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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.

Dogon mask
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Heavy stylized mask associated with monkey. The projecting forehead, flanked by ears, houses a concave space incised with slits for the eyes. Horizontal elements indicate the jaw. Oiled, velvety surface.
Erosions.
The Ko mask of the Dogon is one of three types of monkey masks: Dege figures a baboon, and the Ko and Omono masks depict thrush monkeys .
The monkeys feed on the fruit of the baobab tree and the ears of millet that they steal from the fields. This tribal mask was worn with a skirt made of sansevière fibers that concealed the dancer . The dancer's choreography was accompanied by warnings.
More than eighty types of Dogon masks are listed, of which the best known are the Kanaga, Sirigé, Satimbé, Walu. Most of them are used by the circumcised ...


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Dogon mask
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Among Dogon animal masks, masks associated with the antelope are found in slightly different aspects. One interpretation of the mask is that it plays a role similar to the Ci Wara of the Bamana, in connection with mythical beings of creation.
Velvety patina of use, residual pinkish and bluish pigments still perceptible among traces of kaolin. Cracks of desiccation. Height on base : 78 cm. Marcel Griaule counted no less than 78 types of Dogon masks during his fieldwork. This piece, with its stylized features, is characteristic of Dogon creations. The latter, influenced by their predecessors in the Bandiagara region, the Tellem, have retained this verticality in their pieces. In parallel with Islam, Dogon religious rites are organized around four main cults: the Lebe, ...


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Mumuye Statue
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The vigorous size of this mumuye figure gave rise to a powerful anatomy of dynamic aspect. The sagittal crest, framed by thick distended lobes, composes like a helmet around summarily traced features, concentrated under the hairstyle. Velvety matte patina, lacks.
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The statuary emanating from the northwestern region of the middle Benoué, from the Kona Jukun, to the Mumuye and up to the Wurkun populations is distinguished by a relative absence of ornamentation and a refined stylization. The 100,000 speakers of the Adamawa language form a group called Mumuye and are grouped into villages, dola, divided into two groups: those of fire (tjokwa) relating to blood and the color red, guardians of the Vabong cult, among whom are elected the rulers, and those of the ...


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Makonde statue
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It is for aesthetic purposes that the ears, as well as the lips, were deformed with the help of labrets among the Makonde tribal groups. This female effigy with a slender morphology shows an infant. Facial tattoos were drawn with beeswax, and scarified patterns were also printed for aesthetic purposes. This statue symbolizing an ancestor also refers to creation, according to which the first Makonde man carved a female image that became the mother of his children and has been venerated ever since.
Orange-brown patina, residual ochre inlays.
The Makonde, a matrilineal Bantu population of northern Mozambique and southern Tanzania, wore helmet-masks called lipiko, mapiko , during initiation ceremonies for young men. The Makonde venerate an ancestor , which explains the ...


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Lega mask
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Ex-collection of Belgian African tribal art.
This African Lega mask offers a shallow, narrow volume. Vertical horns stand at the top, and the eyes are treated in rectangles on either side of a very long nose. Light wood rubbed with a locally abraded dark coating. Erosion of the contours.
These masks indicated the stage their holders had reached in the Bwami, a learning society composed of different grades, and which was joined by wives whose spouses had reached the third level, that of ngandu. ngandu.


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Metoko Statue
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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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Punu mask
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Braids organized in shells cover the face of this punu mask devoid of the traditional "mabinda" scarifications. Carved in soft wood, this mask is representative of the African art productions of the Punu. Desiccation cracks, erosions.
The white masks of Gabon, itengi , (pl. Bitengi) were associated with the various secret societies of Gabon, including the Bwiti, Bwete, and the Mwiri ("to lead"), the latter ranging from several levels of initiation, to which all Punu men belonged, and whose emblem was the caiman (hence, for some, the motif with saurian scales). The punu did not involve any mask in the rituals of Bwiti, unlike the Tsogo. This object, evocation of a deceased young woman, was exhibited during the dance called Okuyi. These powerful secret societies, which also ...


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Dogon Gate
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Tribal art > Door shutter > Dogon Gate

The closing systems of the Sudanese regions in African art
This old Dogon door evokes the rich Dogon cosmogony. According to Dogon mythology, the first inhabitants of the Bandiagara area crossed the river on the back of a crocodile. The door is made of three vertical planks held together by a lintel and large metal staples.
The motifs present on the doors in Mali, apart from their decorative value, are intended to deter the intruder, whether human or animal, from entering. The locks, like the doors, are cut in wood chosen according to the function of the building in which they will be used. Because each plant is attributed specific virtues.
Beautiful patina of use rather clear, locally abraded.


