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In the tradition, the statue allows to represent what is invisible. In bronze in the kingdom of Benin, arms raised towards the sky by the Dogon to invoke rain, fetishes in the Congo, statues are the art of African blacksmiths. Sometimes worked on malleable wood, the statuary represents dolls, twins or even ancestors, with sometimes hard, elongated features and sour contours. The figures are raised, seated, with their arms close to their bodies or towards the heavens.


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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Statue pestle Debele Senoufo
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Tribal art > African Statues > Statue Senoufo

The Ivory Coast in African tribal art Slender morphology and accentuated arching for this male figure with an oblong face. His slender legs sink into a base forming a drumstick called "sedine" or "dol" depending on the dialect. The necklace-talisman is called "korte". Satin shaded patina, abrasions and desiccation cracks.

Figurative statue Debele Senoufo, sometimes called "Child of the Poro" or "Spirit of the Bush", it intervened in pairs during funeral processions or during ceremonies marking the end of initiation rites. The initiates of the Poro society, which trained boys from the age of 7, carried them and pounded the ground rhythmically to the sound of drums, opening and closing the march. Kept in an enclosure, sezing ,they were supposed to protect these young ...

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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Dogon statue
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Tribal art > African Statues > Dogon statue

Declined in tubular volumes, this Dogon sculpture represents a mythical being, or an ancestor without facial features. The head evokes, for the Dogon, the egg of the world created by the word of the god Amma. A disk forms the shoulders, extended by fine arms, one of which points to the sky. The Dogon decorative motifs, in broken lines and rings, associated with traditional scarifications, are engraved on the whole. They refer to the Dogon cosmogony. Medium brown patina.

Carved for the most part on commission by a family, Dogon statues may 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 ...


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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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Dogon Tellem altar figure
Tribal art > African Statues > Dogon figure

The tribal African statues of the Dogon can be the object of worship on behalf of the whole community when they commemorate, for example, the foundation of the village. These statues, sometimes embodying the nyama of the deceased, are placed on ancestor altars and participate in various rituals including those of the periods of seeds and harvests. This is a statuette of personal worship, with a dense, oily and slightly abraded patina, under which appears a light wood.
The figures with raised arms would symbolize a prayer to Amma to grant the rain necessary for all life. According to the sources, it would also be a gesture of contrition following the violation of a law that resulted in a drought. Sacrificial patina. The south of the plateau overlooking the Bandiagara ...


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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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Igala Shrine Figure
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Tribal art > African Statues > Igala Statue

Ex-collection Belgian tribal art.
Three human figures spring from a zoomorphic-looking base, a strange mythical, spherical animal, set on all fours, with vertical ears and a gaping, toothed mouth. The central figure has a sacrificial machete and a sword or scepter. This sculpted, honorary composition, named okega , symbolizes the status of the clan to which it belongs. Crusty grey patina.
Andeblis near the Niger estuary, speaking a kwa language, the Igala formed a powerful kingdom until colonization that marked its decline by the ban on the holidays and the suicide of the king or ata . Human sacrifices once accompanied these ritual feasts, giving this people a reputation as headhunters. The Igalas have large helmet masks named during ceremonies honoring their king. Other ...


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Baule Blolo bia figure
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Tribal art > African Statues > Baoule figure

This statuette generally called "colon" forms, for the Baule, an idealized, individual image of the celestial spouse. Its characteristics were sculpted on the indications of the diviner for his client in an attempt to remedy various problems.

Polychrome, matte, abraded patina.
Two types of statues are produced by the Baule in the ritual context: The Waka-Sona statues, "being of wood" in Baule, evoke an assié oussou, being of the earth. They are part of a type of statues intended to be used as a medium tool by the diviners komien, the latter being selected by the spirits asye usu in order to communicate revelations from the beyond. The second type of statues, made according to the indications of the diviner, are the spouses of the afterlife, male, the Blolo ...


