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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.

Vili Kongo Figure
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African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Vili Kongo Figure

Ex-collection of Belgian African art

The Vili, the Lari, the Sûndi, the Woyo, the Bembé, the Bwende, the Yombé and the Kôngo formed the Kôngo group, led by the Ntotela king, whose kingdom reached its peak in the 16th century. with the trade in ivory, copper and the slave trade, and in the same way beliefs and traditions, they produce a statuary endowed with a codified gesture related to their vision of the world.An oval base supports this female character who maintains, face to him, a similar effigy of reduced size, child or young initiate. According to Robert Farris Thompson, it would be a mother who submits to the healer a problem that meets his child, conferring on the object a therapeutic goal. However, effectiveness will depend on the nganga healer responsible for the ...


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Power figure Kongo Nkisi
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African art > The fetish, this emblematic object of primitive art > Kongo Nkisi

Among the Kongo, nganga took care of the rituals by activating a spiritual force with a nkisi (pl. minkisi). The term nkisi was then used to refer to the terms of 'sacred' or 'divine'. The most influential category of 'minkisi kongo' consisted of instruments to help regional leaders enforce the law. A metal object was nailed to a wooden figure as soon as a decision was made, each nail evoking a particular case: litigants, divorce, conflicts between communities... The nkondi wanted to ensure that the agreement to resolve the conflict was well implemented, and that individuals feared the consequences of their behaviour. Its appearance thus personified the force residing there. From the second half of the 20th century, minkondi minkisi were strategically placed along the coasts of the Loango ...


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Kanaga Dogon Mask
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African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Kanaga Dogon Mask

"African art among the Dogon In funeral rites, the members of Awa society, dance with the masks on the roof of the house of the dead, to lead his soul (nyama) to his eternal rest and to defend the living. Kanaga is also used to protect the hunters from the vengeance of the prey that he has killed.This copy is designed according to a recurrent structure: a horizontal central plank, whose bottom in this case forms an anthropomorphic mask and zoomorphic to the Rectangular features, with " double arms " securely fastened with leather straps, with ends pointing upwards and downwards Geometric patterns of a dark brown vegetable dye are applied on its surface, cutting edge with the raw wood with libatory vestiges The conical mouth is reminiscent of a bird's beak Rough surface, natural crustal ...


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Court Dwarf Benin Bini Edo
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African art > Bronze, leopard, messenger, warrior, statue, pirogues > Court Dwarf Benin Bini Edo

In African art, the art of Benin is described as an art of court because it is closely associated with the king, known as Oba.

There are also dwarves from the entourage of King intended to entertain him. Character with generous forms, the example presented is distinguished by its headdress and beard made of small pins. The Ife bronze courthouse tradition dates back to the 14th century. The many bronze heads and statues created by the artists of Benin were reserved for the exclusive use of the inhabitants of the royal palace and, most often, placed on altars dedicated by each new Oba.


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Double Bamileke Ritual Bell
African art > Tam Tam, Djembe, musical instruments > Double Bamileke Ritual Bell

French African art collection.
Arms, jewellery, coins, metal objects are inseparable from traditional African art. Metallurgy is intimately associated with the founding myths of many African cultures, such as blacksmiths turned kings (Zaire), the anvil hammer being the symbol of power among the Luba. Cult accessories, the metal alloy gongs, some highly decorated, take on a wide variety of shapes. This double gong, in its simplicity, was a sacred instrument and the emblem of one of the many male societies of the peoples of Grassland, the Kwifoyn, whose headquarters adjoined the royal palace. The tinkling of wooden rods on hollow metal announced the beginning of ceremonies: communication with the supernatural world, ancestors, deities, could be established. Also prestigious objects, ...


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280.00

Dan Wakémia double spoon
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African art > Used objects, pulleys, boxes, loom, awale > Dan Wakémia double spoon

Ex-collection French African art

symbols of hospitality in traditional African art For the Dan of Ivory Coast, also called Yacouba, two very distinct universes are opposed: that of the village, composed of its inhabitants, of its animals, and that of the forest, its vegetation and the animals and the spirits that populate it.To these spirits settle, a specific area of ​​the forest is designated and still preserved outside the villages dan. are also required in order to communicate through these spirits.Different types of dan masks have been listed, each with a specific function.The Dan tribal art is also distinguished by its everyday objects, of which the famous carved wooden spoons, Wakémia, used during festive ceremonies, and granted by the villagers to a particularly ...


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Punu carquois
African art > Used objects, pulleys, boxes, loom, awale > Punu carquois

Saverio Collection of African Art.
This Punu archery object has a base consisting of two characters tied back to back. The latter feature tribal checkerboard scarifications, mabinda, on the forehead and abdomen, and the hulled hairstyles characteristic of the region. The cylindrical body of the quine is wrapped in finely braided raffia and fitted with a cotton fabric conveyor belt. Natural raw patina. Punu women produce items made of baskets, baskets, baskets, pods, mats, thanks to a vine named mambe, and rushes. They are also in charge of the pottery they trade in Lumbu and Tsogo. Like men, they are grouped into initiation associations. Before any warlike confrontation, a visit to the nganga was necessary: he collected the right plants and made sacrifices to honor the protective ...


