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

This Chokwe or Lwena statuette, associated with the Hamba type therapeutic cult, embodies a female ancestor. These figures were arranged around the muyombo altar, a tree at the foot of which sacrifices and offerings were once made. Sculptures made in sticks or poles (Mbunji or mbanji) planted in the ground were also associated with it. The related ethnic groups had this same type of altar, a witness before which rituals, oaths and important transactions were concluded.
Beautiful abraded dark brown patina, desication cracks. Of Lunda origin, the Lwena emigrated from Angola to Zaire in the 19th century, repulsed by the Chokwe. When some became slave traders, others, the Lovale, found refuge in Zambia. Their society is matrilineal, exogamous and polygamous. The Lwena became known for ...


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

Carved from dense wood, this protective female figure is said to be associated with the mythical ancestor and to intervene in human fertility, land fertility, and successful hunts. The face forms a miniature replica of the powerful mukishi wa pwo nyi cijingo ca tangwa mask topped with the kambu ja tota. ("Chokwe and Their Bantu Neighbours" Rodrigues de Areia.) br> Brown satin patina. Abrasions, cracks.
br>Originally Lunda, the Lwena , Luena, emigrated from Angola to Zaire in the 19th century, pushed out by the Chokwe. When some became slave traders, others, the Lovale, found refuge in Zambia. Their society is matrilineal, exogamous and polygamous. The Lwena became known for their sculptures embodying figures of deceased ancestors and chiefs, and their masks related to the ...


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

The initiation rituals and the African art of the Ngbaka
. This African mask Ngbaka realistically depicts a face whose contours reveal the skeleton. Under the hollow look, graphic patterns correspond to the scarifications in use. The mouth bears metal teeth while a ring adorns one ear. Black satin patina, abrasions and cracks.
Tribe settled on the left bank of the Ubangui, the Ngbaka practice agriculture, and their artistic achievements were inspired by those of the neighboring tribes Ngbandi and Ngombe , with a distinctive feature however, the line of the forehead dotted with linear keloids. They are organized in tribes without political unity, under the tutelage of the chief wan and worship a god named Gale through the worship rendered to the spirits of nature. Young ...


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

Huge orbits, divided by a ridged ridge, occupy the face of this African mask Ngbaka The upper lip reveals a row of teeth. Heterogeneous light golden satin patina, old kaolin inlays. Minimal cracking and abrasions. Height on base: 40 cm.
Tribe settled on the left bank of the Ubangui, the Ngbaka practice agriculture, and their artistic achievements were inspired by those of the neighboring tribes Ngbandi and Ngombe , with a distinctive feature however, the line of the forehead dotted with linear keloids. They are organized in tribes without political unity, under the tutelage of the chief wan and worship a god named Gale through the worship rendered to the spirits of nature. Young people are prepared for adult life through rituals called " gaza" and trained by ancient initiates, ...


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Luntu Mortar
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Luntu Mortar

Luntu type caryatid mortar intended for healers. The crouching subject is a recurring motif among the Luntu, as among the Lulua for whom this theme forms a protection.
Shiny two-tone patina, discreet cracks. Of Luba origin, the Luntu left the Luba-Kasaï territory to settle among the Lulua in Kasaï in the Democratic Republic of Congo, after having pushed back the Twa pygmies. Luntu culture is imbued with influences from their neighbors Lulua, Songye and Kuba. The powerful Leopard society counterbalances the traditional power of the mfumu chief and judge, who holds his authority from the Luba.


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Bamana mask
African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Bamana mask

African mask dependent on the ntomo, initiatory society of uncircumcised youth widespread in the Niger River region. This ancient mask intervenes especially during harvests. At the top is the effigy of Nyeleni, the ideal wife of the initiates after circumcision. Matt wear patina abraded, gaps and cracks, original restoration (metal fragment).
Established in central and southern Mali, in an area of savannah, the Bambara, "Bamana" or "unbelievers", as the Muslims have named them, belong to the great Mande group, with the Soninke and the Malinke. Mostly farmers, but also herders, they make up the largest ethnic group in Mali. Animists, they believe in the existence of a god requires the gestation of a child. Ngala maintains the order of the universe. His existence coexists ...


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Mossi Doll
African art > African Dolls > Mossi Doll

This schematic sculpture, whose appearance of the head varies depending on the region, represents a spirit with whom a relationship is established. The element falling in front of the face evokes the braid worn by little girls, the incisions and scarifications of the ethnic group. Glossy dark patina.
Among many ethnic groups, the search for fertility is done through initiation rites. Wooden figures will be carved, some reflecting both genders, in many cases covered with beads and clothing. During the period of seclusion, the doll, which becomes a child who requires to be fed, washed and anointed daily, becomes the girl's only companion. After the initiation, they will be carried on the women's backs, or attached to their necks. Wooden dolls (biiga), carved in their free time by ...


