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The Yoruba, more than 20 million, occupy southwestern Nigeria and the central and southeastern region of Benin under the name of Nago. They are patrilineal, practice excision and circumcision.


Gelede Yoruba mask
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The Gelede in African art.
In Nigeria, also in Benin, this African mask in the form of a janiform helmet is accompanied by its costume in cotton fabric and colored velvet. It is used for the celebratory dances of the Gelede society, and for the funerals of its followers. These masks are performed in pairs, each with a specific name.
Grainy polychrome patina. Abrasions.
The Gelede country in Nigeria pays homage to mothers through a cult of fertility, especially the older ones, whose powers are said to be comparable to those of the Yoruba gods, or orisa , and ancestors, osi and which can be used for the benefit but also for the misfortune of society. In the latter case these women are named aje . Masked ceremonies, through performances using masks, costumes and ...


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Gelede Yoruba mask
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Gelede in African art. Gelede mask featuring a face topped with a superstructure composed of arched, rectilinear elements and bird figures. In Nigeria, also in Benin, this African mask worn on top of the head is used for the Gelede society's celebratory dances, and on the occasion of the funerals of its followers. These masks occur in pairs, each with a specific name. Matt polychrome patina, cracks and abrasions from use. Gelede country in Nigeria pays homage to mothers, especially the older ones, whose powers are said to be comparable to those of the Yoruba gods, or orisa, and ancestors, osi and which can be used for the benefit but also for the misfortune of society. In the latter case these women are named aje. Masked ceremonies, through performances using masks, costumes, and ...


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Epa Yoruba Mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Epa mask

The Ekiti of the northeastern part of the Yoruba region use polychrome heaumes masks of a wide variety of types associated with the Epa ( or Elefon) cult. They appear at funerals or rites of passage. The release of these masks, which have been painted by their owners, takes place every two years. These ceremonies are also supposed to increase fertility. This is a sanctuary mask that benefited from libations. Crusty patina. The Yoruba, more than 20 million, occupy southwestern Nigeria and the central and southeastern region of Benin under the name Nago. They are patrilineal, practice excision and circumcision. The kingdoms of Oyo and Ijebu arose following the demise of the Ife civilization and still form the basis of the Yoruba political structure. The Oyo created two cults ...


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Yoruba maternity figure
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Tribal art > African Statues > Yoruba figure

This African sculpture naturalistic, allowing according to the Yoruba communication with the afterlife, features as a maternal figure 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 the Yoruba Egba and Ijebu. It could also symbolize Orunmila , goddess of divination.
Intended to be enthroned on an altar, she was worshipped by members of the powerful Ogboni, or Osugbo, society in charge of justice.
Satin polychrome patina, abrasions.
Centered on the veneration of its gods, or orisà, the Yoruba religion relies on artistic sculptures with coded messages (aroko). The kingdoms of Oyo and Ijebu arose following the demise of the Ife ...


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Yoruba offering box
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Tribal art > African Jar > Yoruba box

A lidded vessel, decorated with various subjects, human figures, associated with ancestors and spirits orisa, and bird figures symbolizing divination are carved in the round. Bas-relief interlacing adorns the rectangular chest. Faded polychromy, matte patina, minimal cracks and abrasions.
Centered on the veneration of its gods, or orisà, Yoruba religion relies on artistic sculptures with coded messages ( aroko ). These spirits are believed to intercede with the supreme god Olodumare . The cups are intended for votive offerings, gifts for visitors, or for divination. Sculptures of this type decorated palaces in Yoruba country. Linear scarifications mark the faces of the characters with the aim not only of increasing their physical beauty, but also of identifying the rank or ...


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Yoruba Arugba Caryatid Cup
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Tribal art > African Jar > Yoruba statue

The monumental sculpture of African art from the Yoruba region.
A container with a lid, symbolizing the world, is supported by a seated female subject. Human figures, evocations of fertility, ancestors and orisa spirits, were sculpted in the round while faces adorn the cup. The different scenes refer to mythology and Yoruba gods. Matt polychrome patina, minimal cracks.
Centered on the veneration of its gods, or orisà , the Yoruba religion is based on artistic sculptures with coded messages ( aroko ). These spirits are believed to intercede with the supreme god Olodumare . The cups are intended for votive offerings, gifts for visitors, or for divination. Sculptures of this type decorated the palaces of the Yoruba country. Linear scarifications mark the faces of the ...


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Gelede Yoruba mask
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Crest carved in the shape of a head with a long cylinder around the face. Its extremities rest laterally Its ends rest laterally. Partially cracked polychrome crusty patina. Cracks of desiccation.
The Gelede cult is a contemporary heritage, based on ancestral traditions: the Unesco made it part of the ICH ( Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity) in 2008 . Concerning the Gelede ceremonies, practiced mostly in the western Yoruba kingdoms, the masks are built on the same principle: a face (of the mask-heaven type) and a scene that develops on top of the mask. These are used in masquerades dedicated to the "Supreme Mother"Iya ...