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420.00

Kongo Yombé Oracle Box
African art > Used objects, pulleys, boxes, loom, awale > Kongo Yombé Oracle Box

Saverio Collection of African Art.
A set with a receptacle whose lid is made up of a gourd, a female figure adopts the attitude of the notable Kongo, crouching, hands resting on his knees. The wide-spread face has the characteristics of the kongo style: the gaping mouth revealing slender teeth. The eyes have hollowed-out pupils evoking trance following visionary states. Tribal scarifications are also still distinct on the shoulders. This object was intended for the ritual of divination under the guidance of the nganga diphomba , specialist responsible for detecting any form of witchcraft and its consequences on social life, health, etc. A grainy matte patina covers the room. In the 13th century, the Kongo people, led by their king Ne Kongo, settled in a region at the crossroads of ...


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350.00

Dignitary Chokwe s stool
African art > Chair, palaver seat, throne, stool > Dignitary Chokwe's stool

Ex-collection of Swiss African art.

an object of importance enhancing the prestige of its owner, it invokes the protection of the ancestors by the sculpted heads at the ends.The curved seat is underlined with brass, frequent ornamentation of tribal works Chokwe In the continuity of the heads are born the solid arched feet of the seat.

Very beautiful patina of use on the seat. Peacefully settled in eastern Angola until the 16th century, the Chokwe were then subjected to the lunda empire from which they inherited a new hierarchical system and the sacredness of power. Nevertheless, the Chokwe never fully adopted these new social and political contributions. Three centuries later, they ended up seizing the capital of Lunda weakened by internal conflicts, thus ...


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380.00

Lobi chair
African art > Used objects, pulleys, boxes, loom, awale > Lobi chair


Ex. French private collection
African tribal art among Lobi
The furniture is an artistic medium in its own right in African art.
This is a three-foot, high-curved, curved monoxyle chair with a clear patina with traces of desication.
The use that had been made over the decades strengthened the close ties between the owner and the room so that at his death the seat was placed on the family altar and served as an interface to communicate with the soul of the deceased.


Lobi communities are organized around nature spirits. When honoured, these spirits show their benevolence in the form of heavy rains, good health, numerous births. Ignored, they remove it and lead to devastating epidemics, drought and suffering.


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390.00

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

African art in Mali
Masque board around topped with a crenellation of hollowed-out triangles, the top of which is evocative in two elements, this piece of African tribal art illustrates the dogon cosmogony by the six figures carved in high relief that appear there. These stylized characters illustrate the Namo , mythical beings at the origin of creation. The zigzag friezes bordered horizontally would be symbols in relation to the movement of water. Natural matte and brown patina, eroded wood, stopped xylophageal attacks.
The Dogon are a people renowned for their cosmogony, their esotericism, their myths and legends. Their population is estimated at about 300,000 souls living southwest of the Niger Loop in mali's Mopti region (Bandiagara, Koro, Banka), near Douentza and part of ...


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Mask Baoulé heaume
African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Baoule Mask

Private Italian collection of African art. Mask-heaume formed of a dome representing the bust of a character, whose arms are rounded to place the hands around the umbilical. Then rises a neck strangely covered with a padded shell composed of braids, an extension of which comes to lean on the bust a concave face. Two orifices were performed on the hem, at the height of the subject's chest, to allow the wearer's vision. The circular base is also punctuated in order to fix the raffia adornment that once accompanied the mask. Clear, velvety patina, wood with some shards and native repairs.


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300.00

Gelede Altar
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African art > Reliquaries, statues > Gelede Altar

African art among Gelede.

Carved according to the principle Gelede mask crest, but in miniature, this object has a head with globular eyes and Yoruba customary scarification, supporting a circular base on which stands a small awning where officiate two followers. One is kneeling and presents an offering, the second, positioned in an opposite direction, stands. A frieze of red and green lozenges decorate the base of the altar, these same colors being taken from the face and the roof. A crusty and velvety patina is used. Concerning the ceremonies of the Gelede, Efe, practiced mainly in the western Yoruba kingdoms, the masks are built on the same principle: a face (mask-helmet type) and a scene that develops on the top of the mask. These are used in the context of masquerades ...


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Poro s Senoufo neck end
African art > Head rest > Senoufo neck end

Harmony of curves for this long zoomorphic neckrest featuring a quadruped, owned by a Harmony collector of curves for this long zoomorphic neck rest rest by a quadruped, owned by an Italian collector of African art. The sculptor departed from the realism of the proportions, these having probably been designed for the purpose of stability, the curvature of the back acting as a headrest. The latter presents a satin patina resulting from repeated contact, as opposed to the dullness of the rest of the object. Still trimmed with his canvas shoulder strap attached to the animal's neck and tail and enhanced by two cauris, it was carried by its owner during his travels. The tail is punctuated with regular openings where cotton strands have been knotted. This type of piece was also used during the ...


