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The site Art Tribal offers a wide selection of tribal art objects, masks, statues, bronzes and everyday objects. All these tribal works are rigorously selected from international private collections.

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

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

Bodi Mask
Tribal art > African mask > Bodi Mask

Mask in the form of a basketwork structure draped in textile, imprisoning a bouquet of feathers at the top, the whole abundantly lined with raffia fibers. The whole thing formed a strange hat for the dancer whose mask consisted of facial paintings. Established in the Ogooué basin, the Okandé group of Membé language, neighbor of the Punu, Pounou, is composed of the Tsogho, Pové (Vuvi), Okandé, Evea, and Apindji ethnic groups. These ethnic groups practice the cult of Mwiri, a male initiation society. Source: "Masks of Gabon", ed. Wakes; http://www.theatramour.com/masque_bodi.php.


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750.00

Fang Sickle
Tribal art > Usual african items > Fang Sickle

Former parade weapon, this sickle has a wooden handle with a lustrous patina. The blade has a grainy oxidized patina.
The Fang ethnic group, established in a region stretching from Yaoundé in Cameroon to Ogooué in Gabon, has never had political unity. Clan cohesion was maintained through religious and judicial associations such as so and ngil .


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380.00

Salawaka Shield
Tribal art > Shields > Salawaka Shield

Traditional shield carved in monoxyle wood, in the shape of a long hourglass. The concave surface tapers in the center, and features a thick grip on the reverse. The wood is dyed with coloring plant and mineral decoctions and inlaid with mother-of-pearl elements. "Salawaku" means "protection", the shield symbolizes a body, and the inlaid patterns of the parts of this anatomy. The drop-shaped inlays would be associated with the eyes, the number of which is related to the enemies that the ancestors defeated. The shield can be part of the dowry and is carried in the left hand during the cakalele warrior dance or the hoyla, ceremonial wedding dance.


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1650.00

Rice billhook
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Tribal art > Art of the world > Rice billhook

Collection of French Asian art.
This rice-harvesting sickle, named Kândiev trâkong in Cambodia, is made of buffalo horn, the smooth and oiled surface of which has a khaki tint. Its curve is inspired by the naga serpent and traditional Southeast Asian myths. Copper rings surround the handle, the end of which is lined with brass and copper. The cutting edge of the blade offers a very finely serrated edge.
Old piece whose balance of curved shapes is enhanced by a quality base.


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Gelede Mask
Tribal art > African mask > Gelede Mask

French African tribal art collection.
This African mask forms a miniature reproduction of a large mask from the Gelede society, i.e. a human head surmounted by a scene, in this case a seated figure of divinity, surrounded by minor subjects . Intended for individual use, this type of object sat on the family altar. Matte polychrome patina.
The Gelede country in Nigeria pays tribute to mothers, especially the oldest among them, whose powers are said to be comparable to those of the Yoruba gods, or orisa, and the ancestors, osi< /i> 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 meant to urge mothers to use their extraordinary ...


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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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780.00

Idoma Maternity
Tribal art > African Maternity > Idoma Maternity

French African art collection.
African statuette of an altar belonging to a widespread cult among the animist Idoma as well as among the Igala and the Yoruba of the South. This traditional sculpture is supposed to promote fertility and protect offspring. These statues which benefited from offerings were preserved in sanctuaries. Chipped reddish-brown patina, kaolin residue around the eyes. Losses (feet), desication cracks.
The Idoma live at the confluence of the Bénué and the Niger. Numbering 500,000, they are farmers and traders. There are Igbo, Cross River and Igala influences in their art and customs and it is often difficult to distinguish them from their neighbours. Royal lineage members of their oglinye society, glorifying courage, wear masks and crests during ...


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680.00

Kachina Doll
Tribal art > Art of the world > Kachina Doll

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. Traditional Kachina dolls are, for the Amerindian Pueblo group (Hopi, Zuni, Tewa Village, Acoma Pueblo and Laguna Pueblo), educational tools offered to children at the end of ritual celebrations. These statuettes, embodying a great diversity of spirits, represent the katchina dancers and the colors are associated with the cardinal points. The patina is matte and velvety, minor abrasions.


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750.00

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

Shield Tutsi
Tribal art > Shields > Shield Tutsi

Shield of elliptical and convex shape, with regular dense and neat braiding, and whose center bears a wooden protuberance.
A nomadic people, the Tutsi were particularly decimated by the Islamic slave trade and by recurrent internal wars. The groups of people called "Bantous interlacustres", established between Lake Victoria and the Limpopo River, include the Ganda, Nyoro, Nkole, Soga, Toro, Hima, and the Tutsi of Rwanda and Burundi. Their cultures have similarities, like their artistic production and their objects of daily use. The Tutsi raise cattle. They also excel in the art of weaving and basketry. Source: "Africa, the art of a continent" Ed. Prestel P.157


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780.00

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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Bushoong mask
Tribal art > African mask > Bushoong mask

Enthronement and funeral rites in African art
More than twenty types of masks are used among the Kuba, with meanings and functions that vary from group to group. Ritual ceremonies were an opportunity to display decorative arts and masks, in order to honor the spirit of the deceased or to honor the king.
Associated with dances that took place in the royal enclosure, this copy is known as Nady Amwaash (Ngaady Un Mwash) and embodies Woot's wife/sister, a character said to have been introduced in order to give more prominence to the role of women. Sporting the headdress of the Kuba queens behind a shaved forehead, this mask comes complete with painted geometric designs and trim running along the nose between the blind eyes. Formerly used currency, cowries refer to wealth and ...


