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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.

Senoufo loom
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African art > Used objects, pulleys, boxes, loom, awale > Senufo Pulley

In Côte d'Ivoire, sculptures intended for everyday use, and apparently the most ordinary, had to meet aesthetic criteria. Furniture, ornaments, utensils, fabrics, are pretext for a refined artistic expression on the part of sculptors. These objects were not intended for ritual use, so the choice of subjects remained varied. This cephalomorphic pulley retained wire on the coil. The surface of the object, soft and lustrous, is finely lined. Dark brown satin patina, ocuse residue. Wire remains on the reel.
Mainly farmers, the Senoufo group lives in a savannah region that covers southern Mali and Burkina Faso, and northern Côte d'Ivoire. They include about 50 sub-ethnic groups. They speak a Voltaic language Gur, Gour, like the Lobi and the Koulango.


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Baga Masks
African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Baga Masks

Cut from light wood, these shoulder masks emanating from the Northern Baga and also used by the Nalu have a voluminous head with a buzzed nose evoking a bird's beak surmounting a tubular mouth, a long summit ridge, and wide horseshoe ears. A metal clipping, hidden by the grainy matte patina, highlights the eyes and face on which also emerge chevron stripes evoking traditional scarifications. These masks would embody an idealized baga woman, i.e. principles of fertility and abundance of harvests and occur during harvests, marriages or deaths.
Ex. Belgian collection Mercier.Granular surface, abrasions and desisication.
Mixed with Nalu and Landuman , Baga live along the coast of Guinea-Bissau in flooded swamp regions six months a year. They believe in a creative god called Nagu, ...


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Statue Ambete, Mbete
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Statue Ambete

The variety of reliquaries in the African art of Mbede, Mbete, or Ambete
The cult of ancestors, among the Mbete, is accompanied by these statues whose dorsal cavity plays the role of reliquary. However, this copy is devoid of it. The flat face has a characteristic appearance, with cauris evoking narrow, half-closed eyelids, a hollowed-out mouth in which sticks sometimes appear on the teeth, giving a grimacing appearance. The hairstyle is arranged in braids gathered in crest. Attached to the swollen bust, the arms are folded at a right angle. The flexing of the muscular legs heralds a ritual dance. Geometric patterns are carved on the forehead and abdomen.
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The Mbete form a people of Gabon, on the border of the Middle Congo, neighboring obamba, whose history ...


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

This piece illustrates one of the many headdresses of the white masks of Gabon, itengi , (pl. bitengi). These African masks from Gabon were associated with Gabon's various secret societies, including the Bwiti , Bwete , and the Mwiri ("le"), the latter spanning several levels of initiation, to which belonged to all the Punu men, and whose emblem was the caiman. The punu did not involve any masks in the rituals of the Bwiti, unlike the Tsogo. These powerful secret societies, which also had a judicial function, included several dances, including the leopard dance, the Esomba, the Mukuyi, and the dance of the Okuyi, on stilts, remaining the most widespread. This kaolin-bleached face mask, evoking a deceased woman, was displayed at the dance called Okuyi . Classically styled with ...


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Bronze Lobi
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African art > Bronze, leopard, messenger, warrior, statue, pirogues > Lobi Statues

African art among the Lobi.
The populations of the same cultural region, grouped under the name " lobi ", make up one-fifth of the inhabitants of Burkina Faso. Few in Ghana, they have also settled in northern Côte d'Ivoire. It was at the end of the 18th century that the Lobi, from North Ghana, settled among the indigenous Thuna and Puguli, the Dagara, the Dian, the Gan and the Birifor. The Lobi believe in a creator God named Thangba Thu , to whom they address through the worship of many intermediate spirits, the Thil , the latter being supposed to protect them, with the help of the soothsayer, against a host of plagues. Bush geniuses, red-haired beings called Kontuor , are also expected to help them. To communicate with men, the different Thils demand sculptures of bateba in ...