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Statuette Baoule Blolo bia
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Tribal art > African Statues > Colon Baule

This African statuette, Blolo bia, adopts certain canons of the Baule statues, including muscular legs with protruding calves and a frontal posture. Beautiful abraded polychrome patina. br> About sixty ethnic groups populate Côte d'Ivoire, including the Baule, in the center, Akans from Ghana, people of the savannah, practicing hunting and agriculture just like the Gouro from whom they borrowed ritual cults and sculpted masks. Two types of statues are produced by the Baoulé, Baulé, within the ritual framework: The Waka-Sona statues, "being of wood" in Baoulé, evoke an assié oussou, being of the earth. They are part of a type of statues intended to be used as a medium tool by the komien diviners, the latter being selected by the asye usu spirits in order to communicate revelations ...


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Fang Byeri reliquary figure
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Tribal art > African Statues > Fang figure

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The African art of the Byeri cult is illustrated by various anthropomorphic sculptures acting as "guardians" and incarnating the ancestor.
Atypical by its reduced size and narrow morphology, this statuette displays a succession of muscles like strings of marbles. The pelvis gives the illusion of a comfortable circular seat, contrasting with tiny digitized feet and hands. The horizontal features of the stretched face are concentrated in the lower half, highlighting a large forehead on which a scarification is drawn. Balancing the silhouette, a large hairstyle spreads over the nape of the neck. Beautiful dark brown, silky patina. Certificate of Mister Pierre Vérité, dating from 1985, attached. (photo opposite)
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Fang ancestor figure of Byeri reliquary
Tribal art > African Statues > Fang statue

This anthropomorphic sculpture representing a richly adorned young woman is distinguished by the quality of its modeling, its patina evoking a dark skin on which the copper ornaments form a brilliant contrast. Among the characteristics of the Ntumu style from the regions between Gabon, Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea is the pouting of the prognathic jaw. The bust is pierced with a cavity in order to introduce magical elements or relics of the deceased. Bright patina, abrasions. Local restoration with brass staples. Cracks of desiccation. Among the Fang of Cameroon and in Gabon, each family has a "Byeri", or reliquary box, in which the bones of ancestors are kept. These boxes were guarded by the oldest man in the village, the "esa". The reliquary boxes were surmounted by a statue or a ...

Ashanti female figure
Tribal art > African Statues > Ashanti statue

This African statuette, seated on a stool, has a ringed neck, a headdress with parallel shells, and a straight back, hands on the knees. It is probably a queen or ancestor figure.
Lustrous two-tone patina. Cracks and abrasions. The Ashanti are one of the ethnic groups belonging to the Akan group, established on the former Gold Coast, Ghana since 1957. Producers of commemorative terracotta linked to funeral rites, the Akan have also mastered metal casting. This people consider the woman as the final arbiter of all decisions. Fertility and children are therefore the most common themes represented in Ashanti wood carvings. Maternity figures called esi mansa adorn royal or family altars. They frequently represent a woman nursing her child.


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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.
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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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Lega Sakimatwematwe figure
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Tribal art > African Statues > Lega figure

African art lega and the traditional statuettes . African sculpture Sakimatwematwe (Multi-headed) belonging to an initiate of the Bwami, among the many others used throughout the initiations, its structure is in the form of a trunk around which two groups of faces, directed towards the four cardinal points, are superimposed.br />
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The teacher guided the aspirant to a place where masks and statuettes were displayed, and it was through careful observation that the future initiate had to guess the more or less complex meaning of these metaphors, referring to proverbs and sayings. Each of these initiations took place over seven days and included at least seven performances. The objects "won" individually were then kept in a woven bag worn on ...