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Kumu mask
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African mask of circumcision, coming from Ituria. The specificity of this African mask of the Komo lies in its large gaping eyes and its sharp teeth. The abrupt block of the nose reinforces the aggressiveness of this face marked with deep oblique scarifications. Abraded velvety patina.

The Kumu live primarily in the northeast and central regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Their Bantu language is Komo or Kikomo . Several ethnic groups are closely intertwined, with similar associations: the Mbole, Yela, Lengola, and Metoko. Their artistic production also has great similarities with that of the Metoko and Lengola. Their divination masks were exhibited at the closing ceremonies of the initiation and circumcision of the youth of the nkunda society.


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Katatora of Songye
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Sculpture whose curved center forms a support for divination techniques. Its janiform iconography, in relation to kifwebe masks, symbolizes a double question: with regard to the world of the living, and towards ancestors. Medium brown patina, desication cracks.

The Songye and the neighbouring ethnic groups share many institutions, including those related to divinatory rites. Thus in some areas luba songye-style sculptures were dedicated to divination techniques. The nganga will interpret the signs of movement of objects placed on the flat surface and rubbed on the support, in order to propose a solution to the misfortunes of its client.
Sye came from the Shaba region of the DRC and settled between the Lualaba River and the Sankuru River in the middle of the savannah and ...


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Kaka figure
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Ex-collection Of African art, >This anthropomorphic figures were identified late, with some details evoking the Statuary Mumuye.Coated with a thick crusty patina, this figure offering an ovoid skull extended with a pointed beard is frozen in a slightly picked posture, arms in a circle arch accentuating the abdominal bulge. From the angle of the distant knees develop fully from the feet in half-pallets. A miniature figure appears to be clinging to the back of the character.
The Kaka ethnic group, whose name fulani comes from German settlers, is located in a border area between Nigeria and Cameroon. Their statuary shows some influence from other ethnic groups such as the Mumuye, whose statues also have short, flexed legs topped with a slender body. Their very thick and crusty patina, ...


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Oromo basket
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This three-foot basket was used to collect Injera, a kind of spongy crepe characteristic of Ethiopian cuisine. Generally they are made from a fermented seed from a local grass on Teff or Fonio.
Everying among Oromos, the pancake was made from corn flour or millet.
The object has a basket frame whose outer surface has then been draped in animal skin, which also constitutes the transport strips.


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Ritual cup Koro Gbene
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Anthropomorphic figure with upright arms, perched in a slight inclination on a stylized head with large hollow circular ears, its abdomen forms a cup intended to contain beer or palm wine on the occasion of ritual ceremonies. The feet and hands are fingered and their spaces are coated with white kaolin. The character has three long parallel streaks on the face related to tribal scarification. Beautiful polychromy.Drying cracks. Lack and strongly eroded base resting on a suitable base. According to some authors, two people were drinking at the same time (Arts of Nigeria, A. Lebas) It is in the northern part of the interior of Nigeria that the Koro, along with the Waja, Mama, Hausa, and Dakakari. Mostly known for their masks adorned with red seeds of forefathers embodying the ancestors, ...


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Ijo Mask
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Sculptures of African art and "cubist" tribal masks
This mask from the central Ijo region, standing out from the style of the Ijo Kalabari, is associated with the spirits of nature. It was used by one of the male brotherhoods sekiapu or "dancing people" who wore it obliquely on the head. The central panel with a stylized face with protruding eyes is extended by three tubular protrusions, while the upper panel has two tiny faces separated by vertical elements. The patina is a matt, mottled patina with polychrome highlights. Desiccation cracks.
The Ijo of the Niger Delta live mainly from fishing and agriculture, and their small villages are located in swampy areas west of the Nun River, so their cosmogony has naturally centered around this environment. References to their ...


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Head Ngbandi
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Ex-collection African tribal art American.
.This fine-featured head is thought to have come from a carved Ngbirondo figure embodying a family ancestor. Funerary statues were also used by the Ngbandi, and sculptures of a couple yangba and his sister, equivalent to the Seto and Nabo ancestors of the Ngbaka.
The pointed chin and scarification on the bridge of the nose are characteristic of the ethnic group. Dense black patina, numerous erosions. Height on base: 41 cm.
The Ngbaka form a homogeneous people from the northwest of the D.R.C., south of the Ubangui. The Ngbandi live in the east ( on the left bank of the Ubangi) and the Ngombe in the south. The initiation of youth, "gaza" or "ganza" (which gives strength) among the Ngbaka and Ngbandi, has many similarities, ...


