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The achievements of African tribal art fascinated many European artists and collectors in the 20th century. From André Breton to Picasso, all were seized with a buying fever that quickly spread in the middle. If these sculptures are more of an artistic dimension for Westerners, it is nevertheless through their ritual sacralisation that they reveal themselves for the African peoples. Their ceremonial role confers on them a unique power that distinguishes them from other forms of ethnic art. These works were acquired (sold or offered by natives) throughout the twentieth century by ethnologists on mission or colonial cooperatives to be exhibited in museums, or integrated into prestigious private collections. This is the story of these pieces that we propose to discover through our gallery and our website.

Pair of beaded thrones Bamiléké
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African art > _1 > Pair of beaded thrones Bamiléké

In African art, the Bamiléké excels by the realization of multicolored beaded objects.
The theme of these thrones is the snake found both for the folders and the caryatid base of the seats.
The records are composed of three levels framing two-headed snakes. The framing of the files is covered with curedness.
The reptile is also present in the lower part where it is shown coiled.
Sur one of the specimens, the snakes on the base are covered with brass.
The artist sought to play on the contrast of colors between pearls, curies, and brass.
The colours are assimilated to the different chiefdoms.

Couple of Benin altar heads
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African art > Shields > Couple of Benin altar heads

Benin altar heads in bronze, surmounted by a horn in bronze, sometimes in ivory.

The  commemorative head of a Chieftain  that bears the insignia of a high ranked dignitary, is one of the main characteristics of the altar. The worshipper thanks the head with his offerings and sacrifices. To the Chieftain this altar has a privacy meaning and is placed at the center (the heart) of the house. On the other hand, the ancestors altar is found in the first room, that is allowed to the strangers. Put on the ancestor altar, the head symbolizes the Chieftain  ability to reign and prosper.

Bambara King Statue
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African art > African Statues > Bambara King Statue

The Round of applause-mâna, of Round of applause: refusal and mâna: Master, Translated into French "those which refused to be dominated", more commonly known under the term of Bambara such as it were called by the colonists, hold especially by their dialect, derived from the language mandingue, an important place within the other ethnic groups of Mali. Indeed the popularity of the dialect will bambara is such as one could believe that it is the ethnos group will bambara which prevails in Mali.


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Large royal Benin plaque
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African art > African bronze > Large royal Benin plaque

These plates designed for being contemplated like paintings feature scenes of the regal entourage. Occasionnally they would also be used when an etiquette problem has to be faced with. The art of lost-wax casting achieves its

perfection by the depiction of these life scenes in the palace.

 


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Djenne funeral shield
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African art > Shields > Djenne funeral shield

African art reveals some extraordinary pieces as funeral shield Djenne terracotta.

Magnificent piece of excavation sold with TL test attesting to seniority between the twelfth and sixteenth centuries.
There are very few copies of the shield, and in as good condition. The literature mentions only rarely existed.
We find patterns in cob as they can be found on the jars of this ethnic group.

The ancient sites Djenné all located in a flood zone, people are always heads that flush when the waters recede. Rolled by the waves, these heads are found far from their original archaeological site.


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Cross River Akwanshi Monolith
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African art > Monolith, cross river stones > Cross River Akwanshi Monolith

Although smaller, it is a monolithic votive head Ekoi Cross River called "Akwanshi." Rare piece for amateur African art.

The character's face is deeply carved in basalt. These pieces were carved in tribute to the dead legendary. Today, the tradition continues. Thus, when the spiritual leader of the villages Ekoi dies (the Ntoon), a representative stone is carved.

Baoulé King Ivory statue
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African art > Ivory > Baoulé King Ivory statue

The fetishes Blolo Bian and Blolo Bla, man of beyond and woman of beyond. These fetishes are representations d' an ancestor or d' a husband of materialized beyond by a figurine corresponding to the phantasm or the dream of l' husband or of terrestrial wife.


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Tikar Trone
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Exceptional Tikar Throne.The Tikar are Pygmy people which are found in West Cameroon. They are a well mixed new population because traditionally conquering. They submit to the traditional chiefdoms' system inserted within broader historical kingdoms. Their settlement has been testified on the Cameroonese ground since the XIXe century.


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Benin Leopard
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African art > African bronze > Benin Leopard

Benin bronze leopard. This bronze sculpture is world wide famous among collectors of Benin bronze. The leopard was a sign of royalty in the Benin kingdom. Large bronze leopard sculptures were cast in the King's palace in Benin. The leopards are designed with unique engravings and as with the other Benin bronzes cast using the lost wax process, the leopards are hollow. A unique piece of art for collectors and ethnic home decorators.


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Djenne statue
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African art > African Terracotta > Djenne statue

Djenne magnificent statue depicting a man kneeling with arms crossed on his chest. It is a piece collected by us in 2010 between the city of Djenne and Dioboro. Collected in fragments, the piece has been restored with a specialist archaeological terracottas in Brussels. So any input on this reconstruction of earthenware. To authenticate, we conduct a test of the laboratory QED thermoluminescence dating this piece between the twelfth and sixteenth centuries. This piece has a beautiful patina due to the erosion of time. We find the serenity to clean parts Djenne. Djenné ancient sites located all in a flood zone, people are always heads that flush when the waters recede. Rolled by the waves, these parts can be found very far from the archaeological site of origin. Like many ancient ...