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Hopi Doll
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Hopi Doll

French collection of tribal art , the identity of the collector will be communicated to the purchaser.
Colorful witnesses of the traditions of the Hopi Indian peoples of Arizona, the Katsinam sculpted objects (sing. Kachina ) are expressed during traditional dances accompanying the annual festivals in favor of rain. Traditional Katsinam dolls are, for the Pueblo Native American group (Hopi, Zuni, Tewa Village, Acoma Pueblo and Laguna Pueblo), educational tools offered to children at the end of ritual festivals. These Hopi-inspired statuettes, embodying a great diversity of spirits, represent the Katsinam dancers and the colors are associated with the cardinal points. Matte and velvety polychrome patina, abrasions.


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

Ex-Belgian collection of African art.
This type of mask named Anoman,Lomane, (bird) is part of the fourth of seven I masks which originally danced around the deceased and leaned down to touch him for a purifying purpose. He also currently appears during celebrations. Grainy matte patina, minor gaps.
The Yaouré are a subgroup of the Akan people present in Ivory Coast and Ghana. Geographically close to the Baoulé and the Gouros, we feel in Yaouré art the influence of these ethnic groups through the attention to detail and aesthetics. The masks of African art Yaouré, or Yauré, of which the Baoulé have similar models, are divided into two groups that are difficult to differentiate, the I , with sometimes the addition of colored pigments, and the lo, generally with a dark patina, ...


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Teke fetish
African art > The fetish, this emblematic object of primitive art > Teke fetish

Ex-Belgian collection of African art In the very diverse teke statuary, bundzi fetishes are associated with the hunting that they are supposed to promote. While some belonged to the clan, others were dedicated to private use. Around the neck of this heavy ancestor effigy hang protective amulets in the form of sculpted miniatures. Shiny dark patina.
Established between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Gabon, the Téké were organized into chiefdoms whose leader was often chosen from among the blacksmiths. The head of the family, mfumu, had the right of life or death over his family, the importance of which determined his prestige. The head of the clan, ngantsié, kept the great protective fetish tar mantsié which supervised all the ceremonies. It was also according to the ...


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

Beautiful balance for this African mask Ngbaka whose concave center offers cowries figuring the eyes. The narrow mouth is incised into the end of the chin, under which grooves could indicate a beard. A striped band crosses the forehead vertically, recalling certain scarifications of the group.
Black patina, clear grainy residue. Abrasions and desiccation cracks.
Tribe settled on the left bank of the Ubangui, the Ngbaka practice agriculture, and their artistic achievements were inspired by those of the neighboring tribes Ngbandi and Ngombe , with a distinctive feature however, the line of the forehead dotted with linear keloids. They are organized in tribes without political unity, under the tutelage of the chief wan and worship a god named Gale through the worship ...


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

De verschillende soorten Afrikaanse beelden Luluwa, Lulua of Béna Lulua, met meerdere scarificaties, verheerlijken lokale leiders, moederschap, vruchtbaarheid en de vrouwelijke figuur. Dit Afrikaanse moederschap wordt in verband gebracht met de Buanga bua cibola-cultus en zou volgens de Lulua kinderen en zwangere vrouwen beschermen. Het personage benadrukt een prominente buik, het centrum van het lichaam en "object van alle zorg" (De kracht van het heilige, M.Faïk-Nzuji) Grijsbruin patina.
Het is in het zuiden van de Democratische Republiek Congo dat de Lulua, of Béna Lulua, uit West-Afrika zich vestigden. . Hun sociale structuur, gebaseerd op kaste, is vergelijkbaar met die van de Luba. Ze produceerden weinig maskers, maar meestal beeldjes van voorouders die de ideale ...


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Lulua Maternity
African art > Maternity, statues, bronze, wood > Lulua Maternity

Scarifications abound on the body and the face of this naturalist African statue whose child is carried on the hip. These "maternities" and statuettes were supposed to protect the child and his mother. Grainy matte patina.
The different types of Luluwa, Lulua, or even Béna Lulua statues, with multiple scarifications, glorify local chiefs, motherhood, fertility and the female figure. This sculptural art was subject to the influences of neighboring ethnic groups (Chokwe, Luba, Kuba, ...)
It is in the south of the Democratic Republic of Congo that the Lulua, or Béna Lulua, settled from West Africa. Their social structure, based on caste, is similar to that of the Luba. They produced few masks, but mostly statues of ancestors representing the ideal warrior, mulalenga wa nkashaama, ...