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Bed frame Kongo Yombe Nzo kumbi
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Tribal art > African Statues > Yombe Sculpture

Accessory of the initiation lodges nzo kumbi , this type of symbolic sculpture was placed against the bed of the house of reclusion for young girls in preparation for marriage. Two seated couples hug each other, while a dog figures at the end of the frame.
Satin patina with residual granular encrustation. Desiccation cracks.
The Solongo cultures of Angola and Yombé were largely influenced by the Kongo kingdom from which they borrowed naturalistic statuary and religious rites through of carved fetishes nkondo nkisi . The Yombe settled on the West African coast, in the southwest of the Republic of Congo and in Angola.
Ref. : "Treasures of Africa, Museum of Tervuren" ed. C. DE VRIES - BROUWERS (page 52 and 289)

Baoule Blolo bia figure
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The "inverted doubles" in the African art sculptures of the Baule
. Male figure representing a young man of medium build, with digited hands and feet, carefully carved.

About sixty ethnic groups populate the Ivory Coast, including the Baule, in the center, Akans from Ghana, people of the savannah, practicing hunting and agriculture just like the Gouro from whom they borrowed ritual cults and sculpted masks. Two types of statues are produced by the Baoulé , Baulé, in the ritual framework: The Waka-Sona statues, "being of wood" in Baoulé, evoke an assié oussou, being of the earth. They are part of a type of statues intended to be used as a medium tool by the diviners komien , the latter being selected by the spirits asye usu in order to communicate ...


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Couple of Igbo Alusi statues
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Tribal art > African Statues > Igbo Statues

Statues and African art Igbo.
The Igbo worship a considerable number of deities known as alusi , or agbara, considered the descendants of Chuku, or Chukwu, and as such are intermediaries to whom sacrifices such as kola nuts, money, kaolin, are granted for the purpose of enjoying favors. These sculptures produced in several regions range from forty centimeters to a human size, and are adorned with more or less elaborate aristocratic attributes. Sculptors turn out to be men, but female enthusiasts often contribute by completing the work with coloured pigments. The position of the hands of these statues, palms facing the sky, indicates the will to receive the offering of the followers. The headdress and tegumental ornaments also reflect the social rank of the character. Crusty ...

Male figure Montol Komtin
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Tribal art > African Statues > Komtin statue

It was during healing rites, or even divination of the origins of illnesses, that this sculpture played a major role for the members of the Komtin male society. The stocky morphology of the Montol statues is characterized by broad shoulders, a narrow bust, and thick, short legs. The head is generally spherical and the features are sketchy. This sculpted figure is differentiated by a more detailed face, framed by large ears and crowned by a circular protrusion. Engraved on the abdomen are parallel lines reminiscent of the body scarifications of groups in the region, such as the Goemai, Tarok (who name their healing society Kwompten), and the Ngas, from central Nigeria. The latter use similar statues, often more schematic. The Montol kept the sculptures for community use in the ...


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Figure of rider Baule Waka sona
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Tribal art > African Statues > Baule rider

This African sculpture figurative male adopts some of the canons of the Baule statues, and the famous "Baule settlers" with a helmeted figure simultaneously displaying the traditional scarified signs. Perched on an animal of modest proportions, mixing elements of horse and leopard, he has an egg, indicating a ritual sacrifice.
Grainy polychrome patina. About sixty ethnic groups populate the Ivory Coast, including the Baule, in the center, Akans from Ghana, people of the savannah, practicing hunting and agriculture just like the Gouro from whom they borrowed the ritual cults and sculpted masks. Two types of statues are produced by the Baoulé, Baulé, within the ritual framework: The Waka-Sona statues, "being of wood" in Baoulé, evoke an assié oussou, being of the ...

Altar figure Bombou-toro Dogon
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Tribal art > African Statues > Dogon statue

The sculpted figure depicted sitting on a stool comes from the central part of the Bandiagara cliff, Bombou-toro, in the Sangha region. This angular statue is distinguished by a linear body with graceful limbs. Bracelets are engraved on the arms and scarfed patterns are inscribed on the face and body. A bent tubular element develops from its lower abdomen, rises vertically, and ends in a cup under the breasts. On his back also appears a circular growth. The symbolic presence of these elements is probably related to the complex mythology of the dogon creation, the character depicting in this case a Nommo, being original supernatural. Dry clear matte patina, localized residual deposits of kaolin mixed with pink ochre, resulting from libatory practices.
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