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550.00

Mbete Statuette
Tribal art > African Statues > Mbete Statuette

Small male figure associated with the cult of the ancestors, carved in dense wood then carefully veneered, using fine staples, with copper metal sheets with khaki reflections. Encased in a thick neck, the head offers a flat face whose summary features are distinguished by their exorbitant pupils. The bust of the subject, on which the folded arms are concentrated, is supported by bent legs whose roundness expresses power. The posture would be one of those accompanying ceremonial dances. The metal is engraved with patterns evoking tribal body markings and braids highlighting the crested headdress.
The Mbete, Ambete, form a tribe of Gabon, on the border of the Middle Congo, close to the Obamba and the Pounou, whose history has been marked by a long-term conflict against the Teke. ...


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490.00

Head Benin
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Tribal art > African bronze > Head Benin

Wearing a fishnet that was made from coral beads, this late type head represents a dignitary from Benin. A symbol of wealth, this coral reserved for kings and dignitaries of the palace had to be regularly anointed with the blood of victims in order to acquire magical power. Dark patina, ocher reflections.
The many bronze heads and statues created with lost wax by the craftsmen of Benin were reserved for the exclusive use of the inhabitants of the royal palace and, most often, placed on altars consecrated by each new oba, king of the ethnic group. . These rectangular altars were surmounted by heads, statues, carved ivory tusks, bells and staves. The Oba commemorated was thereby subject to offerings in order to come into contact with his spirit. Another tradition also evokes the ...


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Tiv figure
Tribal art > African Statues > Tiv figure

Belgian African Art Collection.
People with diverse traditions have settled in the savannah north of the Niger and Benué rivers. The tiv originating in Cameroon are composed of farmers living on the banks of the left bank of the Benué. Their statues are of two types : of a naturalist type, these figures take the form of female representations, some of which formed the top of posts of reception boxes. The seconds, called ihambé, associated with fertility, feature seated characters. Witchcraft, in the hands of the elders through fetishes, pervades tiv society.
Akumbo family protective fetishes are kept in individual huts. It is during births, hunting and agrarian rituals that their role comes into play. They are also supposed to protect against the ancient transformed into ...


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2900.00

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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Belt Omakipa
Tribal art > Jewels > Belt Omakipa

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Population of the Ambo group, the Cuanhama live in the south of the People's Republic of Angola. The herds of cattle, "objects of all care", constitute the main resource of the Cuanhama and the cattle are only killed on the occasion of events of major importance. The adornment presented was used to maintain the skirt of red fabric composing the traditional feminine dress reserved for celebrations. Shell bottoms used as coins and blocks of ivory were attached to a thong of bovine leather (omuya). According to the number of omakipa blocks symbolizing the size of the herd, this adornment determines the fortune of the man. The omakipa prestige belt is thus offered to the young bride by her spouse ...


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1950.00

Ngombe Statue
Tribal art > African Statues > Ngombe Statue

Old abstract figure with a flat head on which the lines are engraved presents a tubular bust rising from a zoomorphic lower part. A cylindrical cavity takes the place of the genitals.
Patina of use, satiny areas alternating with velvety abraded areas, erosions and desication cracks.
An object of a similar type is illustrated on page 127 of "100 people of Zaire and their Sculpture", Marc Léo Félix.
The relatively small Ngombe artistic production was marked by the influence of neighboring groups, Ngbandi and Ngbaka. These sculptures, mostly magical fetishes, were used by the soothsayer bendo to promote hunting. The Ngombe migrated from Lake Victoria in East Africa. After dispersing, some of them settled among the Ngala on the banks of the Zaire River.


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490.00

Dogon statue
Tribal art > African Statues > Dogon statue

N'duleri-style Dogon statue depicting a griot with a stringed musical instrument, a lute named djéli-n'goni among the Bambara (lute of the griots), or n' koni. The sound box was made of half a calabash. Miniature characters, relating to the myths of the Dogon creation, form the uprights of the seat or seat the ancestor. These symbols, associated with the role of music in rituals, refer to the magical nature of sculpture. Brown patina, eroded oiled surface.
Sculpted for the most part on order placed by a family and in this case arranged on the family altar Tiré Kabou, Dogon tribal statues can also be the object of worship on the part of the whole community when they commemorate, for example, the founding of the village. These statues, sometimes embodying the nyama of the ...


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