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Salampasu mask
African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Salampasu mask

Associated with the ceremonies and initiation rites of the warrior society, this African mask also appeared at funerals in connection with the deceased's previous initiations, and, in many cases, for a fee. The power of some masks was furthermore so feared that their name alone caused women and children to flee. These masks are distinguished by their bulbous foreheads, blunt noses and mouths revealing carved teeth.
Height on base: 35 cm. Misses and erosions. Living from hunting and agriculture, a warlike people, the Salampasu form a tribe of the Lulua group and are settled between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola, east of the Kasai River. They are surrounded to the west and south by the Tschokwe and Lunda, and to the north and east by the Kete and Lwalwa. A ...


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Pende Mask
African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Pende Mask

African Pende Mbangu “disease” masks, also called Bwala-Bwala, exaggerate the symptoms of disorders such as epilepsy or facial paralysis, often attributed to witchcraft practices. These comical masks are worn by dancers who wear hats decorated with guinea fowl, coucal or turaco feathers, sometimes even lumbandu, a crown of leaves. Often decorated with a hump on the back, these masks accentuate the disabled appearance of the character. Originating from the upper Kwango region, Pende masks are distinguished by their angled noses, their distorted mouths, as well as their areas of contrasting colors, with a distinctive semi-matte patina.
The Western Pende live along the banks of the Kwilu, while the Easterners settled on the banks of the Kasai downstream of Tshikapa. Their rich ...


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Ashanti Doll
African art > African Dolls > Ashanti Doll

Traditional African object of the Ashanti and Fantis of Ghana, the African doll statuettes Akuaba (plural Akua'mma) form stylized amulets supposed to increase Fertility. The flat, circular head remains a constant. A beauty mark, the ringed neck symbolizes prosperity.
Orange-brown patina, abrasions.
Carried on the backs of women, these statues are also accompanied by various rites, such as the ingestion of a potion, or the placement of the object on the family altar. After the birth of the child, the sculpture is used as a toy, and sometimes still offered to the healer in order to witness its effectiveness.


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Bembe Bronze
African art > Bronze, leopard, messenger, warrior, statue, pirogues > Bembe Bronze

Belgian African art collection.
African statuette embodying an ancestor. The subject, with a protective aim, bears the keloid patterns testifying to the successive stages of the initiation to which he was subjected. Khaki patina rubbed with pink ocher for a ritual purpose.
Established on the plateaus of the People's Republic of Congo ex.Brazzaville, and not to be confused with the Bembe group of northern Lake Tanganinyika, the small Bwende group was influenced by Téké rites and culture, but especially by that of the Kongo. The Vili, the Lâri, the Sûndi, the Woyo, the Bembe, the Bwende, the Yombé and the Kôngo constituted the Kôngo group, led by king ntotela. Their kingdom reached its peak in the 16th century with the trade in ivory, copper and the slave trade. With the same ...


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Songye Mask
African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Songye Mask

Belgian collection of African art. Ceremonial African mask kifwebe. The term Kifwebe designates the mask, the society of masks, and the wearer of the mask belonging to the male secret society bwadi bwa kifwebe which ensured social control. Chipped matte patina, erosions and cracks.
In the 16th century, the Songyes migrated from the Shaba region to settle on the left bank of the Lualaba, in Katanga and Kasai. Their society is organized in a patriarchal way. Their history is inseparable from that of the neighboring Luba to whom 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 misfortunes which struck individuals. The masked performances of male masks provided an ...


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Lega Statue
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Lega Statue

Ex. Belgian collection.
African artlega and initiation materials.
African tribal sculpture Sakimatwematwe (Multi-heads) belonging to an initiate of Bwami, among the many others used throughout the initiations. The teacher guided the aspirant to a place where masks and statuettes were exhibited, and it was through careful observation that the future initiate had to guess the more or less complex meaning of these metaphors, the latter referring largely to proverbs. and sayings. Matte light patina, abrasions and drying cracks. A tuft of feathers was generally inserted at the top.
Relating to a Lega proverb, with two or more heads, this statuette would always illustrate the need for a global vision of events, and therefore the prudence, wisdom and impartiality that ...


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Mende Statue
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Mende Statue

Mende Statue probably relating to bundu ritual initiations. Localized abrasions, minor drying cracks, black oiled patina.
The Mende, Vaï and Gola cultures of Sierra Leone, Liberia and the west coast of Guinea are known for their helmet masks, including those of the Sandé female initiation society which prepares young people girls at the wedding. Mende masks are made by men and worn by women. The Bassa group of Liberia is established in the coastal region, more particularly around Grand-Bassa.