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

This monoxyle piece depicts a chef welcoming visitors as required by royal protocol: by clapping his hands as a welcome. This gesture is also a mark of assent. The statue was carved in the style of the School of Moxico". Human hair makes up his beard.
The character also plays the mythical hero, founder of the Chokwé ethnic group. Easily recognizable by his ample headdress with curved side wings ( cipenya-mutwe ), he had taught his people the art of hunting. The chiefs had a major function in the propitiation rites intended for the hunting and fertility of women, the objects being adorned with this figure thus, presumably, a protective function.

The repatry application of castor oil and dyes vegetable decoctions has endowed the sculpture with a black brown patina with ...


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Maternity Pfemba Kongo Yombé
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African art > Maternity, statues, bronze, wood > Yombe Phemba Maternity

Ex-Belgian African art collection.

The Yombe are a subgroup of the Kongo ethnic group. In their statuary, kongo stylistic canons such as eyes encrusted with pieces of glass or mirror give life to the object in addition to the overall realism of the strokes and proportions.
Fertility and progeny, central themes of African cultures, are addressed through this motherhood or phemba. The mother sits and holds a child in her arms.
The patina is smooth and gives in mahogany tones. The mother is awe-down with sculpted necklaces and bracelets. The headdress is engraved with fine geometric patterns.

In the 13th century, the Kongo people, led by their king Ne Kongo, settled in a region at the crossroads of the borders between present-day DRC, Angola and Gabon. Two ...

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Fetish statuette Kongo Nkisi
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African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Statue of Congo

Characteristic of the African art of the Solongo of Angola, tribe of the Kongo group, this tribal sculpture, male effigy, is camped in a decided attitude, in order to master the forces that the character wants to face. The elements bilongo that exacerbate the power of the fetish, consist of metal inserts, a horn that contained a magic charge, beads, cotton cords and leather. The voluminous hairstyle, placed high on the skull and giving off a shaved forehead, consists of a bouquet of feathers that are held by cords encased with a crusty-looking resinous aggregate.
With the Kongo, the nganga took on the rituals by activating a spiritual force with a nkondi (pl. nkissi). The term nkisi was then used to refer to the concepts of "sacred" or "divin". The most influential category of " ...

Masque Kumu, Komo
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African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Komo Mask

The Kumu live mainly in the Northeast and central Democratic Republic of Congo. Their Bantu language is the komo or kikomo. Several ethnic groups are closely intertwined, with similar associations: the Mbole, the Yela, the Lengola, and the Metoko. Their artistic production also has great similarities with that of the Metoko and Lengola. Their divination masks were displayed during the closing ceremonies of initiation and circumcision of the young people of the society nkunda, accompanied by consumption of hallucinogenic plants causing trance.
This mask associated with the initiation ceremonies, from the Komo groups in the southern Uituri forest, close to the Lega, has a relatively shallow, oval structure, in which the almond eyes and mouth revealing teeth are largely hollowed ...


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Dogon Pharmacopoeia Box
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African art > Used objects, pulleys, boxes, loom, awale > Dogon Box

Vertically, with two moving shutters that are held by metal staples, this sculpture was designed to preserve active medicinal preparations prepared from the advice of elders who had been introduced to the science of trees. or U.0022jiridon". On its walls were carved motifs relating to the rich cosmogony of the Dogon and reinforcing the healing power of the medicines concerned: kanaga masks, figures hiding their eyes, and mythical saurian. With three feet and a four-faced head at the top, the ensemble also evokes the Nommos, geniuses associated with the creation of the world and capable of bringing health and longevity. Light brown matte wood.
The Dogons are a people renowned for their cosmogony, esotericism, myths and legends. Their population is estimated at about 300,000 souls ...