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490.00

 Wall Ham Pilu Doll
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African art > African Dolls > Wall Ham Pilu doll

The coronation of marriage in African art.
Great Fali engagement doll, the Fali living in North Cameroon, but also on the border of Nigeria and Chad.
Around a wooden structure, the doll is entirely trimmed with a multitude of multicolored pearl necklaces depicting the body and braided hair.
The arms are made of leather straps with the ends decorated with cauris.
This type of African fetish doll is carried like a child, in the back of the young woman. and is offered to her among others present by her fiancé who chooses the sex.
It is therefore a guarantee of marriage and the hope of starting a family. The young woman will take care of the doll until the birth of the first child, then separate from it
The size and weight of the doll reinforce the bride's ...


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

The Egungun Show in Yoruba African Art Small altar that is a miniature representation of the traditional costume whose name Egungun means " returning ", and which is part of the ancestor worship during an annual festival lasting between 7 and 21 days.

They are worn and spinning during danced ceremonies accompanied by tam-tams, their shimmering colors rivaling each other. Specifically, these costumes are designed to appease the dead, and only rich families can afford this type of holiday. Before their performance, the bearers of the costume come to bow before this altar, a receptacle capable of temporarily sheltering the souls of the deceased. An anthropomorphic support of wood hides under a petticoat covered with a top plate trimmed with large panels of fabric trimmed with ...


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Great throne Tikar in bronze
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African art > Chair, palaver seat, throne, stool > Great throne Tikar in bronze

Ex private French collection of African art.

This tikar throne is an exceptional piece composed of a multitude of small cariatid characters with different looks, accoutrements and ornaments.
Among other things, the king is found with his court composed of dignitaries.
Set in the central place of the upper rank, it is surrounded by musicians and women.
The seat, back restand and armrests are decorated with geometric patterns.

The Tikar set sain set in the western part of central Cameroon, which lies within the middle-altitude secondary dense forest along the Mbam River. Within this ecotone, the "plaine tikar" (named after its current occupants) is a depression that leans west and north respectively to the Mbam massif (and its Mapé and Kim ...

Yoruba pillar
African art > Post, Toguna, Dogon, Lobi, Ambete, sogho, oron > Yoruba pillar

The Yoruba, more than 20 million, occupy the south-west of Nigeria and the central and south-eastern region of Benin under the name of Nago.

They are patrilineal, practice excision and circumcision. Frequent in Yoruba African art, and for good reason, it is the central theme of the story named " The death and the rider of the king ". This fiction tells the funeral of the late King of Oyo, an ancient African state founded in the 15th century, neighbor of the Kingdom of Dahomey, and the tradition that his rider, Elesin, must commit suicide within thirty days of the death of the king in order to to follow in due course the Yoruba religious dogma. The death of the rider is indeed intended to guarantee the king a safe conduit to his new home. Elesin, a simple man enjoying life, is ...


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950.00

Mask of shoulders Mumuye Sukwava
African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Mask of shoulders Mumuye Sukwava

Ex private German collection of African art.

This mask mumuye sukwava said " shoulders ", miniMaliste, is surmounted by a small head own statues iagalagana mumuye: a long neck and big ears drooping surmounted by a summit point, such a helmet. The reduced face which decorates the room has a very stylized facies with severe expression and is decorated with scarifications starting from the commissures of the mouth. Time-damaged wood: drying slots, strong erosion of the lower base. Velvety matte patina. Formerly intended for war rituals, these masks are now used for the invocation of rain and are on the other hand prestigious items. The Mumuye, in small family groups, are in a lowland area on the banks of the Bénué River in Nigeria. Shoulder masks are not exclusive to Mumuyé but ...


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Ijo mask
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African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Ijo mask

Ijo masks feature creatures born of the imagination usually related to aquatic life.
In fact, the Ijos living mainly from fishing and agriculture, and their small villages located in swampy areas west of the Nun River, their cosmogony naturally centered around this environment. References to their warrior past abound in reliquaries, rituals and masked celebrations.
Their masks and other artistic productions are intended to honor aquatic spirits, otojo, which they venerate and to whom sacrifices were intended. Fishermen had to be careful not to offend these spirits or they could kill their wrath by means of the various dangerous animal species in the area, such as hippos, crocodiles or pythons. The Ijo believe that spirits and humans come from the same place called Wonyinghibou ...


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

Private collection Recupero
The wide variety of African art production Dogon.
Statue seated, hands resting on the thighs. The belly is prominent, in reference to fertility. Above the excessively stretched neck the face has an angular styling whose soaring shape of the nose is characteristic of the Dogon. The crested hairstyle is incised with rafters. Heavily eroded wood, clear patina.
The main dogon religious leaders are the Hogon, priests of the lebed cult, dedicated to agriculture. One of the most important ceremonies of the lebe is called bulu; it celebrates the renewal and return of life, and takes place in the spring. The ancestors are honored through the cult binu, and give their benevolence in turn to their descendants. Blacksmiths and woodcarvers form a separate ...


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