art > African bronze > Bronze Nigeria

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 rhinoceros. Very thick grainy patina, in the form of locally encrusted spongy-looking solid clusters. A ...


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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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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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Fetish Fon
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Tribal art > African fetish > Fetish Fon

. This powerful sentinel built against evil spell displays a concentrated countenance, tight mouth, closed eyes. With a woman with narrow shoulders and stocky lower limbs, her hands placed on her abdomen, she seems to gather all the energy necessary for her role as a caretaker. Dark satin patina.
This botchio (from bo: 'evil' in fon, and tchio , 'cadavre') erected at the top of a pole was erected at the entrance of the village or a house in order to remove any threat, physical or spiritual. Some of them took minimalist forms, barely put on around a central trunk. The multitude of gods fon (the vodun), similar to those of Yoruba under different names, is represented by fetishes of all shapes and kinds. Their sanctuaries can be found in Togo, Dahomey, and western Nigeria. Statuettes ...


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Songye Fetish
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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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