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Masque facial  Anang Ibibio
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African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Anang Mask

This mask of the Anang, from the Group Ibibio, usually playing a beautiful young woman, was dedicated to the entertainment parties of the company Ekpo. The hairstyle develops into thick side shells frames a red-tinted face on which gashes on either side of the nose allow vision. The mouth reveals teeth traditionally cut into tip, beauty criterion. The surface offers an eroded wood. Burgundy patina, inlays of localized red pigments.
The Ibibios are a people of West Africa, mainly present in southeastern Nigeria (Akwa Ibom State), but also in Ghana, Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea. Secret societies are numerous among the Ibibio set up west of the Cross River. Without centralized government, their social organization is comparable to that of neighbouring Igbo. The cult of ancestors, ...


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Gouro mask
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African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Gouro mask

Among the Gouro and Yohouré, these masks of the je , gye, reserved for men, personify the power of spirits, who would have formed an alliance with men. Women must hide when they appear. Mask combining different zoomorphic elements, including a curved growth at the top, and a gaping mouth, incised with teeth. Satin patina, polychrome highlights.
Among the group of Mande in the south, in the center of Côte d'Ivoire, on the banks of the Bandama, the Gouro are organized in lineages, and constitute the western neighbors of the Baoulé who have borrowed several characteristics of their creations. Animists, they have been using a family of masks associated with the dy Zaouli. Indeed, like the African masks Goli des Baoulé, all Guro masks, related to the geniuses of nature, come in two ...


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Kasai Kuba Shoowa Velvet
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African art > Textiles, Kuba velvet, Ncak nsueha Bushoong > Textile Cuba

African art and weaving
Products in Zaire by the Shoowa, Bashoowa, subgroup Kuba , these fabrics forming real tribal art paintings, consist of a raffia textile base on which threads are cut to the brim, forming a Velvet effect accentuated by contrasts of tone. The geometric patterns formed represent the bodily scarifications of the ethnic group or the decorations of the sculptures. These refined fabrics were intended to be used at the royal court, as a seat or cover, to enhance its prestige. They in many cases took value of money, or also followed their owners into the grave by covering the body of the deceased. It was King Shamba Bolongongo who introduced the technique of velvet weaving to the Kuba country in the 17th century. He had previously introduced the Kuba to the art of ...


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Couple figure Baoulé Asye usu
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African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Baoule Statues

Ex-French African artcollection.
Property of the soothsayer komienfoué, sometimes intervening in the divinatory practices of the Mbra, this couple evoking seated oussou, or "geniuses of nature", related to fertility, is depicted sitting in seats of the type Akan. Carefully braided hairstyles, checkerboard scarifications dotted around the body, beaded adornments, and the vigour of calves suitable for agricultural work, are part of the features of the baoulé statuary. Smooth dark skate. Two types of statues are produced by the baoulé in the ritual framework: the statues Waka-Sona , " being of wood " in baoulé, evoke a assay oussou , be of the earth. They are part of a type of statues intended to be used as a medium tool by The Komian soothsayers, the latter being selected by ...

Markha Crest Mask
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African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Masque Warka

Beautiful very old piece, Baraldi collection. The detail of the face here is remarkable, by the drawing of the aquilin nose and the metal hemmed eyes. From the dome that forms the base of the object rises a ringed neck and then a long emaciated face plated with brass slats. Bringing together animal and human details, this mask recalls both the mask N'tomo and the crest Ci Wara relating to the antelope. The top rises in crenellated flat horn with cabochons and copper diamonds. The ears, horizontal, are embellished with pompoms and cauris. Patine mate, velvety. The metal tops acquired a particularly satin touch over time and ritual anointings.
The Markha are organized into societies of structured masks and hierarchical as found in many other ethnic groups. They have an initiation ...


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

It is in the south of the Democratic Republic of Congo that the Lulua , or Bena Lulua, from West Africa, settled. Their caste-based social structure is similar to that of the Luba. They produced few masks, but especially statues of ancestors representing the ideal warrior, mulalenga wa nkashaama, as well as the head of the Leopard Society and statuettes mbulenga related to the spirits of nature. Despite Kalamba Mukwenge's attempt at the end of the 19th century to eradicate traditional cults by using autodafés, the religious system continued, such as the fertility cult tshibola.
The face with the characteristic protruding eyes of the Luluwa is accompanied by the warrior's headdress and a beard divided into five mats. Curvilinear and checkered patterns alternate on the black ...