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

The different types of Luluwa, Lulua, or even Bena Lulua statues, with multiple scarifications, glorify local chiefs, maternity, fertility and the female figure. The statuettes of this type belong to the Buanga bua cibola cult, and are supposed to protect children and pregnant women. By the position of the hands in fact, this figure highlights a prominent abdomen, the center of the body and "object of all solicitudes" (The power of the sacred , M. Faïk-Nzuji ) Prominent scarifications adorn her body. Satin patina.
It was in the south of the Democratic Republic of the Congo that the Lulua , or Béna Lulua ,from West Africa settled. Their social structure, based on castes, is similar to that of the Luba. They produced few masks, but mostly statues of ancestors representing ...


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

The Makonde produce not only African facial masks worn during mapiko dances and ngoma ceremonies, but also body masks featuring the female bust. The Makonde of northern Mozambique and southern Tanzania wore helmet masks called lipiko during initiation ceremonies for young people. The Makonde revere an ancestor, which explains the abundance of naturalistic female statuary. Young Makonde boys and girls must undergo a period of seclusion of approximately six months, during which they are taught songs, dances and practical activities. The rules of behavior in adult life, sexual life and the obligations of marriage are discussed. This initiation ended with festive ceremonies featuring the male dancers midimu (sing. ndimu). The latter, wearing a female mask matched with a costume, the whole ...


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Lega mask
African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Lega mask

This African mask Lega indicated the stage that its holder had reached within the Bwami, a learning society composed of different grades. Thick partially chipped kaolin patina. Desication cracks.
Within the Léga, the Bwami society, open to men and women, organized social and political life. There were up to seven levels of initiation, each associated with emblems. Following their exodus from Uganda during the 17th century, the Lega settled on the west bank of the Lualaba River in the DRC. The role of chief, kindi, is held by the oldest man in the clan, who must be the highest ranking. Social recognition and authority also had to be earned individually: the chief owed his selection to his heart (mutima), good character, intelligence, and irreproachable behavior. During ritual ...


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Lega mask
African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Lega mask

Mask offering an oval face, in which the heart-shaped orbits present an asymmetric look. Residual incrustations of kaolin. Golden patina. This carving indicated the stage that its holder had reached within the Bwami, an apprenticeship society composed of different grades, and which was joined by wives whose spouses had reached the third level, that of the ngandu. Height on base: 29 cm.
Within the Lega, the Bwami society open to men and women,organized social and political life. There were up to seven levels of initiation, each associated with emblems. Following their exodus from Uganda during the seventeenth century, the Lega settled on the west bank of the Lualaba River in the DRC. In ritual ceremonies, Idumu masks were presented to initiates placed on a fence and ...


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

French collection of African tribal art Every year, the Yoruba community in Oyo comes together to celebrate the “Egungun” festival, a time of joy and festivities. Hundreds of richly costumed African masks parade, accompanied by music and an enthusiastic crowd. “Egungun” is a tribute to the founding ancestors of the lineage, whose influence is felt in the lives of their descendants. This tradition, also practiced in Benin, finds its roots in the cult of the Yoruba god Egun, adopted by the Fon under the name Kuvito (Revenant).


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Lulua fetish
African art > The fetish, this emblematic object of primitive art > Lulua fetish

Ex-French collection of African art Among the Luluwa, Lulua, or even Béna Lulua, various types of African statues presenting multiple scarifications, glorify local chiefs, motherhood, fertility and the female figure. This interesting version with a magical charge was also sculpted among the Luba of Kasai. This type of statuette depends on the Buanga bua cibola cult with the aim of protecting children and pregnant women. The subject has an umbilical hernia, the abdomen being the center of the body and "object of all concerns" (The power of the sacred, M. Faïk-Nzuji) Very slightly abraded dark brown patina.
It is in the south of the Democratic Republic of Congo that the Lulua, or Béna Lulua, from West Africa, settled . Their social structure, based on castes, is similar to that of ...


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Yombe mask
African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Yombe mask

The African masks of the Yombe, with realistic features, were used by the diviner nganga diphoba and by members of secret societies. This copy forms a larger version than usual.
Abraded polychrome patina, small accidents.
A clan of the Kongo group, the Yombe are established on the west coast of Africa, in the south-west of the Republic of Congo and in Angola. Their statuary includes remarkable maternities. The Vili , the Lâri, the Sûndi, the Woyo, the Bembe, 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 endowed with codified gestures in keeping with their vision of the ...


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

Anthropomorphic figure with a striated face like the masks of the kifwebe. Satin patina, desiccation 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 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 that struck individuals. The masked performances of male masks provided an opportunity to carry out punitive expeditions and maintain social order. The female masks, supposed to be equipped with divinatory faculties, activated by their dances the benevolent spirits. ...


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