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Bamoun Defenses
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These wooden horns, once ivory elephant tusks, framed the throne on which the king sat during his weekly meetings with the people. Beaded, open sections, or sculpted with relief decorative motifs follow one another on the ensemble. Figures of buffalo heads, lizards or caimans, and royal effigies and dignitaries refer to the hierarchy of bamoun and bamileke society and to the prestige and wealth of the region. Zoomorphic figures are associated with the divination, power and qualities expected of the sovereign.
Lustrous mingable, fine desication cracks.
Situated in the border region of Nigeria, the northwestern province of Cameroon , the Grassland is made up of several ethnic groups: Tikar, Anyang, Widekum, Chamba, Bamoun and Bamileke. Several centralized chiefdoms, or ...


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Bamileke throne
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Tribal art > African Chair > Bamileke throne

Monoxyl piece in carved wood covered with a fabric of rabane sewn with pearls and cowries, symbolizing wealth. The juxtaposed colors enhance the volumes and figurative motifs associated with chieftaincy and its myths.

Located in the border region of Nigeria, the North West Province of Cameroon, Grassland is made up of several ethnic groups: Tikar, Anyang, Widekum, Chamba, Bamoun, or Bamum and Bamileke. Several centralized chiefdoms, or kingdoms, based on customary associations, secret societies, are organized around the Fon which has broad powers. Among the Bamilekes of Sudano-Bantu origin, as in other ethnic groups, art objects testified to their owner's place in society. The seats, the ornamentation of which varied according to social status, were carved for current ...


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Bamileke throne
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Tribal art > African Chair > Bamileke throne

Monoxyl piece in carved wood covered with a fabric of rabane sewn with pearls and cowries, symbolizing wealth. The juxtaposed colors enhance the volumes and patterns, associated with chieftaincy.
A basic structure is carved in wood and then covered, above a canvas of rabane, with a lattice of imported pearls and cowry shells whose colors correspond to the different chiefdoms.

Located in the border region of Nigeria, the North West Province of Cameroon, Grassland is made up of several ethnic groups: Tikar, Anyang, Widekum, Chamba, Bamoun, or Bamum and Bamileke. Several centralized chiefdoms, or kingdoms, based on customary associations, secret societies, are organized around the Fon which has broad powers. Among the Bamilekes of Sudano-Bantu origin, as in other ...


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Bamileke stool
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Tribal art > African Chair > Bamileke stool

In African art, the Bamiléké demonstrate their know-how through the use of multicolored beads.
This monoxyl seat, named rü mfo among the Bamum, Kuo koko for the Bamileke, presents human figurative motifs, associated with the chiefdom. A basic structure is carved in wood to then be covered, above a canvas of rabane, with a lattice of imported pearls and cowries, an old currency associated with wealth.
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Located in the border region of Nigeria, the North West Province of Cameroon, Grassland is made up of several ethnic groups: Tikar, Anyang, Widekum, Chamba, Bamoun, or Bamum and Bamileke. Several centralized chiefdoms, or kingdoms, based on customary associations, secret societies, are organized around the Fon which has broad ...


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Figure Vili
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Housed in the ventral capsule blocked by a window of this kneeling figure, the bilongo (or bolongo), an amalgam of offensive or defensive magic ingredients, reinforces the powerful symbolism associated with the character's vengeful attitude. Indeed, not only does his devious face express an aggressiveness supported by the hollowed-out mouth and the trance gaze, but the detail of the dorsal ribs could indicate, according to W. MACGAFFEY in Treasures of Africa, a respiratory disease lubanzi.
Abrasions of the crusty polychrome patina.

The Vili, the Lâri, the Sûndi, the Woyo, the Bembé, the Bwende, the Yombé and the Kôngo formed the group Kôngo , led by King ntotela. Their kingdom reached its peak in the 16th century with the ivory, copper and slave trade. Similarly, beliefs ...


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Yaka Statue
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African art, the charms of lineages
State of African tribal art Yaka whose singularity lies in the trumpet nose, phallic symbol also associated with the elephant. These primitive African statues, which provided protection from enemies and were linked to fertility, were made according to the instructions of the Nganga ngoombu and the object's sponsor. This powerful object of tribal art was then activated using rituals and incantatory formulas. This statue with a golden patina comes from the vast collection of African tribal art of Mr. Guy Mercier, now deceased, consultant for the Solvay group, which began it at the beginning of the 20th century. While radiating in West and Central Africa as part of his work, and collecting in-situ works, the majority of his collection is nevertheless ...


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