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Baule Mask / Yaoure Lomane
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African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Yohouré Mask

This African mask from the I features a hair meticulously engraved with decorative motifs. Horns rise sideways, encircling bird figures. The subtle shape of the face, the smooth and sainy patina, reveal the talent of the sculptors of African tribal art of Côte d'Ivoire. This copy named Anoman , Lomane , (bird) is part of the fourth of the seven masks I who originally danced around the deceased and leaned to touch him for a purifying purpose. It also appears at present during rejoicing. Heterogeneous patina in a range of browns.
The Yaouré are a subgroup of the Akan people present in Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana. Geographically close to the Baoulé and the Gouros, one can feel in the art yaouré the influence of these ethnic groups through the attention to detail and aesthetics. The ...


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Masque facial Adone Kurumba
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African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Kurumba Mask

The masks Adone of the Kurumba of ancient Sudan, like our copy, are danced to bring rain, at the beginning of the agrarian season or in case of severe drought. The features enhanced with burgundy red are concentrated in the middle of the reduced face mask. At the top, supported by a long curved neck, an antelope head with perforated ears and vertical horns has an ajar snout. Velvet polychrome matte patina. Local abrasions and desication cracks.
Acquitein in 1982 by the painter 'a target''blank' href'http://wiki.ibb.town/Karl-Heinz-Engstfeld' Karl Heinz Engstfeld and 'a target''-blank' href'https://evibb.de/home/wir-trauern-um-ruth-engst Engstfeld-Schremper , a glazier artist.
The African art sculptures of Bobo , Bwa, Kurumba and Mossi, living in Burkina Faso, ...

Couple of statuettes Ere Ibedji Yoruba
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African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Statuettes Yoruba

Ibeji statuettes, incarnation of the missing child in African art YorubaWide globular almond eyes, tiara braids and identical faces that illustrate aesthetic traditions in African Yoruba art. Based on circular bases these effigies of naked twins are anewd with abiku magical adornments of metal rings and necklaces of glass beads, these elements being associated with the sacred. Chocolate patina, matte inlays, traces of indigo. In the language of the people Yoruba, ibeji means twin: ibi for and eji for two. They represent the figure of a deceased twin, statue "ere" sculpted by the "babalawo" . These African statuettes named ibeji are then treated as the missing child would have been. It is the mother who has to take care of them; it can wash and feed them regularly. If she dies, the ...

Mossi Bwa Mask
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African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Bwa Mask

Plane and circular, this African mask features a décor of symbolic geometric patterns arranged in successive circular friezes, and features a matte polychromy, burgundy red, white kaolin and dark grey. The mouth in which teeth are represented is hollowed out to allow the dancer's vision. Very slight abrasions.
The African art sculptures of Bobo , Bwa, Kurumba and Mossi, living in Burkina Faso, frequently take up and combine stylized elements borrowed from humans, animals or insects. It is the spirits of nature that are supposed to determine the well-being and prosperity of an individual, and adversity will be seen as the result of neglect scars of collective rites. It is therefore during various celebrations that the mask will personify a spirit of nature or that of an ancestor ...


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Feathered headdress Bamileke "JuJu Hat"
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African art > Headdresses and hats, headdresses > Bamileke hat

The Sumptuous Bamileke headdresses in African tribal art.
This copy of prestigious African adornment, worn by the notables, unfolds in multicolored feathers. It was during the elephant dance, tso, that the members of the society Kuosi, Kwosi, wore these impressive headdresses. They were worn over a multicolored costume consisting of a large beaded mask with large circular ears, mbap mteng , a fabric fabric, ndop, adorned with monkey fur and a leopard belt. These dances took place during festive ceremonies and funerals. Hats were once made from parrot feathers, now wild guinea fowl, the rarity of which was high cost. The feathers are attached to fabric-covered wooden strips, placed around a circular frame bound by a basket of wicker fibres. A society originally composed of ...





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