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Hopi Mask
African art > Art of the world > Hopi Mask

Witnesses to the traditions of the Hopi Indian peoples of Arizona, Katsinam sculpted objects (song. Kachina) are expressed during traditional dances accompanying the annual rain festivals. This mask topped with Hopi-type doll statuettes, flanked by movable panel ears and a protruding "beak", is cut with slit pupils outlined in black. The hues would indicate the nature of the spirit represented. The patina is matte, velvety, with drying cracks and abrasions.


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Lumbu statue
African art > Maternity, statues, bronze, wood > Lumbu statue

The statues of the Kongo clans of the northeast of Mayombe.
The small Kunyi group, surrounded by the Beembe, Yombe and Lumbu in the Democratic Republic of Congo, is renowned in African art for its sculptures embodying founding ancestors, notables or clan leaders, many of them being represented kneeling. Some Lumbu statues are hollowed out in order to receive ancestral relics or symbolic ingredients. This figurative female figure wears diamond-shaped keloids. Abraded kaolin patina, desiccation cracks and erosions.


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Kongo statuette
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Kongo statuette

French collection of African art.
The Solongo cultures of Angola and Yombé were largely influenced by the Kongo kingdom from which they borrowed naturalistic statuary and religious rites, in particular by means of sculpted nkondo nkisi fetishes.
African statuette evoking the mythical ancestor which is linked to fertility cults. Shiny red-brown patina. Very slight abrasions. The Vili, the Lâri, the Sûndi, the Woyo, the Bembé, the Bwende, the Yombé and the Kôngo constituted the Kôngo group, led by the ntotela king. Their kingdom reached its peak in the 16th century with the trade in ivory, copper and the slave trade. With the same beliefs and traditions, they produced statuary with codified gestures in relation to their vision of the world.
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Kuba Mask
African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Kuba Mask

The early African arts in "the lightning people".
Ngongo version of the voluminous and heavy royal Bwoom mask, supposedly blind, representing the pygmy, the man of the people nicknamed Twa. These masks were most often borrowed from Kuba groups. According to Joseph Cornet, this mask was introduced during the reign of a Kuba king, the nyim, who became insane after having his predecessor's offspring murdered. Dark satin-like patina, erosions, and cracks. Discreet polychrome highlights. The Kuba kingdom was founded in the 16th century by the Bushoong who are still ruled by a king today. More than twenty types of tribal masks are used among the Kuba or "lightning people", with meanings and functions that vary from group to group. Ritual ceremonies provided an opportunity to ...


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Fetish Mambila
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Fetish Mambila

Ex-collection of French African art.

Made according to recurring canons, these statues supposed to embody the ancestors often have small tenons on the head as headgear, such as this figure which also has horns. The head is classically engulfed in the shoulders, an unusual posture, one hand turned towards the bust, while the second is carried to the chin. The massive crenellated legs reproduce the angular volume of the abdomen. Crusty matte patina, polychrome highlights. Erosions. Despite their small number, the thirty thousand Mambila (or Mambilla, Mambere, Nor, Torbi, Lagubi, Tagbo, Tongbo, Bang, Ble, Juli, Bea) (the " men", in Fulani), installed in the northwest of Cameroon, have created a large number of masks and statues easily identifiable by their heart-shaped faces. ...


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Kaka statue
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Kaka statue

Etablie sur des pieds épais, cette figure aux membres fléchis semble énoncer une sentence de sa bouche béante. Les yeux sont traités en rectangles, les oreilles évidées en goutte, dans une tête sphérique pourvue d'une longue barbe. Le traitement des épaules La pièce est couverte d'une épaisse patine croûteuse. Ce type de statues était utilisée lors de rites funéraires et initiatiques. Fissures de dessication.

L'ethnie Kaka, dont le nom leur vient des colons Allemands, se situe dans une zone frontalière entre le Nigéria et le Cameroun. Leur statuaire démontre une certaine influence d'autres groupes ethniques tels que les Mumuye dont les statues présentent, elles aussi, des jambes courtes et fléchies surmontées d'un corps élancé. Leur patine très épaisse et croûteuse, leurs ...


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Statuette Lengola
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Statuette Lengola

Stylized African art of the forest tribes.
This figurine is reminiscent of Lega statuary. The face still offers the inlays of red and white colors around tubular pupils and a barely visible mouth. The narrow bust is framed by short digitized arms. These statuettes named akunga were used by members of the female ekongo society. Lustrous patina.
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 sculptures, subject to the influence of the neighboring Mbole, Lega and Binja, played a role during ...