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Ngata Bakuma Statues
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Piece from the collection of African art Emmanuel Philippe Salembier.

Such statues named Bonganga-Nganga are for rythes funeral.

These coffins are réaslisées statues in honor of dignitaries, often distinguished hunters.

And the remains of the deceased are exhumed and placed in these statues. These are placed in huts on the same location of the graves.

Such statues are distinguished by a large polychrome.


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Couple of Benin Head
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African art > African Statues > Couple of Benin Head

Benin altar heads in bronze, surmounted by a horn in bronze, sometimes in ivory.

The  commemorative head of a Chieftain  that bears the insignia of a high ranked dignitary, is one of the main characteristics of the altar. The worshipper thanks the head with his offerings and sacrifices. To the Chieftain this altar has a privacy meaning and is placed at the center (the heart) of the house. On the other hand, the ancestors altar is found in the first room, that is allowed to the strangers. Put on the ancestor altar, the head symbolizes the Chieftain  ability to reign and prosper.


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Couple of Bini Edo Benin Leopards
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African art > African bronze > Couple of Bini Edo Benin Leopards

In Benin art, the leopard is the ultimate representation of the Oba. As well as the latter that the leopard shares the same honorary designation of Ekpene. Domesticated, leopards were in the royal menagerie. Leopards bronze decorated the royal altars. Male Leopard : 91cm x 74cm, 27 kg Female Leopard : 78cm x 65cm, 20 kg

Tikar Throne
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African art > African bronze > Tikar Throne

Exceptional Tikar Throne.The Tikar are Pygmy people which are found in West Cameroon. They are a well mixed new population because traditionally conquering. They submit to the traditional chiefdoms' system inserted within broader historical kingdoms. Their settlement has been testified on the Cameroonese ground since the XIXe century.


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Large senoufo Calao Statue
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African art > African Statues > Large senoufo Calao Statue

Extraordinary Calao statue of Senoufo ethnos group. Calao is the incarnation of the Master of water. In Senoufo cosmogony the calao, kind of toucan of the forests belongs to the five animals which appear in the myth of the creation of the world.


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Bronze Djenne Statue
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African art > African bronze > Bronze Djenne Statue

Exceptional femal Djenne statue in Bronze. In statuary Djenne, tradition dictates that the face is oval, constructed, often in two layers. The eyes are prominent, raised and shaped like almonds. They are surrounded by concentric folds, representing the eyelids and eyelashes. The eyebrows are represented by scarification.


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Sit of cheffery Dogon
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African art > African Chair > Sit of cheffery Dogon

Very old seat of Dogon cheffery finely decorated. This sit is made up of a buffalo symbol of strength, heat, and of plenitude. It refers to Sigui of Dogons which is celebrated every sixty years taking again the Malinké calendar. Thus at the latter the figure sixty indicates the Buffalo, which under the sign of Sirius, would regulate l' antique Malinké calendar of which a century counts 60 years. The back of the seat is decorated d' a crocodile/caiman symbol of the Master of the banks which evic l' seniority and longevity. Exceptional part.


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Toguna Pillar
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African art > African Stake > Toguna Pillar

The toguna (“shelter of the men”) is the place where the men meet to discuss of the village organization. It is also a Community place where the word of old makes law. It can exist a central toguna at the village, but also other small toguna secondary of district. This shelter open is generally made up of eight pillars which support beams, themselves covered eight thicknesses with dependent straw in faggots. These eight levels, as well as the eight pillars, refer to the eight ancestral nommo who are the origin of lhumanity (Dogon cosmogony). The roof is low, thus obliging the men to remain sitted lasting the discussions. These pillars are generally decorated by a dege (protective genius with the multiple significances). Although Toguna is reserved to the men, the posts are often carved ...


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Cross River Monolith
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African art > Monolith, cross river stones > Cross River Monolith

This very rare piece is still used by many villagers during harvest festivities. These stones are then adorned with white, red and blue pigments, featuring peace, bravery and fertility.


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Couple of Benin Leopards
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African art > African bronze > Couple of Benin Leopards

Couple of Benin bronze leopards. This bronze sculpture is world wide famous among collectors of Benin bronze. The leopard was a sign of royalty in the Benin kingdom. Large bronze leopard sculptures were cast in the King's palace in Benin. The leopards are designed with unique engravings and as with the other Benin bronzes cast using the lost wax process, the leopards are hollow.


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Tikar Throne
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African art > African bronze > Tikar Throne

Exceptional Tikar Throne.The Tikar are Pygmy people which are found in West Cameroon. They are a well mixed new population because traditionally conquering. They submit to the traditional chiefdoms' system inserted within broader historical kingdoms. Their settlement has been testified on the Cameroonese ground since the XIXe century.


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