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Epa Ekiti Yoruba mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Yoruba mask

The Ekiti of the eastern part of the Yoruba region use polychrome helm masks illustrating the prosperity of the community. Our example consists of a helmet mask on which are erected animal figures carved in the round. These rams symbolize strength and fertility. These masks, which have been painted by their owners, are brought out every two years. Despite the weight of the masks, the dancers perform spectacular acrobatic demonstrations. These ceremonies are also supposed to increase fertility. Polychrome crusty patina. Cracks and erosions.
The Yoruba, more than 20 million, occupy southwestern Nigeria and the central and southeastern region of Benin under the name Nago. They are patrilineal, practice excision and circumcision. The kingdoms of Oyo and Ijebu arose ...


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Gelede Yoruba helmet mask
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This voluminous helmet mask topped with a curious winged beret displays large bulging eyes, a particularity of the Yoruba style. The surface is openworked with sculpted bands forming a beautiful and unusual cross-shaped effect. Polychrome ganular patina. Gelede country in Nigeria pays homage to mothers, especially the older ones, whose powers are said to be comparable to those of the Yoruba gods, or orisa , and ancestors, osi and which can be used for the benefit but also for the misfortune of society. In the latter case these women are named aje . Masked ceremonies, through performances using masks, costumes and dances, are supposed to exhort mothers to use their extraordinary qualities for a pacifying and constructive purpose, for the good of society. In rigorously ...


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Yoruba maternity figure
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Tribal art > African Maternity > Yoruba Maternity

This naturalistic altar sculpture, allowing communication with the afterlife, features as a maternal figure 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 the Yoruba Egba and Ijebu. It could also symbolize Orunmila , goddess of divination.
Intended to be enthroned on an altar, it was venerated by members of the powerful Ogboni, or Osugbo, society in charge of justice.
Matt crusty patina, very light pink ochre highlights. Missing.
Centered on the veneration of its gods, or orisà, the Yoruba religion relies on artistic sculptures with coded messages (aroko). The kingdoms of Oyo and Ijebu arose following the demise of the Ife ...


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Masque Yoruba Ekiti Epa
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Tribal art > African mask > Masque Ekiti

Ex-collection of Belgian African tribal art.

The Ekiti of the northeastern part of the yoruba region use polychrome heaume masks associated with the Epa cult, illustrating the prosperity of the community. They appear during funerals or rites of passage. The base of the mask, named ikoko, is surmounted by a plateau on which two zoomorphic figures are carved in a round-bump. These masks, which will have been painted by their owners, are taken out every two years. Despite the weight of the masks, the dancers perform spectacular acrobatic demonstrations. These ceremonies are also supposed to increase fertility. Clear patina with polychrome highlights. Cracks, slight abrasions, and xylophagous impressions.
The Yoruba, more than 20 million, occupy the southwestern ...


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Ifé Yoruba commemorative head in bronze
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Tribal art > African bronze > Ifé bronze

Figurative bronze depicting the Oni, king of Ife the cradle city of the Yoruba, wearing a highly detailed crown. Nowadays the king of Ifé wears a similar badge of office, formed by a vertical braided segment ending in a pointed bulge. Such a head was attached to the top of a dressed wooden effigy to represent the deceased king at the funeral and then buried after the ceremony in a shrine near the palace. Grainy texture, greenish-black patina encrusted with ochre. The city of Ifé in Nigeria was in the 15th century the center of a powerful forest state west of the Niger Delta. The work of bronze was a prerogative of the king "oni", according to the technique of lost wax. These prestigious objects embodying the rulers were placed on the royal altars for ceremonial use. It would be an ...

Yoruba monumental cup with offerings
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Tribal art > African Jar > Yoruba Cup

Monumental sculpture of African art from the Yoruba region. Lidded vessels, adorned with a variety of subjects, are superimposed above figures of caryatids framing a central, seated figure. The human figures, evocations of fertility, ancestors, and orisa spirits, were carved in the round while bas-relief motifs adorn the walls of the central rectangular bowl. The various scenes refer to Yoruba mythology. Faded polychromy, matt patina, minimal cracks and abrasions. Centered on the veneration of its gods, or orisà, Yoruba religion relies on artistic sculptures with coded messages ( aroko ). These spirits are believed to intercede with the supreme god Olodumare . The cups are intended for votive offerings, gifts for visitors, or for divination. Sculptures of this type decorated ...

Fetish Boccio, Botchio, Fon
Tribal art > African fetish > Statuette Vodou

This feminine figure collected at Porot Novo is devoid of ritual accessories. She springs from a fragment of wood on narrow legs. In the same axis, the bust is framed by half-bent arms that seem to be tightened on the abdomen in a protective gesture. Positioned high up, the small chest is pointed. An enigmatic face surmounts the whole. Weathered wood, granular furrowed surface of soft and satiny texture. Blackish prints resulting from libations.
The botchio (from bo : "evil spell" in Fon, and tchio , "corpse") erected at the top of a pole was erected at the entrance of the village or a house in order to keep away from it any threat, physical or spiritual. Some of them took minimalist forms, barely sketched around a central trunk. The multitude of gods fon (the vodun), ...