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Lulua Mask
African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Lulua Mask

Ex-collection African art from Belgium.
This mask with large concave orbits and a curved pointed chin offers many similarities with those of the neighboring Mbagani. It appeared during circumcision rituals and at the funerals of notables. Locally abraded satin patient. Colored highlights.
Scarifications were signs of beauty with symbolic value, revealing extraordinary physical and moral qualities. The concentric circles suggest not only great stars, but also hope. "
Lulua Lulua is a generic term, referring to the large number of heterogeneous peoples who populate the region near the Lulua River, between the Kasai and Sankuru Rivers. The Lulua people migrated from West Africa during the 18th century and settled in the southern part of the Democratic Republic of ...


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Kuba cup
African art > Used objects, pulleys, boxes, loom, awale > Kuba cup

Among the prestigious objects, this palm wine cup with its stylized handles. The sculpted face recalls the features of the great royal Kuba masks. Glossy surface inlaid with kaolin residues. Cracks of desiccation.
The Kuba are renowned for the refinement of prestige objects created for the high ranks of their society. Indeed, several Kuba groups produced anthropomorphic objects with refined designs, including cups, drinking horns and goblets. The Lele settled in the western part of the Kuba kingdom, at the confluence of the Kasai and Bashilele rivers. Intercultural exchanges between the Bushoong of the Kuba territory and the Lele made the attribution of certain objects delicate, as both groups use the same iconography, composed of faces with elaborate hairstyles and ...


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Statuette Rungu
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African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Statuette Rungu

Statuette representing a woman sitting cross-legged, with a large round head topped with a triple crest. Very large double-rimmed eyes and fine features form the particularity of this sculpture. With her digitized hands extending graceful arms, she holds a cup in front of the bust. Gray patina, desiccation cracks. 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. Their king, called mwéné tafuna , lives in Zambia. A women's association, Kamanya , has dolls like those of the Tabwa.


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Lega figure
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African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Lega figure

Statuettes and moral codes in the African art of the Lega
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This Lega statuette, in the form of a conical-shaped neck surmounted by a double face, belonged to an initiate of the Bwami and was part of a set used throughout the initiations.
The teacher guided the lega aspirant to a place where African lega 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 objects, true metaphors referring largely to proverbs and sayings.
Those who were not allowed to see the object, in order to be protected from it, had to undergo costly ceremonies, and sometimes even join the lower rank of the Bwami,the kongabulumbu ,at great expense to the families. Each of these ...


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Statue Metoko
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Statue Metoko

The Metoko in African tribal art.
This small statuette with collected volumes is camped on large digitized feet, the hips surrounded by a raffia bond evoking a loincloth. A nasal ridge joining the top of the forehead, eye lozenges, a small mouth drawn in the wood.  Numerous scarifications, written in alternating parallel lines, reveal the character's status, which would play a worthy old man who has been a victim of witchcraft, kakungu. In the hollow of these furrows kaolin pigments have become embedded, giving a light beige patina to the object.
Katungu cult statue belonging to the Metoko and Lengola, peoples of the primary forest dedicated to the worship of a single God, rare monotheism in Africa. Their company, Bukota, welcoming both men and women, is the equivalent of the ...


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Kongo Statue
African art > Maternity, statues, bronze, wood > Kongo Statue

French collection of African art. African sculpture depicting subjects very skilled in acrobatics. The Vili produced a variety of sculptures for individual use nkisi, to which multiple virtues were attributed, and anecdotal statues such as this example symbolizing an ancestor of the clan.
Glossy patina, matte blackened areas, restorations. The Vili, the Lâri, the Sûndi, the Woyo, the Bembé, the Bwende, the Yombé and the Kôngo formed the Kôngo group, led by king ntotela . Their kingdom reached its peak in the 16th century with the trade in ivory, copper and the slave trade. With the same beliefs and traditions, they produced statuary with codified gestures in relation to their vision of the world. Present along the Gabonese coast, the Vili broke away from the Kongo kingdom ...


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Songye Mask
African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Songye Mask

The tribal masks of the Songye.
African mask of the Songye, established in the south of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Featuring an impressive sagittal crest, this majestic kilume mask, whose narrow cheeks propel the features, embodies high authority in the brotherhood. Striated flat areas highlight the volumes. Matt patina, erosions and desiccation cracks.
Height on base: 81 cm.
Three variants of this Kifwebe mask (pl. Bifwebe) or "chasing out death" (Roberts) are distinguished: the masculine (kilume) generally with a high crest, the feminine (kikashi) with a very bass or absent, and finally the greatest embodying power (kia ndoshi). This type of mask, still used today, is worn with a long costume and a long beard made of natural fibers, absent on this ...


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