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Masque Epa Ekiti Yoruba
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The Ekiti of the eastern part of the yoruba region use polychrome heaume masks illustrating the prosperity of the community. Our copy is surmounted by a male figure leaning on sceptres carved with human motifs. These subjects are associated with the various gods of the Yoruba pantheon. These masks, which are painted by their owners, are released every two years. Despite the weight of the masks, the dancers perform spectacular acrobatic demonstrations. These ceremonies are also supposed to increase fertility. Crusty polychrome patina. The Yoruba, more than 20 million, occupy the southwestern part of Nigeria and the central and southeastern part of Benin under the name of Nago. They are patrilineal and practice excision and circumcision. The kingdoms of Oyo and Ijebu were born ...


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Gelede Yoruba mask
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Ex-collection Belgian African tribal art.
This ancient African Yoruba Gelede mask forms a crest that was worn on the top of the head. His face has a rounded shape with expressive features and is animated by large almond-shaped eyes with pierced pupils. The relief treatment of the upper eyelids, bordered with black pigment to create a thick fringe of lashes, lend an almost hypnotic femininity to the eyes. Velvety patina of use, old cracked polychromy, prints of xylophages. Crack on one side. The Gelede cult has become a contemporary heritage, based on ancestral traditions: the Unesco has included it in the PCI (Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity) in 2008.
Concerning the ceremonies of the ...


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Yoruba Nago mask of the Gelede cult
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The Gelede in African art. In Nigeria, also in Benin, this African mask in the form of a janiform heame is accompanied by its suit in cotton fabric and colorful velvet. It is used for gelede society's rejoicing dances, and for the funeral of its followers. These masks occur in pairs, each with a specific name. A stage composed of figures of musicians and acrobats rests on the hem endowed with a dazzling polychromy and traditional Yoruba ethnic scarifications. Excellent condition. Patine mate.
The Gelede country in Nigeria pays tribute to the mothers, especially the oldest of them, whose powers would be comparable to those of the Yoruba gods, or orisa, and the ancestors, osi and who can be used for the benefit but also for the misfortune of society. In the latter case these women ...

Yoruba Cup Carrier
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Cup bearers in traditional African art from Nigeria.
The priestess with female and male attributes, her cheeks marked with scarifications in three vertical "kpélé" claws, kneels and supports a cup for offerings or divination. She holds a scepter and a rattle for dancing. Singularly, the cup decorated with Orunmila's faces is not hollow and may have served as a tray. The Yoruba religion is based on artistic sculptures with coded messages ( aroko ). These spirits are supposed to intercede with the supreme god Olodumare .
Crusty patina . Polychrome matt pastillage. Desiccation cracks and abrasions. <. Within the Yoruba pantheon, Orunmila is the deity "orisa" who is consulted in case of problems through the divination ifà thanks to the diviner babalawo ( iyanifà for a ...


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Yoruba Altar Figure
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Tribal art > African Statues > Yoruba Maternity

Focused on the veneration of its gods, or orisà, the Yoruba religion relies on artistic sculptures with coded messages (aroko). This altar for communication with the afterlife depicts as a maternal figure one of the many female goddesses, the goddess of the earth Onilé ("owner of the House"), guarantor of longevity, peace, and resources, and linked to the powerful Ogboni society among Yoruba Egba and Ijebu. It could also symbolize Orunmila , goddess of divination. A ritual statue to be placed on an altar, it was revered by members of the powerful Ogboni Society, or Osugbo, in charge of justice. Polychrome patina coated with a crusty coating. The kingdoms of Oyo and Ijebu were born following the demise of the Ifé civilization and are still the basis of the yoruba's political structure. ...


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Altar sculpture Yoruba Osé sango
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Tribal art > African Statues > Cavalier Yoruba

Glorifying an ancient deified king, a rider figure surrounded by servants forms the central subject of the scene established on a circular handle tray. This sculpture is associated with the cult sango symbolized by a double axis. The equine, rare in the region, was an attribute of prestige that was reserved for the nobility and the sovereigns. At the top, a plank connecting the heads is carved from an iguana or crocodile. . Focused on the veneration of his gods, or orisà, the religion yoruba relies on artistic sculptures with coded messages (aroko). They are designed by sculptors at the request of followers, soothsayers and their clients. These spirits are supposed to intercede with the supreme god Olodumare. Crusty patina. Cracks and abrasions.
Soruba, more than 20 million, occupy ...

Yoruba Fertility Fetish Doll
Tribal art > African fetish > Yoruba statuette

Set on two thin legs apart from the width of the pelvis, this feminine figure, reduced, has amazing protruding and asymmetrical pupils giving it the appearance of an insect or even a small animal. Stretched eyebrows largely overlook the eye, while the nose and mouth are carefully sculpted into the extremity of the chin. The tubular neck extends from two tiny breasts supported by the character's hands. It is a fetish for individual use from Akpro-Missérété. Smoothed by a regular grip, the patina has adopted an orange-brown hue. Long desication cracks.
Vingt-five million Yoruba are scattered between Nigeria, Benin, and Togo. Among the broad pantheon Yoruba, the god named Ogun god of iron and war, was also that of blacksmiths and sculptors. The creator Olodumare reigns over four ...


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